THE AVENGERS (HASBRO)
God, it feels like forever since the first Avengers movie, doesn’t it? While some other movies about super heroes teaming that shall remain nameless tried introducing half of the team in the team-up movie, Avengers did the slightly smarter thing and only had one member, today’s focus Hawkeye, introduced in the main movie, letting the rest of the team be introduced in earlier films. Anyway, here’s Hawkeye.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Hawkeye was released in the second assortment of Hasbro’s The Avengers tie-in line, alongside frequent partner Black Widow and one of their Chitauri foes. The figure stands about 4 inches tall and has 17 points of articulation. He marked a slight downgrade in movement from the IM2, Thor, and Captain America lines, but Hasbro hadn’t fully downgraded the articulation like they did for Iron Man 3. His sculpt was new to him, and overall does a pretty respectable job of capturing Hawkeye’s design from the film. There’s plenty of texturing and fine detail work on the various bits of the costume, and his proportions are pretty decently balanced. The head’s sadly the weak point of the sculpt. It’s not bad, but it’s hindered by a few small issues. First, there’s the sunglasses. They were all over the promotional materials, but ended up completely absent from the film itself, which made this figure notably inaccurate. In addition, the actual details on the head sculpt are noticeably softer than the rest of the body, and he looks a little bit rounder in the face than Jeremy Renner. That said, it’s not like he looks completely unlike Renner in the movie. The paint work on this figure is passable. The standard color work is all pretty clean and sharp, and there’s some really great work on the various SHIELD logos. The head once again ends up the weakest. The paint of his face bleeds into both the hair and sunglasses, adding to the overall roundness of the face. Hawkeye is packed with two versions of his usual bow: the standard version, and one with a big ol’ missile launcher mounted in the middle. Why these needed to be two separate bows is anybody’s guess, but hey, there it is.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Hawkeye’s absence from the initial waves of Avengers product really annoyed me at the time, so I was pretty anxiously awaiting his eventual release. When he finally hit, he was a little rarer than others, but I didn’t actually have too much trouble getting him in the end. He’s not a perfect figure, but I was happy with him at the time, and I’m still pretty happy with him now.