Beast Kingdom will produce two 8″ tall figures based on Batman 1989. These include Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson’s iconic Joker. According to Superhero Hype, these two figures will be more akin to MEGO toys than Marvel Legends or Hot Toys versions.
No release date or price points have been announced yet. However, Beast Kingdom figures tend to land in the $50-$100 range. This may go even higher depending on the licensing agreement with Nicholson.
Jack Nicholson’s Joker from Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film is my favorite representation of the Clown Prince of Crime. Cesar Romero comes in the close second. Oddly, though, this version of the Joker didn’t have too many toys based on his likeness.
While Nicolson’s contract allowed him a portion of merchandising profits, only a few Joker figures were made based on the film. Hot Toys successfully captured Jack’s look with two 1/6th scale figures, but those are now very costly. Nevertheless, I had the classic purple-suited Joker, and the likeness was uncanny. The photos above show that BK is on the right track, but it needs to be refined.
I had the Toy Biz Joker and the Kenner one that came out a couple of years later. Toy Biz didn’t do an outstanding job, and when Kenner took over the license, things improved. Even then, we got a Joker with a color-changing face and the “knock-out” gun one. That was it.
This wasn’t the only example of weirdness with the Burton films. Instead of a movie-accurate Penguin, Kenner recycled the old Super Powers Penguin for the Batman Returns line. The only change? A new paint scheme.
At least these days, the toy companies better understand what the customer is looking for. Or maybe the licensing deals have changed. Who knows for sure. Either way, we get a 1989 Joker!
[Source: Superhero Hype]
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