Before Midway went crazy with palette-swapped ninjas, Reptile was the original secret character in the Mortal Kombat franchise. In order to face him you needed to meet a somewhat random set of circumstances including being on ‘The Pit‘ stage, getting a double flawless/fatality (no easy uppercut fatality either, chump!), and hope to god that a silhouette crosses the sky. All this to face a green version of Scorpion/Sub Zero who would award you 10,000,000 points if you beat him. Points, that I don’t remember a single person caring about.
However, if you want to beat the world record Mortal Kombat score of 25,402,000 set by Patrick J Mahar in September of this year, then you do need those points and you’re going to have to go through Reptile to get them. Jackass and CKY star Brandon DiCamillo actually holds the 4th highest Mortal Kombat score according the Twin Galaxies. His score was recorded as number one in 2008 at only 10,226,500, so I’d have to assume he did not defeat Reptile on his run. Check out the current standings below thanks to Twin Galaxies, and if this review somehow convinces you to go for the record, good luck!
Reptile is our fourth Mortal Kombat figure from Storm Collectibles. So far we’ve gotten Scorpion, Sub Zero, Noob Saibot, and now Reptile. Notice a trend here? If you are into the ninjas, then this is the place to be. If you are already sick of them, then I’m sorry but there are at least three more with Smoke, Rain, and Ermac being revealed at New York Comic Convention 2017. The good news is that the next release will be a massive Shao Kahn for your other four ninjas to fight, he even includes a throne. Oh, and the other bad news is that we still haven’t heard jack or shit about the Goro figure they showed off a couple years back.
What I like most about Reptile is that he’s green. When Kermit the Frog isn’t busy sipping a cup of tea for a meme, he sings songs about how it isn’t easy being green. Life isn’t easy for Reptile. His story starts out with him being one of the last of his race, and a servant to Shao Kahn and his underling Shang Tsung.
Storm has been really good about giving us fun accessories to make our otherwise samey ninjas stand out. Reptile takes this to another level with his incredible reptilian head. Not only do you get the unmasked head, but also a giant tongue attachment that you can switch out with the smaller one in order to play out your Mortal Kombat 2 fatality fantasies. He also includes four sets of hands, attachments to make it look like acid dripping from his hands, and an Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 version of his force ball. I’ve had issues with some attachments in the past, but all of these ones slip onto his fingers and stay tight.
If you own the other ninjas, then you know what you are getting into here. However, if you haven’t you are in for a treat. The body that Storm Collectibles has developed for their Mortal Kombat ninjas is just about perfect for fighting characters. If I had one complaint, it would be that they tend to not leave a lot of clearance for the neck. It’s not just this release, either. I think almost every figure I’ve purchased from Storm left me wanting their neck peg to be just slightly longer.
Would I recommend Storm Collectibles Mortal Kombat Reptile?
You’re damn right I would! I’d go as far as to say that he is easily my favorite Mortal Kombat figure from Storm yet. While he’s still an action figure that is roughly 90% reuse, they took full advantage of the 10% new sculpting by adding some of the best accessories in the line thus far.
It also helps that I’ve always had a soft spot for Reptile. The early Reptile, of course. When he started shedding clothes and exposing his reptilian flesh I cared a lot less. The best designs in the Mortal Kombat franchise have always been in the early three games. After that they started trying too hard, and the costumes ended up looking far too busy and faux “dangerous.” Just like with superhero costume design, often times less is more. Don’t think too hard, just make a good looking suit!
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