Movie Masters The Joker
In every story, where there’s a hero, so must there be a villain. For a super hero such as Batman, there’s no other super villain more befitting as an archenemy as The Joker.
The Joker character first appeared in Batman #1 in the spring of 1940. Published by DC Comics, and since then have taken various characterizations in his comic book appearances, and later in TV and films.
Although there are several versions of the story of The Joker’s origin, he is most commonly depicted to have fallen into a vat of chemical waste that bleached his skin, turned his hair green and his lips bright red, giving him the appearance of a clown.
The latest incarnation of this character in film, played by the late Heath Ledger in the 2008 film “The Dark Knight” sees The Joker in the darkest characterisation to date – there will be none quite like him. RIP Heath.
Name: The Joker
Line: Movie Masters
Sculptor: Four Horseman
Material: PVC, ABS
Original Price: $19.99AUD / $15.99USD
Height: 155mm / 6.1inches
The Joker comes in the standard Movie Masters line packaging. As this line was designed for adult collectors, they have added a bit of extra “features” to the design, such as the recessed “batcave” at the top with “The Dark Knight” logo. The packaging is nice with good graphics and images, but it does lack the character bio which is a bit disappointing.
All Movie Master figures come with the crime scene evidence zip lock bag (which I couldn’t even be bothered taking out of the packaging if not for taking photos for the review). The Joker figure also comes with his signature calling card, a nice touch as it looks like the movie replica. Weapon wise, he comes with his trusty knife, it’s very small so be careful not to lose it!
For a 6 inch figure, it’s quite a good representation of the late Heath Ledger’s characterization of The Joker. The face has his likeness and demeanor that is further accentuated with the paint application. The figure is also sculpted with a slight “hunch”, which is exactly how The Joker stands in the movie. His costume is also well depicted in toy form, especially with the soft PVC long coat (Although it cannot be removed).
Articulation is not great on this figure, but it is not intended for much play – rather for collection or display by adult collectors I think (this version may scare the kids). With only 15 points of articulation, there isn’t much that you can do in terms of posing, but then again, any pose that you put him in will look great thanks to the realistic sculpting (for this scale).
Paint application is good in almost all parts of this toy. As mentioned earlier, the face is well painted, not perfect but good. The eyes really stand out here as they give the character a sense of life and purpose as if to say “look at me wrong and I’ll stab you in the eye”.
The hair has a nice green and yellow wash giving it the scruffy and grungy look of the movie character design. The green of the waist coat contrasts nicely with the purple of the rest of the outfit and the pants have a nice even pin stripe pattern. The only let down in my opinion being that of the collar and tie, but I’m just being picky here.
A few nice details worth mentioning here, The Joker has a metal chain on his waist that is also present on this figure, made from soft PVC. The sculpt of the hair is very intricate and deserves a closer look. The shoes are also nicely sculpted with very fine detail and texturing, even the cuff links on the right arm have been sculpted and painted!
This is such a good figure at this price, and is really worth collecting especially if you are a fan of Heath’s work.
I’ve read in other websites saying these figures are rare and command high secondary market prices? Perhaps this was the case when they first launch, but not anymore so do not get suckered into paying a premium for these. They’re good, but not THAT good!
Thanks for reading my toy review!