Potentially from the backroom of misfit toys.

§ November 13th, 2013 § Filed under misfit toys § 6 Comments

Someone had brought a bag of toys and action figures by the store over the weekend, possibly for us to sell on consignment for her on the eBay. She didn’t leave the bag with us, as she wanted to think about it some more, so sadly I didn’t get to take my own photos of one of the toys within. Thus, I ransacked some other innocent eBay auctions for the images that follow:

This particular series of action figures date from the ’90s, which we didn’t carry in our shop at the time and therefore I didn’t have much exposure to them. I was struck by just how odd-looking this particular Pirate Joker figure was, having not seen it before.

The Legends of Batman series had a number of pirate-themed Bat-figures, inspired by this “Elseworlds” annual from ’94 (from which “The Laughing Man” sobriquet on the Joker figure had its origin). A Pirate Two-Face, a First Mate Robin…all the series needed was a Bat-pirate ship accessory, with a Batty Roger flag flying from the mast.

Here is your slightly more-gothy variant. There’s probably a Johnny Depp reference to be made here as well, what with people wanting him to be the Joker, and the whole Captain Jack Sparrow thing, and back, back from the event horizon of this pop-culture black hole, damn your eyes!

“Yo ho, yo ho, a Joker’s life for me”

Anyway, I was amused by the existence of this figure, and thought I’d share.

(images from these eBay auctions)

6 Responses to “Potentially from the backroom of misfit toys.”

  • Snark Shark says:

    gay pirate Joker! and part piranha, judging by the TEETH.

    ” a First Mate Robin”

    oh, I think he’d be a Cabin Boy!

  • Pal Cully says:


  • Mike, I HAVE THIS FIGURE. I bought it as a kid, along with Robin Hood Batman and Sorta-Zorro Batman (is this the Pirate one? I thought he’s meant to be sorta Zorro). It’s a terrible figure, and it looks even freakier when you look at it from the side, the way Joker oddly extends his leg to the front… I don’t want this figure anymore. Do you… do you want to buy it?

    P.S. It’s terrible, but I think we actually did call him “Gay Pirate Joker” when I was a kid…

  • Mathew says:

    I didn’t know Neil Gaiman modeled for toys.

  • ExistentialMan says:

    That Joker figure’s face looks like Marjoe Gortner.

  • Ed (Jack Norris) says:

    The Joker’s parents were Paul Stanley and Jay Leno?