The GeeksverseREVIEW | Batman: Arkham Origins Killer Croc (DC Collectibles)

REVIEW | Batman: Arkham Origins Killer Croc (DC Collectibles)
Published on Monday, April 7, 2014 by
Guest reviewer Jamie Owen is back with pictures and a review of DC Collectibles’ Killer Croc action figure, based on the character’s appearance in Warner Bros. Games Montréal’s Batman: Arkham Origins game.
  • KillerCrocReview01Figure name: Killer Croc
  • Line: Batman: Arkham Origins Series 2
  • Manufacturer: DC Collectibles
  • MSRP: $24.95
  • Manufacturer’s product description: This Series 2 Killer Croc action figure is inspired by designs from the Batman: Arkham Origins video game. Pre-dating Killer Croc’s appearance from the Arkham Asylum and Arkham City games, this fierce action figure stands approximately 10 inches tall.

Killer Croc, created by writer Gerry Conway and artists Don Newton and Curt Swan, was first introduced in Detective Comics in 1983; he began as a Gotham City crime boss who just happened to have a skin condition that covered his body in green scales. Roughly 10 years later, he appeared on Batman: The Animated Series where he was portrayed as more of reptile-like thug without much in the way of brains, but the character quickly became a favorite with fans of the show. He was depicted as a giant monster with a mouth full of sharp fangs in Batman: Arkham Asylum, whereas I’m honestly not sure if he made a full appearance in its sequel Batman: Arkham City because I was only able to complete about 19% of all the crazy extras that game had to offer. Killer Croc reappeared with a slightly more humanoid look in Batman: Arkham Asylum‘s prequel, Batman: Arkham Origins. In this game, he serves as one of Black Mask’s goons, and he is actually the first boss players have to fight in the game.

Packaging

KillerCrocReview00This first thing you will notice about the figure’s packaging is that it is HUGE, instead of the clamshell packaging used for most of the Arkham: Origins figures, DC Collectibles opted for a large window box that shows off the figure well. The top of the box features the same large Batman logo used on the clamshell packages, the figure is held securely by a few twisty ties in a cardboard tray covered in a snowy rooftop graphic. The back of the box has pictures of the rest of the figures in the series and a brief synopsis of the character’s background and a description of the game.

Design and Articulation

Like I mentioned in the Packaging section, this figure is huge. Clocking in at a little over 10 inches tall, Arkham: Origins Killer Croc will truly dwarf all of your other Arkham-style figures:

KillerCrocReview02

KillerCrocReview04The head sculpt has tiny menacing red eyes, a slight grin with lots of little teeth poking though and surprisingly human-looking little ears. The entire upper body is covered in scales, spikes, and plates that have been masterfully sculpted, the forearms and hands are wrapped in textured bandages that give the impression that this guy is a scrapper. Below the waist the figure is sculpted to look like it’s fitted with tattered maroon pin stripe pants, ratty suspenders hang to the mid-thigh, and the same bandages that are wrapped around the forearms are present on the feet leaving the scaly toes exposed. This outfit gives me the impression of 1920s style mobster that really fits the character’s hired muscle attitude in the game.

KillerCrocReview05For such a large figure DC Collectibles were able to add good amount of articulation that does not detract from the design of the figure at all, including:

  • Ball-jointed head
  • Ball-jointed shoulders
  • Pin Elbows
  • Ball/ Pin wrists
  • Ab crunch
  • Swivel waist
  • Ball-jointed hips
  • Pin/ swivel knees (very well hidden)
  • Ball/ Pin ankles
Paint

The paint is fairly consistent throughout the sculpt, the only area of slop on mine is around the teeth which look a somewhat gloppy. The torso and head are molded in a dark green plastic with a black wash and a yellowish spray on the chest and upper arms, the forearm bandages are off white and have splotches of what look to be dried blood. The pin stripe pants look great with each stripe defined in a muted red, while the foot bandages are the same off white as the forearms minus the blood.

Accessories

Killer Croc does not come with any accessories but for the price (and considering the figure’s bulk) I can’t complain about it too much.

Final thoughts

This figure is another homerun for DC Collectibles with a 100% new sculpt, detailed paint applications, and functional articulation all at a price that is only $5.00 more than what Target and Wal-Mart are charging for the typical Marvel Legends figure. While the figure is based off a video game-specific design, I believe it would fit in with most any of DC Collectibles or Mattel’s recent DC Comics-based offerings and it should be a welcome addition to any collector’s shelves.

Left: Batman: Arkham Origins Killer Croc; right: Batman: Arkham Asylum Killer Croc

Left: Batman: Arkham Origins Killer Croc; right: Batman: Arkham Asylum Killer Croc

Liked this review? Check out Jamie Owen’s action figure photography and more on Instagram.
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