Toy Review: Marvel Legends Vintage Hawkeye (Hasbro)

Earth’s Mightiest Marksman gets the vintage treatment from Hasbro. To a lot of people, when people think of the Avengers they think of Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America. But […]

Earth’s Mightiest Marksman gets the vintage treatment from Hasbro.

To a lot of people, when people think of the Avengers they think of Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America. But me, I always think of Hawkeye. Since I started reading comics, I have always associated the Avengers with Hawkeye. He was always the normal guy in a room full of “Gods”. And not once did he ever let that intimate him! So needless to say when I heard that Hasbro was making Hawkeye in wave 2 of the Marvel Legends Vintage line, I had to have him.

The last time there was a Hawkeye figure, Hasbro goofed a little. It’s common practice for manufacturers to reuse part or molds. In the comics Hawkeye is right-handed, so holds his bow with his left arm. In the previous figure, while the arm guard was on the left arm, the hand Hasbro used was for the bowstring and not the bow. The reason why is Jemery Renner who plays Hawkeye in the movies is left-handed, so he holds the bow with his right hand. Now it’s common practice for manufacturers to reuse part or molds, so I can only assess that’s why it was reversed on that figure. This time around, Hasbro got it right (no pun intended).

This figure is awesome. While the sculpt is not the iconic classic Hawkeye, it is based on George Perez’s design from the 1998 Avengers run. The only real alteration Perez did to the costume is just add fingerless gloves. Not a deal breaker here. With an exception of the bare arms, it seems like the rest of the figure was reused from the previous version. The loincloth and straps don’t hinder the articulation at all. And speaking of articulation, Hawkeye has all the articulation you get from the Marvel Legends line.

As I said before about reusing parts, this Hawkeye does as well. The bow and quiver are both from the movie version. Honestly, I’m not a fan of the quiver in the least. It seems a little big on him, but it doesn’t affect any movement. Again, a minor complaint. 

Bottom line, this is my Hawkeye. I’ve removed the other because of the iconic look he has.

Bravo Hasbro! Another amazing Legends figure!

 

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.