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The ‘Marvel Action Hour’ featured two cartoons during its original broadcast in the mid 1990s, Fantastic Four and Iron Man.Hawkeye was featured in the latter; he worked for Tony Stark under his real name Clint Barton, and with Iron Man he became Hawkeye.

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Name: Hawkeye
Line: Iron man
Manufacturer: Toybiz
Released: 1995
Price: Then: $10-$12.  Now: $15 in mint condition, or less if loose
Scale: 5 -5.5 Inches in height
Accessories: Bow, quiver, three arrows, knife and ID card

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I always enjoyed watching the Marvel Action Hour as a kid. The animation was of good quality, and it was always great watching the Fantastic Four and Iron Man do battle with whoever was the villain each week. In Iron Man’s case, the Mandarin seemed to always be the enemy and hatching some over-the-top plan to defeat Tony Stark or Iron Man. When my brother bought the Iron Man series on DVD it re-ignited my interest in purchasing some classic figures from the Iron Man series toy line by Toybiz.

 

SCULPTING

I feel Toy Biz did a great job with having these figures match the source material. Hawkeye looks just like he did from the cartoon show. Sculpted with pretty heroic proportions, it’s almost as if every separate muscle has been defined. Hawkeye sure is ripped. There’s also a lot of great detail on parts of his costume too. I really like his cowl as well; it looks very Batman-esque to me.

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PAINT

Like the previous toy reviews from this series, Toybiz does a pretty decent to good job with their paint applications. Hawkeye hardly has much paint slop and the applications are fairly crisp and neat. It’s not perfect, but for a kid’s toy it’s quite acceptable. Always best to make sure you can get a one with a decent application; if possible, as sometimes you can get a dodgy one.

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ARTICULATION

Hawkeye sports pretty basic articulation in his lower body, his legs can be moved at the waist and knees in a natural motion. It’s his upper body where he suffers a bit. Mainly due to Hawkeye being an archer, his arms are pretty much pre-posed for this; however, his right arm can be rotated at the elbow and both shoulders too, so he’s not totally helpless. His head can also be moved as well.

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ACCESSORIES

Hawkeye hit the jackpot with his accessories count! Three arrows, a bow, a quiver and a small knife. He’s packing a good number of equipment that’s all pretty much required for the character; with his bow and arrows being the most important parts (obviously) and to a lesser extent, his quiver. I like the clear plastic line used for the bowstring, it’s a nice touch. The knife looks great too and goes in a small sculpted sheath on Hawkeye’s leg. All Hawkeye’s accessories look great even if they are cast in the colour they are meant to be, with little to no paint besides the knife.

 

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

Like the other figures in this line, pretty solid and hardly anything to worry about. Expect perhaps, you could lose the arrows and knife if you aren’t careful.

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PRICE

Hawkeye was pretty cheap, $15 USD plus shipping. I felt that price was fair for this type of toy and am pretty happy with it. I picked up Hawkeye off eBay and that’s the best place to find one if you are after him.

 

OVERALL

I always liked the look of the original Hawkeye costume; I always thought it looked pretty cool. This one is pretty good mix of that, with modern flares; all the elements are there for a classic Hawkeye look IMO. I also like having that older style Marvel figure in my collection to go along with my Iron Man figures from this series and other Toybiz toys from around the same time period. Tony needs all the help he can get when battling the Mandarin and his allies, so he’s going to need Hawkeye to help out! Worth picking up if you are a Hawkeye or old school Toybiz fan!


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The ‘Marvel Action Hour’ featured two cartoons during its original broadcast in the mid 1990s, Fantastic Four and Iron Man. The Grey Gargoyle was featured in the latter; he used to be a chemist until an accident gave him the power to turn anything he touched into stone. Now one of the Mandarin’s henchmen, he was featured fairly regularly on the show.

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Name: Grey Gargoyle
Line: Iron man
Manufacturer: Toybiz
Released: 1994
Price: Then: $10-$16. Now: $16 in mint condition, or less if loose
Scale: 5 -5.5 Inches in height
Accessories: Two pieces of stone and ID card

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I always enjoyed watching the Marvel Action Hour as a kid. The animation was of good quality, and it was always great watching the Fantastic Four and Iron Man do battle with whoever was the villain each week. In Iron Man’s case, the Mandarin seemed to always be the enemy and hatching some over-the-top plan to defeat Tony Stark or Iron Man. When my brother bought the Iron Man series on DVD it re-ignited my interest in purchasing some classic figures from the Iron Man series toy line by Toybiz.

SCULPTING
Toy Biz has done a great job with the sculpting on the Grey Gargoyle. I really like the stone effect used on the figure, as, coupled with the grey plastic, almost makes it look like the toy could be made from stone. The proportions are great too and it looks like a pretty close match to how the character looks on the show. Even though I may not be a huge fan of the character, I really like the look of the toy!

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PAINT
Typical of most toys from this line, paint is kept to a minimum and where possible the figure is cast in the colour it’s meant to be. Here, the bulk of Grey Gargoyle is cast in a light to medium grey tone. I feel it works really well for the toy and it makes it pretty clear what his powers are and that he is made of stone. There is a little bit of blue added to the gloves and boots as well as a darker blue to the inside of his cape. The eyes and eye mask are also given a little bit of paint detailing too. Overall the paint application is pretty clean and crisp. Even by children’s toys standards it’s a lot better then what some toys have now days!

