Firefly, what more can be said about the man? He’s been in almost every version of GI Joe from the 80s till today. He’s been a plain old mystery man, and he’s been a ninja with ties to Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow. I think I preferred him as the mystery man who made select appearances. It’s kind of like the Boba Fett or Wolverine thing, where a little of the character’s coolness is chipped away with every detail we learn about him.
Being such an essential part of the storyline since the 80s, its no surprise that he showed up quickly in the relaunch series. It’s a new take on the old saboteur, and though the figure may be sporting a few too many pouches for my tastes, I appreciate the overall effort at changing things up. The chest armor and arm and leg bracers are new elements that adds something interesting to Firefly’s look. The armor, and even the chest holstered pistol idea, made another appearance in the Valor vs. Venom series.
He’s of the more lanky style that was prominent among a few of the GI Joe vs. Cobra series figures, and taken among his contemporaries, is a fairly nice figure. Unique new leg articulation incorporates a swivel above the knee, and also an ankle joint. These little additions make for a few more interesting posing possibilities, and the thigh swivel helps make the figure easier to stand. The articulation cut is cleverly hidden next to a leg strap.
Weapons were nothing too impressive, just a Sound Attack version of his old submachine, a black remold of the Beachhead rifle, and a handgun. Speaking of pistols, it must be difficult to keep them inside that chest holster, since it faces down. The figure also made an appearance as a Mission Disc figure, packed with a CD-ROM that included a PC game and two episodes of the classic animated series. Though the Mission Disc figure’s paint scheme was the same, it did include a black remold of the ’84 version’s weapon, as well as a few cool baseball style grenades.
Finally, there is a link to Snake Eyes, albeit subtle. He has lips.