Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Super Powers Collection Hawkman
The Super Powers Collection really brings me back to my childhood, as between my brother and I, we had nearly every figure from the line. Regularly mixed in with our Secret Wars toys, superhero battles were regularly scheduled affairs, when not staging epic military or furry underpants struggles, or promoting all-star wrestling cards. My brother and I were both of the persuasion that once a "guy" belonged to one of us, he pretty much stayed there until disinterest or whatnot. My core group consisted of Flash, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, and Doctor Fate, who would usually fight Darkseid and Lex Luthor, as they were "my guys." One such guy who belonged to my brother was Hawkman. I remember the toy well -- he never got much use that I saw from my brother, and I really dug him for his big wings and the fact that he had a mace to hit people with, but, alas, he was not my guy, and so I let it slide.
Fast forward a number of years and all of the Super Powers (along with the Secret Wars and later Toy Biz figures) are in my possession, thanks to a general cleaning out and packing up of toys and whatnot. So I finally got my hands on Hawkman, mwuahaha! So since that day in high school, he (along with all of his mates in the box they have been packed in, unpacked out of, and repacked in since that day) has traveled with me, from my parents house in New York to my first apartment in South Carolina, to my wife and I's first house to our current home.
And he certainly is a toy worthy of such mileage. His large size -- both height and width, thanks to his wing harness -- makes him standout from the crowd in group shots, and his sculpting is pretty dead-on. The bright, vibrant colors which helped make this costume a classic in 4 Color form translates easily to the three-dimension world. As I said, I have always really liked his mace, which on my particular toy remains firmly grasped in his right hand, not lost or misplaced like many other accessories (I would kill for Aquaman's trident, or Manhunter's cape; I am pretty sure I have Fate's). The power action works wonderfully, and doesn't interfere with poseability, or the all-important stand-up-ability, either. If you are talking classic, Silver Age Hawkman, this is him in the flesh (that is, plastic).
This is my favorite Hawkman toy which I have ever seen or had the pleasure of owning. And while there are several new versions coming out soon, I think it will be very difficult to top this iteration of the Winged Wonder.
Image: Super Powers Collection Hawkman, retrieved from Toyotter.