By Past Nastification
Hawk is my favorite of the OG 13. But so is Stalker. And Scarlett… and Steeler, and Short-Fuze, and Grand Slam. It’s a good problem to have.
When the 25th Anniversary/modern era figures launched in 2007, Hawk was missing from the lineup. Sure, Hasbro rolled Duke towards kids and collectors, but the character most deserving of getting an early new format figure was the Joes’ original field commander, Hawk.
In 2008 Hasbro threw out a Hawk. Much to my delight, it was based on the ‘82/’83 Mobile Missile System Hawk, not the “dressed like Patton” ’86 version. It used the same body as the ’07 Snake-Eyes and Stalker figures, much like the character shared bodies back in ‘82/’83.
This is a good modernization of the original Hawk figure, with silver paint applications to match the original. The pictured figure is a silver webgear variant. Most of them had all-black webgear. The best aspect of this figure is its head sculpt. It has a Lee Marvin vibe to it, much like Herb Trimpe drew Hawk in the early Marvel run. The biggest change is the addition of gloves to the uniform, which look pretty good.
Like many modern era figures, it has more articulation but less ability to hold a weapon. The OG 13 helmet is re-created, but somewhat undersized. And the neck isn’t painted. An AR-style rifle would have been a better fit than the Snow Job laser rifle, but it works fair enough.
This is a figure that functions well as its own figure and as a tribute to an early ARAH figure.