Firefly (2007 Sigma 6)
Most of the impetus for this blog comes from reconnecting and finding a continuing use for my collection, the breadth of which sometimes makes me question my sanity. Earlier in the week, a couple of GI Joe news items got me thinking about Sigma 6 Firefly.
First, there was the news of the Toys R Us exclusive Jurassic Park figures based on GI Joe molds. One of these figures wears a mask that’s painted in a very similar fashion to this Firefly. Hmm..interest piqued, I thought. Then came the news that the Retaliation Firefly may have a background as a former Joe, similar to the Sigma 6 version. Okay, gotta dig out the figure ASAP, I said. So here we are.
Part of me thinks, when digging through a bin of stuff to find a specific toy: just why did I buy this stuff? But then I find the figure, mess about with it a bit, rediscover just what about it captivates me, and finally end up feeling better about having a basement full of toys.
I’m trying hard not to gush about how Sigma 6 pushes all my toy buttons. Sure, it didn’t equal the good old days in terms of sales, longevity and compelling media tie-ins, but holy cow was it a cool toy line. For the small scale GI Joe line, the hook that kept things going was the interaction between figures and vehicles. The size and articulation suited them perfectly and made a great play pattern. For the larger Sigma 6 scale, the hook is the accessory, whether it be weapons or gear. All over the line, there are great integrations of figures and weapons, and just plain amazingly designed figures.
This second release of Firefly in the Sigma 6 line represents his full-on transition to Cobra. Earlier in the series, he had been a Cobra spy in the midst of the Joes. There are hints of both his classic look (grey camo) as well as the previous Sigma figure, including similar weapons and armored uniform pieces.
The weapons have more in common with his earlier Sigma version than what we’ve come to expect from the Cobra saboteur. The designers must have taken his code name literally, as he’s equipped with fire-based weapons. As crazy and literal as these weapons are, they’re still well made, and can be reconfigured. With snap-on fire claws and a fire blasting staff, he’s an impressively armed alternative to the Firefly of the 80’s. I didn’t mind GI Joe being re-imagined in this way, especially when it resulted in some great toys and fun play.
When I bought some Kreo-O figures a few weeks back, I remember thinking that I was having the most fun with Joe since Sigma 6. Figures like this Firefly aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I find it interesting that Kre-O, another play-centered, stylized take on GI Joe in a new scale, has been embraced by collectors. Oh, and if you haven’t yet, check out Sigma 6 Central and GeneralsJoes’ Sigma 6 Celebration for all the love that the Sigma series deserves.