DC REACTIVATED (DC DIRECT)
Okay, so today’s review marks a slight change in the format of the blog. Up until now, I’ve been actually picking the figures I review, with a little bit of purpose, plus a slight bit of alphabetizing , with the occasional review of a figure I just got. Well, here’s the thing: That’s a lot of work. And I’m lazy. So, from here out, I’ve created a randomized list of all the stuff currently in my collection that I’ll be working from, with possibly a few deviations. New stuff will still be filtered in when I get it, as that makes life easier.
On to today’s review! We’re looking at Hawkman from DC Direct’s Reactivated! line. This was a line where DC Direct would reuse older tooling with a few new pieces in order to create various classically styled versions of the characters. The line was pretty well done, though it had the ability to be a bit hit and miss.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Hawkman was part of the fourth series of the Reactivated! line. He’s depicted here in the costume his Earth 2 version* wore during the many Justice League /Justice Society team-ups of the 60s and 70s. It’s pretty much just his basic costume, but instead of a helmet that resembled a hawk, he had a generic yellow cowl. At least it had a hawk symbol on the forehead, I guess. It’s far from his most memorable look, but it was a look he had for a good chunk of time. Anyway, that’s the look this figure’s based on. He stands about 6 ½ inches tall, which puts him in scale with some of DC Direct’s other lines. (They weren’t really good at picking a consistent scale and sticking to it). He’s got 13 points of articulation, and a basic translucent blue stand with the Reactivated! logo on it. His sculpting is solid, with good proportions all around, and the paint is nice and clean. The wings are nicely textured, and have a nice wash over them to bring out the details in the sculpt.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I got this figure because I wanted a Hawkman for my JSA, and I was always really liked the old team-ups that this look was featured in. That’s pretty much it.
*In the sixties, DC comics decided to relaunch a number of their characters, such as Green Lantern, Flash, and Hawkman with new takes on the characters. When they decided to bring back the original versions of those characters, as well as explain why characters like Batman and Superman could be in their 30s in both the 40s and the 60s, DC decided to come up with the concept of the multiverse. They dubbed the main earth “Earth 1” and the older earth “Earth 2.” This concept allowed them to tell stories on both earths without having to infringe upon the validity of the other.