Confirmed Epic Podcast Brad and I discussed the New 52's Death of the Family story arc that covered 23 issues across nine different titles. Advertising the return of the Joker into the New 52 and paying homage to 1988's A Death in the Family story line (which featured the death of Jason Todd by the Joker's hand), Death of the Family focused on the Joker's plans to eliminate the Batfamily in order to restore the original dynamic between himself and the Caped Crusader. In order to convey the Joker's new personality and purpose, he was depicted by writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo as trading in his classic purple suit and deadly prankster gags for a more utilitarian workman's outfit and a tool belt. DC Collectibles has really been impressing me lately as they've upped the quality control and the detail of the product they've been producing, so is Joker another success? Read on and find out after the break....
I don't believe that anyone would classify the Joker as super articulated, but he's definitely not a mini-statue. The Joker features the following points of articulation: swivel ankles, hinged knees, swivel hips, a swivel waist, swivel/ hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a ball jointed head. The first thing I'll say is that I had no breakage issues with the figure. After having multiple DC Collectibles figures break on me over the past year (or arrive broken), it's nice to be able to order DC Collectibles figures without concern. (While I reviewed the Arkham Origins figures first, this Joker was actually the first DC Collectibles figure I ordered after having Talia al Ghul and Deadshot break on me nearly instantly.) Joker's joints are nice and tight with the exception of his biceps (which are a bit loose). While the legs won't see much variety in poses due to the swivel hips, the upper body is fairly mobile and will definitely allow you to place Joker and his tools into a few varied and sinister poses.
Overall the paintwork is fairly strong, particularly on the head and face, although there is some slop on the neckline and around the edges between the hair and the leather strap. The "Joe" name tag on the front of the uniform and the "Joe's Garage" logo on the back are clear and legible. There's a heavy wash on the suit itself that works pretty well here in giving the Joker a grungy look befitting his year spent in seclusion plotting his scheme to destroy the Batfamily. All of the tools on the tool-belt are painted, but the metal parts have a weird reddish tint to them. I'm not sure if this intended to represent residual blood stains, rust, or some type of weird error, but I'm not really thrilled about it. It doesn't really evoke any type of effect and looks like a colored plastic showing through a thin layer of paint.
I'm really happy with this figure. It's great to see this version of the Joker already captured in action figure form so soon after the story line. I hope DC Collectibles continues to offer collectors solid action figures based off of recent DC story lines because I like what we've received so far. The Joker has a wonderfully disturbing sculpt, good paintwork, and some pretty neat accessories, all of which combine to create a Joker figure that definitely will standout on your shelf due to his nontraditional appearance. This is a Great figure and really emboldens my hope that DC Collectibles has taken care of the QC issues that plagued them over the past year and a half. Now, please give us versions of Batwoman, Batgirl, Red Hood, and the other members of the Bat Family whom we haven't gotten recently!