General Hawk (1993 Mail-in)
Hawk as a general seems to get three distinct looks. First, there’s the original ’86 comeback special, and a vintage look of sorts, with the leather bomber jacket. Another is the more traditional dress uniform, more appropriate for flying a desk than anything else. And speaking of flying, we finally have the flight suit with jet pack from the anything goes, throw it against the wall and see what sticks 90’s.
That was the basis for this mail-in figure, available in the most remarkably prolific year for Hasbro’s direct mail program. That year, sixteen figures were offered in various forms, either individually or in themed two and three packs. Some were quite striking in their color schemes, like the Create A Cobra, Snow Serpent, Deep Six and Interrogator. Others weren’t quite as garish, and the Rapid Deployment Force were straight, less accessorized re-releases of earlier figures.
Hawk is…well…bright. And he’s traded in his compact 1991 jetpack for Major Bludd’s Super Sonic Fighters version. This thing is a monster; it’s the Chevrolet Suburban of jetpacks. The harness you see around Hawk’s midsection? It’s not just for holding the pack on, it also serves as an elaborate external hernia truss that he has to wear at all times thanks to the 800 lb slab attached to his back.
So how can one fit this figure into a collection? It’s a stretch, but I like to think that with the sonic pack and the green and yellow color scheme, he’s overseeing both the Sonic Fighters and Eco Warriors. If that doesn’t suit you, just grab a blacklight, set up this Hawk, ’93 Deep-Six and Create A Cobra and crank up some Iron Butterfly. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, baby.