JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED (MATTEL)
“In the not too distant future, an older Bruce Wayne trains high school student Terry McGinnis to become the new Batman, ensuring the protection of Gotham City for years to come. This new Batman eventually joins the future JLU, teaming up with heroes such as Warhawk, the tough-as-nails son of John Stewart and Shayera Hol.”
Since Batman Beyond‘s tie-in toyline from when it was on the air wasn’t particularly comprehensive, and was effectively non-existent by the time of the later seasons, its best toy coverage came not in its own line, but rather as part of the line for its follow-up show, Justice League Unlimited. JLU the show was used to more clearly tie the entire DCAU together, in particular giving a little more time to Beyond, as well as its own continuation of the Justice League, the Justice League….Unlimited. Team member Warhawk, who had previously been something of a blank canvas, was given an actual proper backstory, which wound up being a key plot point within JLU‘s last couple seasons. As such, he was a pretty natural fit to get his first action figure in JLU‘s tie-in line.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Warhawk was released in one of the final retail three-pack assortments for Mattel’s Justice League Unlimited line, alongside the previously reviewed Batman Beyond and Bruce Wayne. The figure stands about 4 1/4 inches tall and has the usual 5 points of articulation. Warhawk’s starting point was the medium base body, which was patterned on Green Lantern. Given Warhawk’s parentage, as well as his usual build in the shows, it’s a pretty solid choice of base. He gets a new head and an overlay piece for his shoulder plating and wings. The head is a solid piece, though it seems to be a little more inspired by his Beyond appearances than by JLU proper. They’re not terribly different, so it’s not like it’s really terribly noticeable, especially at this scale. The overlay is pretty basic; while the hawk symbol appears to be a cut out piece on the show, it’s just painted here, probably for the sake of integrity of the piece. The wings are separate pieces, glued in place here. Warhawk’s paint work is fairly well handled. It’s again going more for the Beyond appearance, given the shading of the skin, but the rest of the colors are pretty neutral for both sets of appearances. Warhawk was without any accessories. Most of the three-packs didn’t get any extras, and Warhawk already got quite a few new parts, so it’s not terribly surprising.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
As I noted in my review of Bruce and Terry, I was mostly out of the line by the time this set came along. I saw the prototypes, but never anything in person. Through All Time, I was able to get the other two a couple of years back, which was pretty cool. But, I certainly had this distinct lack of a Warhawk figure in my collection, and, as luck would have it, the missing piece of the set made its way into All Time. Boom. Warhawk. I’m glad I got him, because he’s honestly the best in the set. Sure, it would be nice to have the whole team, but at least this guy got a cool toy out of it all.