Diamond Select Hawkeye Repaint and Black NWH Spidey

Toy Review: Diamond Select Hawkeye Repaint and Black NWH Spidey

Concealing spoilers has become the predominant game in the marketing of superhero and sci-fi films, and judging by the success of Spider-Man: No Coming Home, it works, a lot of time. A lot of that high revenue can likely be attributed to fans wanting to see it before details are leaked online. Even though, let’s face it, many of these spoilers were heavily rumored from the start, fans had to be the first to know if they were true or not. Then, once the element of surprise is gone, some of those same viewers can come back and watch it without just waiting for the next twist. This only becomes a problem when it comes to toys. As we’ll see in this look at two new Marvel Select figures: a TV-style Hawk Eye repaint and black suit Spider Man from No coming home.

You see, in order to keep merchandise from leaking footage that could spoil a movie, studios routinely hide key footage from licensors. (As of now, Hasbro’s first Boba Fett figure based on Boba Fett’s Book isn’t expected to retail until next year.) And in the case of Spider-Man: No Way Home, most of the characters themselves were spoilers, at least until Alfred Molina told the trades that there was. What clearly happened, then, was that Sony gave toymakers images of Spider-Man’s black suit without explanation, so they had something new. But the lack of explanation also ultimately makes it inaccurate.

So Diamond Select’s black Spider-Man costume basically looks like a regular Spider-Man painting. Its textures resemble those of the previous costume, rather than the inside-out liner it is in the film. Forget the camera strapped to his chest; this Spidey doesn’t even have Doctor Strange’s dungeon teleport gun. Presumably the result of a spoiler-hiding campaign; however, this leaves Spidey relatively less incidental. And in those chunky Diamond Select blister cards that only Marvel still uses, he looks adrift. The company compensated by giving him lots of extra hands and two pieces of canvas that attach to each other or to his wrist rests with tiny hooks.

Putting all that aside, this is a fun Spider-Man figure, for those who just want a black and gold Spider-Man. Although he is less articulated than Hasbro’s figures, his arms and legs both have double hinges, his upper torso is a double ball, and his waist is also articulated. Also, her hips are a real bullet rather than a cut/hinge. So he can strike more poses than most Diamond figures, and enough key poses for fun play and display.

The web lines aren’t flexible, but they’re pretty sturdy. For better strap effect, pull one of Spidey’s hands, place the small hook around the ankle, then reinsert the wrist. Anyone who owns cats will find them attracted to the attack as it bounces very lightly.

The texture of the close-up costume is detailed, although it’s much more “outer skin” than “inner lining”, because again, how could toymakers know? Delayed or inaccurate toys are the price of secrets.

As for Hawkeye, on the other hand, Diamond simply repainted his comic version figure to better match the Disney+ show’s final costume. Most notably, he now has dark brown hair and full sleeves, with Lucky the dog a lighter color. The sculpt remains the same, but the figure will look more familiar to those only familiar with the show. Even if that face looks as much like David Tennant as it does Jeremy Renner.

The slight paint drip in the close-ups is really not noticeable on the figure itself and could pass for a thread or dye bleed detail. Clint gets two heads – one with shades and one without. It also includes an alternating bowstring plucking the right hand. Neither regular hand features a separate trigger finger for their pistol, but it fits quite well in either one.

Lucky is not poseable, but his ears and lower jaw are made of softer plastic than the rest. He is a good boy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have pizza.

The gun fits into Hawkeye’s leg holster, which also contains a small removable hand-sized bow. The figure comes with several nifty arrows, but they won’t fit in any of his quivers. However, pose carefully and they can be put together with his bow. Don’t let this string go or it will propel the arrow forward.

His articulation is standard for DST, though the upper torso ball joint seems quite restricted. Most poses anyone would want for Hawkeye, it does. And with Lucky, head/hand bonuses, and all the weapons, he feels like better value for money than Spidey.

The Hawkeye painting and the black Spider-Man are both ShopDisney Exclusives, running $29.99 each. Check out many more images below to see more details.

Are you interested in either? Let us know in the comments!

Recommended reading: Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My life as a weapon

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