Monday, November 25, 2013
Action Figure Review: Sea Hawk from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
Let's address the obvious complaint that's been making the rounds for a few months now: Sea Hawk looks a wee bit hefty. There's two major reasons for this, the first being that while we're accustomed to seeing Sea Hawk in his slimmer form in She-Ra: Princess of Power, the MOTUC aesthetic is to design all of the male figures figures in the chunky, bodybuilder style of the vintage line. That is part of the reason why Sea Hawk looks bulkier than usual, but the second reason is that his vest his made of a thicker rubbery plastic that sticks out a lot on the sides. While we typically see characters wearing armor, we don't see as many wearing extra layers of regular clothing. Characters like Dekker and Adam didn't have as much of a problem as poor Sea Hawk here, so Mattel just needs to work on a thinner plastic for future releases that require "clothing" of some kind. I don't think it looks terrible, but, I like the slightly bulkier look for MOTUC. Of course I've also put on a few pounds thanks to two straight months of reviewing Halloween candy, so maybe I'm just encouraged that a studly dude like Sea Hawk carry a spare tire, too.
Other then that issue Sea Hawk looks fantastic. The head sculpt really matches his Filmation appearance (I love the eyebrows) and the outfit is nice and detailed. His ripped sleeves are a new shoulder piece and the gloves with some type of armored plating also complete his look and give him a unique vibe. I wish the ascot were a separate piece so other characters could wear it (Adam would look really funny with it) but it's a molded as part of the vest. Notice the ring on Sea Hawk's left hand- it's the Impact Ring given to him by his father, The Falcon. Such a cool little detail from the cartoon that's been nicely captured here!
Other than the removable vest, Sea Hawk comes with two accessories- his cutlass and a falcon shaped shield. The cutlass is the Photon cutlass left to Sea Hawk by his father that looks a bit like a lightsaber cutlass. The blade looks more yellow or orange in the cartoon, but is rendered here as a translucent red blade with a blue hilt. It's neither gummy nor brittle and looks fantastic when used to duel the Horde! The falcon (or hawk) shaped shield is cast in translucent yellow plastic and has a clasp on the back that should be able to attach to Sea-Hawk's wrists, but it doesn't. Because of his flared gloves it's a little too thick. It does, however, fit over his hand where it belongs. Yes, I believe the idea is that this energy burst emanates from his Impact Ring to function as a shield of sorts. It looks really cool that way and I'm pretty happy with it.
Sea Hawk was definitely a Filmation character I was looking forward to and I can't say I'm disappointed by him. Yeah, I get that he's a bit bulky and I can understand that many fans aren't happy with that as a design choice, but I'm not too upset by it. He's got some nice accessories, a great headsculpt, and lots of new parts that add a lot of character. While I really want more Princess of Power females to fill out the roster of the Great Rebellion (which still feels like a gathering of concerned citizens due to the few figures Mattel has released so far), Sea Hawk is a very welcome addition. He's a Great figure and one that I would imagine even MOTU fans would be able to incorporate into the Heroic Warriors since he's essentially a bearded pirate with a lightsaber. If you already have a Han Solo figure and still need more scoundrels in your life, give Sea Hawk a go. You'll be glad you did.
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I've reviewed plenty of other MOTUC figures, including:
End of Wars Weapon Pak
Galactic Protector He-Man
Rokkon & Stonedar
Sky High with Jet Sled
Spirit of Hordak
The Fighting Foe Men