What can I say about Firefly that hasn’t been said before? He’s the ultimate mystery man of Cobra, a saboteur garbed in grey camouflage, his face forever hidden behind his trademark mask. His figure origin dates back to the watershed year of 1984, when all-time Joe classics like Storm Shadow, Baroness and Thunder were unleashed for the first time. Okay okay, put away the torches and pitchforks, I’m only kidding about Baroness.
So yeah, most folks think urban camo when they think Firefly. Maybe a few also think of his repainted arctic and jungle camo versions in the 2000’s. Still more may also think of the departure from form that was the green and grey 1992 release. But do you recall, the least famous Firefly of all? You know the one, with 1992’s light grey bits repainted black. No? Well, it was something of a trend among the 1993 Battle Corps releases. Others, like Gung-Ho, General Flagg, Wet Suit and a few more also received a switched paint app here and there. I found a few of them to be intriguing, especially Firefly. The light grey and green combination of 1992 never really appealed to me. When I saw this one on the shelves a year later, it became a favorite.
I’m all for fresh redesigns, and the 1992 version was one of the biggest departures from fans’ visions of an iconic design. The new elements of the figure, the padded armor and odd tie-down boots more befit the character’s ninja background in the later GI Joe comics than his saboteur roots. He still maintains elements of the old Firefly, including an array of explosives, pouches and equipment all over his uniform, though I do miss his signature backpack. Also missing are green paint apps for the headgear worn over his mask, which are even shown in the card art.