Alex Ross’ Justice – Wave 3
September 22, 2005

A Closer look at Tim Bruckner’s Joker and Wonder Woman

At Comic Con in July we got a sneak peek at the 3rd assortment of DC Direct’s Justice line, based on the art and comic series of the same name by Alex Ross, in the form of the Hal Jordan Green Lantern figure sculpted by the uber-talented Karen Palinko. This week DC Direct solicited the entire third assortment that includes: Green lantern, Poison Ivy, The Joker, Plastic man and Wonder Woman.

DC Direct and their talented stable of sculptors are still working out innovative ways to disguise useful articulation in their artist specific figures that maintain the look and feel of the artists work brought to three dimensions, but still serve the fans so not every piece is a preposed slightly articulated statue. With that in mind DC Direct has allowed us this closer look at the Joker and Wonder Woman Justice figures sculpted by fan-favorite Tim Bruckner.

The challenge they faced in translating Alex Ross’ Joker into an action figure, was to be able to pose him in the iconic "hands resting on cane" position and yet have the articulation flexible enough to allow him to strike alternate poses, such as having his arms to the side. They gave him modified ball jointed shoulders, a redesigned inverted ball jointed neck, ball jointed wrists, redesigned elbow joints and V-crotch articulation to give him a broad range of poseablity while keeping the integrity of the sculpt intact.

The redesigned inverted ball jointed neck, for instance, maintains the look of the head and neck being one solid piece instead of a cut or swivel just below the jaw line, and hides the articulation in the collar of his tux so that you can still have him look up or down as well as side to side.




The same effort was made in trying to maintain a high level of naturalism with Wonder Woman. Tim has sculpted Wonder Woman several times for DC Direct in the form of statues, busts and action figures, and he really wanted to improve upon his past work and innovate some new features that would still maintain the look of portraiture, but still be an "action" figure. She has a modified pivot assembly hidden in her neck that allows her to change the angle of her head as its turned. She has ball jointed shoulders, redesigned elbow joints, a more natural knee joint and a hidden T-crotch joint assembly that allows a broad range of motion while keeping the actual joint assembly hidden in the costume. Another innovation Tim worked into this figure is his redesigned elbow joints that appear pin-less from the outside (still a visable pin on the inside of the joint) making the outside of the arm look more natural..


A big "Thank you" to DC Direct and Tim Bruckner for this opportunity to take a closer look at these highly anticipated pair of figures.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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