Review: Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts Injustice Joker

When Tamashii first announced they’d be producing Injustice: God Among Us figures, I was excited that we’d be seeing DC characters in the S.H. Figuarts style, which is currently one of my favorite lines to collect. While the source material isn’t necessarily my first choice, the prototypes on display at San Diego Comic-Con and New York Comic Con looked great and the final products don’t disappoint.

The Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts Injustice Joker is based on the The Joker’s appearance in the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game. While I haven’t played the game–I’m more of an Arkham series genre gamer–the art style has a unique look, which for the Joker translates into a demonic gaze, lanky build and utilitarian garb. Tamashii interpreted the game model perfectly and the figure looks like it stepped right off the screen. Each of the three portraits is impressive, but the devilish grin with decaying teeth is my favorite. All three of the heads have amazing paint applications from the dark spots around the eyes to the “texture” of the skin. Even the neck is impressive because it has these nasty skin folds and wrinkles, which shows the sculpting team’s dedication to making this figure perfect.

The Joker’s costume looks good and has nice weathering on the suit, detail on the buckles and straps, and makes good use of the right plastic type in the right places to ensure articulation isn’t hindered. The boots are diecast and help balance the figure and the lapels appear to be metal as well, but I can’t tell. I thought the figure was going to have a few more diecast pieces based on the prototype at New York Comic Con, but either way I’m fine without the diecast since it really wouldn’t contribute to the figure’s aesthetic any further. The diecast feet I understand, but anything else just wouldn’t make sense.


S.H. Figuarts figures are known for not compromising articulation and aesthetic and this figure definitely does not! Everything is double-hinged or double-jointed and the design team went as far as having the legs and arms be able to pull away from the body slightly in order to give them a wider range of motion. The figure can easily double-grip the included crowbar, touch the gag flower on his lapel using the arm on the same side and achieve countless stances thanks to the highly-articulated feet with can swivel, pivot, rock side-to-side and bend at the toe. You won’t have any problems getting this figure in just about any pose you can imagine and the diecast feet make it well balanced so you don’t have to worry about it falling over.

Tamashii’s S.H. Figuarts Injustice Joker includes six additional switch-out hands, which would normally be overkill, but are important for the Joker since they serve as a means of expression for the character. From the gesture-friendly open palms, the weapons gripping hands or the card flashing hand, there isn’t a useless hand in the box. The one thing I didn’t like about the hands is Tamashii’s atypical use of pin joints at the wrists. I’m not a fan of pin joints because I’ve always thought they break a figure’s aesthetic and this is no exception. I understand their application and possible need for this figure, but I still dislike them.

Besides the aforementioned crowbar, the Joker also includes a knife and a revolver both of which are accurate to their game appearance. The knife is particularly impressive because it looks just like the model and there are some ornate decorations on it that could have been left off to cut corners. My favorite accessory is the pair (two) of chattering teeth, which are articulated and can open and close. The chattering teeth looked so good when I pulled them out of the package I actually thought Tamashii made wind-up functioning miniature chattering teeth. Sadly, they don’t wind up even though they look like the should. Finally, Joker comes with a lightweight plastic tampo-printed Joker playing card, which is the quintessential accessory to cap off this figure.

There really isn’t much I can complain about when it comes to Tamashii’s S.H. Figuarts Injustice Joker. The figure is on model,  is loaded with accessories and can be posed in every way I’d ever consider posing a Joker figure. A pie accessory would have put the figure over the top, and I’m surprised it wasn’t included, but the chattering teeth and playing card suffice. I’m thoroughly impressed with this figure and highly recommend it. I know the Injustice line may not be the “it” line when it comes to DC, but Tamashii has done such an amazing job the the S.H. Figuarts Joker, it’s a must have. As the S.H. Figuarts Injustice line picks up traction and more figures join the lineup–Superman, Harley Quinn–the Joker will become a coveted piece and I’d recommend purchasing it now while the price hovers below the suggested retail price.

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