“Some men just want to watch the world burn,” said the great Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth in The Dark Knight. That morbid desire was certainly true of The Joker in that incredible film, and the character’s portrayal by Heath Ledger made you believe that without a shred of doubt. Ledger’s performance as Batman’s nemesis was unexpectedly scary, and is to this day, at least in my book, incomparable. As a self-proclaimed “agent of chaos,” he wanted to bring Gotham City to its knees, if for no other reason than the fact that he could. Everyone knows that the scariest motive for a villain to have for the death and destruction they wreak is no real motive at all, and that concept makes movies such as The Dark Knight so much more fun.
The late Ledger’s character is immortalized by the fantastic toy company Funko here with its miniature interpretation in the form of the wildly popular Pop! vinyl doll. They got the look as right as it could be in this format, featuring The Joker’s green hair, white face paint, dark eyeliner, trademark scars that make his wicked smile spread nearly ear-to-ear, and his mismatched clothing. He’s holding up the Joker card, which is his signature that he leaves to taunt his opposition. The Joker Pop! doll is joined by Batman, Catwoman, and Bane to round out The Dark Knight series for Funko.
This concludes this Friday’s feature that showcases another piece of my collection from Funko, one of my favorite toy companies. The toy maker, based in Washington state, keeps pumping this line of collectibles at breakneck speed, constantly adopting new properties from movies, video games, television shows, comic books, and even football teams. Check back here every Friday for a new edition of this series, and before you know it, you might find yourself building your own collection, and once you start with these, it’s impossible to stop. Until next week, keep calm and collect on!