Thursday, December 3, 2009

DC Universe Classics - The Joker

After waiting for so long, I've finally gotten my hands on some of the DC Universe Classics Walmart (and USA) exclusive Wave 10 action figures.  Todays review will be on the one action figure from the group that most people have been looking to get their hands on, The Joker.

People who collected Mattel's DC Superheroes action figure toy line should be happy with this new version of The Joker.   The DC Universe Classics version of the Joker has a better sculpt, is taller, more articulate and thankfully comes with all new accessories to boot.  (You can see my review of DC Superheroes Joker by clicking here). 

The design of the action figure is great.  Classic Joker outfit

Joker's head sculpt is really cool.  His hair is very well detailed as is the classic pointed joker nose and big wicked grin.  The paint job is really well done and it would be hard to pin point any minor mistakes he may have. 

Joker is not an entirely new sculpt.  The head is, of course but if you take a close look at DCUC Wave 8's Gentleman Ghost (below), you will notice most parts, especially the lower half, are very similar.   Not that this is a big deal.  Joker's paint job and custome are unique enough that its not entirely noticeable.

Joker's articulation as mentioned is way better than the DC Superheroes Joker and almost lives up to DCUC standards but just falls short.  Joints include are at the neck, shoulders, biceps, elbows, wrists, abdominal, hips thighs, knees and ankles.  Whats missing?  A waist joint.  Also the ankles cannot turn side to side, only up and down.  Regardless, Joker can still be posed in a number of different ways. 

Thankfully Joker comes with a number of accessories.

Included with the action figure you'll get a big green Joker Mallet, a Joker cane which has a joker head sculpted at the top.  A deck of cards and a smiley face fish.  The mallet, fish and cane fit easily in Joker's hands.  The cards are a little tougher to hold on to. 

Overall, Joker has some minor flaws but he is arguably one of the best DC Universe Classics action figures and probably one of the best Joker action figures of all time.  If you're lucky enough to get your hands on this bad boy at your local Wal-Mart, do not hesitate to take it up to the cashier and purchase it. 

Sculpt/Design - 9.5, Paint, 9.5, Articulation - 8, Accessories - 10, Fun - 9

For those of you in a similar situation as me and cannot find DCUC Joker at your local Wal-Mart, your only other option is going to be eBay.

To find Mattel's DC Universe classics Joker on eBay, click here.

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