General Abernathy (2005)
By Past Nastification
Hawk (released as “General Abernathy”) got this spiffy ARAH treatment in 2005 as a comic pack action figure. Made of previous body parts from different Hawk figures, plus a great new head, this figure was intended to represent how Hawk appeared in Marvel’s GI Joe #76.
The colors are a bit bright, maybe because the colors in the comic book were already interpretations of the existing ’86 toy, and on this figure they were re-interpreted a second time just to put them back on another toy. It’s like playing “the telephone game”, but with color sets.
As easy as it would be to simply say that the colors are too bright, especially on the jacket, that would be missing the point. If Hasbro had painted this body to match the ’86 figure, what would be the point? That figure already exists. Putting Hawk in a lighter jacket is just fine, and gives this figure its own unique look.
But don’t worry about the jacket. Obviously the head, with its blonde flat top and gaunt face, is really the selling point of the figure. It looks like it’s as inspired by Herb Trimpe’s artwork of Hawk as much as that of Ron Wagner, who actually drew issue #76. Unlike the chestnut brown wavy haired ’86 Hawk, or even the ’97 re-release, Hasbro finally gave Hawk a proper comic-themed head with this figure.
Hasbro’s gimmick with the comic pack figures was to give them new heads, but for a comic pack Hawk, Hasbro could have easily just rolled out the original ’86 head. If that head were painted with blonde hair, it could have been passed it off as Hawk from an issue featuring Rod Whigham artwork. Hawk without super short hair didn’t feel right.
The figure came with a pistol, a rifle, a figure stand, and a helmet. The helmet doesn’t fit correctly, but you’d never put it on Hawk’s bad-ass blonde crew cut, even if it did.
It’s good that Hasbro put in the extra effort to create a new Hawk head. And unlike many of the other comic pack heads, Hawk’s noggin is properly sized. There’s nothing flashy about this figure, and there’s nothing really bad about it, either. It’s an average figure, but very much appreciated.