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Week Hawkman Review

Aside from his two new heads, Hawkman’s paint job also helps distinguish him from his Silver Age counterpart.  His chest straps now lack the hawk symbol, and the overall look of the reds and greens on his costume seems more vivid.  Another big difference is his wings.  They’ve been molded gray and given a slight dark wash to bring out the textures, but they don’t have the lightly colored feathery highlights of the Silver Age figure.

Golden Age Hawkman’s articulation is exactly the same as the previous figure.  The ball joint on his head works well, and his wings are still hinged and move with ease.

Hawkman comes with one accessory, his ever present mace.  It has been given a different paint job though.  The old mace was much more metallic, while this one is duller and looks more like it’s made out of stone.  I think we did well to get two heads out of this figure, so I’m not going to nitpick here too much.  But I think it would have been cool to also get the Nth metal dagger that returned his memories.

Considering how much tooling went into Magog and Kobra, I have no problems with a simple redeco figure like this.  Plus, this new version is accurate enough to pass as his own figure.  I’ll personally be using the cowled head for my shelves.  I think it gives him a more distinct look from his Silver Age namesake.  I’m not sure if we’ll ever get that Golden Age Hawkgirl in either of the two upcoming lines.  I imagine if there’s enough talk they’ll find a way to fit her in.  Meanwhile, I need to get Matty to focus on using this winged male Buck again for a Zauriel!

-Vault

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9 comments to DC Classics.com S.T.R.I.P.E.
Week Hawkman Review

  • Clutch

    I like the cowl a lot better, too. He goes into my JSA display while the beak nosed head awaits an All-Star Squadron assortment including the likes of Liberty Belle, Johnny Quick, Robotman, Firebrand, and Tarantula in his later costume. (One can dream, anyway.) But I REALLY wished Mattel and the 4H had gone with the metallic Joe Staton/George Perez mask which Carter wore from the late 70’s through early 80’s.

    • Brainlock

      I share your dream of a full A-SS group, which included many (if not all) JSA’ers!
      And don’t think I didn’t notice the Robert Grayson Robotman in a review earlier this week! It just hows how easy it is to modify an existing mold slightly to get a whole new figure, which is what they did here.

      I had forgotten about that GA Hawks 2pk, so maybe the Hawkman/Stratos 2pk was a way to keep the mold ready for this version? I know it’s an almost identical straight re-release figure (wing/back fastener color only diff?), in keeping with the SP/MOTU general theme they started with, but we still don’t have the more recent look, with no red shorts.

      and yes, I want a ZAURIEL, too, preferably the FA toga over the goofy looking armor we got in the 5″ TJ/JLA line. He would only need a new head, scarf, belted wrap (kilt? to replace the current belt w/ loop), and lower leg and feet to show his sandals and ankle wings, then a flaming sword (basic sword with red/orange electrical effect glued on?).

      My GA Hawkman was one of the few QC flubs I’ve gotten. The outer part of the wing had two LEFT wings, which I didn’t even notice at first. So if you know anyone with two RIGHT wings, let me know and we’ll swap! LOL

      • Brainlock

        and now CTR has just released this:
        “Big Bad Toy Store has listed the second and third waves of figures in Mattel’s DC Universe All Stars collection, and have confirmed the line ups. The second wave, as seen in our Toy Fair coverage, will feature New 52 Flash, Red Robin, Supergirl, and New 52 Superman. Wave three will have Batgirl, New 52 Batman, Hawkman, and Steel with his trusty Hammer.”

        I’m curious to see if w3 Hawkman will be the one without his red shorts or if they will sculpt new pieces for the DCnU “Savage Hawkman”. Steel I’m guessing will be the DCSH re-release. Batgirl is shown from a clipart of Barb in black, with yellow sigil and gloves (Bat-Legends re-release already?).

      • Mine had the same problem! Though in the name of curiosity (and the hope of not having a defective figure) I’m curious: do you mean “your” left or Hawkman’s? My doubled wing (from Carter’s view) is the right, the side with the belt strap.

        • Brainlock

          Hawkman figure’s left hand wing is doubled on the right hand side. I have two of the left side wing.

          • Crud, that’s the same way mine is! I wonder where all the double right wing Hawkmen ended up as the repeat kind of soured me on the figure, and the wave which wasn’t very easy to find in my area. They still haven’t popped up again so I’m basically just going to assume they never will and have to buy them at a con or specialty store. I guess Carter’s just going to have to endure having one working wing for the time being…

  • j1h15233

    I love the cowl look too. That look scream JSA at me and the beak mask just seems like a dumb idea. If this wave ever hits retail I may pick up another body to use the beak mask one day but I’m not sure where it would fit in.

  • TwoFisted

    I also went with the cowl for the same reasons. I almost wish Matty a First Appearance Hawkman. The blonde Carter Hall with the hawk head helmet that sits on the top of his head so you can see his whole face. DC Direct put out one a while back…but its too Golden Ageish looking. To set the Golden Age Hawkman apart even more, Matty could have filled in the ab area in yellow to give him the 70’s look.

    And please PLEASE Matty…dont put out a DCNu Savage Hawkman!! His new look is awfull. He looks like he fell into a knife drawer

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