I have no idea who REALLY made these StarCraft figures, but the Zerg Hydralisk and a couple of others (plus some Diablo and Warcraft guys) were cranked out supposedly by Blizzard in 1998. You just waltzed into Software Etc. or Electronics Boutique, and there you were-- weird figures from someone you've never expected. Since then we've seen them from DC Direct and other licensors, and Panache Place had a booth at Toy Fair 2012 saying to expect more, but this was the very first (and for a while, only) Zerg toy you could get.
Roughly 6-inch scale, this figure existed to menace a Terran Marine and a Protoss Zealot, each of which now go for $25 or so. Sure, other figures were made with richer textures and better sculpting, but this one has a swell, bendable tail in addition to an articulated neck, elbows, shoulders, and jaw. The detail is pretty amazing for the late 1990s, when Toy Biz was just ramping up their game and McFarlane Toys still set the gold standard as to what collector-level detail really meant and ReSaurus was starting to really do some amazing work.
As the only Zerg action figure available in the USA for a while, he was decent. Not amazing, but certainly very good-- these were clearly meant to be placed on your desk so people could see that the lair in which you played StarCraft all night and lost to South Korean kids was indeed marked by something physical beyond soda stains and a keyboard with tons of hair jammed in it. (I speak from experience.)
If you like what you see, I'd say get one. It held up well-- I got it in college and it's been shuttled around between home and dorms, dorms and apartments, apartments and more apartments, and a house. So even though the plastic feels a little light, maybe a tiny bit brittle, it's still all in one piece. If you just want a decent looking Zerg for your home or office, you should get it-- unless you can find something cheaper. Which you probably will, when the new 2012 line gets made and hits stores, whenever that is.
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