DC's recently-announced licensing agreement with Sideshow Collectibles has officially borne fruit. Sideshow has released an image of a hyper-detailed Joker premium format figure, which is the first of a full line of premium statues, busts and other collectibles based on DC Comics' characters in the company's future.Sideshow is set to host a a full product reveal during Preview Night this evening at the San Diego Comic-Con International, which will include limited edition art prints in addition to statues, busts and the 1/6 scale premium format figures. Key characters will naturally include Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, with movie-centric items inspired by the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel on the way down the road.

Between Sideshow's new figures, DC Direct, and Mattel's DC Universe lines, 2011 and beyond are going to be a robust year for folks who spring for collectibles. How much does plasma go for these days?

See full images of Sideshow Collectibles' upcoming Joker statue below: