Power Action Madcap Mallet

About This Vintage Toy

The Joker character was created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson. This iconic adversary often depicts the unstable human mind, complementing Batman’s mystery and dark persona. The Joker’s first comic appearance was in the debut issue of the comic book Batman #1, published on April 25, 1940. Interestingly, it is rumored that the Joker character was originally planned to be killed off during his initial appearance in 1940. However, he was fortunately spared by some very insightful intervening editors. This genius moment in comic history allows the now-iconic Supervillain to continue as one of the most popular archenemies of Batman and the Justice League.

 In his original appearances as the Joker, the character is portrayed as a dark criminal mastermind with a warped and psychopathic sense of humor. The Joker character moved from his original darker persona to later became a goofy prankster in the late 1950s. He also was a fan favorite on the cult classic 1960s live-action TV show and was featured in the full-length film that hit theaters on July 30, 1966. The Joker has many different origin stories; however, the most common details are his falling into a chemical waste tank, which bleaches his skin white and turns his hair green. As a psychological result of the accident’s disfigurement, the Joker is driven insane and therefore causes chaos and havoc throughout Gotham City.


The Joker action figure offered a mechanical “Power Action Madcap Mallet” feature that activated simulated arm pounding arm movement when both legs were squeezed inward. The sculpting of the action figure was highly detailed for the time and very reminiscent of any expectations based upon the previous comic books and animated programs. The Joker action figure includes a mallet accessory that could be supported in the action figure’s right hand. The mallet also was hollowed out at one end, allowing for the mallet to completely cover the Head of several superpowers action figures in a joker-style comic manner.

The Joker action figure offered 7 points of articulation with the hips, knees, shoulders, and neck. The innovative mechanical “Super Power Action” often created loose joints and limbs over time, making some action figures challenging to stand an offer possibility. Finding an action figure with a perfect “Super Power Action” functionality along with mint condition paint and accessories can fetch a much higher value on the current collectors market.

Included Accessories

Mallet Side
Mallet Top

Original Packaging

Packaging Front
Packaging Back

Included Mini Comic

Superman Mini Comic Front
Superman Mini Comic Back

The 1984 Joker Super Powers TV Commercial

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Collector’s Price Guide

ImageProduct NameAllianceTypeSeriesYearMLCMIB / MWCMISB / MOC Figure11984$70$135$280 Figure11984$90$140$285 WomanGoodAction Figure11984$95$140$165 Figure11984$25$40$90 Figure11984$70$95$210 Figure11984$80$100$210 LanternGoodAction Figure11984$60$70$95 Figure11984$50$70$200 LuthorEvilAction Figure11984$30$45$100 Figure11984$40$55$100 Figure11984$60$80$300 Figure11984$60$82$95 Vehicle11984$90$129$310 Vehicle11984$45$110$210 7EvilAction Vehicle11984$85$125$155 of JusticeGoodPlayset11984$125$325$650 Powers Collection Carrying CaseGoodNeutral11984$135$155$210 Whole CollectionNASERIES 1 TOTAL11984$1,210$1,896$3,665

How To Use This Price Guide

MLC = “Mint Loose Condition” This is when the action figure or Vehicle is in excellent condition,  and is loose and “complete” with all original accessories, but without the packaging and original included paperwork.

MIB = “Mint in box” This is when the collectible is in excellent condition,  and is loose and “complete” with all original accessories and original included paperwork.

MWC = “Mint with Card Back” This is when an action figure os is excellent condition,  and is loose and “complete” with all original accessories, however included the original card back fully intact. If the original blister bubble is intact, It can bring additional value depending on the condition of the blister bubble.

MISB = “Mint in Sealed Box” This is when the Collectible is in excellent condition,  and is factory sealed and was never opened or used.

MOC = “Mint on card” This Is when the action figure is in excellent condition and is factory sealed and it’s original blister bubble and was never opened or used.

COMPLETE = “Complete” This is when the collectible is 100% complete with all of its accessories. Additional paperwork included with the original package does increase the overall value but does not necessarily consider the item complete

DISCLAIMER: All values are estimated by Retro Toy Quest and subject to change and discrepancy, depending on the advanced nature of any collector.