In the Marvel Comic Book, my favourite overall storyline runs between issues #12 and #18. The story doesn’t drag, there’s just enough going on for everyone to have something to do, and by the end, there’s some actual resolutions. In my overall favourite story #13’s “Last Plane From Rio Lindo” there’s about 6 panels where Hawk is wearing a black commando sweater. If Hasbro had done the Comic Packs in a way that wasn’t that ridiculous “Chronological Order”, that Hawk colouring would’ve made a decent comic pack figure. Almost a decade and a half later, that figure was made, by Red Laser’s Army.
G.I. Joe has been a fairly moribund brand for the last few years, and it’s been even mores for longer for the Vintage Style. This has allowed the factory custom market to move more into good guys and characters, than just strict army builders. Since this figure is obviously designed from my favourite G.I. Joe comic book, I’m quite a big fan of this figure. In fact the first thing I did with the figure was re-create the scene where he sets up the rescue mission with Grunt, Scarlett, Doc, Torpedo and Rock ‘N Roll.
As a character, my opinion of Hawk has changed over the years. As a kid, especially, Hawk was the fearless leader, who’d go out in the field when he needed to. As I’ve grown older and more in touch with the real world, Hawk’s appearances in issues #6 and #7 really began to hold more weight with me. In those two issues he’s doing some weird double dealing, and uses his own team as pawns. I now see Hawk as a man with distinguished, and decorated service, he’s just realistic and knows that if he’s the man to take down COBRA Command, he’ll be able to get into the Whitehouse in 1988 (I might have been influenced by those old Ollie For President t-shirts). However I don’t want to solely portray Hawk as a shadowy careerist, as a person from a “Real Loaded” background, like his, usually wouldn’t be working Artillery, and would instead be in Intelligence. John F. Kennedy was an officer in the ONI prior to his transfer to the Pacific where he was on a PT Boat.
So Hawk is now more of a character obsessed with his men getting results. Now it’s more a question of “if” it’s done, rather than “How” it’s done. Which is a different take on Hawk than usually seen, I think it is a thing that’s important to do. As sometimes motivations other than “It’s their job” or “service to the country” is lacking on the G.I. Joe side.
I’m glad that this figure was made, it’s a nice color scheme and design that allows the Hawk character a unique figure that isn’t quite as wishy-washy as the original glorified Short Fuze that came with the MMS. This Hawk still has the classic v1 look, but now can stand beside some of the more dynamically coloured Joe figures from later on and not look out of place. This design works well with the 82-84 vintage line, as well as the other factory customs and the 1997 G.I. Joe line.