G.I. JOE HAWK
G.I. JOE: 25TH ANNIVERSARY (HASBRO)
“G.I. JOE HAWK was the original field commander of the G.I. Joe team before he got his General’s star and was booted upstairs to honcho the entire G.I. Joe operation. He’s a West Point graduate and has a list of special education credits as long as his arm, but her still managed to get the main body of his experience out where it counts — on the battlefield.”
When the Real American Hero incarnation of G.I. Joe rolled out it 1982, the team’s blonde-haired commanding officer wasn’t Duke, but was instead Hawk, the Pike to Duke’s Kirk. Duke stepped into the spotlight in 1983, taking the spot of field commander, so when Hawk resurfaced in 1986, he was given his own distinct design, and the rank of General, which has gone on to be a defining trait of the character. Another defining trait seems to be how hard it is for him to keep a consistent name. He began as “Hawk” in ’82, which remained for his ’86 figure, before the “General” rank was added to his name in ’91. When the line returned in ’02, he was “General Tomahawk” for a period, before dropping the code name altogether in ’04 and just going by “General Abernathy.” By the time of the 25th Anniversary, he had changed again, now under the title of “G.I. Joe Hawk,” which doesn’t quite roll of the tongue, but there it is.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
G.I. Joe Hawk was released in the fifth wave of G.I. Joe: 25th Anniversary’s 2008 assortment. He’s patterned on Hawk’s ’86 figure, which, for most people is his most distinctive appearance. I’m definitely amongst those people. The figure stands just shy of 4 inches tall and he has 22 points of articulation. Hawk’s sculpt was new to him, and was definitely one of the most faithful translations in the line. He’s pretty much just a detail for detail recreation of the ’86 figure, but updated to the newer stylings of this particular line. Apart from some rather restricted elbow joints (an issue that plagued quite a few of the line’s earlier figures), it’s a really strong offering, and perhaps my favorite from this iteration of the line. The head does a nice job of melding Hawk’s various looks over the years into one cohesive design, and I particularly like the details on his bomber jacket. The fur collar is a separate piece, glued in place, but it has his shoulder harness weaved through it. It could have all been one solid sculpted piece, but instead it’s actually separated out, like it really would be, which gives the whole thing a nice feeling of depth. Hawk’s paintwork is again quite strong. The base application is clean, and matches well with his prior figure. There are tons of small little details littered through the jacket, such as his various medals, or his “ABERNATHY” name tag, and he’s even got a little wisp of grey in his hair to make him look a little more distinguished. Hawk included the same basic assortment of pieces as his ’86 figure: a helmet, a pistol, and a back pack. The helmet fits snugly on the head, the pack plugs securely into his back, and his pistol can be properly stashed in his belt holster, making for a well put-together figure. He also included a display stand with his name printed on the front, like the rest of the line, for those that value such things.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Kind of falling into the same line of logic that has me liking Pike more than Kirk, I’ve always been much more of a Hawk fan than a Duke fan. The ’86 figure was one of the first vintage figures I went to the trouble of tracking down as a kid. So, when I finally got on board with the whole 25th Anniversary thing, he was one of the first I wanted. I actually got him as sort of a “get well soon” gift from my Dad and my brother after having my wisdom teeth out; I was on a steady diet of soft foods and the G.I. Joe cartoon at the time, and this guy (and Sgt Flash) made his way home from a trip to the comic book store for me. Even after jumping pretty far into the 25th line, Hawk still remains a favorite.