I think I’m bringing back Marvel Mondays because I have a lot of these Legends figures to go through. I already checked out Thor and today I have randomly grabbed Hawkeye. We last saw Hawkeye in the Legends line back in 2013 when he was part of the Rocket Raccoon BAF Wave. Of course, that was his very modern look and this time we’re getting him in a far more classical style, so I’m not complaining about him turning up again so soon.
The package is identical to what we saw with Thor and features The Avengers logo up at the top. Hawkeye is not a big dude, and in this case that’s a good thing because the BAF torso that he’s bundled with takes up half the package and looks like it uses almost the same amount of plastic as the master archer himself. Not a lot more to say about the package except it’s totally collector friendly and I’m about to tear my way into it.
Hawkeye is built on one of the slighter bucks and relies mostly on paint and extra bits to make up his costume. His belt and harness are all sculpted in one piece that fits over his neck and snaps around his waist. The body is blue with the exception of his purple boots and his partially bare right arm. The odd thing here is the use of Winter Soldier’s artificial arm. I say it’s odd, but it still somehow works on the figure, kind of like a reinforced sleeve being used as an extension of an arm bracer. Even the extended trigger finger on the arm looks like it could be positioned to draw the string on his bow. The metallic purple paint used for the arm and his scaled chest and shoulder armor looks great.
The portrait here is serviceable, albeit rather soft. It also looks an awful lot like some of the masked Cap portrats we’ve seen in the past. I do, however, really dig the classical stylings of the helmet and mask. Clint is sporting his “H” on his head, which I always looked great alongside Cap with his “A.” I can’t hate on Hawkeye’s modern look, but I’ve always liked a little cheese in my comic book hero designs, so this is still my preference. I also like the way his mask wraps around his helmet and flares up just a bit over the ears.
Clint comes with repaints of the same quiver and arrow that Hasbro used for the last Hawkeye release. Both are painted purple to better match his classic uniform. They were nice accessories then and hey still are now. He can comfortably hold the bow in his right hand and the quiver will peg right into his back. I do wish they had included a loose arrow, that would have been a useful and inexpensive bonus.
Articulation here is pretty good, although some of the joints, particularly the elbow hinges feel rather soft. I also think they missed an opportunity by not using one of the bucks with the lateral hinges in the shoulders. Being an archer, increased arm mobility would have made a lot of sense for Hawkeye. Nonetheless, here’s the rundown… The arms feature rotating hinges in the shoulders, double hinges in the elbows, and swivels in the biceps and wrists. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, have double hinges in the knees, swivels at the thighs and boots, and the ankles feature both hinges and lateral rockers. Clint can swivel at the waist, has an ab crunch hinge in his torso, and his neck is both hinged and ball jointed.
Even with that one unusual choice of parts reuse, Hawkeye is a damn cool figure and one that I’m glad to get on my Marvel shelf. He’s a great balance between the classic and modern designs and certainly one of my favorite looks for the character. Collectors who are sticklers about parts and accessory recycling may object to this guy out of principal, but I’m not going to quibble about it when the end result is this good.