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Hasbro Battle Beasts Killer Carp Hasbro, 1987
Day #1,906: February 22, 2018
Hasbro Battle Beasts Killer Carp Action FigureKiller Carp
Japanese name "Killer Fish"

Battle Beasts Series 1
Item No.:
#5
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Includes: Killer Anchor weapon, second randomly-selected figure
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: approx. $3.99
Availability: ca. 1987
Other: This sample has a "Fire" rubsign

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Hasbro Battle Beasts Killer Carp Action FigureI didn't have a Killer Carp as a child, but it was on my short list of things to buy - like many kids, I loved toys and sea life. An armored pale fish with pink armor, duck feet, and an armor design that puts the "cod" into "codpiece" with a tail fin between his legs. It's a curious choice, to say the least.

The off-white or light grey plastic looks good, even 31 years later. This is a rubbery but crisp figure, with fairly clean paint lines given the low-rent nature of the figure and how there's a lot of molt and oily residue on some toys from this era. Yellow accents on the vents and lights of a purple-armored fish man give it a distinctive look, with red eyes and a square black rubsign over his body. It's not complicated, but it's clean and weirdly perfect.

The fish man's sculpt is pretty great for the era, with lots of scales and fins. It's smooth in parts, but the texture looks pretty good - even the duck-like feet turned out well. The armor is similar to the body parts of Transformers from that (and this) era, with various vents and plates whose function will never, ever be recognized.

Functionally, there's not much to this figure. It's a couple of inches high, has jointed arms, and can stand. There's a rubsign that indicates Fire, Water, or Wood power to play a game of sorts with the figures, and he can hold a weapon in his hand. It's simple, so the novelty mostly comes from the stickers or your love of the animal itself.

Complete with an anchor melee weapon, the beast warrior from the sea motif is complete. It was one of the first figures, and while it looks a lot like a blue shark it's still rather distinctive. Those forehead ridges almost look like a Klingon! The teeth look sharp. The scales are just perfect. While it lacks the detail of modern figures, it's a durable figure with mittens for hands. Some finger detail would have been nice, but series one Battle Beasts tend to skimp on such things. I love this one, and I'm glad to have it on my shelf of these guys. Without a weapon he's only a couple of bucks, but a complete one can set you back $25 or more. It's probably not going to bring you $25 of fun, though.

--Adam Pawlus

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