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REVIEW: The Joker Tonner Character Figure

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Background

Batman’s archenemy – The Joker – has been portrayed by a number of famous actors.  Cesar Romano was the famous villain in the 1960’s television show; Jack Nicholson was the Joker in the 1989 Batman film; Mark Hamill was the voice actor in Batman: The Animated Series; and Heath Ledger will be the Joker in the upcoming film – The Dark Knight.

Tonner Doll chose to add the character to their DC Stars line.  But the company decided to model it after Robert Tonner’s take on the comic book character rather than a specific actor.  This is consistent with the rest of the Tonner Character Figures’ DC Stars series.

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Packaging

Similar to the rest of the DC Stars line, The Joker is packaged in the solid black box with the DC Stars logo on the front.  And as always, Tonner takes pride in protecting their items and making sure that they arrive to you unharmed and unscathed.


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The Figure

The Joker Tonner Character Figure is approximately 16” tall and has 14 points of articulation.  They have used the “Matt O’Neill” body sculpt, which is the average (and not muscle-bound superhero) male body sculpt.

The figure’s body is completely made of white hard plastic with a vinyl head and green, rooted saran hair.  The outfit The Joker is wearing is his most recognizable: a purple suit (with poseable coattails); orange vest; green shirt; black ribbon tie; two-tone shoes; and a green walking stick. 

The limited edition figure is available in a run of 3,000 pieces.

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Our Opinion

When I first saw the preview photos of The Joker Tonner Character Figure, I was a little creeped out.  But I’m guessing that a homicidal maniac should be a little disturbing. Robert Tonner’s sculpting work reflects the crazed look of the comic book supervillain. 

I believe that this is where the line differs from other DC Comics related merchandise.  The DC Stars line is pretty much Tonner’s interpretation of the classic comic book characters, and the figures are not based on a specific film or animated series.

And as always, Tonner is at the head of the class when it comes to quality and attention to details.

You can pick one up at the following:

Tonner Direct: $169.99
The Urban Stash: $169.95

The Joker TCF Grades:

Quality: 10/10
Paint: 9/10
Durability: 9/10
Hype: 8/10
Fun Factor: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Overall: 9.3/10

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Comments

george
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Wow, for $170 bucks, I just don't see what you see. This character sculpt looks terrible, the outfit is awful and out of scale, and the hair looks like a joke! I'd say this is probably one of the worst Joker figures I've seen. IMHO!

george
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Wow, for $170 bucks, I just don't see what you see. This character sculpt looks terrible, the outfit is awful and out of scale, and the hair looks like a joke! I'd say this is probably one of the worst Joker figures I've seen. IMHO!

Slovak34
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I actually like that Tonner uses rooted hair as opposed to sculpted, but that's just my opinion. And it doesn't work for every character.

I'm not sure how the outfit is out of scale though…? This photo might have been the basis for the figure:
http://www.art.com/asp/sp-asp/_/pd–13110257/sp–A/The_Joker.htm

The line is definitely going for the classic look of the character.

And $170 is steep, but I've seen far less quality items sell for far more money.

Slovak34
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I actually like that Tonner uses rooted hair as opposed to sculpted, but that's just my opinion. And it doesn't work for every character.

I'm not sure how the outfit is out of scale though…? This photo might have been the basis for the figure:
http://www.art.com/asp/sp-asp/_/pd–13110257/sp–A/The_Joker.htm

The line is definitely going for the classic look of the character.

And $170 is steep, but I've seen far less quality items sell for far more money.

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