Toy Review: Marvel Select | Classic Hawkeye


Today I’m reviewing the Marvel Select Classic Hawkeye. I’m not really a Hawkeye fan, let alone the classic Hawkeye design, but for the price I paid, I figured it couldn’t hurt. Let’s take a closer look at this figure and see.

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  • Character: Hawkeye
  • Manufacturer: Diamond Select
  • Dimensions: 7″
  • Weight: 1.5 oz
  • Recommended: Ages 14+
  • MSRP: $24.95 Paid: $15.55

Articulation – ★☆☆☆☆

The articulation, as is common in most of the Marvel Select figures is really bad on this figure. I thought for sure, since this is a pretty standard character in terms of the mold (it looks very close to the natural human anatomy) that the folks at Diamond Select would do a decent job on this figure. In the end, I think they spent more time on the mold, which I appreciate, than they did on the articulation, which causes the mold to have issues as well at times.

Total POA’s = 20

  • Arms – There are 5 joints per arm.
    • Shoulders: Ball Joint as well as a Pin/Hinge joint in the shoulder allows for a decent amount of outward as well as forward/backward motion.
    • Bicep: Peg Joint allows for full 360 rotation.
    • Elbow: Single Pin/Hinge joint allows for nominal elbow bend at just under 90 degress.
    • Wrist: Peg Joint allows for full 360 degree rotation, but it would have been so much better if there was also a wrist Hinge, but there is not.
  • Legs – There are 4 joints in each leg/hip/ankle area.
    • Hips: Ball Joint allows a pretty decent amount of forward and backward motion, though you really have to work with this joint and the thigh joint to get that flexibility. I’ve found the joints on my figure are a little loose, so keeping him in his poses is a little tough.
    • Thigh: Peg Joint allows for a large amount of rotation, though again, to get good poses, you really have to work with the Hip joints to get this guy where you want him.
    • Knees: Single Pin/Hinge joint in the knees. At the knees and below is where this figure is drastically lacking articulation. The knees can bend just under 90 degrees, so there’s no chance of any kneeling poses. None.
    • Ankle: There is a single Pin/Hinge joint in the ankle which provides limited forward and backward motion. These joints are loose on my figure and again, limit you to pretty much standing only poses. Very disappointing. An ankle rocker would have been very helpful just to keep the figure standing.
  • Body – There is one joint in the body area
    • Peg Joint in the waist allows for full rotation of the upper body. This figure sorely lacks an ab crunch Hinge joint. Getting Hawkeye into stances all to find he’s either hunched way over or standing uncomfortably straight is so disappointing.
  • Head: There is one joint in the head/neck area
    • Ball Joint but they might as well have just put a peg joint in his head. You can’t move his head up and down or tilt it much at all. This joint was so horribly done.

Overall, the articulation was a huge letdown. I cannot find anything much good to say about this.

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Mold – ★★★☆☆

There are some really great parts to the mold of this figure, and some that I really just don’t like at all. The mold of the neck causes the head joint to essentially be useless. That’s a pretty big issue for me. Overall, the detail of the mold is pretty good, so I really should have given him four stars, but I just couldn’t. His left hand, which is the hand he should hold his bow in, is open too much, which makes getting the bow to stay in his hand, really tough. He pretty much has to be posed thumb up in order to hold the bow without some sort of assistance like something sticky or something.

The mold on the right hand is decent, until you actually try to get the arrow accessory into his fingers. There’s nearly no way to get him to hold the arrow at the end like a real archer might do. Now add in the fact that the articulation is so poorly executed, and you’ll never get your Hawkeye figure into a natural looking pose where he’s actually knoching an arrow.

Aside from all of that, the figure is visually appealing. Just not practical. He’s closer to a statue than an action figure, again as is common with the Select figures.

Paint – ★★★★☆

The paint application is pretty good and clean. I wouldn’t have minded the boots having a little bit of paint work to give them some character, but overall, it’s not bad looking. His upper body has some really nice paint work with what my inexperienced eye sees as a nice black paint wash in the chest. They did not do this on his legs, which is a little disappointing.

Accessories – ★★★★☆

The one saving grace to this figure, besides the paint, which isn’t too bad, is the accessories. You get a decent number of accessories. How useful they are, is probably debatable. Here’s what you get.

  • Bow
  • 4 arrows
    • One with Wasp on it
    • One full arrow
    • 2 arrows with no arrow heads to be stuck into the base or quiver)
  • Removable quiver
  • Display Base

The bow, is nice enough, though a real string would have been cool and a little more paint work would have made it look a little less like plastic. The arrows are really nice, though they’re all warped so you may need to put some heat to them to try to straighten them out. the arrow with Wasp on it is a bit of an enigma to me. I cannot figure out how to display it in a way that looks decent. Since you cannot pose Hawkeye holding the arrow and bow in a normal fashion, I just cannot figure this out.

The quiver is nice, but again, some paint would really have made this thing stand out. Unfortunately, the display base is the best part of the whole figure. It has a defeated Ultron with a single foot peg which allows you to put Hawkeye into the best pose I’ve found in which he is standing with one foot on the throat of the defeated Ultron and pulling an arrow from his quiver. The mold and paint of the base is phenomenal. Too bad they didn’t spend more time on the actual figure.

Packaging – ★★☆☆☆

I’ve come to hate the Marvel Select packaging. Before I’ve just noted I’m not a fan, I’m now completely hating it. It’s big, bulky and just not very nice looking. Yes you can see the figure inside, but there are so many better ways of doing it.

Overall Rating – ★★☆☆☆

Overall, this figure is a big letdown for me. The articulation is horrendous and the rest just doesn’t make up for it. If you’re a huge Hawkeye fan, you could get this one, but why not pick up the Marvel Legends Hawkeye one in the same likeness and you’ll have much better articulation. I’m a little bummed I hadn’t already jumped on the Marvel Legends bandwagon earlier because I’m really starting to not like the Selects that much anymore. The figure does look cool on the shelf, but that’s where it’s going to remain. You’re not going to go to this figure for posing, that’s for sure.

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