IRON MAN (TOYBIZ)
Countdown to Avengers: Age of Ultron: 9 days remaining.
Okay, we’re very definitely getting into the selection of characters that I consider to be the quintessential Avengers. And no one gets more quintessential-y than good ol’ Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye! So, let’s have look at a figure of that guy, shall we? In fact, let’s look at the very first figure of that guy ever released! That’ll be nifty!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Hawkeye was released in Series 2 of the 90s Iron Man line, which was done to tie-in with the Iron Man cartoon of the time. Unsurprisingly, Hawkeye is based upon his appearance in that show, which in turn was based upon the design he had in the comics around the early 90s. It’s a tweak on his classic design, and it’s not too overly 90s, so it works. I do miss the buccaneer boots and loincloth, but oh well. The figure stands roughly 5 inches in height and sports 8 points of articulation, which is actually a little bit below the standard of the time. The lack of proper arm articulation is certainly odd, what with him being an archer and all, but he actually managed okay, thanks to the pose of his arms. The figure’s sculpt was wholly original to him. It’s not bad, especially for the time. The proportions are generally pretty good. The hands and feet are a little on the large side, and the shoulders are a little high-set. He’s also got some ridiculously defined musculature, but to be fair, that’s actually true to the show. The costume details are pretty well handled, with clean lines and some nice texture work on the purple parts. The head is pretty much spot on for the character, with just the right amount of cockiness in his expression. Hawkeye’s paintwork is pretty much on par with other figures from the same time. It’s simple, but well-done. The colors are nice and bold, and everything is clean, with no real slop or bleed over. The eyes are totally white and pupil-less, which is not in keeping with his appearance on the show. However, given how small they are, it’s likely that pupils would have looked rather goofy here, so it was probably the right call. Hawkeye included a bow, arrow, quiver, a small knife, and the weird character badge thingy that was included with all of the figures in the first few series. Of course, my figure has none of these things because silly child Ethan decided to lose them all. Way to go younger me!
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, I don’t recall the exact circumstances by which I came to own Hawkeye. I’m fairly certain that he was a gift from my parents. I know my Dad had a Hawkeye figure first, and that I really liked it, so I’m pretty sure he took note of this and bought me one of my own. It’s definitely an important piece in my becoming such an Avengers fanatic, I know that much. Looking back at it, it’s not a perfect figure. The arms are a weird choice, and he’s held back a little by the fact that he’s in a relatively short-lived costume. All that said, he’s my first Hawkeye figure, and he’s still my favorite.