Today we review the Sideshow Collectibles Exclusive version of the Hot Toys Joker 2.0, a highly-anticipated DX figure from The Dark Knight movie license that Hot Toys secured a few years ago. Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight movie is considered by many as one of the best villain performances of all time; it is, therefore, no surprise that Hot Toys Keeps revisiting this character and improving upon it with each release as the popularity of this character has never waned. Each of Hot Toys’ three previous releases has long sold out and are going for outrageous prices on the second-hand market. The DX Series (Deluxe Series) is one of Hot Toys most expensive lines of figures as each DX release is usually packed with lots of accessories and additional clothing options. This is Hot Toys second DX release of The Joker, hence the 2.0, with the first being Hot Toys first ever DX figure released back in 2009.
You have to admire Hot Toys for adding value to their products; even unboxing a figure is an experience by itself. They never cease to impress me with the care and attention to detail that goes into their packaging and this figure does not disappoint with a large purple and sturdy cardboard box that has The Joker emblem on its front. Upon opening the thick magnetic cardboard sleeve to the box, you are greeted with thin cardboard and foam protective cover with a cut-out center which contains a Joker calling card with a safety pin through it. Beneath this protective cover sits the DX figure itself, the alternate smiling head sculpt and all the swap-out hands. If you happen to have the Sideshow Exclusive version, you will also have the detonator and Grumpy’s clown mask stored here. All these items are secured in place by thick foam that ensures no damage is done to the figure during shipping. Upon lifting the foam cover containing the figure, you have a lower section full of goodies. As typical with most DX figures, Hot Toys has included a multitude of accessories which are secured inside a plastic tray which are further protected by a clear plastic cover. Lift the plastic tray, and you have three cardboard cutouts which once assembled provide a background that resembles the room from the interrogation scene in The Dark Knight.
The Joker 2.0 figure is based on an advanced body with 35 points of articulation. I was curious to see how this figure will hold up in the articulation department since I’ve had issues with some previous Hot Toys releases where the great craftsmanship that goes into the clothing, unfortunately, restricts the figure’s movement. I am glad to say that we don’t have the same issues with articulation such as the ones encounter with the Avengers Captain America Figure . This figure is extremely flexible and even more importantly, stable. I was pleasantly surprised by how well this figure can stand on its own without the assistance of the included stand when posed in ways that would cause other figures to tip over. I have nothing but praise for this figure in the articulation department which in my opinion is just as important as a great looking figure. Moving onto the actual sculpting of this figure, I have to say that this is one of the most accurate head sculpts I’ve seen on a figure in a long time. There is no questioning that you are looking at Heath Ledger when you look at the included head sculpts. Hot Toys has generally done a good job with the Heath Ledger’s head sculpt on the previous Joker releases, but since I do not own any of the previous releases I can only go by what I see in product photographs, and this one appears to be a step up from the already excellent DX01 head sculpt. The normal head sculpt which features the Parallel Eyeball Rolling System (PERS) which allows you to control the position of the eye with a small joystick behind the head which is accessed by removing a magnetically attached hair. This system adds more realism to these DX figures by allowing you to bring the characters to life rather than being stuck with one expression. The second head sculpt with features The Joker laughing is quite eerie to look at and quite reminiscent of Ledger’s performance during the interrogation scene. This second head sculpt does not contain the PERS as the eyes are permanently closed. The paint job on both head sculpts is close to perfection. Skin tones show through the makeup just like Ledger’s makeup in the movie, dark smudges around the eyes and the deep reds around the cuts on the mouth are extremely well done.
If I had to describe the clothing included with this figure in one word it would be Outstanding. The craftsmanship that has gone to tailoring all the clothing is jaw-dropping. The Figure is wearing the classical Joker purple striped suit from the movie. The vest, shirt, and tie are all outstandingly detailed and the vest sports fully functional buttons and pockets. A grey coat with an orange inner lining sits on top of this layer atop of which sits the purple suede coat. Attention to detail is the name of the game here with the Joker sporting a gold chain around his waist, highly detailed shoes and lifting the trousers reveals fully tailored and detailed socks.
Being a DX figure, Hot Toys usually packs these figures with lots of accessories and additional clothing options. I was disappointed to see that unlike the first DX release which contained both the classical Joker outfit and the Joker in Police outfit, we only get one clothing option here. To make up for that, Hot Toy has included a slew of accessories to satisfy even the most diehard fans. To start off with, you get the metal chair, lamp and metal table from the interrogation room. Unfortunately, I found the chair to be on slightly off in scale. It appears to be smaller and lower than it should be and after comparing it to the movie, the chair does indeed look slightly smaller and not at the correct scale. It’s not a huge deal, but it is something that I immediately noticed. Plenty of accessories are included for the psychopathic, mass murdering, schizophrenic clown to use on his quest to spread chaos in Gotham City. You get a machine gun, a shotgun, a pistol, three different kinds of knives, a knife insert that goes into the front of the left shoe, a bunch of dollar bills and Joker cards. You also get a pencil which can be inserted into the metal table and stands upright once inserted and a pair of handcuffs to use as part of the interrogation scene. Hot Toys has included additional pairs of swap out hands with this figure, specifically, three additional pairs of gloved hands and three additional pairs of bare hands in varying motions and poses. If you are lucky and managed to snag a Sideshow Exclusive version, you also get a detonator in a box and Grumpy’s clown mask which can be equipped over the face.
Display option wise, The Joker ships with a large square stand that has a metal sheet looking base. The Joker DX is written on the front on a metal plaque, and the Batman logo and The Dark Knight are engraved on the metal sheet. The base comes with a light-up feature which has two small lights in the front two corners which can be adjusted to shine on the figure. The base takes 3 AAA batteries which are not included. The final display option for this DX figure is a set of 3 cardboard cut-outs which once put together using the provided Velcro form the background for the interrogation scene. It’s a nice touch to add more drama to the display. Unfortunately, this would have worked a lot better had Hot Toys also included the base as well, without it, the display looks odd because the illusion of being in the interrogation room is ruined by your display case’s base.
I am extremely satisfied with this figure. The excellent head sculpt, the amazing paint app and the outstanding clothing all come together for a figure worth owning. The included accessories are great and varied though I think the price is a bit too high at the SRP of $274.99 considering we don’t get any additional outfits like the original DX01 figure. Sure, we get the chair and the table, but the Luke Skywalker DX figure included TWO full bodies, lots of accessories AND the Weathervane stand for $299.99 which is more justifiable than the asking price for this figure.
The Joker 2.0 figure is an outstanding release for anyone who missed the original DX figure and is worthy of your collection. The asking price is a little bit too high in my opinion when you put it into the perspective of other DX figures, but that is the price we pay for being in this hobby. I think $250 would have been a much more appropriate price point for this release when compared to other DX figures. Highly recommended.
This product was purchased by the reviewer and was not provided by the manufacturer for this review.