Toy Review: DC Collectibles Batman: Arkham City | Series 3 Clown Thug with Knife

It’s Tuesday Toy Review again and this week I’m reviewing the DC Collectibles Batman: Arkham City Series 3 Clown Thug with Knife. This figure is based on the popular Arkham City video game. I’m not a gamer and thus, have never played the game, but all the same, I love the figures that have been coming as a result of the game.

I’ll be honest, I would never have bought this figure, except it was so incredibly cheap on Amazon. I’m happy I did buy it.


Figures in the Series

  • Character:Series 3 Clown Thug
  • Manufacturer: DC Collectibles
  • Series: Arkham City
  • Dimensions: 6
  • Recommended: Ages 14+
  • MSRP: $24.95 | Paid: $9.97
  • Part Number/SKU: X000DJ87LN
  • Buy it on Amazon

Articulation – ★★

The articulation on this figure is quite bad. Some of it has to be attributed to the mold of the figure, but in the end, they could have chosen either different joint types, different locations for the joints, or simply added more joints.

Total POA’s = 16

  • Arms – There are 4 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge Joint that allows an okay amount of motion, but due to the sculpt of the shoulders, the arms don’t move in what I’d consider a natural way.
    • Elbow: Pin/Hinge joint allows for about a 90 degree bend.
    • Forearm: Peg Joint allows for 360 degree twist of the arm just below the elbow. I would have preferred to have a wrist joint instead of this. The forearm joints on my figure are a little loose. Not loose enough that they won’t stay in place, but I anticipate they will get that way someday.
  • Legs – There are 3 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area. This is the most disappointing as there really needed to be more joints in the legs. Namely a knee joint would have been nice.
    • Hips: This is the standard DC Collectibles T jointed Peg joint. There’s decent forward motion, but almost no backward.
    • Thigh: Peg Cut Joint in the thigh is pretty much there to take the place of a knee joint. This joint is pretty important to the posability of the figure, but just really disappointing. Mine are a little loose too, which on a joint that is the critical joint in getting your figure to stand, that’s not good.
    • Knees: There are NO knee joints. SERIOUSLY?
    • Ankles: This isn’t actually an ankle joint as it’s at the top of the boot but it is a Peg Joint. Here again, this joint is ok, but would have been better served as a Pin/Hinge joint in the ankle and an ankle rocker.
  • Body: There is a Peg Joint in the waist that allows for a full 360 degree twist.
  • Head: Ball Joint in the neck that allows for a decent amount of side-to-side action. Not much forward and back, but enough. This is also a bit of a loose joint.

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Mold – ★★★★

They did a really nice job on the sculpt of this figure. Yes, there are issues, and the issues definitely cause issues with the articulation of the figure, but if this were a statue, this would be a really nice looking figure. There’s a lot of really nice detail on this figure. My favorite is the texture and detail they added to his pants. There was a lot of care put into sculpting this figure, which is a little surprising considering this is simply a Clown Thug figure. I really like it though, which is why I bought him. From the pictures he looked really nice and for $10, you can’t go wrong.

I also really love his boots. The detail of the boots is phenomenal. They even did some sculpt of the sole of the boot as well. Not the whole sole, but enough that when you look at the boots from above, it appears they molded the entire thing.

The biggest issue with the figure is his bowed legs. With no knee articulation the legs look weird. He looks a bit like he’s been riding a wide horse for a really, really long time.

Paint – ★★★★☆

Just like the mold, the paint is really quite good. There’s a good balance of washes and some dry brushing that really makes this guy pop. Again, the paint detail on his pants and boots is amazing.

Even his upper body is really well done, though a little more brushing to make his arms look a little dirtier would have helped. I especially love the Arkham Asylum logo on his tank top. And the red circle on it is a nice touch.

In the end, however, the best part has to be the “crazy” face paint the did.

Accessories – ★★★★☆

The Series 3 Clown Thug comes with a single giant knife. This thing is really cool, and the best part is it actually fits in his hands really nicely. It’s a bit on the large side, but considering he’s a bit of a crazy clown dude, one should think he’s going to choose a crazy big weapon to go with it. The paint is pretty simple with a silver blade and what seems to be a bit of a light dry brush of some black to dirty it up. The hilt is also a very simple black, but I really like it just the same. The sculpt of this knife is really cool. They even got the edge quite sharp (it’s not going to cut you though).

The paint is wearing off a bit so be careful as you use it.

Packaging – ★★★

I’m not a fan of the blister packaging that this figure comes in, but it’s the same design as the other figures in the series. My biggest issue with the packaging is that when you open it, you pretty much have to destroy the package to get in. If you’re not going to open yours then it’s pretty nice as the blister portion is shaped like Batman’s cowl.

Overall Rating – ★★★★

I really like this figure. He looks like he’s a really high quality figure. Posing is a bit difficult, but otherwise not such a big deal. I hesitate to give him 4 stars, but I don’t think the issues really warrant the loss of 2 full stars. He’s not a must have, but if you’re looking for a good goon figure for your Batman collection, this isn’t a bad option if you can get him around $10.

Do you have any of these figures? If so, do you have a review to share? Please share in the comments or link to your review.


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