Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Avengers: Marvel's Hawkeye #13 (Movie Series)


Next up, we examine Hasbro’s 3.75” Clint Barton. Did Hasbro hit a bullseye with this Hawkeye? More after the jump.


Unlike Black Widow, Hasbro’s got just a little bit more love for Hawkeye. We’ve already seen a 6 inch version and a Mini Mugg, now we get him in the 3.75” line, and he’s actually packed two-per-case, making him twice as easy to find as Widow. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him carried forward in future assortments.


Unfortunately, Hasbro didn’t put all that love into the design of the figure himself.


The packaging is old news. Avengers card back, purple accents (nice nod, there, Hasbro), but nothing extraordinary. Free Clint from his prison.




Right off the bat, you’ll notice that Hawkeye has the same reduced articulation as most of the rest of this line. No wrists, ankles, waist or torso. This is particularly disappointing in Hawkeye’s case because it makes it impossible to get him into a good, realistic looking bow-drawing pose. You can’t even make him look like he’s believably reaching back to pull an arrow from his quiver. THIS is why articulation is important, Hasbro. If the figure can’t strike their signature pose, or look like they’re actually using their weapon/accessory, you’re doing something wrong. Now, Clint will just stand on my shelf next to his team mates holding his bow at his side, looking as if there is nothing currently going on to avenge.



Hawkeye’s sculpt is good, though. The costume looks pretty much like it did in the movie, with lots of detail sculpted into the lines, seams, padded areas, etc. The head sculpt actually looks pretty close to Jeremy Renner, as far as I can tell. But he’s wearing sunglasses that he never actually wore in the movie, so that’s a minus. I’d love to see a running change or variant of this figure without the glasses, and even a repaint with crazy enchanted-by-Loki eyes, but I doubt either of those will happen. (Hear that Hasbro, free awesome ideas that you can just feel free to use.)



The paint on my sample is mostly good, but one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. emblems on the chest is a little smudgy, and his hairline and glasses have just a little bit of over over-spray, so be on the look out. Other than that, no complaints in the deco department. The costume looks accurate to the movie, and you’ve got just enough color to make it interesting, while still maintaining the spec-ops feel that was obviously intended with the suit.


Hawkeye’s accessories are a little odd. First of all, his quiver is permanently attached to his back. It is very securely glued in place, so good luck removing it. It also doesn’t have any arrows in, just like the 6 inch version. And, like that version, Hawkeye doesn’t include any arrows AT ALL. Since the Marvel Universe Hawkeye, and numerous G.I. Joe figures, have all included individual arrows, you might be able to steal from one of them, but it’s still disappointing that a few trick arrows with different tips weren’t included here. A grapple-arrow with cord/zipline-thingy could’ve been the perfect over-sized shooty accessory, but that would’ve made too much sense. (Hear that Hasbro, MORE free awesome ideas for you).


Then there’s the bow itself. We actually get two bows, both exactly identical, but one is pegged into the spring-loaded missile/arrow launcher. At first, I thought this was permanently attached, thus making the whole spring-loaded bow uninteresting and useless to me. But no, you can actually pull the bow right off of the launcher, and you’ve got a second “realistic” bow. That’s cool, because now you have a spare, but I would’ve rather they just used that extra plastic to mold up a few realistic looking arrows. The missile/arrow things that are included look way too missile-like to even pass for arrows.




Overall, Hawkeye is a great addition to a line that is just slightly less disappointing than it is awesome, because he, too, is slightly less disappointing than he is awesome. I love the figure, I just wish it had a little more love put into it (like the 6 inch version). I expect that this figure will also fly off the shelves, especially now while it’s just hitting, so you may not want to pass him up when you see him. BBTS also has the case, set, and single available for pre-order.

