Over Kill (2003)
The internet exclusive BAT pack was one of those things I initially thought was going to be a real issue to get. My experience in toy collecting up to that point had been through the 90s, a time when the hobby had grown dramatically, and when the first collector focused toys began to appear en masse. With lines like Spawn and the relaunched Hasbro Star Wars capitalizing on the presence of action figure collectors and also feeding speculators, I was concerned that the exclusivity of this set would cause it to be quickly gobbled up by both parties. I was wrong. It languished online at its retail price for years. Even the Joe army builders didn’t deplete the stock.
Over Kill was the single named character in the set. Based on the Talking Battle Commander mold ( complete with flat back) the BAT leader was rendered in an interesting new color scheme. Not that his original was bad, being rendered in some variation of the traditional BAT black, along with red and gold. Initially, I wasn’t impressed with the new color scheme, but now it’s grown on me. I daresay it’s even funkier than the 90s version.
I’ve often wondered why the first BAT was given rolled up sleeves. This one goes full robot, without any hint of human clothing. Strangely enough, the file card is based not on the 90s version of the character, but the human/robot hybrid version of the 2000s era. It’s odd, considering the bio says that half of his body is replaced with mechanical parts. So where is his flesh? Oops, sounds like someone forgot to do their research. Then again, maybe they figured, oh well, collectors don’t care about such things. Oh, but we do. Some of us even take to the internet each day to lay bare our thoughts and pick over such trivial little details about these little plastic playthings.