Marvel Select Hawkguy
Review by siningy
Released conveniently in time for Avengers and the upcoming final issue of Matt Fraction and David Aja’s phenomenal Hawkeye series, the Marvel Select Hawkeye is the Hawkguy we have all been waiting for. I’ve never been a fan of Hawkeye from the comics or the movie, but Fraction’s run on the series has made him one of my favorite Marvel characters of all time. Everyone should read it.
Hawkguy comes packaged in the typical oversized Marvel Select bubble packaging. It has some of Aja’s wonderful artwork on the side, but it’s like three times larger than it needs to be and I threw it away immediately. The figure itself has some fantastic sculpting, standing about two inches taller than the typical Marvel Legends figure. I love the head sculpt and all the chest molding really does make him look like he’s wearing a shirt. This is 100% the best Hawkeye figure currently available (The Hot Toys one doesn’t count because Jeremy Renner is a boring Hawkeye).
Included with Hawkguy is Lucky, the Pizza Dog. Pizza Dog is unarticulated but looks some kind of yellow lab. I’m glad they included him with the figure, but two very important things are missing. Pizza Dog should be missing his left eye and he does not come with a piece of pizza. Bro, Pizza Dog is no Pizza Dog without a slice of Pizza.
Hawkguy comes with two quivers, one on his back and the other attached to his belt on the left side. Both have molded arrows but do not have any space to store the individual arrows he comes with. On his left thigh is a holster to store his little crossbow pistol disassembled that looks a lot like a Desert Eagle.
The alternate head is probably one of the better looking sculpts I’ve seen, featuring a bandaged up face and slight smirk. The only issue is that the eyes aren’t painted very well, but this seems like a general problem with pretty much any unmasked super hero figure.
Being Hawkguy, he of course comes with a compound bow, along with a smaller crossbow pistol and alternate left hand.
Hawkguy also comes with 6 trick arrows, each individually sculpted base off the comics. First up we have the typical arrow head.
I believe this one is the boomerang arrow.
For some reason, it appears Hawkguy comes with two boomerang arrows of differing lengths.
Articulation is decent; allowing you to get some pretty cool looking poses but not as well articulated as a Marvel Legends figure. While the knees are double jointed, the elbows are not. The lack of double jointed elbows in conjunction with way too large biceps hinders a lot of Hawkguy’s ability to pose with the arrow drawn. You can still get a decent arrow drawn pose, but don’t expect any SH Figuarts level of posing. What Hawkguy does excel it is looking really awesome in more neutral poses, and boy does he look good in them. I haven’t really collected any Marvel Legends figures since Hasbro took over a few years ago, but none of them can match Hawkguy’s swagger.
Since Pizza Dog did not come with pizza, I had to spend another 20 dollars to get a slice. At least the pizza came with a free figure I guess.
At 25 dollars before shipping, the Marvel Select Hawkguy is a bit pricier than the standard Marvel Legend, but well worth the cost. It’s a larger figure so unfortunately it won’t scale well with other 6in figures, but this is probably my favorite American Marvel figure ever. The sculpting is just perfect, and I love the not silly elf archer costume Hawkguy currently wears. The figure itself isn’t perfect however; as mine had a lot of really bad paint chips and black marks all around the figure. My biggest complaint though, is his muscles are just way too damn big. Hawkguy is a fit, not roided up with gigantic biceps as big has his head. This really would have been the perfect Hawkguy Diamond Select had just bothered to slim him down a bit; the biceps are a real hindrance to articulation. I also can’t believe Diamond didn’t bother for forgot that Pizza Dog is missing an eye and pizza. Did they not bother to read the comic before sculpting him?
With all that said, this really is a fantastic figure worth buying. Hawkguy looks awesome and most importantly, comes with Pizza Dog. This isn’t the B list Hawkeye no one cared about, this is Hawkguy, Marvel’s best comic book to date and one of my favorite recent purchases.
You may be wondering why Hawkeye is Hawkguy. Well bro, Hawkguy is Hawkguy.
|Posted 30 April, 2015 - 13:02 by siningy|