Archive: General Clayton "Hawk" Abernathy - Commander (City Strike)

June 7, 2011

General Clayton "Hawk" Abernathy was released in the Spring of 2011 as part of the fifth wave--which arrived at retail after wave six--of figures in the Pursuit of Cobra line. The Pursuit of Cobra line features environment-themed missions in which the G.I. Joe team pursues Cobra operatives to the ends of the earth. As part of the City Strike mission theme, the G.I. Joe team stealthily infiltrates a Cobra warehouse, in an urban center, housing some of Destro's newest weaponry.

General Hawk's weapons and accessories are a hodgepodge of previously used gear. In fact, most of the figure's body parts are recycled, as well. Despite this, the design takes the classic bomber-jacket, helmet with field goggles look and modernizes it without compromising Hawk's leader-on-the-battlefield persona.

Release Date:
Figure Number: 1110
Retail Price: $6.99
Accessories: helmet, goggles, flak vest with walkie-talkie mount, walkie-talkie, pistol (2), working belt holster, sling holster, briefcase with flip-up computer screen and pistol storage, backpack, sub-machine gun, heavy assault rifle, display stand with G.I. Joe logo (GENERAL HAWK)

Did You Know? Hawk was originally released with the Mobile Missile System in 1982. Unbeknownst to many of us, the "green shirt" missile commander was actually a general and the commander of G.I. Joe. A closer look at Hawk's 1982 filecard reveals Hawk's O-6 grade out-ranks that of E-8 master sergeant Duke, commonly mistaken as the leader of G.I. Joe.

General Clayton "Hawk" Abernathy
Name: Clayton M. Abernathy
Grade: O-7 (Brigadier General)
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Primary Weapon: MR-PR Medium-Range Propulsion-Round Heavy Rifle
Combat Gear: Helmet, Goggles, Walkie-Talkie, Pistol, Submachine Gun, Tactical Backpack, Tactical Briefcase with Pistol

The General is a West Point graduate with a list of special education credits as long as his arm, but he acquired the main body of his experience where it counts -- on the battlefield. He's the type of commander who goes out and gets shot like everyone else. Troops respect that. They know he won't ask them to do anything he isn't willing to do himself. That's why they're willing to do anything he tells them.


John said...

Army build material, better than Steel Brigade in my book.

Unknown said...

There is an army of collectors that would disagree with you :) What sets Steel Brigade apart from Gen. Hawk are Steel Brigade's articulated wrists that feature both swivel and hinge joints. Overall, Steel Brigade's construction seems to be better as well.

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