MISSILE COMMANDER (straight-armed)
Series: One (1982)
Hawk was one of the first figures released in the first series (1982). He came packaged exclusively with the Mobile Missile System (MMS). Like all of the original sixteen figures, Hawk was released with "straight arms."
Hawk came with a dark green helmet and a clear visor.
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado
Primary Specialty: Artillery
Secondary Specialty: Radar
Hawk comes from a well established (real loaded) family. He's a West Point graduate, top of class and has seen action in a number of trouble spots. Graduated: Advanced Infanty Training; Covert Ops School. Served on Cadre, North Atlantic Training; Covert Ops School. Served on Cadre, North Atlantic Range Command and USA ENG COM EVR Missile and Radar Training; (classified). Qualified Expert: M-16; M-1911A1 auto-pistol.
"He is keenly intelligent and perceptive and quite capable of totally selfless acts in support of his team-mates. An excellent leader!"
Hawk was available either with thick thumbs or thin thumbs.
When Hawk was re-released in 1983, two major changes were made to his construction. The straight-arms were replaced with arms that could swivel at the bicep, and his bulky waist-piece was replaced by a slimmer one. Also, the date stamp on the figure was changed from "1982" to "82-83." While the changes are substantial enough for some to consider this a new version, it is still technically just a variation. Because of this, we have chosen to list this figure as version 1.5, rather than version 2.
There are two versions of Hawk's filecard. The one that came from Hasbro Direct has a glossy red backing, while the one that came with the boxed Hawk does not.
Most of the 1982 series figures and their swivel-arm counterparts re-used molds from each other, repainted slightly to make them seem more original.
The head of Hawk was re-used with Flash, Short-fuze, and Steeler. Hawk's arms were shared with Grunt, Short-fuze, Snake Eyes, Stalker, and Zap (and in 1983, Tan Grunt v2). Hawk's torso was shared with Breaker, Grunt, Snake Eyes, and Stalker (and in 1983, Tan Grunt v2). Hawk's waist-piece was shared with twelve of the original fifteen figures. Hawk's legs were shared with Breaker, Clutch, Grunt, Rock N Roll, Shortfuze, Stalker, Steeler, and Zap (and in 1983, Tan Grunt v2 and in 1984 Tan Clutch v2).
Note that the figure's head only turns left and right - it does not allow the head to look up and down. The heads only turned left and right until the the swivel ball head that was introduced in 1985 (Series Four).
In Argentina, Hawk was recolored in brown and released as Redmack.
Versions of Hawk
In 1991 Hawk was renamed "General Hawk," in 2000 renamed "General Tomahawk," in 2004 renamed "General Abernathy," and in 2008 renamed "G.I. Joe Hawk." So while there are several names, they are all based on the character "Hawk."
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Hawk (v1).
Original Retail: $7.99
Hasbro Product: 6054
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-82052
Desimone Guide: #12
Tomart's Guide: #GI5051b
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 10 (1st Ed.), Pg. 12 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a