Debuting in 1983’s, Batman #357, Killer Croc arrived in Gotham City with one goal, to be “King.” He had the strength, the intimidation and the drive to make a name for himself. Born with a rare skin disease called Epidermolytic hyperkeratosis which left large scale like markings all over his body, Waylon Jones had a rough childhood to say the least. His mother died while giving birth and his father abandoned him, leaving Waylon to be raised by his abusive aunt. Disgusted by his appearance, she forced Waylon to painfully scrub his skin to remove the scales.
Picked on by the other children, Waylon was a loner. Growing up different in the south did not help as he got older. In and out of the juvenile detention center, Jones became more and more filled with rage. At the age of 16, he committed his first murder when he killed a fellow inmate for mocking his appearance.
After spending years in prison, Waylon made parole. He found work with a sideshow wrestling alligators. It was there that Waylon Jones became known as Killer Croc. For the first time in his life, Croc had found a place where he belonged and forged a family with the traveling carnival. But when the carnival fell apart, Croc had few options and turned to crime.
NOTE: In the New 52, Croc learns that he is being swindled by the circus owner and bites his arm off.
Blowing off petty crime, Killer Croc set out to take over the Gotham Underground. With one henchman recruited, he knew he needed to prove himself. He killed big time crime head, Tony Falco and the up-and-coming mob boss, the Squid and stole an advanced computer from S.T.A.R. Labs to show he meant business.
Unfortunately for him it was not long before he grabbed the attention of Gotham’s protector. After getting the best of Batman a few times, he was finally defeated and sent up the river. Killer Croc spends much of his time in and out of Arkham Asyslum.
Whether lurking in the sewers, pulling off a grand heist or being a physical threat to the Dark Knight, Killer Croc remains one of the scariest and deadliest foes in DC Comics. His superhuman strength and fast healing factor make him almost impossible to defeat. Batman and the GCPD often have to subdue the monster in order to return him to his cage. Few chains and restraints can do the trick and it usually isn’t long before Killer Croc is free once more and reeking havoc in Gotham!
That brings us to today’s toy review. I have to say, I rarely purchase these deluxe size action figures. They are not to scale with the 6 or 6.5 inch figures and they usually do not move all that well. But as a fan of Batman and Killer Croc, I could not pass this one up!
First off, the resemblance to the character in Batman: Arkham Origins is amazing. His beady eyes and sinister grin exude a frightening confidence that only a man with a crocodile appearance could pull off. The head, shoulders and back are detailed nicely with his classic scaly markings. Unlike many of the larger action figures that DC Collectibles has produced (Darkseid, Bane), this one has a waist joint. They seem to be getting better with the articulation on their toys.
One of the main reasons I purchased this action figure is because of his attire. As silly as that may sound, Croc’s pants and suspenders remind me of carnival workers or Carnies. As previously mentioned, Waylon Jones worked for a carnival as part of the sideshow before devoting his life to crime as Killer Croc.
Then there is the size. Standing at 10 inches, Croc easily towers over Batman (and everyone else). Though slightly unrealistic, it certainly adds to his creep factor. All in all I really like this figure, good sculpt and articulation throughout. Check out Batman: Arkham Origins and DC Collectibles for more details.