After what seems like a rather long wait, it's finally here :) The debut of Hot Toys first 1/6 scale 12-inch collectible figure in their MMS DX series is none other than THE JOKER from "The Dark Knight" movie (first previewed HERE in April). It was supposed to be released in September but it's certainly well worth the wait. Once again, Hot Toys does not disappoint and another masterpiece is on the cards.
The box packaging itself is excellent. Gone are the days when you take the figure out of the box and throw away the packaging. This one's a keeper. The box is BIG (measuring 30cm/12 inches wide, 36.5cm/14.5 inches high and 13cm/5 inches deep) with metallic copper printing (an joker image is printed on the cover) combined with a very bright purple color
The box is held together by hidden magnets and opens to reveal a really regal looking interior
The inner flap with description of The Joker
Bored with stealing the mob's money, THE JOKER offers to eliminate the one obstacle that prevents the mob from taking over Gotham: BATMAN. Although the mob is initially reluctant to do business with the freakish rogue, they have no choice but to hire him when BATMAN, Gordon and Dent start building an open and shut case against them. THE JOKER relishes the opportunity, initiating a wave of murder and mayhem that brings the city to its knees and allows him to sadistically thrust BATMAN into a world of turmoil.
The cover tray reveals three 1:1 scale playing cards and a line Heath Ledger as THE JOKER utters in the film: "Introduce a little anarchy . Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I'm an agent of chaos."
There are actually five playing cards, two were hidden
A tribute to Heath Ledger as THE JOKER: "Unforgettable HEATH LEDGER (as) THE JOKER. We meet the new joker in The Dark Knight - psychopathic, schizophrenic and mass murdering clown with no empathy. Heath Ledger's portrayal deviates from the previous interpretations of the Joker. His incredible performance in The Dark Knight movie lives in our hearts!"
The top tray is removed to reveal...
Two jokers - one in his original costume/outfit and the Joker impersonating as a Police Officer
Hot Toys DX01 The Joker comes with ONE Hot Toys True Type figure with over 35 points of articulation, standing approximately 12 inches / 31 cm tall and is dressed in a improved & movie-accurate Joker costume of an overcoat, sport coat, vest, shirt, tie, suspenders, pants, socks and shoes.
The outstanding head sculpt of Heath Ledger as The Joker featuring Hot Toys' new Parallel Eyeball Rolling System (PERS) and colored Translucent Iris. The Parallel Eyeball Rolling System (PERS) is a brand new technique applied to Hot Toys MMS DX figures, Special features include: - Unique designed eyeballs with colored Translucent Iris - Simultaneous Positionable Eyeball Function which works in all direction and are designed to be as natural as human eyes (more on that in a future post)
The Joker impersonating as a Police Officer comes with a Gotham City police suit that he wears for the assassination scene in the movie. This is the only scene where we see The Joker without his make-up and although the head sculpt is that of Heath Ledger, he still carries the scarring and facial disfigurement.
The last tray in the box reveals all the other accessories that come with this Hot Toys DX Joker
Accessories include: Gotham Police Department hat, cop badge, safety pins, retractable knife, Glock pistol with removable magazine and M1 Garand Rifle
Various gloved hands for posing and his cop shoes
Also comes with really cool grenades rig as seen in the film (and his deck of Joker cards)
Deluxe MMS DX figure stand with LED lights
Next: I'll post pictures of The JOKER as a Gotham City Police Officer
More Reviews of Hot Toys DX Joker:
Review III - More Cop Joker: It's in the fine details
Review IV - New P.E.R.S. (Parallel Eyeball Rolling System) Joker
Review V - DX Joker with grenades
Update: Comparing the first release Joker and this latest DX joker