REVIEW: HOT TOYS - The Joker (1989)

REVIEW: HOT TOYS - The Joker (1989)

Does the Hot Toys The Joker (1989) 1/6 scale figure from Tim Burton's Batman meet the standards of a high end collection? Should you add it to yours? Find out our take on this figure in the review after the jump.

In 1989, Warner Bros released the first movie in their Batman franchise. Little did they know, but it would spawn six more live action films and feature one of the most iconic characters in film history. Jack Nicholson stole the show in that film, outperforming Michael Keaton's title character.

Fans of that movie have long pined for a truly ultimate collectible from that film and Hot Toys has delivered in every way possible. Is it the ultimate Joker collectible ever made? Possibly. Is one of the top 1/6 scale figures ever produced? Could be.

Knowing that Sideshow Collectibles was sending me one for review, I waited for it to arrive, checking my front door on a daily basis. Hey I know I could just check the UPS website, but I still hoped that they would deliver days before the scheduled arrival date (as they have been known to do before).

When I received the package, I could barely control myself trying to rip into the cardboard packing box. Once I pulled it free from its cardboard prison, the figure turned out to be everything I could hope for and then some!


The Joker (1989) features a nice box with faded out artwork of the figures face on the front.  The front piece folds open to get a look at the basic figure with a list of the features and artists that contributed in the production of this figure.  There really isn't anything too spectacular about the packaging, but we really aren't looking at the packaging for this particular figure are we?


Having owned several 1/6 figures and a few based on likenesses of actors, I can honestly say without a doubt, this is the closest to a 100 percent spot on likeness that I have ever seen.  Everything from the sculpted pores on his face to exact replica of that crazy smile he had in the film.  The sculpt is absolutely perfect!

The hands are sculpted perfectly so that all of the accessories fit easily and correctly.  Sometimes the hands for 1/6 scale figures do not work well with the weapons/accessories that are boxed with them, but all of the hands work well.  Some of the hands are sculpted to give the opportunity to recreate memorable scenes from the movie.


Let me qualify this part before moving forward.  I usually rate paint jobs on figures (yes even Hot Toys figures) as being sub-par.  The ability to get a good paint job from a company that produces these toys in bulk is just few and far between.  It really requires expert individuals to completely paint something like this to get that perfect look that you just can't get from an assembly line of painters.

With that said, this could quite possibly be the best paint-job I have ever seen on a collectible.  The attention to detail on the face is just remarkable.  The eyes are perfect and look like miniature eyeballs.  It looks as if each individual tooth was painted with care.  It just doesn't get any better than this on massed produced figure.

The only problem I have is with the hair.  some spots, especially on the back of the head look streaked.  Since this is on the back of the head though, I can't complain much because it will be displayed looking forward.


The suits are created with the same care and quality that the figure itself was made with.  Sometimes with 1/6 scale figures, clothing can look a little odd.  Creating something that small and making it look natural is hard.  There are way more misses than success in this scale.  Hot Toys has dones something special with this one though.  Each piece looks like it should.  Cuffs are the correct size, seam lines are non-existant and the fedora fits perfectly on the head.


Hot Toys is known for creating quality pieces that truly represent movie stars and characters that they are modeled after.  I have seen a few (Iron Man Mark III, Captain America) figures that just don't meet the high quality standards that Hot Toys is known for, but this figure exceeds expectations.

This is not only the ultimate Joker collectible in my collection now, but probably the ultimate collectible period, in my collection. There is no way you can go wrong purchasing this one. Whether you want it to display in your collection, or even to hold on to it take advantage of selling it in the future, you are going to want to add it to your collection.

If you ever wanted a Joker collectible and are looking for the ultimate piece you can add to your collection, do not wait order this figure now! It is $264.99, but if you wait and try to get this one next year, you can expect to probably pay upwards of $800.00 for this one.

Order your Hot Toys DX Series Joker Collectible Figure (1989 Version) here.

John Wilbanks
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DioFoRio - 11/28/2012, 12:37 PM
looks nothing like Ledger
DioFoRio - 11/28/2012, 12:38 PM
Pretty cool toy man. Next incarnation better be an amalgamation of the two.
DioFoRio - 11/28/2012, 12:38 PM
too late Church!!
DioFoRio - 11/28/2012, 12:44 PM
best Joker all around is Hamill's
DioFoRio - 11/28/2012, 12:44 PM
Damn it beat me to it.
Saintsinnister - 11/28/2012, 12:44 PM
This is awesome, but 260 is a bit high. 800 is rediculas. Maybe if i win the powerball for 500 mil i might splurge and buy this thing

