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.
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).
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.