Toy: Skull Devil: Exquisite Basic Series (Hiya Toys)


Skull Devil: Exquisite Basic Series

English Toy Title

HIYA Exquisite Basic Series None Scale 6 Inch Kong Skull Island SkullDevil Action Figure




Hiya Toys
15 centimeters
45 centimeters


Kong: Skull Island



By: Brian Elston (submission)

It took 7 years for Monsterverse fans to get a highly articulated Skullcrawler figure, but Hiya has finally delivered one to collectors. The Skulldevil (the big Skullcrawler from the final battle in Kong: Skull Island) is the first of the lesser Titans to appear in Hiya’s Exquisite Basic line, and it’s a welcome, if not perfect, figure to rub elbows with Godzilla on Kong on your shelf.


Much like the other Hiya Monsterverse figures, Hiya utilized the 3D data from the film to create the sculpt. As such, it’s not surprising that we’re getting an extremely accurate portrayal of the beast. The cracks in the Skulldevil’s hide look good along its torso, arms and neck. The head is especially awesome, with a great bony look to the face and a high level of detail inside of the mouth, with well-defined ridges and teeth. It’s even got some webbing on the corners of its mouth made of softer material that folds and unfolds as you close and open its mouth. His underside isn’t quite as impressive, with definition on the bony chest being more diluted. The inside of his elbows are also rather unattractive, with big joints that Hiya didn’t bother trying to hide.


Skulldevil is as much serpent as it is anything else. It’s appropriate, albeit somewhat disappointing, that its long body consists mostly of a bendy wire. This certainly makes for better articulation than any ball-and-socket or hinge joint, but it could also shorten the lifespan of a figure dramatically. I did enjoy coiling the devil around items and enemies in its environment, but there was always a concern that I was pushing my luck. I’m happy to report that the wire never felt like it was weakening, but I would still have preferred Hiya to have opted for another form of articulation for the majority of its body. As for the front half, articulation isn’t quite as extensive as I was hoping for. There isn’t much range of motion in the neck and body, but the arms and shoulders allow you to do a broad range of poses.


In Kong: Skull Island, the Skulldevil got a huge gash in its lower jaw from the boat propeller Kong weaponized, and the had its guts ripped out of its mouth. A replacement head with the deep cut, the boat propeller on a chain, and the Skulldevil’s guts all would’ve made really cool accessories. Sadly, we got nothing.


The paint application on Skulldevil is well executed. The color is all movie accurate, with highlights to give surfaces throughout the body depth. Even the paint on the tiny eyes was carefully applied. The one big problem area is with the wrists, which appear to be a different shade of green than the forearms and hands.


Hiya’s Skulldevil is an accurate recreation of the villain from Skull Island. It looks nice and offers plenty of value for collectors that like to pose their monsters. That said, I can’t look past the bendy wire tail, or barebones nature of the release. As a figure that could very well break within a few years with no extra goodies, Skulldevil’s asking price being equal to Hiya’s much larger Godzilla and Kong figures (with accessories) is rather baffling. Still, it’s the only Skullcrawler figure in this category of collectible, and who knows when that will change?

**Below are bonus images of the figure.**

Rating: Star Rating