'Crocodile Hunter' action figures to hit U.S.

TWINSBURG, Ohio — Crikey! A talking ``Crocodile Hunter''
Steve Irwin action figure that has his recorded voice reciting his
signature phrase will go on sale nationwide next month.

With the blessing of his widow, the 39-piece Steve Irwin
Wildlife Adventure Series as well as plush toys and educational
items will launch next month at the 2007 International Toy Fair in
New York, toy maker K&M International said.

K&M was ready to stop the international launch after Irwin died
Sept. 4 from a poisonous stingray barb piercing his chest, but
Terri Irwin wanted to go ahead, said G.B. Pillai, K&M president.

``We want people to know what he stood for and never forget
him,'' Pillai said.

Irwin had recorded the voice for his action figure, dressed in
khaki shorts and shirt with hiking boots. The doll describes a
crocodile rescue, sprinkled with funny phrases in his thick
Australian accent.

``Holy Guacamole!'' it says at one point. ``Do you see that?
It's a giant golden orb spider and she's built her web right across
our path! It's super sticky for catching small birds and bats.
Let's not disturb it.''

The toys will also be sold in Canada, the United Kingdom, France
and Germany.

They've been sold at Irwin's family-owned Australia
Zoo for the past year. K&M also plans to launch a line of plush
toys called Bindi's Friends, named for the Irwins' daughter, who
will debut her own show on the Discovery Channel.

Irwin's final documentary, called ``Ocean's Deadliest,'' is to
air Sunday on Discovery. It will not include footage shot the day
he died.