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ARTICULATION
Grey Gargoyle has pretty standard articulation: swivel head, swivel arms, with one elbow having a hinge joint, swivel legs, which are restricted by the groin a little bit and hinge knees. Not a complete statue, but not super articulated either. I would say the articulation is decent at best. You can get a few poses out of him. He also has an “action feature” where if you place a stone piece in his straight arm and pull it back Grey Gargoyle will “throw it”

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ACCESSORIES
Like all the other non Iron Man characters in this line, he is pretty light on accessories. You get two pieces of stone and an ID card, which has a little bio of the character on it. It’s not much, but it’s better than nothing and does add a little bit more play value to the toy.

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
Not really much to worry about here – the figure and accessories are rock solid and can stand the abuse of children, so any collector need not worry.

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PRICE
I was happy with the $10 + shipping costs; however, I wouldn’t pay too much for this figure, as he is not worth any large amount of money.

OVERALL
The Toy Biz Iron Man figure is always going to need a few enemies to beat up on and Grey Gargoyle fits the bill perfectly. He’s a pretty neat figure by himself, but works best when with a few of the other henchmen for the Mandarin. I would only buy him if you are completing your Marvel Toy Biz Iron Man collection, like me. Otherwise there’s no point really owning this figure, unless you really need some sort of Grey Gargoyle figure in your collection.

 

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The ‘Marvel Action Hour’ featured two cartoons during its original broadcast in the mid 1990s, Fantastic Four and Iron Man. Spider-woman was featured in the latter; she worked for Tony Stark under her real name Julia Carpenter, and with Iron Man she became Spider-woman.


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Name: Spider-Woman
Line: Iron man
Manufacturer: Toybiz
Released: 1994
Price: Then: $10-$15.  Now: $15 in mint condition, or less if loose
Scale: 5 -5.5  Inches in height
Accessories: Psionic web and ID card

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I always enjoyed watching the Marvel Action Hour as a kid. The Animation was good quality, and it was always great watching the Fantastic Four and Iron Man do battle with whoever was the villain each week. In Iron Man’s case, the Mandarin seemed to always be the enemy and hatching some over the top plan to defeat Tony Stark or Iron Man. When my brother bought the Iron Man series on DVD it re-ignited my interest to purchase some classic figures from the Iron Man series toy line by Toybiz.

 

SCULPTING

One thing Toybiz always did a good job of, whether Marvel, wrestling toys or whatever, was sculpting! In Spider-woman we have a quite detailed and accurate figure to the source material. Comparing screen shots to the toy, Toybiz have really done a great job. We have a lot of nice muscle detail on the figure, but she isn’t overly muscular, more of a natural muscular build. It’s worth noting that the same mold was used for the invisible woman figure too, but with no sculpting for the eyes, and it made the non-invisible version look a little weird. There is some great work on the hair as well; it looks very natural. Virtually, this is an identical sculpt, and overall they’ve done an excellent job.

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PAINT

Typical of most toys from this line, paint is kept to a minimum and where possible the figure is cast in the color it’s meant to be. Here, we have the arms and legs are cast in white and the body/head is a dark blue, almost purple colour. We have blue paint on the arms and legs to create the illusion of skintight gloves and boots. The paint matches the blue plastic quite well. We also have orange paint for the hair and some flesh coloured paint on the face as well as pink lips. There is also white paint applied for the spider symbol on her chest/back and eye covers. All paint apps on the figure are good, save for a little slop here and there. It’s good, but it’s nothing to rave about either.

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ARTICULATION

Here’s where Spider-woman really takes a hit – articulation. There’s one missing feature that really drags her down, and that’s the lack of movement in her arms! Now, to use her action move, she obviously didn’t need to bend her arms, otherwise it wouldn’t work at all. However, in doing so, it really reduces the poses available and play options to be had with her. You are limited to the ‘having her arms down by her side’ pose, or ‘about to throw the web at someone’ pose. Unless you like the karate chop or zombie arms look for her, they can be swiveled, but it’s a ratchet motion due to the action feature. Otherwise she has the fairly standard Toybiz 90’s female articulation of hinge joint knees and swivel legs and not much else. Most of the time the female figures got neglected pretty badly in terms of how much you can pose them, and this is no exception.

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ACCESSORIES

She is pretty light when it comes to accessories, but I guess Iron Man made up for that. Spider-Woman comes with the pi-sonic web and an ID card/badge that tells you a little about her character. It’s not much and after a few web attacks, you are left wanting her to at least have that articulation in her arms. We really need something else here to help make her more fun.

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

Not really much to worry about here. Try and get a clean paint app, and make sure those white legs and arms haven’t yellowed (you always have to be vigilant about that white plastic). The figure and accessories are rock solid and can stand the abuse of children, so any collectors need not worry.

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PRICE

I was happy with $15 + shipping costs, however, I wouldn’t pay too much for this figure, as she is not worth any large amount of money.

OVERALL

I will say the action feature is fairly neat and works well. I do like the sculpting of this figure the most. She does look great next to the other figures in this line and I guess that’s where this series of toys work best, as a collection, hero and villain alike. She has drawbacks, but only those affecting female action figures in the mid 90’s across the board. I would recommend picking her up if you are a fan of the original Marvel Action Hour cartoon, like me. Otherwise give this figure a miss.


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