When they said Hawkeye and Ant-Man were both going to be in Captain America: Civil War, everyone in the world became Success Kid. By continually supporting the massive media juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we'd arrived at the time when a live action version of the cover to Avengers #223 might actually happen. And then the most recent trailer arrived, and there it was; Hawkeye firing an arrow with a miniature Ant-Man saddled up for action like Slim Pickens.

 

 

There have been a number of action figures to honor this idea, this moment, and it's been done in the animated series a few times, too. Until now though, Hot Toys hasn't been able to put its spin on the iconic image. With its Marvel figures based solely in the MCU, it needed that moment to be realized on screen first. Well, it's been done (or rather, it will be done in May, but you know what I mean), and now we get arguably the first great Hot Toys Hawkeye figure. All it took was a little bug man to pull it off.

This is the first Hot Toys Hawkeye that actually feels like a version from the comics, and not just a SHIELD soldier that needed a purple trenchcoat for reasons. I know Hawkeye's veered away from the circus costume in recent years, and making him more militaristic for the films makes a modicum of sense. Still, the version in the Avengers films has been a little too "real" to this point. At least now it's starting to look like a little more thought and creativity is being put into his design.

Despite looking like a total sourpuss, that's a pretty good Jeremy Renner portrait on there too. He looks like someone rightfully reminded him he was kind of a dick on the last press tour. Seriously though, would it kill Hot Toys to put a little life into these guys? We get it. Movies are serious business. Just give us something more than another tight-lipped hero to afraid to break to bro code of masculinity. I can't wait to see the rest of the variety in this line with diverse emotions like disgruntled, disheartened, and disinterested.

But hey, Ant-Man arrow! That's pretty cool! He's joined by a few different arrows, a knife and a pistol, as well as a quiver to round out Hawkeye's accessories. Hopefully the final version of the figure will be able to pull off that archery pose. Though Hot Toys' figures have lots of articulation, it's not always easy to arrange them in a particular position. Having that left arm uncovered should help though.

No details on a release date or price yet, but we'll update this post when Sideshow Collectibles has the information.

Update: Hawkeye is now available for pre-order for $219.99, and is expected to arrive between August and October 2016.

 

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