HAWKEYE & BLACK WIDOW
Today, it’s another entry from the Marvel Minimates line. The two are once again from the recently acquired Toys R Us Exclusive wave. This time around, its Hawkeye and Black Widow, two characters who received a lot of notoriety from last year’s film The Avengers.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
These two were released as part of the 17th Toys R Us exclusive wave of Marvel Minimates.
First up, it’s nobody’s favorite Avenger, Hawkeye (okay, that’s not true. He’s actually one of my favorites)! Hawkeye is depicted here in his most recent costume, prominently featured in his current solo series. I follows the tradition of changing a character’s look to be more in line with their movie look of which Marvel’s grown so fond. It’s not a terrible look, and it translated well, so no complaints here. Hawkeye’s built on the basic Minimate body, so he stands about 2 ½ inches tall and has 14 points of articulation. He’s got a fair deal of sculpted bits, including: hair, gloves, utility harness with a quiver, a belt, and leg bands. The hair, belt, leg bands and harness are reused from previous figures, but they are chosen well, so no issues there. The quiver and gloves appear to be new. The quiver looks appropriate to the character, and the gloves are a might in the bulky side, but not too bad. The paint on the figure is a bit hit and miss, the face looks perfect for the version of the character they’re going for, and the change in finish to designate the boots looks cool, but places like the edges of his sleeves are rather fuzzy. It’s not enough to ruin the figure, but it’s annoying. Hawkeye is topped off by a bow, three arrows, and the now standard clear display stand. These pieces are all reused, but if it works, it works.
Second, it’s the best former Soviet spy turned kick-ass Avenger Marvel’s got: Black Widow! Widow’s rocked the black skintight catsuit quite a few times over the years, but this figure is based on the look she has currently in particular. It’s a look that’s lasted for so many years for a good reason, so its use here sees no complaining from me. Like Hawkeye, she’s on the typical Minimate body, so she has 14 points of articulation and stands about 2 ½ inches tall. She features sculpted hair, wrist bands, and leg holsters. The pieces are all reused, but they all work appropriately for the desired look. The paint on Widow is a bit better than Hawkeye, though there is a tiny bit of slop on her neckline. Widow includes two silver handguns and a clear display stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Like the rest of this wave, these two were gotten off of TRU’s website, with no real issues this time around. I’m really glad because these two are definitely the set from the wave I was looking forward to the most. These two definitely didn’t disappoint. Widow is a grate update to her traditional look, and while Hawkeye’s not my favorite of his looks, the Minimate is really well done.