HAWK & DOVE
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED (MATTEL)
Jeez, when are the Teen Titans going to stop masquerading as the Justice League? First Cyborg, now these guys? Okay, actually, first these guys, by a little bit…unless we’re going to count Super Friends…but then it’s actually first Robin….I’m getting sidetracked.
For Justice League Unlimited’s expansive roster, the creators actually searched just about every corner of the DC Universe for characters not otherwise tied up. While most of the Titans characters were tied up in their show, for whatever reason, Hawk and Dove weren’t, so they got tapped for Unlimited, getting their main focus in the appropriately titled “Hawk and Dove.” They also got some figures out of it, which would end up being the very first figures of the pair. Not too shabby at all!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Hawk and Dove were released in the second round of Justice League Unlimited figures, in a three pack that was rounded out by a re-issue of Wonder Woman. Given her prominent role in the duo’s eponymous episode, she was a decent choice to pair off. But, she was just a slight tweak on a character I already had, so I’ve subsequently gotten rid of her.
First up, it’s Hank Hall, aka Hawk. The older and gruffer of the two, he’s also voiced by Fred Savage, of Wonder Years and Princess Bride fame. Pretty nifty! The figure stands 4 3/4 inches tall and has 5 points of articulation. Hawk was built on JLU’s larger male body, which was a retooling of the Superman base. It’s a decent fit for Hawk, especially as he’s depicted in the show. It’s worth noting that, the way the pieces work out, Hawk actually ends up with more new parts than most in this line. He’s got a unique head, of course, but also has a slightly tweaked torso and arms, which allow for the attachment of his “cape” and gloves. The cape piece I get needing a unique piece for, but the arms are a little surprising, given this line’s penitent for just painting details on. Of course, I’m certainly not complaining. Hawk’s paintwork is pretty straightforward and clean. The red matches the show, and pairs well with the white, presenting an all-around nice looking figure.
Hank’s younger brother Don took up the mantle of Dove…at least he was replaced by Dawn Granger following Don’s death during Crisis. Convenient that they were able to find someone with such a similar name, huh? On the show, Don was played by Jason Hervey, Fred Savage’s on-screen brother in The Wonder Years. Family reunion! Dove is built on the skinny male body, retooled from the Flash body. It’s definitely a perfect match for Dove’s build from the show. While Hawk got a bunch of new parts, Dove only gets a new head sculpt. Fortunately, it’s a really strong sculpt—a pitch-perfect match for his animation model. Dove’s paintwork is similar to Hawk’s, as you would expect. It’s also cleanly applied, and the white is thick enough to not have any bleed-through from the blue plastic, which definitely shows some quality work on Mattel’s part.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
“Hawk and Dove” is one of my favorites amongst the earliest episodes of Unlimited, so I was slightly bummed when they were absent from the first assortment. Their presence in the second series was definitely a plus. As luck would have it, they were the first set I found, at a Walmart on the way back from a family vacation. Both of the figures included are pretty strong, definitely amongst the best Mattel produced in this line.