Fools Paradise’s KEIKOJOKER at Coin Rides Game #4

It seems like Keikojoker has succeeded in something that the Joker never has: stealing the Batmobile. Alright, I can’t swear that the Joker hasn’t been able to take a joyride in Batman’s car, but I can’t recall it ever happening and a quick Google search returned no results. Well, no real results aside from 1974’s Brave and the Bold #111, in which the Joker unsuccessfully tries to steal the Batmobile. But this is all neither here nor there… we’re discussing Alan Ng’s Keikojoker at Coin Rides Game (2016) piece.

My Impressions of KEIKOJOKER at Coin Rides Game #4

The fourth work in the Fools Paradise produced Coin Rides Game series, this is the first one to shift the pop art jest focus away from Star Wars and place it instead on the Caped Crusader. Mounted in a stylized rendition of the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s 1989 film, reinterpreted as one of those coin-operated rides I remember being outside supermarkets when I was a kid, Ng’s Keiko is attired in a minimalist costume reminiscent of the Joker.

Like all entries in the Coin Rides Game line, this hand-painted vinyl and PVC piece uses some brilliant conceptual engineering, ball-joints on the connecting rods to allow movement from side-to-side. But several other common elements in the series have been altered to suit the Joker theme of this piece… The “Caution: Watch Your Step” warning label has been altered to read “Caution: Watch My Step,” while the “Punch-A-Ride” logo on the coin machine element has been defaced to read “Free Ride.”
This Batmobile coin ride has been thoroughly vandalized with Joker-style markings. Mocking the “Why So Serious” slogan from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, “Why Not Serious” might be familiar to those that remember my review of Ng’s I Won’t Be A Hero, Tim (2015) piece (see here), as the same phrase was tattooed on him. Taunts like “Catch Me If You Can,” “Free Ride,” and “Find Your Car In Youtube” are all fairly straightforward, though my favorite is hashtag “Where Is My Sexy Boy,” as that’s a nickname I could absolutely believe Joker has for Batman. Aside from some more obvious ones, like the notorious laughter of the Joker and Keiko’s name, a brilliant and subtle little touch are the Xs drawn over the headlights.
The Keiko character herself is adorned with one of the most realistic interpretations of a bear head that we’ve seen, a more Joker feel to it being lent to it by a slight shock of hair, scarification around the eyes, and mutilated wide grin. And, of course, the prevalent colors throughout being the Joker’s purple and green finish the allusion.
Covered in tattoos, much like the I’m Not A Hero, Tim figure, we find a lot of quite direct references, from the stylized K for Keiko to the Cheshire Cat smile, from the Always Keiko remark to an amassing of laughter. There are two, though, that really catch my attention. “I won’t be your enemy” is a wonderful counterpoint to the similar slogan on I won’t be a hero, Tim, while the 40 tally marks here reference — I like to think — the year in which the Joker first appeared in comics.
Fools Paradise's KEIKOJOKER at Coin Rides Game #4 Review
A wonderful final touch is that this Keikojoker at Coin Rides Game piece comes with three colorful rubber duck accessories, each one marred with laughter indicators over their eyes. And, as opposed to regular rubber ducks, these articulate at the neck.
Once again, Fools Paradise has issued a beautiful pop art piece of art, one that will look fantastic in any collection as well as immediately draw the attention of onlookers.

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