Friday, March 2, 2012

The Avengers: Marvel's Hawkeye #05 (Ultimate Hawkeye)

This figure kind of came out of left field.  He was originally announced at NYCC in 2011, along with Ultimate Thor, but then there was no more mention of him.  When the first two Avengers waves went up for pre-order on online retailers in January, he was not listed in the only Wave 1 case assortment (Revision 2) that the online stores were offered by Hasbro, leading many to speculate that this figure would not show up until Wave 3 or later.  Then, a couple weeks before the "street date" for The Avengers product, Walmart started putting out Wave 1 figures, and BAM, this guy was packed two per case.  I like when we're pleasantly surprised like that.

So this guy IS in Wave 1, just not the W1 revision carried by BBTS and the rest of the online shops.

The figure itself, like the rest of this line, is chock full of good and bad.

The packaging is the same old song and dance, but with purple accents on the card and blister this time.  This figure actually looks pretty sharp in package.

Sculpt-wise, this Hawkeye rocks!  Check out the detailing in the musculature.  And the arm bracers.  And the belt.  This is a great detailed sculpt.  High five to the sculptor.  He looks dead-on to his appearance in Ultimates 3.

Unfortunately, that's where the greatness ends, and the rest fall in between "decent" and "meh".

The paint is almost great.  Except for the fact that on every sample I've seen so far, including the one I wound up buying, the silver paint used for the arm bracers, belt buckle, and knee pads is smeared, smudged, over-sprayed or under-sprayed.  My Hawkeye is missing some of the silver from the belt buckle, and has a couple silver spots on one hand and behind a knee.  This isn't a huge deal, but still, it's annoying.  The paint on the face is sharp, but again, that's something you'll have to watch for, as I've seen a few with smudged silver around the eyes.  The QC is definitely not what it should be on this line.

 As for accessories... He comes with a good amount, they're just not good quality.  I will give Hasbro points for giving the figure two functional holsters that the handguns (kind of) fit into, but the guns themselves are slightly too big for the holsters, so they stick up high in them.  The handgun with the scope and extended magazine is also made from some really rubbery plastic, and the rubber band used to hold it in place in the figures hand while in the package has severely warped this accessory in every single sample I've seen.  The other handgun is sturdier, but it's almost comically over-sized for the figure.  The crossbow is decent, but nothing spectacular.

The giant spring loaded missile launching bow, though... now this is just dumb.  It's so large and heavy that the figure can barely hold it, and thanks to a lack of wrist articulation, getting it into a two-handed grip is impossible.  This whole accessory is a giant waste of plastic.  And it comes with 3 brightly colored missile arrows, any two of which can be stored on the figure's back in his pouches.  Points for storage functionality, but I still say meh to the whole concept of this accessory.  I'd much rather see a normal bow.

"I'm trying to kneel as hard as I can!"
So that brings us to the very awkward elephant in the room, articulation.  Like the rest of this line so far, Hawkeye has no wrists, ankles, or waste/torso joints.  On some figures, I don't mind this too much, but on this figure, it's just not acceptable.  Aside from making it impossible to hold his primary accessory correctly, getting Hawkeye into pretty much any natural looking action pose with his weapons is impossible.  Hawkeye is an agile character, and his figure should reflect that.  In this regard, the figure kind of blows.

If you're not a fan of Ultimates, this figure might be worth passing on.  There's a lot here that I like, but also a lot that really could have and should have been done better.  Between the sloppy paint, half-assed accessories, and lack of critical articulation, I'm 25% excited and 75% disappointed by this figure.  The sculpt detailing really is the one redeeming characteristic for me.

I have no clue why Hasbro only offered the online retailers revision 2 (was there a revision 1?!?), so your only real bet for getting this guy at the moment is through Walmart.  I've seen several around town in the last few days, but they don't stick around long.  If you want him, and that's a big IF, grab him when you see him.  He may not be there in five minutes.  He *DOES* look good posed with the rest of the Ultimates figures released so far.


  1. I'm a little disappointed in what u guys thought of this figure. We have always been on the same page about figures until now....this is easily the best Avengers figure out there now and the articulation isn't an issue when compared to all the other greatness in this figure. Either way I love u guys and never miss a review.

  2. I agree. Best figure in the line, however they should have axed the spring loaded gimmick and given us more articulation and quality control on the paint.

  3. If they had given us either better QC on the paint, or better articulation, I would've been happier. I could've dealt better with one or the other being bad, but both of them, along with the spring loaded gimmick, really leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

    Don't get me wrong, I love the sculpt on this guy, but the figure just feels rushed. Since Hasbro will probably never do this version of the character again, I'd really rather they had put the time and effort in to do it right.

  4. I can understand that. I guess I just never thought we were going to get this version of hawkeye and since ive been praying for it for about 3 years I would be happy if it was made of rubber and u had to stick ur thumb in its back to move it around like the old wwf figures prob bias cause im just ecstatic they made it in the first place.

  5. i agree: though the articulation is kinda bad, and the paint can be sloppy, once the series is finished, we will all look back and wish that they had all been this good. and about the gimmick, we're talking about hasbro. these are the guys who gave us the same frickin' missile launcher with EVERY iron-man! and considering the fact that they sunk the marvel legends line after seven years of greatness, the quality of this figure is amazing! better than most marvel universe figures, anyway!

    PS: i too may be bias due to the fact that i'm a huge fan of ultimate hawkeye! regardless, i love this web-site, and i hope you keep the great reviews coming!^^

  6. Thanks, glad you enjoy the reviews. I agree with your sentiments on Marvel Legends, Hasbro did butcher that line when they took it over from ToyBiz (but I gotta admit, the return of ML figs are freakin sweet, check out Jason's reviews of those) but 3.75" have been Hasbro's bread and butter for years. Look at Star Wars and GI Joe. I expect much better than this from them. Yeah Hawkeyes got a good sculpt, but man this figure would rock so much more with better articulation and some better quality control. Maybe I'm just too unforgiving, but I've seen them do better and it leaves a bad taste in my mouth when they cheap out. Marvel Universe has made huge improvements with their most recent sculpts, and the articulation keeps getting better there as well. I just want to see that same attention to detail applied to these movie line figures.

    1. i do know how you feel, though i love the hawkeye figure and now proudly display him on one of my shelves, it would be nice to have more money used on the figure itself, rather than giving us those over-sized not-even-kid-friendly accessories. i think the only other figure i want out of wave 1 is the ultimate thor. and of wave 2: shield launching cap and gamma smash hulk, then from wave 3: hawkeye, black widow and the mystery villain.(which is either the skrull or the chituari)