jessepostal - 11/28/2012, 12:46 PM
Looks great. you cant compare jokers or say which one was better, jacks was the joker of the film world than, ledgers was the film world now. If ledgers joker would have been in the 89 batman people would have hated it and called it camp. How the tables have turned
Giznad - 11/28/2012, 12:46 PM
what about Michael Keaton's Batman toy? I'm not sure if it's Sideshow or not, but it's the antithesis of this toy. I want to know more about that one actually.
Funsize - 11/28/2012, 12:47 PM
Favorite villain!!! He's awesome!! I love Harley Quinn too!!!
Saintsinnister - 11/28/2012, 12:47 PM
Hamills is not the best joker at all. That stupid music they played every time he came out pissed me off. The voice wasnt terrible but the rediculas things he did as parts of his crimes were almost 60's style stupid.
TheJoker52 - 11/28/2012, 12:49 PM
I Believe Mark Hamill to be the best Joker , but on Film Jack was 10 times better then Heath Ledger could of ever hoped to be .
BlueDemon - 11/28/2012, 1:01 PM
Hurry the Nolanites will be here soon....Give Jack his respect. He did a great job. Watch it without being a nolanite smug douchebag
GoILL - 11/28/2012, 1:01 PM
If I had the money I would buy every cbm Hot Toys related figure. [frick] Nolanites and Marvelites alike.
Rowsdower - 11/28/2012, 1:02 PM
I hate how it doesn't come with an alternate art museum head. That was the most iconic Joker moment in the movie for me.
BackwardGalaxy - 11/28/2012, 1:21 PM
I have their Reeve Superman. It became my favorite piece in my collection the second it arrived.
AlexDeLarge87 - 11/28/2012, 1:26 PM
Nicholson rules! :)
AlexDeLarge87 - 11/28/2012, 1:34 PM
marvel72 - 11/28/2012, 1:35 PM
nice,nicholson best live action joker ever!
BubblesShedAndBreakfast - 11/28/2012, 1:46 PM
Nice review. I remember watching reviews about this on Youtube earlier in the year. Beautiful detail!!!!!
DaCottDamnBatman - 11/28/2012, 2:04 PM
Ceejay - 11/28/2012, 2:07 PM
Jack Nicholson's Joker was terrible, his make up was static to the point of being frozen. His physique was so buff he was larger than the midget they got to play Batman alongside him. And his entire performance was just the run of the mill Jack Nicholson, in fact there was very little difference between him and Cesar Romero who played The Joker in Adam West's silly Batman.

Mark Hamil's Joker and Heath Ledger's astounding re-imagining of Bob Kane's original concept are the only two worthy of recognition.

Nice Toy, Shit and Fat Joker!
DaCottDamnBatman - 11/28/2012, 2:08 PM
DaCottDamnBatman - 11/28/2012, 2:08 PM
Rowsdower - 11/28/2012, 2:16 PM
Yeah, because escaping from Arkham on giant rocket Christmas tree is just sooooo much cooler than what Jack was asked to do.
RSDhillon - 11/28/2012, 2:45 PM
I like Hamill, Nicholson and Ledger's Jokers.
But for me it goes Nicholson, Hamill and then Ledger.
Yes, Nicholson was the best for me, but I, admittedly, have not seen my share of Batman: The Animated Series episodes.
Spideyguy94 - 11/28/2012, 3:23 PM
Never liked batman 89 for 2 reasons. 1) batman killed people, something he is very much against, and if people bring up the fact batman killed people in the early comics then your just making excuses up, because batman only killed people for 1 year out of his 70+ year history. And 2) Jack Nicholson was just playing himself and jokers motivation was he wanted bang vicky vale. The jokers only motivation should be to mess shit up because he feels like it or to mess with batman or even both, not because he's likes some hot chick. Joker doesn't even care about himself let alone some woman.
beane2099 - 11/28/2012, 3:24 PM
I'll always think Hamil's Joker is the best. But I'm a fan of Nicholson and Ledger's takes too. I've seen this figure (or whatever you call it) on display at LCS. It's absolutely awesome. Totally want this.
NextHero08 - 11/28/2012, 3:28 PM
Ceejay must of been born ten years ago, doesn't know what a good movie is and how to pay respect to great characters and the actors that portray them.
NextHero08 - 11/28/2012, 3:30 PM
@Spideyguy94- Yea, because he called out Batman and poisoned the hygiene products, gassed the parade and took over the mobs for Vicki Vale.
unknownfacts - 11/28/2012, 3:32 PM
Both jokers were cast perfectly for their respective universe Jack joker reflected the comic book world while Ledgers Joker reflected the twisted mind the Joker, but everyones intitled to thier own opinions.
NextHero08 - 11/28/2012, 3:33 PM
and someone PLEASE remind me how Ra's Al Guhl and Two-Face died again in Nolans series? O yea, thats right...
yourdaddy - 11/28/2012, 4:20 PM
yeah hamill's is the best joker.
nowtheresaBATman - 11/28/2012, 4:25 PM
lol I concur w/ Ceejay- right on man
nowtheresaBATman - 11/28/2012, 4:29 PM
"yeah hamill's is the best joker" I don't get it. Should the next live action Batman film be like Roger Rabbit then w/ a cartoon Joker or what?
BlueHawaiiSurfer - 11/28/2012, 5:13 PM
I hate it when people try to compare JN to HL. Two different styles, we are "lucky" to have them both. That being said Jack can't hold Heath's jock on this one. This toy is also sick. Love it!
M3T4LL0 - 11/28/2012, 5:49 PM
Cool figure.... no way i'd ever pay close to 300 bucks for it though.
DioFoRio - 11/28/2012, 7:29 PM
DioFoRio - 11/28/2012, 7:31 PM
@WherestherickinelsonBatman... I mean the portrayal and writting ..closest Joker yet. To each his own. Some people loved TDKR. Their opinion. And if ya wanna be technical. The best Bats in the theater was MOTP.
DCKfilms - 11/28/2012, 7:32 PM
Ah, Joker. Always brings a smile to my face. PS, my pic is an old drawing I did in '08. I made a account that long ago and lost my password until just recently.
breakUbatman - 11/28/2012, 7:49 PM
Man I used to love Batman 89 don't know how many times I took it out from the video club. Pulling out that pistol was classic

The Joker just dominates every movie he's in.

Personally though I prefer Why So Serious over Pale Moonlight,
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