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Mattel Batman The Joker Mattel, 2013
Day #1,172: May 1, 2015
Mattel Batman The Joker Action Figure The Joker
The Clown Prince of Toys

Batman Action Figure
Item No.:
Asst. Y7572 No. Y8164
Manufacturer: Mattel
Includes: Nothing
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $5.00
Availability: June 2013
Other: Now $3 at Tuesday Morning if you can find one

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Mattel Batman The Joker Action FigureI bought The Joker a couple of years ago when the action figure world was forking itself into a couple of directions. One were large, cheap figures that made a value proposition in giving you 12-inches of toy for about $10, or 31-inches for about $30. The other was to go cheaper, $5 for a 3 3/4-inch action figure. The big guys seem to be doing quite well now, while the 3 3/4-inch ones are getting more and more expensive and seem to have forgotten the whole "this was supposed to be cheap" mandate. Good luck finding a $5 Mattel Batman in 2015, and the $6 figures are anywhere from $6-$10 from Hasbro now as retailers realized consumers will pay more - they're just jacking up the prices. Most of the 3 3/4-inch Marvel $6 lines are fading away, so it looks like 3 3/4-inch action figure newness is increasingly expensive except for a few figures for a few very big movies. But at least we got this weirdo Joker for $5, right?

The stylized figure looks like other Jokers we got out of Mattel, plus other Batman figures. We've seen numerous other characters at higher price points in this scale, from boxed sets to fancy robot sidekicks with Batman. There's a lot going on here that we're ignoring, but I jumped on this figure because I was having a bad day and there's very little $5 can't cure. The funny thing is despite being sold at discount stores for kids, it's a lot ore fun as a weird collector figure. He can stand, he's colorful, and his joints move nicely. However he can't sit, as his coattails are long and not flexible with hip joins that don't rotate all the way.

Mattel Batman The Joker Action Figure

Thanks to the big purple feet, the figure stands quite nicely. There's no need for a display stand and this is handy as Mattel neglected to give him holes for foot pegs. Each hand looks as if it was sculpted for a gun, but no accessory was included. The figure is molded in a mix of purple, white, and orange plastics giving the figure this wonderful look that really does make it feel like what it is - a toy. The Joker's head has a super-pointy, Jughead-esque nose and a hairstyle that's part classic Joker and part green Ruby Rhod. The grin is grotesque as always with huge, off-white teeth and a really clean red outline around his lips. The eyes are small red dots, making the head the most nicely decorated part of a very nicely decorated figure. The torso has some straps and buckles painted, as well as an ascot and a flower. The Mattel people did a really nice job here as it's difficult to make figure details at this size nice and clean. Look at Hasbro's collector lines if you have any doubts - getting it right is tough!

Mattel Batman The Joker Action FigureThe hunched-over figure has huge mitts and big boots, but it still seems more or less human in proportions. This is a figure that seems to borrow a little from the whole designer toy movement while also reaching back into the simpler Kenner toys of the 1990s. The lack of stripes or boot soles or other painted extras may turn you off, but this was a $5 figure. Such things are novel in and of themselves, and I try to make sure I support a nice cheap toy whenever I see it. Not every parent is going to drop $10-$20 on a collector figure for their child, nor will most kids want to "collect them all!" like in the old days. If you're lucky, most new 3 3/4-inch kid-driven superhero lines will yield 3-6 figures per year so grab the good ones when you can. This is a good one... it's not impressive, it's not bad, it's just a fine example of what a good toy action figure for kids can be if a company really puts their mind do it. For $7 or $8, this figure fails to impress. If the face paint was bad, I wouldn't suggest getting it. But if you happen across one in your travels, just buy it. It's neat.

--Adam Pawlus

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