So this is a weird figure to go back into the vault for. Back in 1990 the Transformers franchise was coming to an end. They went with a new idea of “Action Masters” who were Transformers who lost the ability to transform because of the use of a powerful fuel source called Nucleon. The fuel gives strength to a mechanoid being, but at a cost. There is always a cost.
One of the figures to come out in that line was Krok. He was apparently a mecha-soccer player who had played for centuries. He had a sidekick Gatoraider. Nice! A soccer player with a sidekick almost named Gatorade.
Anyway, flash forward to 2017. We had Grax and Skullmasher, so why not do a recolor and reintroduce Krok, now the the ability to transform into a crocodile.
He is pretty much exactly like Skullsmasher, but with some new coloring. And boy is it wild. Black, purple and neon yellow, with touches of pink here and there.
That head is terrible looking. It is so boxy. I don’t think it had to be quite so cubicle, but whatever. This is what we get.
Krok comes with Gatorface, who surprise surprise, could not keep the name Gatoraider. Neon yellow and purple. Not much to see here. Moving on.
Comparing Krok next to Skullsmasher, it shows how a repaint can really change the overall look of a character. I do see that Skullsmasher has quite a squared off noggin too.
Transforming into Beast-mode, and we get… another crocodile. I do like the design a lot. This model is a lot of fun to play with, with the moving legs and the opening mouth with twisting head.
The neon yellow carried into his mouth with a bit of a translucent green color. The color is up in the eyes and forehead as well as the cockpit hatch on his back.
I don’t think we really needed a second crocodile on the Decepticon side. I don’t know of too many good guys that are crocodiles, so it is probably a good thing they did not try to shoehorn one onto the Autobot side.
Krok and Gatorface is another repaint. If you liked Skullsmasher, you will like this guy too. The colors are a bit extreme, so he will definitely stand out on your shelf. Unless you are a completist or superfan, you probably don’t need him. I like him even more after learning about the Action Master line of non-tranforming Transformers. Silliness.