I bought in to pretty much every fad of the moment character Marvel churned out in the 90s. Darkhawk was one of those characters who immediately stood out thanks to his cool costume. While I didn’t regularly pick up his solo title, I was thrilled when he became a semi-regular on The New Warriors, one of my favorite 90s titles.
It’s taken a lot of patience and hope, but Hasbro finally got around to giving us a Marvel Legends Darkhawk figure as part of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 line. Very sneaky. Maybe Night Thrasher can get worked in to next year’s Deadpool wave? For now, let’s see how high Darkhawk soars.
Packaging: There’s nothing remarkably fresh here from the usual Marvel Legends packaging although I really like the purple accent. It seems like an appropriate galactic, outer space color. Darkhawk shares packaging with Vance Astro, a potential future alias for his New Warriors’ teammate Justice. In other words, you’re going to have to already know who he is as the bio won’t help at all.
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Likeness: Darkhawk is like armored characters like Iron Man and War Machine in that his look constantly evolves. This isn’t the original outfit back when Mike Manley drew a boxier costume. The helmet has the signature Darkhawk look and the armored points look great. The right forearm claw gauntlet is very well done.
I’m not sure how Hasbro could have designed the wings to get that comic book while maintaining the articulation. The split wings looks weird and throws off the visual, but it probably the only viable solution.
Scale: Darkhawk is on the average body, which is a good choice since this is more of an adult look for him and not a teenager based on the current design.
Paint: I’ve always liked this color scheme. The dark blue and silver isn’t the most dazzling color scheme, but it can look real snazzy when implemented correctly.
Hasbro has done right by more characters by opting for pearlescent paint to give the figure a little extra pop. That really works well here as it gives Darkhawk more of a metallic, textured look.
Articulation: Marvel Legends sports the best articulated mass market figures around. The visual sacrifice for the wings is partly made up by being able to hit all of the expected poses that have become synonymous with this line.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Darkhawk doesn’t come with a lot of accessories, but he does get the most tempting piece to sway you into building Titus — his head.
If you stick to the comic book based figures you’re likely going to have a tough time not completing him since you just need Drax and Yondu at that point. That’s the curse of the Build-A-Figure setup.
Worth it? I snagged Darkhawk when he was $16 at Toys R Us. That’s the sweet spot great price for the line. The full $20 isn’t a bad deal provided you’re invested in the BAF. With one that’s a trickier sell like Titus it offers a bit more incentive to keep going and finish building at a cheaper price.
Rating: 9 out of 10
I can’t think of a better way to do the wings, which is the only slightly sticking point. This is a really well done figure from Hasbro and a great addition to the slim New Warriors roster.
Where to get it? With GOTG Vol. 2 hitting theaters in May, this wave should be plentiful everywhere. I’ve spotted them at Toys R Us and Target with other folks finding them at Walgreens as well. Of course, you can always grab him on Amazon.com.