Fans of Japanese super heroes like the Super Sentai or Kamen Rider franchises are often treated with great toys for the adults who never quite grow up. My latest example of such is the S.H. Figuarts release of Red Hawk, the stalwart leader of the 1991 Super Sentai series Choujin Sentai Jetman. Jetman is one of my favorite series (you can read my review of the series here), and while my favorite ranger from that series is actually Gai Yuuki, the Black Condor, I prefer Ryū Tendo’s Red Hawk for this figure’s sake due to color aesthetic and availability.
I have to give a shout out to The Great Escape – Madison in Madison, TN for having this guy. This branch of Great Escape often has some good toy selection, in addition to some good deals on used trades and movies. I recommend anyone in the area to check them out. I also have friends who work there, so there’s that disclosure.
S.H. Figuarts is a line of premium action figures. They can be pricey. Some figures, like this one, are in the $40 range, with more exclusive ones even higher. The line is known for design accuracy to the show’s design, superb poseability, and selection of accessories. Red Hawk exemplifies all of this, with reasons below.
As you can see, Red Hawk is loaded down with accessories. He has five pairs of interchangeable hands that allow for a huge variety in gesturing. He’s also armed to the teeth, or the beak as the case may be. S.H. Figurarts tends to give the figure’s owner as many options as possible for how you might want your figure posed, and that shows here.
Red Hawk comes with an impressive arsenal. His weapons include the Bird Blaster, Bringer Sword, Wing Gauntlet, and Jet Hand Cannon (not shown above). He comes with attachable holsters to store his Bird Blaster and a separate Bringer Sword handle for what is a retractable blade in the series. The holsters are oversized and bulky. The weapons are loose in them, and they themselves are loosely attached to the figure. I’ve elected to keep them detached for the sleeker look.
My weapon of choice for this figure is the Wing Gauntlet. It is a separate right hand in addition to the several interchangeable ones he already has. It’s my favorite personal weapon of the series, a simple powered fist. You can change out the red wings from folded to open, but I just keep in the default closed set. Too bad I have no idea how to get my camera to change focus from the figure to the gauntlet.
All S.H. Figuarts I’ve gotten my hands on have been extremely poseable, thanks to each figure’s impressive array of joint movement. This one is no exception. Incredible motion on shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, and even the tippy toes make Red Hawk simple to place in whatever hero pose you’d like. I wish for more motion in the head, but I can deal without.
One of the notable aspects of the Jetman team is that they’re a bird-based team and can all fly with retractable wings. After all, what kind of Gatchaman tribute wouldn’t be able to fly? Understandably, S.H. Figuarts opted to make the wings part of a swapable back plate, which both avoids any bulky wing housing permanently affixed to the figure and allows a cool sight into the inner workings of the figure. Stands sold separately can keep the figure posed in a mid-flight position, but until I get one, I’m forced to settle with flying him around by hand and making wooshing noises (which are not optional).
Red Hawk is an impressive figure with outstanding poseability and a great set of accessories. With his wings out and Wing Gauntlet ready for action, he makes an excellent addition to my toy shelf.
What’s your current favorite toy in your collection?