AVENGERS (HOT TOYS)
Wow, can you believe I’ve written 2500 of these reviews? I mean, you probably can. The numbers are right there, at the top of the reviews and all. I’ve given total accountability here. So, you know, you shouldn’t be surprised. I mean, I am, but it’s my site; I’m allowed. Well, 2500 feels like a monumental enough review for me to dig out another of my higher-end figures, so why not chip away a little more at my rather impressive Hot Toys Avengers collection. I’ve looked at a good chunk of the first film’s line-up, but today I’m taking another step towards completion with Hawkeye!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Hawkeye was released as part of Hot Toys’ core Movie Masterpiece Series, numbered at 172. He’s the third of the Avengers-branded figures, following Nick Fury and the quick re-hash Iron Man Mk VI. Given that he’s really the most basic of the core team, it’s not a huge shock. He wound up as one of the first to actually make it to release as well, getting to collectors in the fall of 2012. The figure stands 11 3/4 inches tall and he has over 30 points of articulation.
Hot Toys usually puts their star work into the actor’s portraits on the head sculpts, and they’ve turned in some really impressive likenesses. Hawkeye’s not a bad effort, but he’s not one of their best either. There’s definitely a lot of Jeremy Renner in there, but it’s not quite as spot on as their work tends to be. I think it’s the eyes that really throw things off, because putting the sunglasses on helps the likeness a bit. I think they might be a touch too close together. Later Hawkeyes from HT would get the Renner likeness down just a bit better, but this one wasn’t a terrible attempt by any means. The paint work is still up to the usual HT standards, meaning he’s really damn lifelike.
As is the usual set-up, Hawkeye’s costume is a mixed-media affair. The actual suit is a tailored piece, made from a number of layered pieces. It works out pretty well, but ultimately isn’t quite as slick as some of the other suits they’ve done. There’s a lot more in the way of faux zippers and straps, and it just looks slightly more cosplay than usual for HT. For me, the biggest hang up, though, is the front of the tunic. The two sides of it are meant to hook onto the brim of his pants, in order to hold things a bit tighter, but can be removed to allow for slightly better posability. The trouble is that the hooks just don’t really hold very well, so it just tends to pop loose a lot. The boots are solid sculpted pieces, which is fairly normal for the line, but not the most posable choice. Still, they do look pretty nice. Hawkeye’s got his quiver, which is a plastic piece, and even has the rotating arrangement of arrow heads at the base like in the film. Connecting the quiver to the rest of the costume proved a bit of a challenge for HT, so they ended up including two options. The first is a small plastic clip, which connects to the back of the quiver and slots into the center of his back, leaving a more seamless join. This is technically more film accurate, but ultimately isn’t as secure, and tends to droop over time. The second option’s a cloth strap. It’s pretty basic, but it works, even if it’s not quite as film accurate.
Hawkeye’s underlying body is one of the muscle bodies. Given the exposed arms, this makes sense from an aesthetic standpoint, but is sadly a little limiting from a posing stand point, given the lessened range on the elbows and shoulders. It makes getting decent archery poses out of this figure a little tricky. You can definitely still manage some good ones, but there’s a lot more careful posing involved. Otherwise, it’s a well proportioned body for the character, so I can at least get behind that.
Hawkeye’s accessory complement is definitely an impressive one, especially given his lower price-point at the time of his release. He gets:
- 6 hands
- 2 bows
- 16 arrows
- 11 specialized arrow heads
- Display stand
The hands come in relaxed and gripping on the right side, and relaxed, pointing, and two different arrow-drawing hands for the left. The only downside to the hands is that the standard arrow-draw hand has the fingers all molded as one solid piece, requiring some slight modifying if you want him properly holding the arrow. The two bows are effectively the same, with one difference: one has a string and the other doesn’t. This allows for the unstrung one to make use of the joints on the mold, allowing it to be collapsed like in the movie. The arrows are all without heads, allowing the specialized ones to be swapped out in the movie. The one real downside to them, though, is that you have to manually feed them into the quiver, which is a real pain, and hard to get just right. The sunglasses are, of course, an artifact of promotional images, since he doesn’t actually wear them in the film, but it’s still cool to get them, and they look pretty snazzy. The stand is another basic oval stand, but it’s at least consistent with the rest of the Avengers figures.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
It was Hawkeye that swayed me into actually getting on board with the HT Avengers line-up, but it wasn’t when he was solicited. No, it was instead when he sold out on Sideshow’s site, and I realized that if I really wanted these figures, I would need to jump on them early. Fortunately, I was able to jump on the waitlist for this guy and get him without too much trouble. Ultimately, he’s not as impressive as other HT figures. I do still like him a lot, though, and he does go well with the rest of the set, so he’s certainly got that going for him.