Each week we take a close look at a comic book collectible. That means taking it out of the package. In this edition, we're journeying back to The Dark Knight movie with The Joker (Bank Robber Version 2.0) from Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles.
Be sure to check out our video at the top of the page to get a different look.
This is the version of the Joker from his latest big screen appearance (portrayed by Heath Ledger). He's wearing the suit he wore in the movie during the bank heist scene when we got our first glimpse at him.
It's almost eerie seeing how well they've captured his likeness.
There are a lot of accessories that comes with this figure. He comes with a deck of Joker cards. Each one has different art and you could put them in one of his hands.
There is a stack of money. I didn't mention this in the video but each one has a Joker face drawn on it, as in the movie.
You can have Joker holding a gun, a shotgun, or a switch blade. The blade actually retracts.
There are many smoke bombs and grenades (you'll see more below) but one fits under the back of his suit. You can see his Joker jacket underneath and there's a string you can either hook onto his back or put on his finger so he's ready to pull it.
A second head is included from when Joker had the clown mask on, before he revealed himself. What I like about this type of head is it snaps in down low under the shirt. You don't see a separate head and neck joint or any seams.
If you have a Dark Knight/Batman figure, you can have them face off against each other. Also, here's a better look at the shotgun.
You can see he's carrying a dufflebag over his shoulder.
Inside you can put the smoke bombs and grenades. They can be attached and organized in a shelf-type thing so you don't have to worry about having a big old mess in the bag. There are also little pins that can be removed from each bomb. The zipp
I didn't mention the backdrop. It's (obviously) the school bus from the scene in the movie. There's also a diamond shape stand with his name and a watch too.
The quality is what you would expect from a Hot Toys figure. There is plenty of articulation. I dig that these figures can easily stand on their own but you also have the stand to give more support. You have plenty of hands and accessories to mix up how you display him. The different heads are cool. The detail in both are amazing. The clown mask looks great but chances are, you'll want to have the actual Joker head on when you display it.
The figure is currently available at Sideshow Collectibles: http://bit.ly/BuyJokerBankRobber. The price is $269.99 and you can click on that link to get the rest of the specs if you're interested in the weight and height, etc.
If you have a Batman figure or, more especially, a Batman figure from one of the Dark Knight movies, you'll definitely want to get this figure to go along with it. Thanks to Sideshow Collectibles for letting us check out the figure.