The Dark Knight Joker
following is a guest review. The review
and photos do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Michael Crawford
or Michael's Review of the Week, and are the opinion and work of the
|Ryan Kelly checks in tonight
look at another version of the very popular Joker from the Dark Knight.
This time it's Medicom's creation - tell us all about it, Ryan!
We’ve definitely gotten more than our fair share of Dark Knight
Joker figures in sixth scale. One that has been pretty much overlooked
through all the hype (and for good reason I suppose) is the Medicom
version. I snagged this guy cheap on ebay (well…as cheap as a Medicom
figure usually gets, anyway), so in case anyone out there is curious
about how this guy stands in comparison to his many sixth scale rivals
in a review, here it is…
astounding, but well-decorated, collector-friendly (VERY easy to remove
and return figure without so much as bending or creasing anything), and
not too big. However, there’s a lot of wasted space, especially on the
inner panel, with hardly any text at all and no info on the movie or
character. Outer flap is held closed by Velcro. Overall, the
serves its purpose, but is far from being anything special.
here is actually pretty decent, though this figure ends up looking more
like Jake Gyllenhaal than Heath Ledger. As is usual
Medicom figures, this guy is too short for a sixth scale figure and too
thin, even thinner than the character is supposed to be. The hands,
head, and hair are well-sculpted, and the face has some nice detail
with the wrinkling, but what’s up with the eyes? With Ledger’s Joker,
the eyes are a defining quality, and appearance of the eyes is a
feature that can make or break a figure’s likeness to this character.
Unfortunately, Medicom screwed up. This is more of a paint issue than a
sculpting issue (which I’ll get to next), but both are contributing
factors. Ledger’s eyes are narrow and kind of stretched out, and the
sculpting here fails to capture that. Also, his lips are too big,
particularly the bottom lip. These are really the only flaws I can see
with the sculpting, but they’re noticeable, and the paint only enhances
an already bad situation.
is clean and neat, but staggeringly inaccurate. For example, they might
have gotten away with not making the eyes narrow enough, but instead of
appearing dark and sinister like they’re supposed to, the eyes are a
big, bright, baby blue. This is not a scary-looking Joker, and a Joker
like this would get no respect in Gotham City. Granted, I think Medicom
did this Joker about the same time DC Direct and Hot Toys made their
sixth-scale versions (the first one for Hot Toys), so they may have
been limited on reference material. But c’mon, baby blue eyes? Did they
not have a single picture to go on?
Next mistake: the hair.
Nowhere in TDK does the Joker have bright neon green hair. Not even
close. They did get a couple minor spots of brownish-green close to the
hairline, but that doesn’t really help matters.
too-big lips are painted bright lipstick red, making the Joker look
like he’s about to go on a hot date instead of going out to kill
people. The black circles around the eyes are well-done; if the eyes
weren’t so screwed up this would really enhance the overall look of the
figure, but as it is it just makes the eyes more noticeable, and that’s
not a good thing. The white face paint is neat and clean; too clean.
They actually manage to show some skin color underneath it on the
forehead a little bit, but it’s not enough. Overall, this is a very
pretty Joker, and that’s the problem. You could almost mistake him for
is the RAH body, so there aren’t many problems. Joints are smooth and
tight, and the ball-jointed head has a good range of movement, though I
wish it were able to look up more. Also, the ankles were too loose on
mine, making it difficult to pose him and keep him standing on his own.
Those are just a couple minor issues, but they’re enough to hold him
back from a full four.
They did a
nice job on the outfit, but everything’s the wrong color. The coat and
vest are too bright, both a lighter shade than they should be, and the
tie and shirt look and feel fake. They did ok on the pants, though, and
they did a better job on the shoes than DCD (though DCD at least used
real laces). The coat is made of a soft, fuzzy material that feels good
when touched but makes it look even more different from how the DK
Joker’s coat should look. On the plus side, he has socks, like the ones
from Hot Toys’ first and DX versions. The vest is opened and closed by
snap-buttons, and the pants are held closed by Velcro. Overall, the
outfit is very well-done; had they just gotten the color right on the
coat and vest, the score would be three and a half.
though I got this figure cheap, I was still extraordinarily
disappointed. He’s the Joker for crying out loud, and all he gets here
is a miniature deck of cards. All the other high-end sixth scale Jokers
(even DCD’s comic version) have these also, so that’s nothing special.
Where’s his knife, at least? Extra hands? Nope. Just the cards and the
display stand. And Medicom’s display stands are crap, by the way.
Value - **1/2
don’t know what the original suggested retail price for this figure
was, and I don’t think I wanna know. I got this guy for $50 on ebay,
and even based on that, he’s no better than an average value for
me. He can easily be gotten in the $80-$90 range, but it’s an
imported figure that was never distributed in the states (as far as I
know), so be careful who you buy from, lest you end up paying an extra
$30-$40 for shipping. I bought it from a seller here is the states, so
shipping wasn’t that much. Believe me, you don’t wanna pay more than
$50-$60 for this guy. You can get the 13” DCD version easily
less than that at this point, and I hate to say it, but this Joker
doesn’t hold a candle to that one, let alone Hot Toys.
Factor - **
be a fun figure for kids to play with if you got it cheap enough, but
that’s not likely to happen. Even if that were the case, he
no gun or knife, so I imagine they’d get bored with him pretty quick.
to Watch Out For -
in mind, this is considering the fact that I only paid fifty bucks for
this figure, probably a third of what it originally cost. If I was to
hunt down the STRP and base my score on that, this figure wouldn’t
scratch the surface of two stars. Bad paint, lack of accessories,
wrong-colored outfit, there’s just not much here to work with in terms
of justifying any sort of major price. At this cheap, it’s not really a
bad figure as it does have its good points, but it falls atrociously
short of what Medicom is capable of. Over recent years, their work has
gotten sloppy and careless while their prices remained the same, even
rose. But if you’re a Joker collector like me who wants to own almost
every Joker figure in existence, you’ll probably wanna pick this guy up
if you haven’t already, regardless of how bad he sucks. If you can find
him cheap (as in less than $100) he’s definitely worth getting, but
he’s far from being on par with his peers from DCD and Hot Toys.
This product was purchased for the review by the reviewer.
Photos and text by Ryan Kelly.