Magog and Hawkman
DC Universe Classics series 19

DC Universe Classics series 19 Magog and Hawkman action figures by Mattel

Regular readers know that I usually review a wave of DC Universe Classics in two parts - three figures in one, three figures and a BAF in the other. The newest wave, series 19, is now hitting Targets, but more in dribbles than in any kind of real quantity. I have only found two of the six so far, and that was several weeks ago. Rather than continue to wait to find any more, I figured it was time to hit these up and move on.

The two I found are Magog and Hawkman, and each has a piece of the S.T.R.I.P.E. Collect and Connect figure. Once I manage to snag the rest of the wave (which includes Sandman, Star Girl, the Atom, and a Modern Kobra) I'll do them all up, but I'm assuming I'll do it in three parts this time around rather than just two.

These are getting mighty expensive, running around $15 - $18 each depending on the retailer right now. If you've bought anything from Matty Collector lately, you'll have received a $5 off coupon with your shipment, and I highly suggest taking advantage of it.

I'm going to assume we all know who Hawkman is - you better, or you can just tern your nerd card now. But Magog might be a different story, since unlike Hawkman, he's a relatively new 'classic'. He first appeared in Kingdom Come back in 1996, and his design was originally intended to be the essence of all that was bad about 1990's comic book art. And yet, the design hit a chord and the character ended up being quite successful. Even with the weird mish-mash of elements, I have to admit to really liking the look myself.
DC Universe Classics series 19 Magog and Hawkman action figures by Mattel
DC Universe Classics series 19 Magog and Hawkman action figures by Mattel
DC Universe Classics series 19 Magog and Hawkman action figures by Mattel
DC Universe Classics series 19 Magog and Hawkman action figures by Mattel
DC Universe Classics series 19 Magog and Hawkman action figures by Mattel
DC Universe Classics series 19 Magog and Hawkman action figures by Mattel
DC Universe Classics series 19 Magog and Hawkman action figures by Mattel
DC Universe Classics series 19 Magog and Hawkman action figures by Mattel

Packaging - ***
The packaging is the usual, with just a few rubber bands and no twisties. It's not collector friendly of course, but it does the job, and the full set is shown on the back of the card, along with the Collect and Connect figure.

Sculpting - Magog ****; Hawkman ***1/2
Both of these figures are terrific looking, with complex uniforms and sharply defined sculpts.

I love the armor and scale on Magog, and he's not even a character I'm all that fond of. The horned helmet looks great, and the belt and handgun add a cool factor. Unfortunately, the gun is sculpted as part of the holster, so he can't actually draw it, but it still looks terrific.

The wings on Hawkman are huge and finely feathered, and he can maintain an upright position even with them spread. 

He takes a hit though, and scores slightly lower than Magog, for two minor issues. First, I'm not a huge fan of the chicken beak mask. I know it's accurate, which is why I'm not deducting too much - but it's goofy looking.

I'm also hitting him up slightly for the hand sculpts. While Magog has two grasping hands, Hawkman has only one - his left. The right is a solid fist, reducing the options with the included mace.

These are both on the large size for the 6" scale DC Universe Classics, but that fits with the characters. They stand great on their own, even in deep stances.

Paint - ***1/2
The paint work on both figures is quite clean, although it's a little light on the details.

The gold armor looks great on Magog, and the tough red and yellow on Hawkman are fairly clean. There's a fuzzy cut line here and there, but considering how tough these two colors can be, it's not bad.

The eyes are clean on all three head sculpts, but there's not a ton of small details on the costume and body. Even the wings, which have very finely sculpted feathers, aren't painted in such a way as to bring out that detail work.

Articulation - ***1/2
Both figures have the usual excellent DCUC articulation. From ball jointed shoulders to pin ankles, all the joints you expect are here.

Most have an excellent range of movement too, including the ball jointed necks. Both can tilt and turn, and this adds plenty of personality to any pose.

