Sideshow Collectibles’ recently released Joker Premium Format Figure is a poignant homage to Batman’s chilling nemesis from 2008’s, “The Dark Knight”. Taking its place among the ranks of other stunning Sideshow pieces inspired by the DC Comics cinematic universe (including the Christopher Reeve, Superman: The Movie statue), The Joker is a must-have for ardent superhero fans, discerning movie buffs, and every flavor of collector in between.
So, why is Sideshow’s Joker Premium Format Figure so exceptionally craveable? For starters, the statue boasts a remarkably lifelike portrait of Heath Ledger. Sideshow’s creative team has done a marvelous job capturing the multitude of the actor’s subtle intricacies. With its recreation of The Joker’s sinister gaze as he flashes his namesake card in his right hand, to the realistic skin texture, distinctive clown makeup, and unforgettably haunting maw, the head sculpt makes for an uncanny and immediately captivating visual prelude.
Complementing the head sculpt, Sideshow’s depiction of The Joker boasts a remarkably detailed costume. The statue comes decked out in a multi-layered outfit consisting of a fitted cloth shirt, tie, vest, jacket, socks (though they only cover the ankles) and matching purple trousers and overcoat. Other costume elements like the shoes and gloves are also convincingly realized despite being sculpted.
Sideshow’s Joker Premium Format Figure comes with even more display-enhancing additions. The base of the roughly 19-inch statue has been crafted to resemble a damaged roadway and comes with three molded fire effects designed to make it appear as if the Gotham City street is ablaze. As a special bonus for buyers of the Sideshow Exclusive version, the standard machine gun-toting left hand can be swapped out with another holding a detonator. The interchangeability is a nice touch and a welcome feature given the figure’s otherwise static presentation.
Sideshow Collectibles’ Joker Premium Format Figure began shipping this month at the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $499.99 USD. While its screen-accuracy may require a splurge, collectors that choose to indulge will find themselves in possession of a showpiece that’s truly worthy of “The Dark Knight” vision of the Clown Prince of Crime.