Entertainment Earth; Hasbro
The Avengers Titan series welcomes its newest additions in a deluxe set that is available exclusively through Entertainment Earth.
I’ll start with the basics.
Each figure stands 12 inches tall like the other Titan Series figures. Hawkeye is equipped with a bow blaster, an arrow attachment for the bow and a quiver. Iron Man is equipped with a blaster. Yes, the batteries are included.
The first thing most fans familiar with the characters will notice is that our heroes look a tad different than what we’re used to. Hawkeye is donning his Ultimates color scheme of black and red rather than black and purple. The description of Iron Man states that the white and blue color scheme is based off the Marvel Now! “Superior Iron Man” iteration. The Iron Man suit seems to resemble one of Stark’s suits from the newest film, “Avengers II: Age of Ultron” more than the “Superior Iron Man” suit which is mostly silver.
Regardless, these color patterns are a welcome change from what we’re used to and might give these action figures some collectability down the road.
Now to some details.
Each figure has 7 points of articulation: head/neck, shoulders (x2), wrists (x2) and legs (x2). The added wrist movement is a nice touch that often isn’t utilized in some figures these days, but there is a problem with it. The equipment provided with each figure attaches to both the wrist and the arm, so the wrist is movement doesn’t matter because the bow or blaster won’t allow the wrist to move while attached to the arm…
…Which brings me to the attachments.
Hawkeye’s quiver attaches to a silver shoulder piece that fits loose against the character. It’s mobile (rotates) and looks ok while standing, but if the figure is being played with, you can expect it to fall off. The bow and arrow attachment on the other hand fits snug on the arm and looks just fine. Same goes for Iron Man’s blaster.
Both attachments feature a light up component that emits with the push of a button. It’s no projectile, but it is an added feature that many kids would enjoy. The button on Hawkeye’s bow is on the inside of the bow, which could be awkward to press if trying to act out fight scenes or play, but kids will enjoy it regardless and probably won’t bat an eye at it. On the other hand, the button on Iron Man’s blaster is on top and easy to access.
Iron Man’s blaster is a bit clunky for my tastes. It would look better to have his hands light up like the blasters do in the comics or films. Once again, probably nothing that will matter to a younger audience.
The first thing I noticed after unpacking these figures was how light they felt. For being 12 inch figures I expected some weight, but they are light weight and seem hollow. For a collector, it will be no problem, but if you have kids that are rough with their toys, be aware that one too many drops could be an issue. The benefit of the larger attachments and lighter weight figures is that the recommended age is 4+ and will be safe for a younger audience to enjoy.
The paint job at a glance is great. They look sharp, crisp and the colors are bold. If you look closely at Hawkeye’s glasses, you’ll see only his lenses are black and red, but the sides of them aren’t painted and blend into the flesh tones of his face. From the rear, Iron Man is solid white and the lack of detail is a bit strange. You’d think there would be some accented blue tones in there.
These figures are sold as a pair, but come in separate boxes, which makes me think they may eventually be sold separately. For now, if you want one, you’ll get ‘em both. Hawkeye is depicted wearing black and purple on his box, which isn’t a huge deal, but an inconsistency with the product being sold.
All in all, this exclusive pair would a spice up a collection given the uncommon color palette of these characters. They would look sharp next to other figures or on a comic book shelf. While the integrity of the plastic may be a concern, they are safe and recommended for a young audience which would be a unique start to a young collection or for playing purposes.