#365DaysOfWriting — Day 308

Batman by Tim Burton

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Tim Burton created a Batman universe. Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson got together and went nuts, quite literally…

Hold your horses. This isn’t a movie review.

It isn’t a review of any sort, really. It’s just exhilaration at finally getting one of my Holy Grail figures…

Heeeeere’s Joker!

Yeah Jack Nicholson dropped by to say hi. This is a Hot Toys DX08 Joker. DX stands for Deluxe Series. For those of you who aren’t aware, Hot Toys is a Hong Kong-based production house that develops, manufactures and designs highly detailed movie and comic book merchandise. Their prices are as premium as their products, and for many years I harboured ambitions to get one of my own. I used to look up at other people’s Hot Toys collections and admire them.

Now, in the space of 2 years, I have 2.

A couple of years back, I got this guy.

I’m Batman

The Batman Returns Batman – Hot Toys MMS 293. MMS stands for Movie Masterpiece Series. I got this in 2015. Ever since, I’ve been on the lookout for the Jack Nicholson Joker. And I got him today.

It’s not entirely an accurate representation…

The figures themselves are perfect. But Batman is in his Returns suit, while Joker is from the first Batman movie. I couldn’t get Michael Keaton from the first Batman movie. But it’s okay, I like mixing and matching anyway. And they’re from the same universe, so it doesn’t matter much I suppose.

They look great, which is what matters.

Both come with a ton of alternate hands and a lot of props. Batman even comes with 2 alternate facial expressions. I couldn’t buy the Bruce Wayne/Batman 2-pack, that was way too expensive. Joker doesn’t come with an alternate face, but he comes with a load of accessories and the box is a collector’s delight.

Batman: Stop poking me. Joker: Get lost pointy-eared devil.

I don’t know how to explain it, but there is a certain feeling of pride. From admiring Hot Toys to buying two of my own, it’s been one heck of a journey. And as a fan of Batman and the Burtonverse, I couldn’t have asked for a better start.

Next on my list: the Christopher Reeve Superman. Call me old-fashioned, but I like his Superman more than Cavill’s.

Here’s looking forward. And Happy Holi, everyone!

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