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Clint Barton

by yo go re

Maybe it wasn't a great idea to choose to roll this one over into the new year?

Hawkeye's only shot at taking down a dangerous criminal conspiracy is an unlikely new partner: Kate Bishop.

Hawkeye was not one of 2022's Disney+ shows, but it feels like it was, doesn't it? It came out at the end of 2021, right around the time Spider-Man was No Way Home-ing, and if not for its strong end-of-year themes (it's hard to forget someone being catapulted into the Rockefeller Center Giftsmas tree), you may not remember that it should technically be bundled in with Wandavision, Falcon and Winter Soldier, and Loki, rather than Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk: Thiccness for the Prosecution. (What If...?, too, but being animated makes it feel like it's its own weird little thing.)

Hawkguy is still being played by Jeremy Renner, though you might not know it from looking at this toy. Either he has a very difficult face to sculpt, or he's got that Chris Evans "you can pretend a likeness is me, but not actually make it look like me" contract. The only figure that's really looked like him so far was the Avengers 1 figure, and that had its eyes hidden by glasses. Neither of the Photo Real heads have been the right shape.

Clint got a new costume in his show, based on David Aja's stylish design - you know, the one that was just a black shirt with a purple shape on the chest. The MCU version of it changes things up by also having purple shapes on the sleeves. As well as by having sleeves. The point of it in the comics was that it was just a plain T-shirt with a pattern printed on it, but the TV series had a whole background arc about how it was specially made for him. He does seem to just be wearing normal jeans, though, for what that's worth. This is all new sculpting, and doesn't seem likely to have a lot of future re-use in it.

Jeremy Renner remains a left-hander, so Hawkguy still uses his bow that way. (A bow and a quiver of non-removable arrows are his only accessories.) While molding a new torso, Hasbro was also thoughtful enough to mold some new pectoral hinge joints into it, so he can aim that bow more dynamically. Other than those, he's got the usual sorts of movement: head, shoulders, biceps, elbows, wrists, chest, waist, hips, thighs, knees, and ankles. While his normal hands are set up for archery - the right holding the bow and the left with the finger splayed like he just released the string - you can replace them with a pair of fists for closer encounters.

If those weren't enough hands, there's one more: the hand at the end of the left arm of Infinity Ultron, this series' Build-A-Figure.

Hawkguy is a mostly good figure, but he's brought down by the middling likeness. You know what would have really made this one shine? Lucky, the Pizza Dog. He's important!

-- 01/08/23

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