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Thursday, May 4, 2017
Action Figure Review: The Joker (The Dark Knight Returns) from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel
Hasbro's Marvel Legends line, when Mattel puts out comic based figures I think they tend to do really strong work. One of the coolest sub-lines for the Multiverse series has been the various The Dark Knight Returns figures sprinkled into the line. Today I'm looking at The Joker from The Dark Knight Returns, one of the figures from the new Multiverse series which features a King Shark build-a-figure. This is an incredible Joker figure and proof that Mattel can do some great work when they want to. Let's take a closer look after the break...
Height: 6 5/8ths inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles, swivel/hinge ankles, thigh swivels, swivel/hinge hips, swivel waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel wrists, and a balljointed head.
Accessories: Two interchangeable heads, 1/2 batarang, knife, pistol, and torso for the King Shark Collect & Connect figure.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
* Capturing the unusually bulky proportions of Frank Miller's artwork is a huge part of creating action figures specific to these Batman stories and, overall, I think Mattel has done a fine job. The Joker's suit is actually a pliable overlay and his tie is a separate piece attached to his neck and resting realistically between the suit and the torso. The various folds and wrinkles look well and, while the suit is all white, there is some subtle dark shading on it that helps to give it a more grounded appearance.
the face he makes after snapping his own neck, doesn't it? Yikes! I love it! The teeth, eyes, and eyebrows are perfect. Yeah, the batarang is removable, but it's useless on it's own and the head looks weird without it in position. I'm considering this more of a piece that needs assembled rather than two truly separate accessories.
* While the Joker's articulation isn't incredible, it's definitely adequate for his needs.The articulation manages to capture the chunky proportions of Frank Miller's artwork while being relatively functional. While I do wish Mattel would make things like swivel/hinge wrists and ankles standard, the Joker is still a fun, sturdy figure to pose, display, or even play with.
* The Joker includes two weapons (other than the batarang lodged into his eyeball): A pistol and a knife. The pistol looks great and really captures the design aesthetic of the DKR technology nicely. It fits perfectly in the J-Man's right hand.
*I (rather unwisely) picked this guy up without the build-a-figure pieces for a reduced fee as I only wanted three figures in the set, so I'm left without a piece of the very impressive King Shark. Just know that if you buy this guy new in the package, you'll get King Shark's massive torso as an extra.
* The only thing that kind of irks me about this figure is the sleeves on the Joker's jacket. While these are sculpted, the lower sleeves look really plain and dull. Also, there is just something about the cuts of the joints that looks off. The elbow is especially kind of unsightly, wouldn't you agree?
Looking for more Joker action figures? Check out the Joker's Gallery where I have all of my Joker reviews committed!
If you're looking for more DC Comics Multiverse figures, check out the following:
DC Comics Multiverse (6 inches) by Mattel (2016)
Armored Batman (The Dark Knight Returns)
Batman from Zero Year
Earth 23 Superman
The Joker from Batman: Endgame
Mutant Leader (The Dark Knight Returns)
Reverse Flash (The Flash TV Series)
Robin (The Dark Knight Returns)
DC Comics Multiverse: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Mattel (2016)
Son of Batman
DC Comics Multiverse: Batman v. Superman by Mattel (2016)
Batman's Grapnel Blaster (Collect & Connect accessory)
DC Comics Multiverse: Suicide Squad by Mattel (2016)
Harley Quinn (6 inch)
Harley Quinn (12 inch)
Harley Quinn (Gold Dress)
Harley Quinn (Toys R Us Exclusive)
The Joker (Toys R Us Exclusive)
DC Comics Multiverse: Wonder Woman by Mattel (2017)
Diana of Themyscira