The Batman Killer Croc

This year's Toy Fair made it pretty obvious - 2006 will be the year of the comic book superheroes.  With Toybiz cranking out the Marvel product, and DC Direct and Mattel gearing up with DC, there will be plenty for the comic book fan to buy.

The Batman line continues to roll along, and they've just released Killer Croc.  It's been a big year for this villain, at least in plastic.  We've seen a couple versions already released by DC direct in different lines, and considering how few Croc figures we had in the past, that's a practical avalanche of green figures with bad skin.

This one is popping up at Wal-marts and Targets right now, along with the Batgirl figure.  The next villain, Temblor, should also be right around the corner.  Expect to pay around $7 - $8 depending on the retailer.

Packaging -  **
I think it's the EXP name that leaves me completely cold, since it seems like such an out-of-place moniker on anything Batman related.  It's just so Power Rangers.

Sculpting - ***
The figure does match the show fairly well, although some might not consider that a good thing.

The show has gone with a much more reptilian version of Croc, right down to the tail being included.  This is become a fairly hotly debated issue - should Croc have a tail or shouldn't he?  Of course, that all depends on how they retcon his background.

This version actually looks a little Creature From The Black Lagoon, with large webbed hands.  He's modest enough to wear a jacket, but perv enough to go sans pants.

There's not a ton of detail work here, but it does flow well with the rest of the line and match the animation style.  He does have his trademark scarred eye, deeply cut through the left side of his face.

He stands great on his own too, which is always a big plus.

Paint - ***
There's not much in the way of paint, since both the body parts and the jacket are molded in the appropriate colors.  What that means though is that they are shiny plastic, with a cheap appearing finish.

The painted eyes, teeth and scar are done in standard mass market style, and the masking isn't too bad.  There's a little bleed, but nothing that will be surprising considering the price point and market.

Perhaps my biggest complaint about this figure is simply that he's so dull.  The dark greens just don't do much to make him stand out, on his own or with the other recent green and brown releases.  Thank God the Joker still knows how to dress like a real super villain.

Articulation - **
There's cut shoulders, and a T hip joint.  Oh, there's also a ball jointed neck, which would normally get high marks from me, but due to the angle of the neck and the design of the joint, it's not particularly useful.  This is pretty much standard 5 point articulation, and it doesn't give him much in the way of posing.  Clearly he needed additional arm articulation, or at the very list cut wrists.

Accessories - Bupkis
Nada.  Zippo.  Zero.  That's what poor old Croc comes with.  There's the tail of course, which snaps on to his hiney for the cool action feature discussed in the next section, but c'mon - it's his tail.  That's not much of an accessory.

Action Feature - *
The action feature is a tail swiping movement.  You turn a small dial on his back, and his tail knocks his opponents off their feet.

Well, it does if they are standing within a half inch of his tail.  And don't stand up very well on their own.  This is one of the weakest action features I've seen in awhile, and the kid who opens it up expecting something cool is going to be seriously disappointed.

Value - **
Seven bucks for a basic action figure with no accessories.  This isn't a deal, especially considering what you can get in the Marvel Legends line for a buck more, tops.  And considering this figure was $7 at Wal-mart, that's about as cheap as you're going to find it.

Fun Factor - ***
If you ignore the lame-o tail action, this isn't a terrible action figure for kids.  If they're fans of the show, they'll appreciate the likeness, and they'll find imaginative ways around the lack of articulation.  Kids are smart like that.

Things to watch out for - 
Nothing at all.

Overall -  **1/2
Considering how much has been done by Toybiz with the Marvel Legends, Fantastic Four (cartoon) and Spider-man lines, it's a bit disappointing to see Mattel stick with such cheap designs.  They do match the show in appearance, but the lack of articulation and accessories hurt what could be a fun toy.  And let's not forget the truly bad action feature - at least Clayface could whomp on Batman.

Packaging - **1/2
Sculpt - ***
Paint - ***
Articulation - **
Accessories - Bupkis
Action Feature - *
Fun Factor - ***
Value - **
Overall -  **1/2

Where to Buy -
These are currently hitting Walmart and Target.

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I've been reviewing a fair number of The Batman figures:

- the most recent review covered the new Clayface.

- There's also the Riddler, Firefly, the Penguin, Bane and Man-bat, the regular Batman, Bruce Wayne, and Joker, and the 10" rotocast version of Bats.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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