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Thunder Hawk

Street Fighter
by yo go re

In order to assure that they do indeed live up to their promise to create a figure of every character who's ever appeared in a Street Fighter game, SOTA is mixing the most popular characters into multiple series of their toy line, rather than dumping them all out at once. This means that spots in the early series are given over to guys that no one has ever heard of, like Series 2's T. Hawk.

Thunder Hawk Thunder Hawk is a large Mexican Indian, the pride of his people. Though large, he can defeat many smaller, more agile fighters with his devastating techniques. Unlike most bulky warriors, he does not like to grapple, but he can where necessary. T. Hawk's tribe was recently forced to leave its homelands thanks to the evil dictator M. Bison, and T. Hawk became enraged. He enters the Street Fighter tournament to reclaim his people's lands and win their freedom from tyranny.

Wish he had a longer bio - this is one tall injun! Oh, how about this: at one point, T. Hawk was on a quest to find and confront Noembelu, one of Shadowloo's enforcers, believing she'd been kidnapped from his tribe, giving him even more reason to hate Bison.

T. Hawk was introduced in one of the half-dozen Street Fighter II versions, the same time as tiny British sexpot Cammy. He's only been in two games since, which is why his inclusion this early in the series was a real surprise. A welcome suprise, but still unexpected.

top-notch hands The figure's look is spot-on. He's wearing bluejeans and a denim vest, and has fringe hanging down over his dark boots. He's got a mesoamerican headband with two feathers sticking out the side. His anatomy is detailed well, making him look like a real powerhouse. His hands, for instance, are the best I've ever seen on an action figure: they look like real human apendages, not overly cartoony at all. Some companies known for their sculpts worry incessantly about the wrinkles in cloth, but the wrinkles in skin are much more difficult to capture perfectly.

big ol' grump The Street Fighter line is done Marvel Legends style, with tons of articulation allowing for almost any pose you can imagine. T. Hawk moves at the toes, feet, ankles, knees, thighs, hips, waist, torso, shoulders, biceps, elbows, wrists and neck. The hinges in his toes really make his foot flip in half impressively - so much so, that his toes look like they're going to fall off.

The detailing on the sculpt is great - for instance, take a look at the hawk on his belt buckle. tiny, tiny detail In fact, go one further, and look at the leather texture of his entire belt. There's even tiny stitching holding his boots together, just like real footwear. The fringe on his legs and vest is applied in layers and even his simple white wristbands have sculpted edges rather than just being painted on.

Remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue - beautiful plumage. T. Hawk is a massive figure - 8" tall - even bigger than Sagat, so he's really light on accessories. He's got a pair of "chopping" hands to replace his fists, and he's got a a brown hawk that perches on his shoulder. The bird is at rest, but the detail on its feathers is astounding. This is one dang impressive animal sidekick.

So SOTA really drew deeply from the Unknown Character Well to pull up T. Hawk, but they did a great job on him. He's definitely worth buying, even if you're not a huge Street Fighter fan. Hell, he'd make a great base for a Marvel Legends-style Thunderbird/Warpath. Have him die on his first mission! It'll be fun!

Ken | Blanka | Cammy | T. Hawk | Vega

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