UPDATE 6/3:  I've seen a couple questions online about whether or not Hawkeye fits in the cockpit of the Quinjet.  I'm happy to report that he does, even with the quiver on his back.  Also, I picked up a second Hawkeye the other day, with a better paint job than the first (no smudged S.H.I.E.L.D. logo), and this sample had the quiver glued in place much more loosely.  I was able to spend a few moments working if back and forth, and got it out oh his back.  It plugs back in just fine and stay in securely.  So the quiver IS removable if you're willing to put a little work into it.

Here's a couple new photos.  In the first, the quiver IS on his back, and he fits in the cockpit with plenty of room to close the canopy.  In the second, you can see the shape of the peg and slot for the quiver, to give a better idea of how to remove it.






Special thanks once again to our good friend Sean for the assist with this wave.

19 comments:

  1. I may get him when he comes out here in Ireland, but at the moment I'll stick to the Marvel Select version.

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  2. Black Widow is fantastic. I need her... A hawkeye review is just another excuse to take pics of her!

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  3. Hawkeye not being able to look like he is actually using his bow is sad. I can't believe
    Hasbro doesn't already have molds of arms or forearms and hands from some figure
    line that could have been used so Clint can look like he is Avenging something with his bow and arrows. He can't even try to put an arrow in Loki's eye socket! It's interesting that even with the sunglasses he still resembles Renner. I am tempted to give him a different head that resembles the character but doesn't have sunglasses. I
    wonder if a repainted Duke from the Renegades line would work?

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  4. It is sad. Action figures, even in this scale, should be able to make their signature pose. I'm sure plenty of molds exist of arms and hands that would have allowed Hawk to be posed like that, but for whatever reason, Hasbro is not re-using ANY prior parts for this line (even the Iron Man Mk VI figure was all new), so I have no idea what they're thinking. I do like that he resembles Renner even with the glasses on. I'll probably hold off a little while before finding a replacement head and see if Hasbro does something on their own. If no, a Renegades Duke head would be pretty good. I can't think of anything better. But it's also likely that one of the custom casters out there will sculpt up something better.

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  5. I forgot to ask if anyone knows if Hawkeye fits in the cockpit of the Quinjet toy or does the quiver on his back get in the way?

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  6. I've updated this article with a couple new photos above, to show how Hawkeye fits into the Quinjet cockpit, as well as how to remove his quiver.

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  7. Thank you for the update and photos. It's good to know he fits in the Quinjet cockpit.

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  8. I still don't like this figure one bit.

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  9. My Hawkeye arrived today and the first thing I noticed is that his head looks too big.
    Maybe it's just me. He doesn't look bad but as mentioned his not being able to pose with the bow properly is very annoying having him in hand. I tried a simple head swap with Renegade Duke and it doesn't work. Duke's head looks too small. Maybe it can be adapted to fit but I don't want to do that now. Despite the flaws I still like this figure. Perhaps I'm getting less picky in my old age. Now that I have Hawkeye I need to open my Quinjet so he can pilot Hottie....er I mean Black Widow and Captain America into battle.

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  10. Ha ha ha! After some serious thinking, I believe I was wrong about this figure. I will prob pick him up when he hits retail here.

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  11. Awesome review man! Man I just found this guy and made a few mods. I switched out his lower left arm for one from my spare parts bin and and gave him a hand with a swivel/hinge wrist so he can pull off at least 1 or 2 archer poses. I gave him an arrow from a G.I. Joe and used some black thread for the bow's string. I wish I could give him some more articulation, but the few I did have made the figure much mor e enjoyable!

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    1. Thanks. I've got an extra of this guy and will be doing some similar mods eventually.

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  12. These figures are very ugly!!!
    I prefer Toy Biz!

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  13. I found the Black Widow action figure at the Steel City Con for a friend of mine on Saturday July 28th and it was a benevolent sigh or relief when I was able to surprise him.

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    1. You are a scholar and a gentleman. Your friend is lucky to have a friend as benevolent as you.

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  14. i just got the black widow and im soooooooo happy xxxx

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