So it's come to this. Killer Shark #3 is a new sculpt, simplified and improved from the Kingdom of Sea Death 3-Pack last year. As a toy, it's way worse. As a sculpt, or raw materials for a custom? Way cooler.
The capsule toys come to you in pieces. Killer Shark's legs are separate, so you plug those on and then you realize none of his four limbs are articulated. This isn't a big problem for me as the figure, oddly, is improved over the 3-pack release in the head. The rest of the figure, not so much, but the pose is solid and you can tell that the separate pieces used to assemble the head are now a single part. So there's no unslightly line where the pieces are fused together on his head now.
The deco is simplified, but it works here. There's less painted and sculpted detail on his head, but the figure cheats in a very charming way. Rather than having an open mouth, the relief on his teeth is set against a black background (with matching gums) to make the teeth "pop" and that horrible extended smile line is now gone. The paint around the eyes seems slightly cleaner, but the hands are unpainted and the body is generally lacking in detail. The crest on the head still looks nice, though. Most surprising of all, the die's silver paint seems a little bit more even than on the more expensive counterpart.
Since I bought the GachaBooster Vol. 1 specifically for General Hawk Knight, I initially saw this Killer Shark as an expensive, forced bundle that would just cost me more money. And while this is true, the new, cheaper figure does have a sharper sculpt and makes for a better display piece. His arms are posed in a swell "thrusting" motion that looks like something is about to shoot out of his body... somewhere. It could be the dice launcher. He might be looking to do something else, too. Either way, it adds to the figure's considerable personality and if you just want a shark from this line, and this one is available, I'd say go ahead and get it. You get over the lack of joints real quick and I honestly don't miss the accessories (as cool as they are) here. It's just a nice figure, particularly for the price. Let me just get in one final note, the regular figures from this line are quite rubbery. This one is made from a much stiffer PVC, giving it a much more solid (and I daresay expensive) feel over its 3-pack sibling.
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