DC Universe Classics Wave 20: Hawk and Dove by Mattel

I did say that Wave 17 would likely be the last DC Universe Classics Week here on FigureFan and that’ll stand as true. Rather than pick up the final Wave 20 all in one shot, I decided to get them a few at a time from different sources. The cost is about the same as they would have been on Matty Collector and it saves me from having to roll the dice with Digital River. Anyway, We are likely going to get to a good portion of the figures in Wave 20 this week, but not all of them, and not all in succession, as I will be spreading around a little love for Marvel Universe as well. I’m also going to do something a little unorthodox today and look at two of the figures in one go. Why? Because its Hawk and Dove, and why would I want to split them up?

I was happy that Mattel went with the more modern versions of this pair, as I was never really a follower of the earlier Hank and Don duo. It wasn’t until much later in the pages of JSA that I latched onto the characters. Currently, its one of the New 52 that I’ve been still following. Needless to say, I was excited to get these figures.
And here it is, folks, the last example of DC Universe Classics packaging. The ultimate, evolved form if you will. Kind of anti-climactic, as its the same as the last bunch of waves. It took Mattel a while, but I’m happy to say that Hawk and Dove are both carded in pretty neutral poses so as not to mess up their joints. Better late than never. Each figure comes with a piece of the C&C Necron, concealed under the insert. This pair gets you Necron’s upper torso and lower torso.
Both Hawk and Dove are fairly simple sculpts, making use of stock bodies with their costumes painted on. Each one has a single unique sculpted piece, for Hawk its his cape and for Dove its her cowl. Dove’s cowl is simple enough, but Hawk’s cape is really awesome. It comes up off his shoulders and falls down behind him in long strips. I wasn’t sure how the artwork on this design would transfer to figure form, but Mattel’s sculpting wizards executed it flawlessly. The paintwork on both figures is excellent, with sharp lines and no slop or bleeding to speak of. The head sculpts on this pair really are fantastic and dutifully represent the duality of this pair. Hawk is seriously pissed off, with a toothy scowl, wheras Dove bears a nice, contrasting tranquil expression. I really dig the way they sculpted her mask, and her cascading pony tail is pretty cool too.
After 20 waves, the articulation employed here shouldn’t hold any surprises, and both figures feature the same points, so let’s tick through them for old time sake. You get ball jointed neck and shoulders, swivels in the biceps, wrists, thighs, and waist. The legs have universal movement at the hips. There are hinges in the elbows, knees, and ankles, and both figures feature the ab crunch hinge in the torso.
Yes, its the last wave of DC Universe Classics, and yes there are many who will argue that there are other characters who deserved a slot more than this pair, but then as we’ll see you can say that about a lot of the figures in Wave 20. Maybe Hawk and Dove would have been better suited as part of Matty’s Infinite Earths subscription, but now we’re just splitting hairs. Either way, I know I’m happy to have this pair in my collection.

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