Hawkeye Grumpily Joins Hot Toys Avengers: Age of Ultron Series
The Avengers: Age of Ultron reveals just keep coming from Hot Toys. Today, the company revealed the all-new Hawkeye sixth-scale figure, which comes with a fresh head sculpt. Too bad Jeremy Renner doesn't look too happy about it.
Hawkeye is one of the few returning characters to get a new face for the Avengers: Age of Ultron series. Unfortunately, what Hot Toys is undoubtedly trying to pass off as focused and determined ends up looking sour and a too serious. Like way too serious. Would it kill the people making these figures to put a little personality in there? Stoic and constipated is just so overdone at this point. That grievance aside, Hot Toys has done a good job replicating Renner's inscrutable annoyance that he gets so little screen time.
His bow and arrows are also getting a refresh, with new fabrications for both. The quiver is the same, though it gets a fresh coat of paint. In addition to the full bow, there's also a compact version included, though it doesn't appear to transform. His multiple hands appear to have been tweaked for the new bow. All the attachments for his trick arrows look cool, and appear to detach, too. I don't know how great of an idea that is for such tiny pieces, but you will be able to pull them apart if you so wish.
Hawkeye's pants look to be the same, which leads me to believe he'll still be wearing the same sleeveless tunic under that awful trenchcoat. The boots are quite curious though. They share some similarities in the sculpt with the previous Avengers incarnation, but the ankle attachments are new. When the figure debuted at Toy Soul, it wasn't clear if they were some kind of remote-fire darts or Star-Lord-esque propulsion devices. However, based on the updated images, it appears these will hold multiple arrows, and allow Clint to fire a barrage at once with ease. We'll find out for sure when the movie arrives in May, I suppose.
Like Black Widow, it's worth noting that nowhere on Hawkeye's person does there appear to be an emblems or insignias designating his organizational allegiance. I might be reading too much into this, but the fact that Captain America is the only member of this "team" to actually declare his membership with a logo has to mean something, right?
No matter how hard Marvel, and by extension Hot Toys or Hasbro or whoever, try to push this trenchcoat agenda, I can't abide. I understand that the moment in the film this figure is captured from happens to take place in a snowy, mountain region. However, none of the other characters are forced to wear official Avengers winter gear. You're telling me designers couldn't come up with something better for Hawkeye than a lengthy overcoat?
As a result, we're left with a figure that, while based on a character needing good range of motion in his arms and chest, will likely not be able to make many of the poses depicted in these production images when the final version arrives. Maybe by the time Hawkeye arrives, Hot Toys will surprise me with some advancements in its tailoring to allow such flexibility, but I remain skeptical.
No price or release date have been announced as of yet, but Hawkeye is likely on track for an early 2016 release, and will likely set you back about $200. We'll update this article when ordering information is available from Sideshow Collectibles.
Update: You can pre-order Hawkeye now for $219.99. He's expected to arrive the first quarter of 2016.