mythic status of the character, the Joker seems to truly be a wild card in this film. While there are plenty of people already criticizing Leto's performance (who haven't even seen the film yet) I think we can all agree that Leto seems to be unique take on the character and, despite how it may turn out, I think there's no possible way this will be boring. Boring villains are the worst and fortunately I can't think of any Batman film with a boring villain. Over the top and ridiculous, possibly. But boring? Nope. I'm really preparing myself to be astounded by Leto's performance; the Joker is one of those characters who is not only larger than life but who also has so many facets to him that there is plenty of room for unique interpretations. Enough about the film, though: Let's talk about the figure! While the Joker is scheduled to be released in the second wave of the series, this Joker is out now as an exclusive to Toys R Us. While Mattel didn't do a specific Suicide Squad line targeted at kids (probably rightly so) they have released a number of figures that are part of the DC Comics Multiverse line. Ready for a closer look at this new version of the Clown Prince of Crime? Then join me after the break...
Height: 6 1/4 inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel thighs, H-hinged hips, swivel waist, hinged mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a ball-jointed head.
Accessories: Pistol, switchblade, and jacketed arms for the Killer Croc build-a-figure.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
* Looking just at the shape of the face and the eyes, I think this is a pretty decent likeness of Leto. There's actually some pretty nice paint work here, too, including some dark circles around the eyes, the blood red lips, and a darker wash on the hair. The tattoos look good also: Joker has the word "Damaged" written on his forehead along with a stylized J on his cheek (like a teardrop) and a star on his right temple.
* While the non-removable jacket blocks the mid-torso hinge, the rest of the figure is as well as articulated as the average DC figure Mattel has released. The Joker certainly feels rather sturdy and should hold up well to play or posing.
* I like the Joker's accessories. A pistol and switchblade work great for the Joker and both are molded in purple plastic. There are some nice paint applications on the pistol that help to sell this as a custom weapon used by Batman's greatest foe. A silver paint app on the blade of the switchblade might have been nice but I could see the Joker using something like this, so I'm not too bothered by it.
* Considering all of the pictures we've seen of the character, I'm not sure that I'm wild about this particular facial expression for this version. It's not bad (lots of collectors seem to be interested in using it as a Dark Knight Returns version of the Joker) but it just doesn't seem to represent Leto's Joker thus far. Maybe something will change in the film and we'll see this more demure Joker, but for right now I'm a bit disappointed. I want full-Joker!
* The elbow joints on this figure look massive, particularly given the silver suit. I think these are the standard DCUC suited arms we've seen many times but they just look bulk and oversized here.
*Also, the jacket? It's just not very good. Maybe Mattel should have went with a newly sculpted torso here as the jacket overlay just doesn't look good painted. It tends to messy and a bit cheap.
I've reviewed plenty of other Joker toys including the Lego Arkham Asylum, the Arkham Asylum Clayface with a Joker head, the Arkham Origins The Joker and The Joker as Red Hood, Copperhead, & Deathstroke (Unmasked) Action Figure 3-Pack, Mattel's Batman TV Series The Joker, the Batman Power Attack "Attack in the Box" The Joker, the MAFEX Heath Ledger inspired The Joker No.005, Mattel's Multiverse The Joker from Batman: Endgame, the Imaginext The Joker and The Joker & Harley Quinn, Kenner's The Laughing Man Joker and Laughing Gas Joker, and DC Collectibles' New 52 The Joker.
I've also reviewed plenty of other DC Comics Multiverse figures by Mattel including:
DC Comics Multiverse (6 inches) by Mattel (2016)
Batman from Zero Year
Earth 23 Superman
The Joker from Batman: Endgame
Reverse Flash (The Flash TV Series)
DC Comics Multiverse: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Mattel (2016)
Son of Batman
DC Comics Multiverse: Batman v. Superman by Mattel (2016)