MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Hawkeye’s only shot at taking down a dangerous criminal conspiracy is an unlikely new partner: Kate Bishop.”
Lest I just fall into a pattern of opening all of my Marvel Legends reviews with song lyrics, I opted to not open this one with the lyrics to “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” I mean, I suppose it would have been at least slightly appropriate, what with the actual time of year, and the fact that Hawkeye was largely set at Christmas time. But, I’ve not done it. Instead, I’ve just spent far too much time talking about a thing I’m not doing. Yikes. Moving on. After playing second fiddle to the rest of the Avengers for most of his movie run, Clint Barton finally got his own central focus in his self-titled Disney+ show, which dropped a year ago this week. Though perhaps not the MCU’s most subversive or unique offering, it was certainly a fun adventure story, and a good emotional send off for Clint. It’s also a good excuse to finally give him just a little bit more toy love, which I’m taking a look at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Hawkeye (or, more accurately, “Hawk-guy”) is figure 5 in the the Infinity Ultron Series of Marvel Legends. This assortment is an entirely Disney+ based set, divvied up between the various Marvel shows, and Clint is the first of the two Hawkeye-based figures. He’s based on his LARPer-designed costume from the end of the show, which is a pretty close recreation of his long-sleeved David Aja look. Still no mask, but that’s a battle I’ve accepted we’re never going to win as far as Renner Hawkeye is concerned. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 33 points of articulation. The articulation scheme on this guy is generally pretty decent, though not quite as advanced as other recent figures. He’s still using the standard ab-crunch, rather than the ball-joint set-up, but he does also get butterfly joints at the shoulders, as well as movement at the top and bottom of the neck, which is some pretty solid movement, especially compared to prior MCU Hawkeyes. Hawkeye’s sculpt is an all-new one, done by sculptor Rene Aldrete. Clint’s honestly not had the best selection of Legends sculpts, so this one definitely had some ground to cover. It’s not perfect, but it’s a marked improvement on what we’ve gotten before. The facial likeness is certainly the best version of Renner we’ve seen at this scale. It’s not 100% there, but it’s pretty close, and the detailing for the bandaging on the forehead is a particularly nice touch. The neck’s definitely a touch too long, but past that, the body’s proportions are actually pretty nicely balanced. The detailing on his outfit is all nice and clean looking, and the folds and creases help to really sell the real-world look for him. I also really dig how you can make out his boots underneath of his pants legs. The paintwork on Hawkeye is largely pretty basic. There’s a fair bit going on for the face, but it’s otherwise some standard color work for the purple and the flesh tones. Nothing crazy, but it works. Hawkeye is packed with two sets of hands (gripping and a fist/open gesture combo), his bow, a removable quiver, and the arm to the Infinity Ultron Build-A-Figure. The hands provide some decent variety, and I like the little touch of the wrapping on the handle to the bow. The quiver’s also got a full stock of arrows, which is more than can be said for other movie Hawkeyes.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve been hoping for a decent Renner Hawkeye pretty much since he was introduced. I’ve not been successful in that hope up to this point. I was rather disappointed that we didn’t get him from Civil War, since that was my favorite of his film looks, but I did also dig the design from the show, as well as its general focus on giving Clint’s MCU counterpart a bit more depth. This guy isn’t perfect, but he’s easily the best MCU Hawkeye we’ve gotten in Legends form, and he sure is a lot of fun.
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