Marvel Legends Review: Avengers: Endgame Hawkeye and Black Widow Set

Welcome back, everyone!  I hope you all had an awesome Easter!

I am really excited for today’s review because we are checking out the Marvel Legends Hawkeye and Black Widow 2-pack!

Marvel Legends Review: Black Widow and Hawkeye from Avengers: Endgame.

Yay!  I finally got a hold of Hawkeye and Black Widow!  Target is still sold out both in stores and online, so I ended up buying the set through Amazon.  Yes, they were more expensive on Amazon but SO WORTH IT!

Why do I say that?  Let me show you!

The Box:

As always, we’ll start with the box.  Black Widow and Hawkeye are in a typical Marvel Legends box.  It is mostly black with the character’s names and movie title at the bottom.

Marvel Legends Black Widow and Hawkeye Box Front.

Interestingly, Endgame is not mentioned anywhere on the box.  I have a feeling this is because Hasbro didn’t know the movie’s name when they started making these figures.

If you recall, the name Endgame wasn’t revealed until the first trailer dropped.  By that time the figures were probably well into production, and it was too late to go back to change the text.  I don’t know if I’m correct, but that’s my theory.

There is a picture of Black Widow on the left side of the box, and on the right side is Hawkeye.

Artwork of Black Widow and Hawkeye on the sides of the box.

On the back are more images along with a very vague description of the characters.

Description of Marvel Legends Hawkeye and Black Widow Endgame figures.

The Marvel Legends Age of Ultron set includes Bruce Banner, Hawkeye, Thor, and Black Widow.
The Marvel Legends Age of Ultron set includes Bruce Banner, Hawkeye, Thor, and Black Widow. Click the image to see a larger view. (Image obtained via Amazon.com).
Black Widow and Hawkeye:

We haven’t seen an MCU Marvel Legends Hawkeye since the one released in the Avengers: Age of Ultron set.  Unfortunately, this 4-pack was made before Hasbro started using Photo Real technology and, therefore, these figures don’t have the realism more recent Marvel Legends have.

 

 

That is one of the reasons why this 2-pack is so hard to find.  It has the first Marvel Legends Hawkeye made with Photo Real technology.

Review of Target exclusive Marvel Legends Black Widow and Hawkeye set.

If it weren’t for Infinity War, the same would be true of Black Widow; however, the Avengers: Infinity War figures have updated sculpts.  Still, Infinity War Black Widow has short blonde hair so, in a way, this is our first traditional looking Black Widow with an updated face print.

As you can see, Black Widow and Hawkeye are sporting new looks for Endgame.  Hawkeye now has a punkish mohawk, and Black Widow’s red hair is back.

Close up view of Marvel Legends Black Widow and Hawkeye.

Does Black Widow’s changing hairstyle confirm a time jump, time travel, or even both in Endgame?

Both of these figures look superb.  They have a realistic skin tone.  The definition around their eyes, cheeks, and in their hair is fantastic.  Black Widow even has a bit of white at the end of her braid to represent her blonde tips.

In all honesty, I can’t find anything to nitpick.  I’m holding Black Widow as I write this and am turning her over, looking for defects, and can’t find a single flaw.  As much as I hate to say she’s perfect–she is!

Now let’s talk about their mysterious white suits!

The suits:

I’ve heard these suits called three different names:

  1. Quantum Suits.
  2. Advanced Tech Suits.
  3. Team Suits.

Pictures of the Avengers dressed in white suits surfaced last November.  Because they look like the suit Hank Pym dons when he dives into the Quantum Realm to find Janet, Marvel fans dubbed them “Quantum Suits.”  However, I’ve also seen them labeled Advanced Tech Suits on the back of toy packaging, and Kevin Feige recently called them Team Suits.

I’m going to refer to them Quantum Suits in this review since that’s the term I’m used to.

Now, you’ve probably already noticed that Black Widow and Hawkeye’s suits are not movie accurate.  They are grey, black, and red whereas the suits the Avengers wear in the trailers (and the one Hank Pym wears) are white, red, and black.

The suits on the Marvel Legends Endgame figures are not entirely accurate.

Again, because these figures are produced so far in advanced, my theory is that they are based on early concept art–concept art which depicted the suits as silver instead of white.

Here are a few images showing concept art for these Quantum suits.  I could see where someone might think they had a silvery-hue.

Avengers: Endgame Team Suit concept art.
Images obtained via Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki.

Because we don’t know very much about these suits, there’s not a lot to talk about here other than paint and sculpted details.

The suits are mostly black and silver with a few red elements on the shoulders, arms, torso, and feet.  They have the Avengers logo featured prominently on the chest.

The sculpting on the front and back of these suits is incredible.  The black sections have a crisscross pattern printed into them giving them a mesh-like appearance, and the silver parts have deep lines and grooves that resemble armor plating.

Then we have the most puzzling aspect of these suits: the strange gadgets around the wrists.

These blue devices have had Marvel fans perplexed for months–ever since those set photos surfaced showing them across the top of Tony Stark, Captain America, and Ant-Man’s hands.

Want to see the images I’m referring to?  Follow this link over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki to view them: Avengers: Endgame Gallery.

Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki has a ton of screenshots, promo art, and merchandise pics for Endgame.  The photos of the devices are in the Behind the Scenes section.

Are they a new kind of nanotech doohickey for holding the suits?  Do the Avengers use them to travel through time?  Are they for harnessing the power of the Infinity Stones?  What do they do?  We’ll find out tomorrow!

Now, where did I leave off?  Oh yes–paint and sculpting.  I scoured my figures up and down looking for faults but found nothing.  No overspray.  No chipped paint around the joints.  Nada.  If it weren’t for the color being off, the suits would look just like those in the trailers.

