Rafael Aguilar is a young man who grew up in an orphanage in Gotham City. He has no memory of his parents. He spent his childhood among other orphans and poor people. One day the orphanage he was living at got robbed, causing it to operate on a very tight budget from then on. Seeing how unfortunate and miserable his friends were, Rafael dearly wished he could help them somehow, but he never had the means to do so, until one day he was approached by an old man, who told him that he was the descendant of a great Aztec warrior and that it was his destiny and duty to guard the ancient treasure of the Aztecs. The old man gave him a talisman and then disappeared. Rafael soon found out that the talisman had magical powers and could transform him into the mighty warrior who once wore it, giving him enhanced strength, sharpened senses, and a nearly impenetrable golden armor. The magic extending wings of the armor give him the ability to fly, and the helmet gives him access to the vast wisdom of the Aztecs. He realized that he could use these new powers to help the unfortunate citizens of Gotham, so he adopted the identity of the Golden Eagle, a.k.a. The Bright Knight or Eagle Knight. With his shiny armor and heroic image, he represents hope, justice, and all that is good. Unfortunately, the Aztec code forbids him to distribute any of the treasure, but he can use it to fight evil doers. And so, he keeps the amulet on him at all times and leaps into action whenever crime is afoot!
Here you can see him in his secret hideout, the Eagle's Nest, where he keeps the Aztec treasure safe, which also doubles as his armory as it includes various golden weapons. Golden Eagle is skilled in the use of many weapons, including spears, swords, daggers, etc.
The only non-purist part of this custom fig are the wings which are made out of gold-colored paper.
Golden Eagle Back by Oky - Space Ranger, on Flickr
The Golden Eagle is basically the flip side to Batman. One is dark, the other is bright. One operates at night, the other at day. One fights evil by inducing fear, the other by being the personification of hope. Because of this, the two Gotham Knights don't always agree, but they have worked together on occasions. For example, Batman often calls upon Golden Eagle's help when he is attacked by Nighthawk, which usually results in a fight between the two birds of prey.
Golden Eagle VS. Nighthawk by Oky - Space Ranger, on Flickr
Cost of Minifig:
Aztec Bird headdress: $1.66
New Robin head: $3.15
Pearl Gold Armor Breastplate with Leg Protection: $0.59
Poseidon torso: $1.57
Poseidon legs: $1.23
Pearl Gold Lightsaber Blade: $0.35
Pearl Gold Telescope: $0.22
Pearl Gold Flexible Spike: $0.73
Gold paper: $1.99
- This character was inspired by the CMF Series 7 Aztec Warrior, who is referred to as an "Eagle Knight" in the online biography and is meant to be the ancestor mentioned in Golden Eagle's backstory.
- The name Rafael Aguilar is a reference to the term aguila real, which means golden eagle in spanish.
- This Golden Eagle is not to be confused with Golden Eagle, Hawkman's son.