Like with Transformers Prime, I’m also a bit behind on reviewing the last few S.H. Figuarts figures I picked up. So today I’m going to take a look at Red Hawk from the Super Sentai Jetman series, a figure I purchased because I liked how he looked.
My knowledge on Japan’s various Super Sentai series is limited at best. What little I do know mostly comes after the introduction of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and their liberal reuse of Japanese footage. But even with my limited understanding on what came before, I’m still very partial to the styles and tropes of the Sentai/Ranger teams.
For better or worse, this carries over into my toy collecting. Before I got this figure and started researching him, I had no idea who Red Hawk was. But I really liked the promotional pictures on his preorder page, so I thought I’d give him a shot. He was still Figuarts Ranger figure after all, so I knew he’d still be a fun figure if nothing else.
Like I said, I don’t know much about the Jetman series. But I have gleaned a few things from various Wiki pages. Jetman is the fifteenth installment in the Sentai franchise. Originally they had planned on adapting it for the US, but those plans were later changed to the sixteenth (Zyuranger/MMPR) instead. And if the costume design looks a bit familiar to you, it’s because they were inspired by the Gatchaman series.
Red Hawk’s costume design was a huge factor in preordering this figure. I knew I liked the simple red and white diamond design because it reminded me of the MMPR look. But it wasn’t until my research that I realized the Battle of the Planets inspired helmet was also calling out to my subconscious.
One thing I was totally taken by surprise with was just how neat looking this figure was in hand. I couldn’t figure out why I was so taken by him until I went back and looked at the promo pictures. They showed him with a shinier costume that was much more light reflective, like his helmet. The in hand figure didn’t have this glossy sheen though. Instead they had used a matte finish on his body which really gave the figure a nice retro feel, especially when compared to figures of the more recent Gokaiger and Shinkenger teams.
The matte look isn’t everywhere though. His helmet is incredibly glossy, giving it a proper stronger look. His belt and buckle are also painted with a metallic looking silver and gold.
Something else I really liked about this figure is that his body is sculpted to be slightly thicker than the more modern Gokai and Shinken figures. This is especially noticeable in the chest and waist. It’s odd, but such a slight difference really gives the figure an older feel. It’s like he comes from a time when super heroes didn’t have to be in perfect physical shape.
Like most Figuarts, Red Hawk’s articulation is damned nice. His head, neck, chest, and waist are on ball joints. His shoulders are ball swivel hinges attached to ball joints. His elbows and knees are double hinged, while his toes are single hinged. His wrists and ankles are swivel hinges, and his hips are swivels attached to ball joints. In short, he can pretty much pose any way you want. Continue to page 2…