The joints are tighter than usual, but I didn't have any trouble breaking them free. The pins are solid and high quality, with little chance of breakage.

Accessories - ***
They're a little light in this category, but what's here makes sense.

Magog has his funky Stargate-like staff, which fits nicely in either or both hands. That's it though - a tad light as I said.

I was expecting the gun to be another accessory, but it's sculpted into the holster.

Hawkman does a bit better, with both his traditional mace and a second head sculpt. The second one is more 'normal' in appearance, lacking the more bird-like helmet, but also a bit less 'classic'.

The heads swap pretty easily, and both work well with the ball jointed neck.

Fun Factor - ****
Kids will enjoy both of these figures, even if they don't know who the characters are. Magog has the cool armor and horns going for him, and Hawkman has the wings - what more could an eight year old ask for? Of course, the great articulation, sculpt and paint all help.

Value - **
Fifteen bucks I could live with, but with the prices of DCUC figures getting closer to $20 every day, I'm having a tough time calling them a decent value.

Things to Watch Out For -

Overall - ***1/2
While these two have a few issues here and there, I have to say that both really impressed me. The chicken beak is a bit goofy, but Hawkman's wings and extra head sculpt make up for it, and Magog is just cool all the way around. These two are both winners, and I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the wave.

Score Recap:
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - Magog ****; Hawkman ***1/2
Paint - ***
Articulation - ***1/2
Accessories - ***
Fun Factor - ****
Value - **1/2
Overall - ***1/2

Where to Buy -
Online options include these site sponsors:

- Entertainment Earth has a case for $135, the set for $100, or the singles for $18.

- Big Bad Toy Store also has the singles for $18, and the set for $100.

- or you can search ebay for a deal.

Related Links -
Other DCUC reviews include:

- most recent were the series 17 part 1 and part 2, as well as series 18 part 1 and part 2.

- other recent reviews covered the new Green Lantern waves: wave 2 part 2 and part 1, and wave 1 part 2 and part 1.

- Series 16 was split up too, into part 1 and part 2.

- I finished off wave 15 in two parts, one here and one here.

- and wave 14 was also in part 1 and part 2.

- the SDCC Plastic Man was the previous review.

- I split the wave 13 up into two sections, part 1 and part 2.

- I covered half of wave 12, but it took awhile to pick up the second half.

- prior to that was part 1 and part 2 of wave 11.

- big surprise, wave 10 was before that, with some here and some here.

- you can find wave 9 part 1 here, and part 2 over here.

- I split wave 8 up into two parts, one here and one here.

- prior to that was wave 7 (duh), which I covered here.

- I broke wave six into two reviews, one here and one here.

- no, I never reviewed wave 5, but prior to that was wave 4 which I also broke into this review, and this one.

- of course, prior to that was wave 3.

- I covered wave 1 in two parts, one here and one at here. It took me so freakin' long to find them, I never did review wave 2, but if you're looking for one, Kastor's Korner has a great review.

- last up in the DCSH figures were the Clayface and Bruce to Bats figures.

- before that was Mongul, who is also one of the best figures this year and Parasite and Steel

- don't forget the 12" version of the smaller Batman, and the 12" Cyborg Superman.

- in this smaller line, the fourth series was Superman themed, with Brainiac and Darkseid. There's also the Batgirl and Superman from the two packs. 

- there's the guest review of series 3 Batman and Azrael.

- a guest review of series 2 Doomsday, and another of the series 2 Superman.

- my review of the series 2 Bizarro and Supergirl.

- my review of the Batman and Killer Croc from wave 1.

- and finally, my review of Bane and Scarecrow that were released internationally as part of the old Mattel line, and then re-released with wave 1 of the DCSH.

- and while the aren't technically DCUC, the new Public Enemies figures are close enough for most of us. I split the review into part 1 and part 2.

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DC Universe Classics series 19 Magog and Hawkman action figures by Mattel

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