I enjoy a good updating and re-imagining of a classic character. The Pursuit of Cobra and 30th anniversary lines both managed a few figure updates that really impressed me. Hawk is a great new battle-ready version of the team’s long time field commander.
When Hawk returned to the line as a general in 1986, he traded in his typical Joe team BDUs for a bomber jacket and goggled helmet. The new image became iconic, and continues to be one of the prominent looks for the character. The ’86 look strikes me as more of a throwback to the World War II era. I’m glad to see him with a more modern look.
This figure, like other recent efforts, manages to effectively reuse parts and webgear to create something new. He is also loaded with weapons and gear, including a pistol, rifle two submachine guns, a radio and even a computer. The goggles and shoulder holster, both elements from the ’86 figure, are worked in to good effect. The modular and interchangeable accessories on this and other modern figures allow for some easy customization. So, if you don’t want to use this figure as Hawk, just switch out the head and web gear.