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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Death Does Good Business

posted by on May 7 at 15:03 PM

Action figures of Heath Ledger’s Joker are selling like hot cakes

Heath Ledger may be gone, but commerce lives forever. The New York Post says toy stores across town are selling out of a plastic version of the Joker from The Dark Knight so quickly, they can’t keep shelves stocked.

The $9.99 action figure has been ending up on eBay at a substantial markup, including at least one seat of the Joker and Batman going for $55. “There are none left in the warehouse, either,” a Toys R Us employee told the paper. “You will be waiting a while if you want one.”

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Actually, the "Bruce Wayne" unmasked variant of Batman from that same Mattel line is even more scarce.

Posted by Peter F | May 7, 2008 3:10 PM

Ugh, another remake of a remake....

American movies suck! I am sure it will be better than the new Star Trek though..

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | May 7, 2008 3:25 PM

who is making this action figure?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | May 7, 2008 3:31 PM

@3, Mattel has two lines with Joker figures based on the movie, one that's more mass market, that looks less like Heath, and one that's more aimed at collectors, which is harder to find (both lines only hit retail last Thursday). DC Comics' own collector-aimed toy brand, DC Direct, has their own superdetailed figure coming based on Ledger's version of the character, which will be more expensive and in limited quantities.

There's a zillion licensed items coming with images of Heath Ledger as the Joker, though -- everything from Halloween costumes for kids (and dogs!) to tee shirts, posters and bed sheets.

Posted by Peter F | May 7, 2008 4:13 PM

batman is really boring. the same villain TWICE?

that's like having Lex Luthor as the villain in 2 Superman movies...

Posted by max solomon | May 7, 2008 4:49 PM

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