DC Universe Classics
6 Inch Scale
By: Mattel

Ask anyone to name a superhero and you’ll probably hear one of three things, Superman, Batman or Spider-man. However if you ask them to name the Justice League, your answers will probably be less clear and focused. Still, chances are Hawkman will probably eventually get named. Despite never being a super popular character, Hawkman’s distinctive look, long history and prominence in the Super Friends cartoon make Hawkman a surprisingly recognizable superhero. He also has the luck of being a -man, which means that he’s easier to remember. People look at Green Lantern and call him Lanternman or something like that, while Hawkman is either Hawkman or Birdman. He’s lucky in that sense. People associate -man with superheroes and guys who are a -man, are more recognizable. I would actually say ol’ Hawkman is probably a lot more recognizable than everyone’s current flavor of the month, Green Lantern. At least until that movie comes out.

Hawkman is a fictional superhero that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Dennis Neville, the original Hawkman first appeared in Flash Comics #1, published by All-American Publications in 1940. Multiple incarnations of Hawkman have appeared in DC Comics, all of them characterized by the use of archaic weaponry and by large, artificial wings, attached to a harness made from the special Nth metal that allows flight. Most incarnations of Hawkman work closely with a partner/romantic interest named Hawkgirl or Hawkwoman.

Depsite dozens of changes of canon, bios and real names, there is one thing that Hawkman has always had going for him… He’s a badass. Even when he showed up in the live action Smallville, Hawkman kicked butt. This DCUC Hawkman is designed similar to the Super Powers Hawkman and thus looks quite a bit like Silver Age-era Katar Hol Hawkman, although he’s not directly listed as such. Regardless of what Hawkman you want this to be, you’re bound to have him ready to kick some major butt.

Up until the most recent waves, DC Universe Classics largely kept the same packaging throughout. The package was never anything to write home about and as we saw it wave after wave, it certainly began to wear me down. It’s not a terrible package and it’s functional enough, but it’s not super appealing either.

The little bit of blue on the package looks quite nice and contrasts with all the orange. I personally think they should have went with a bright blue background because I think that seems a bit more superheroish. Whatever the case, Hawkman is nicely displayed inside the bubble. Thanks to his wings and large size, Mattel couldn’t put him in any dynamic poses, so he doesn’t get warped inside the shell.

The back of the package gives a look at the other figures in the series, a collect and connect BAF figure and the best part, Statistics and a brief biography. These are important things in my book. It’s a bit of a pain in the ass to get Hawkman out of his inner shell because of his massive wings. Fun fact, I gave away a whole set of this wave to a lucky reader last year. See, reading this website could be useful!

Although there have been a dozen different Hawkman characters, they’ve largely retained a lot of the same look. Sure, there were key differences, but this look for Hawkman became his iconic look and no one has really come up with a better one since. As such, the design here for Hawkman is perfect.

The sculpt here is nice, making Hawkman large and imposing. He has big broad shoulders and rippling muscles with veins all over them. It appears as though Hawkman has been hitting the gym with Lex Luger. He retains that regal warrior look and you can tell that the Four Horsemen had a good time sculpting him.

That’s really not a surprise, as the Horsemen do their best work when they’re sculpting post-apocalyptic warriors. Hawkman definitely fits that mold. The one truly unique element about Hawkman is his wings. Many toy companies have made Hawkman toys with dinky wings, but Mattel has pumped out a Hawkman with big, beautiful wings that expand like a real bird’s.

They don’t quite look as good from the back as they do in the front. We can see a large hinge in the middle of his back and two screw-like things on the tips of the wings. I’m sure that the hinge in the middle of the back was unavoidable, but I feel as though they probably could have covered up the screws somehow.

Despite these minor issues, it’s hard not to say that Hawkman looks awesome. Mattel and Four Horsemen have captured all the core elements of the character and it’s clear there has been a lot of love and attention put into him. He was definitely the star of his wave of figures.

Hawkman is pretty big. In fact he’s bigger than most standard DCUC figures, though he’s not quite as big as a MOTUC figure. That said, he wouldn’t look too bad in your Eternia backgrounds if you want to add a race of Hawkpeople to the land of He-Man. I know I’ve thought about it.

