It's no secret that studios always look beyond the theater to capitalize on their major film projects. Merchandising is a key aspect of the movie industry, as tie-in products can be a great source of revenue that adds large sums of money to the profits. One only has to look at the impact Star Wars: The Force Awakens had on retailers last year to see the immediate results. Fans love being able to bring parts of a movie home with them.
Studios like to make sure viewers of all ages can participate in the fun. For adult collectors, the créme de la créme is Sideshow Collectibles, known for their intricately detailed figures that are strikingly realistic. With Suicide Squad on the horizon, there's sure to be interest in a line of products featuring the colorful Worst. Heroes. Ever. Popular characters are abound in the film, including Jared Leto's interpretation of the Joker. Hot Toys has now unveiled their take on the Clown Prince of Crime.
The figure is the latest addition to their 1/6 scale line. You can check out a gallery of images below:
Part of the Movie Masterpiece Series, the figure will be an exclusive at Toy Fair. It depicts the Joker in his Arkham Asylum outfit, a look that has been glimpsed at in an official image from Suicide Squad (showing the Joker talking with Harleen Quinzel at the facility). Those familiar with Hot Toys should not be surprised at how detailed the sculpt is, nailing all of the little details right down to the villain's infamous collection of tattoos. For any DC fan, it's sure to be a worthwhile addition to a collection that would look great on display.
Of course, the figure will come with a variety of accessories. It comes with one Joker card, a chair, and a stand featuring a Joker nameplate, the Suicide Squad logo, and an Arkham Asylum backdrop. The body has more than 30 points of articulation and stands around 29.5 cm tall. There is one pair of relaxed hands, as well as a "finely tailored" straightjacket and navy Arkham Asylum pants to round out the costume. The expected release date is the third or fourth quarter of 2016.
Leto's spin on the villain was a lightning rod for controversy when the first picture was revealed, but thanks to the haunting teases in the various Suicide Squad trailers, there are now many viewers curious to see what the Oscar-winner can do in the role. It's true that Leto has a high bar to clear, especially since the last big screen Joker was the late Heath Ledger's generation-defining performance in The Dark Knight, but he's more than up for the challenge. Thanks to his unique method style, Leto could deliver a truly unique turn that makes an impression on the zeitgeist, which would only increase the demand for this figure.
Suicide Squad is scheduled to arrive in theaters on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman is slated for release on June 2, 2017; followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020.