General Tomahawk (2000)
What’s in a name? Well, when it came to GI Joe in the 2000’s, added ranks, lost rights and odd new monikers. It was a dark time for those whose hackles were raised by characters’ classic names changing. Scarlett became Agent Scarlett, Stalker became Sgt. Stalker, and on and on. I guess name copyrights have some kind of magical “use or lose” qualities.
Hawk’s name metamorphosed like a butterfly over the years. First, just Hawk, then General Hawk. Finally by the 2000’s, his name fully flowered into General Tomahawk. Thankfully, things turned around later in the decade, and at least his real name was added to the mix.
The General Formerly Known as Hawk came to us in the collector edition two packs, a noble experiment not only in renamings, but also in new coloring methods. Tomahawk here has been subjected to some pretty horrendous paint wipes. I’m all for adding a little depth with a paint wash or wipe, but holy cow, the man’s uniform looks like a month-old chocolate bar.
At least there was enough forethought to include talking battle commander Hawk weapons. I’ve always been fond of the Dirty Harry manhood extension pistola (with scope!) Because a high-caliber hand cannon requires precise aim. You wouldn’t want to miss by even a micron.