Articulation:

We won’t spend a lot of time here because Black Widow and Hawkeye have the same number of joints as most Marvel Legends.

Hawkeye is on a standard, male Marvel Legends body and has 23-points of articulation (according to the way I count them).

Points of articulation on Marvel Legends Hawkeye.

Black Widow is on a female Marvel Legends body and has 22-points of articulation.

Points of articulation on Marvel Legends Black Widow.

Endgame Black Widow is the second female Marvel Legends to get double-jointed elbows (Proxima Midnight was the first).  Does this mean Hasbro intends to give all future female Legends double-jointed elbows?  I hope so🤞!

Accessories:

This 2-pack comes with a variety of accessories:

  • Three alternate head sculpts (Ant-Man, Iron Man, and Nebula).
  • Hawkeye’s bow.
  • Black Widow’s batons.
  • Nebula’s blaster.

Let’s start with Hawkeye’s bow.

I heard this is the same bow that came with the Marvel Legends Age of Ultron Hawkeye, which doesn’t surprise me because Hasbro often reuses small accessories like weapons.

The bow itself looks great and fits into Hawkeye’s hand.

The only disappointment is that Hawkeye doesn’t come with a quiver or any arrows.  Hawkeye without arrows?  It just seems wrong.

On the flip side, a quiver strapped to the back of this Quantum suit might look cumbersome, so maybe there’s a reason for not including it.

Next up are Black Widow’s batons.

These batons are almost identical to the ones that came with Infinity War Black Widow.  The only difference is that the handles on the new batons are slightly darker.

Black Widow’s hands are shaped so she can hold her batons, one in each hand.

You can also snap the ends of the batons together to create a long staff.

Lastly, we have three alternate head sculpts.

From left to right: Ant-Man, Iron Man, and Nebula.

The idea is to use these alternates heads to build up your Quantum Team.  The Ant-Man and Iron Man helmets are for the male (Hawkeye) body, and the Nebula sculpt is for the female (Black Widow) body.

In my opinion, Iron Man looks the worst.  The red and gold helmet just doesn’t look good on the suit.

Marvel Legends Iron Man in Quantum Suit.

This is the same helmet that came on the Avengers: Infinity War Iron Man (the first Thanos Build-A-Figure wave).  Some of the paint details on this helmet are different (not necessarily better).

Comparison of Marvel Legends Iron Man helmets.

The eyes are not outlined in blue like the previous Iron Man helmet, and the gold faceplate is more matte.

At this point, I don’t intend to display Iron Man in the Quantum suit at all.  However, I still have plans for this helmet.  It will make a great prop in Tony’s workshop!

Ant-Man’s helmet definitely looks better.

Marvel Legends Ant-Man in Quantum Suit.

This helmet is also a recycled piece.  Apparently, it came with the Ant-Man from the Cull Obsidian Build-A-Figure wave, which I don’t have.  My Ant-Man is from the Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years series and that helmet is definitely different from this one.  The outline around the eyes is darker, and the mouthpiece is black instead of silver.

Comparison of Marvel Legends Ant-Man helmets.

The only new head sculpt here is Nebula.

Marvel Legends Nebula in Quantum Suit.

Nebula isn’t one of my favorite characters, so I didn’t expect to like this sculpt–but I do!  In fact, Nebula looks so great that I’d like to give her a permanent body and display her along with the rest of my Endgame collection.

Alternate Nebula head sculpt from the Marvel Legends Avengers: Endgame Hawkeye and Black Widow 2-pack.

The details on her face are incredible.  The colors are matte but still vivid.  The panels on her head are nicely outlined.  You can even see gears stamped into the silver plate on the side.

There is a bit of chipped paint on the left side of her head, but it’s hardly noticeable.

Small paint defect on alternate Nebula sculpt.

Also, this orange plate is new.  Nebula didn’t have it in Avengers: Infinity War.  We have no idea how or why she gets it, but I can’t wait to find out!

The final accessory in this set is Nebula’s blaster.

This blaster originally came with the Nebula from the Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 wave.  So, again, it’s a reused piece.  Like the other accessories, it is well detailed, the paint application looks great, and (most importantly) it fits in Nebula’s hand.

Final Thoughts:

Even though I paid more than I should have, I couldn’t be happier with this two pack.

Finally having an MCU accurate Hawkeye and red-haired Black Widow is thrilling, and I highly recommend adding them to your Marvel Legends collection.

Not crazy about Quantum suits?  You’d rather have Hawkeye and Black Widow in regular outfits?  No worries!  There’s a simple fix for that.

The Endgame Black Widow head fits on the Infinity War Black Widow body, and Hawkeye fits on the new Ronin body.  Here is Black Widow without the Quantum suit.

Marvel Legends Avengers: Endgame Black Widow wearing traditional outfit.

I took the jacket off the Infinity War body after swapping the heads, and voila!  Black Widow has a more traditional costume!

I have no idea if it’s movie accurate, but I love this look!  In fact, I may keep her like this and put Nebula in the Quantum suit.  That way I can display both without having to buy another of these 2-packs.

I would love to show you Hawkeye on the Ronin body.  Unfortunately, I’m still waiting for my Ronin figure to arrive😒.  I wasn’t planning to get Ronin, but seeing this set in person changed my mind.  Hawkeye looks too good, and I need more options for photographing him (it would be boring if he always wore a Quantum suit).

So, yes, I intend to eventually have both Hawkeye and Black Widow in more iconic-looking attire!

I’m going to have to make Hawkeye some arrows because this is just sad!

Now it’s your turn!

Well, friends, I hope you enjoyed this review of the Marvel Legends Hawkeye and Black Widow 2-pack.  Feel free to drop a comment and have fun seeing Avengers: Endgame!  (Please, dear Marvel, have mercy and let Tony live🙏).