Packaging - ***
The cards are pretty basic, although this wave was updated for the Killer Croc
theme. It's funny that every figure in this wave, along with every new
Deluxe figure, has this 'croc style' packaging, and yet the character it's all
based on is one per case.
Croc's tail comes packaged behind him, and can be attached pretty easily once
it's removed. It's a little tougher to get off once it's on though, so you
should decide if you want to have it on or not before popping it in.
Sculpting - ***1/2
If I were to rank the best characters in this series so far, I'd give
Zipline Batman and Mr. Freeze four stars for sculpts. Both the Joker and
Killer Croc fall slightly behind them, but just slightly.
The style of Croc might not be everyone's idea of a perfect design, but you
can't fault them for trying. They decided to go with a look that's more
Croc than man, especially in the head. The head is also somewhat small in
comparison to the body, but I found that the look grew on me the more I looked
at it. This overall look is much more animated than I'd expected - less
detail in the clothing for example - but this line has never been really
Mcfarlanesque. Too much detail, and I'm not sure he would have fit in as
well with Bats and the Joker.
I've heard some complaints about the tail, but I thought it looked great, and
snapped on nice and tight.
Paint - ***
The paint ops are a little disappointing, but not surprising. The eyes
and teeth are done well, and the clothing, while basic, is clean and consistent.
But this Croc suffers from a problem that many bare chested figures have -
mismatched colors. The torso and arms are made from different plastics,
and the dye takes slightly different to each. These pieces are cast in the
green, and then have some painted highlights. The casted color though
doesn't quite match up, and it's fairly obvious.
I didn't hit him up for this as much as I usually would though, because it's
not as bad as some cases we've seen. The highlighting helps disguise some
of it, and if you're not paying close attention, you might not notice right
away. It's certainly not as distracting as it could have been.
Articulation - ***
The articulation isn't amazing, but it's sufficient. There's neck, ball
jointed shoulders, waist, hips, wrists, and ankles. He can stand fine on
his own, and you have some options with the arm poses.
He also has a jointed jaw that has a spring action, and counts as his 'action
feature'. It's nothing spectacular, but it gives a little boost in the Fun
And let's not forget that tail! It's bendy, and can hold positions
Accessories - **1/2
There's only one - a weirdly bent pipe, colored a very 'toy' gray. It's
not much to write home about, and it's unlikely you'll include it in your
You could also count the shirt as an accessory I suppose, since it is
removable He actually looks pretty good either way.
Fun Factor - ***1/2
When I was a kid, this was my kind of toy. Decent enough articulation to
have fun, he stands on his own easily so I wouldn't have to dink around with it,
and he's the perfect bad guy to Batman. Figures like this are proof you
can please kids AND collectors.
Value - ***
At $7 - $8, you're getting pretty much the industry standard. As the
price goes up from there - if you're stuck getting him off ebay - the value
score drops drastically.
Overall - ***
I almost gave this figure another half star - almost. It's a solid
action figure, with better than average sculpting and a good design. Had
the accessory(s) been slightly better, that would have moved this green guy to
the next level.
Where to Buy -
As I mentioned earlier, your best bets are Target and Wal-mart right now.
You'll recognize the rest of the wave, because they all have the new card back.
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