Let’s face it, even with the brighter silver age colors and some minor hiccups with the form versus function on the wings, this guy is one of the best DCUC figures. He shows that Mattel can truly make a knockout character when they want to and they offer up one of the most solid versions of the character in figure form o date. If the over a foot of wingspan doesn’t convince you to like this guy, nothing will.

DC Universe Classics has a great amount of articulation. I’m not, nor have I ever been an articulation junkie. I feel that the character needs to be articulated enough for accurate play. With a big bruiser like Hawkman, the DCUC articulation scheme is just about perfect.

Hawkman has all that basic articulation, but he has the added addition of wings. I never had the Super Powers version, but I did have the DC Superhero version from Toy Biz and I can tell you that these wings are implemented a billion times better. You can bend them forward and back, with a great range of motion and expand them at the wing flaps with the screws.

This allows for quite a bit of poseability and allows you to make some pretty neat flying poses. With the Hawkman character, that’s a must. It’s also one of the first times he’s really been so poseable in that respect and it’s great to have him this way.

I really can’t imagine having many legitimate gripes about this Hawkman figure. It’s got a lot of good articulation in addition to the wonderful sculpt.

With a character like Hawkman, who is mostly known for his mace, you’d expect Mattel to scrimp on him. It would be understandable, since he’s already a larger than normal character due to his wings. Instead though, Mattel and Four Horsemen throw us for a bit of a loop with a bunch of accessories for a Thangarian friend.

You get his patented Mace, a large sword and an awesome shield. His mace has a handle strap for carrying and his sword actually fits into a sheaf on his belt. It’s pretty impressive.

He looks great with the mace, but he also looks pretty good with the sword. Of course you could give that away to another character if you wanted, as well. He doesn’t necessarily need it, but as with all the weapons the sculpt is nice.

You also get an arm for your Collect and Connect figure, Kalibak. This is one of the nicest BAFs in the whole run of DCUC so it’s nothing to snub your nose at. The arm is definitely loaded with detail, including his little tattoo/scar deal.

The shield is probably the coolest of all the accessories. It looks like it could take a real thumping and keep Hawkman safe.

Originally this guy retailed for just a bit over $12 depending on where you got him. Oddly enough, I still see a lot of this wave showing up at Targets even today. Which means if you’re late to the party and just now want to pick Hawkman up, you’re be paying over $15 for him. He was definitely a MUCH better value before, but Hawkman is one of the few guys who can make out alright at the current price point thanks his good sculpt and multiple accessories.


Score Recap:
Packaging – 7
Sculpting – 9
Articulation – 8
Accessories – Mace, Sword, Shield, Kalibak Arm
Value – 8
Overall – 8.5 out of 10

Even though Hawkman is several waves old, he remains one of the best DCUC figures to come out from Mattel. He’s an interesting looking character and he’s a great sculpt. It’s a shame Mattel hasn’t reused this Hawkman to create some of the other Hawkman characters as he looks so nice. If you’re like me and have decided to only pick and choose DCUC, Hawkman is definitely one to pick.

2 Responses to DC Universe Classics Hawkman Review

  • Lt. Clutch says:

    The very best wing attachment I've ever seen on ANY figure is the Super Powers Hawkman. It looks great from the back and the flapping action works beautifully. I'm not a huge fan of expanded wing pieces because the figure tends to topple over even if placed on a stand. Granted, the 4H hit another homer with this guy. He will be Katar Hol of Thanagar to me, since that was the Hawkman I grew up with and loved as a kid. I still consider him and Shayera the coolest versions. Mattel was planning a Golden Age Hawks two-pack which would have featured the Earth-2 Halls from the JSA/All Star Squadron and I was thrilled that we'd have all four characters so I could recreate those classic annual JLA/JSA summer parties! I'm still hoping to see them released someday, especially since the 4H are keen on completing the JSA roster. Another excellent review, Newt!

  • Thanks. Yeah it's a shame that two pack got canceled. The Toy Biz version of Hawkman couldn't keep his wings in very well.

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