G.I. JOE COMMANDER  
  Code Name: HAWK  
 

Hawk was always just there. In the cartoon, he was a belated addition as overall commander in the second series, where he was basically Team Dad. In the Marvel comic, he was there from the very start and appeared in a staggering number of issues without ever really doing much of note. At least the Devil's Due stuff gave him a crowd-pleasing and obvious, but rather enjoyable, one-on-one fight with Cobra Commander - even if it did end with the good general getting spinalled by the Baroness.

So, I got the figure out of a sense of obligation. Initially this only extended to getting the 1986 version, and then as the 25ths began to build up that they were commanded by a midget with a big thick bicycle helmet bothered me, so I got the G.I. Joe Set version of Hawk.

I'm glad I did, as I rather like the feller. The uniform's come out really nicely, with the jacket looking like an actual leather flight jacket, the camo trousers actually looking like something someone in the military would actually wear, and even the silly hat being saved by excellent detail. Even the backpack's about right.

On the downside, the neck is a bit cluttered between the fur-lined colour and the overcomplicated shoulder holster (which is moulded only; Hawk's actual sidearm is holstered on his hip). There are some nice touches too, like the rank markings on the jacket breasts and the greying hair visible under the helmet. Considering my general apathy towards the character, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this figure.

 

G.I. Joe Hawk
G.I. Joe Hawk
G.I. Joe Hawk
G.I. Joe Hawk