Skullcruncher, or Skull in Japanese, was the other classic Headmaster to get a makeover as a part of Titans Return Wave 1, as well as one of the first animal Transformers in a couple of years. Compared to the original, this new Skullcruncher’s alligator mode looks considerably more ferocious, not that the original was any slouch. The robot mode nails the look of Skullcruncher too, and one cool if unintended feature is the transformation of the arms, which can allow the alligator mode feet to flip down over the hands like knuckledusters. However while he looks impressive, Skullcruncher is far from flawless. Loose hips are a known issue, although our Takara-Tomy one did not suffer here, and the legs and feet are largely hollow, which can make balance a little trickier than it needs to be. Like all the Takara-Tomy versions, Skullcruncher has a head that looks like the Generation 1 version rather than a reinterpretation, and it is up to the individual which version they prefer. We’re just happy to have the choice.