Firefly (2002 Sound Attack)
When does a repaint pass from odd to over the top? I think when gold boots and gloves come into play, there’s no turning back. This exclusive Firefly very nearly reaches Funskool levels of craziness. But you know what? It somehow works for me. It’s a crimson Firefly!
First off, who wouldn’t mind having a crimson Firefly? It’s been done with Cobra Commander, the Baroness and Tomax and Xamot, so why not some of the other top named Cobras? I suppose you can’t truly call this a crimson paint scheme, but maybe Firefly is allowed to add some touches of his own. I would have liked a grey camo mask, but this one echoes the then recent release of the same mold. And who would have figured him for a gold bling man? In all seriousness, the sound attack eight pack in which he was included had a share of decently repainted figures, as well as a couple stinkers. Firefly for me falls somewhere in between.
You may be wondering what kind of strange growth his rifle has sprouted. That’s a Sound Attack tab, part of the main line’s gimmick of the time. The tab fits into a slot in any vehicle equipped with the Sound Attack feature, and when a button is pressed, the specific sound of the weapon is heard. It’s a sort of a cousin to the Star Wars line’s Comm Tech chips, which could be scanned with a special reader to produce sound effects and voices. I find the Joe concept of working the sounds into vehicles to be a more interesting integration than what Hasbro did with Star Wars.
While having the ability for your vehicles to make any number of sounds is a nice innovation, the downside of the process in this case is the huge tab on the weapon. It really hurts any display potential, and is doubly annoying since the original Firefly weapon is the one with the tab attached. I’m just glad they didn’t decide to do the same to his original field phone. Although, with a huge tab attached to the side, kids wouldn’t be able to suck the phone up their nose like in the old days.