The Joker is a serial killer and a super-villain, a dangerous madman who dresses like a clown and commits violent crimes. He is often recognized as Batman's greatest enemy, living in and terrorizing Gotham City, although he spends most of his time in Arkham Asylum. In addition to being a deadly and unpredictable physical combatant, he is a brilliant and ruthless criminal mastermind. His crimes require no motivation other than his sadistic desire to show people the meaninglessness of life through pain and death, and the narcissism to see the world remade in his own image. He is constantly adapting his personality and his psychosis to respond to the world around him, sometimes a harmless trickster and at others a brutal mass-murderer. Batman is his only worthy opponent, and although he has passed up multiple opportunities to murder the dark knight, he has no such problems with killing Robin or crippling Batgirl. Although his origins remain unclear and shrouded in mystery, it is also known that prior to the chemical accident that scarred his mind and body he was the small-time criminal Red Hood.
The Joker movie in theaters is not only amazing but its really helped to bring Joker love back to the mainstream. Not entirely sure that’s good come to think of it. Anyway as good as it is I still like my Joker to have the classic look from the comics. The bright green his, outlandish costumes, and of course the disfigured smile. Well the amazing people at Diamond Select Toys are taking care of this with their new Joker statue.
Starting at the face you can see the trademark look is here front and center. The etched, slick back bright green hair with shades of black to show its combed back nice and neat. That hair matches those trademark bright green eyebrows that are perked up and slanted back to give a truly menacing look to the Clown Prince of Crime. The nose is pointed out like in the books, and the blood red lips are scrunched and opened in the disfigured menacing smile showing off the pearly white teeth. Notice all the detail in having the face smeared. Even though it’s a comic book style statue Diamond Select still sculpted all the frowns in the forehead and around the cheeks and eyes to blend with the smile of the jaw line. Even though he’s smiling he’s still evil. This shot also shows you the depth of color as the green shirt is a totally different shade than the hair and eyebrows. Diamond Select always goes that extra mile when it comes to their products.
Moving to the body its classic joker all the way. Bright purple tuxedo jacket that’s sculpted to show the wrinkles in it from where his arm is outstretched, and shaded in a deeper shade of purple in spots to give it a shadowed look. The trademark poisoned yellow flower on the lapel is intact as well. The wrinkles in the suite are so well done, and added to the fact it’s a comic book style statue that most place just make smooth really helps to set this apart. The gold vest has all is buttons, and is etched to be wrinkled as well. Its even slights bunched up by the waist from the lifting of his hand. The bow tie is a perfect touch to break everything up.
From the side you can see the trademark Jokers card that he’s holding out in his right hand. Perfectly painted to look like an actual card and slid in between his fingers which are all individually sculpted. The purple gloves are perfectly designed as well full of all the wrinkles and you can even see the cuff of his green shirt rising up from underneath the jacket. One other thing to point out, look how menacing he looks from this angle. It’s almost creepy.
From the back you can see the knife he his holding. It’s a detailed silver blade with a black and silver handle being clutched in his hand. The fingers are all individually sculpted as well wrapped perfectly around the handle of the blade. Like the outstretched arm you can also see the cuff of the green shirt from this side of the jacket as well. Notice the back of the jacket, its also all wrinkled and stretched out to mimic the body movement. The tails to the coat are a nice touch as they are sculpted to stick out and flow separately from the body. And on one final note of how amazing the detail is you can even see a bit of his green shirt coming up from his neck. This is such a well done piece its insane.
Before I point out the amazing base, lets look at the Jokers pinstripe purple pants. Like the rest of the design wrinkled to give it a real look with a bit of gentle shading to give it a shadow. Wrinkled around the knee area the most they look great. You can see his white and black shoes, that appear to have some type of scuffing or dry blood on them. The shoes have a bit of shading to give them a shined, yet worn look with looks really amazing in the light. The base itself is what appears to be a piece of damaged street. A black and grey jagged rock design which is cool on its own, but it’s the props that really make the whole thing stand out. From the old school bomb complete with plunger behind him to the dynamite wrapped up in the front this screams Joker all the way. Throw in a few pairs of chattering teeth and some pish with Joker faces and a big mallet and you have a fantastic base to a fantastic piece.
Joker fans, and comic book fans alike will want to add this one to their collection right away. Its one of my favorite Diamond Select pieces to date, and it’s simply a must buy. Go and get yours today.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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