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Feb 25

Firefly (2013)

When movie action figure lines are released, they usually contain multiple versions of the main characters, usually each with a different action feature. I find it a bit strange that the first movie Firefly released is this one, but I can see the reasoning to get the more kid-friendly figure out first.

Features are what this figure is all about, notably the sled. If this were a Batman toyline, I think he might have been named Electric Luge Firefly. The street luge (I guess that’s what it is) makes for a pretty nice accessory. The figure fits in it well, and though it doesn’t quite interact in the way it should, with clear forearms meant to glow from the light produced through the vehicle’s handles, I can see the fun in it. Maybe it works better with the lights off.

Due to the feature, the figure doesn’t have all the usual modern arm articulation, and the clear green forearms may be off-putting to some. Heck, the color scheme may be too. I don’t mind it, as again it fits into the more expected toylike aspects of movie line figures. I also appreciate the color in this series so far. It’s a welcome change from the first movie’s black and blue palette.

Firefly seems to be more along the lines of the first wave of figures released last year. He bears some resemblance to what we’ve seen for the movie, even including an alternate unmasked head of the actor, but the overall look is obviously wildly different. He’s colorful, and broadly decorated, with a sort of tribal art patterning on his jacket. Looking at the jacket colors and patterns again, and the luge, I have to wonder if maybe there’s a scene in which Firefly competes in the X-Games. If you look close enough, there may even be a Mountain Dew logo somewhere on that jacket.

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  1. Clutch

    It’s a unique gimmick for a movie figure. I don’t mind it much either as it relates to his moniker. Brings to mind a great line from the comics where Spirit says that for someone called Firefly, “you’re not too bright.” Guess the designers are out to remedy that particular situation.

  2. Acer

    Actually, I’ve seen that particular gimmick before–it was on one of the 1995 “Batman Forever” figures, where you had a battery-powered light in the cape that hooked into the Batman figure, which in turn had a translucent chest logo (and abs, for some reason…), which in turn would light up the big ‘light gun’ he would hold if you centered the back end onto the chest logo.

  3. skymate

    For some reason it remids me of Transformers Actionmaster Jazz

  4. Ben

    I’m digging this one. The sculpt and design are solid, including the portrait. I like the light-up gimmick and the sled itself, just wish it worked a bit better. I don’t mind the green, as Firefly has been wearing bright greens as early as ’92, and the tribal-custom-paint job on the jacket is really nice.
    I like him enough to modify: I’ll probably replace the lower arms and lower legs with better articulated options, painted to match, because he doesn’t hold his weapons all that well with those clear plastic hands.
    All things considered, it’s a good change-up to what’s usually expected from Firefly.

  5. j_wizzle

    Not bad at all. I actually don’t mind the color scheme on him.

  6. Neapolitan Joe

    I do not like that version.

  7. Jester

    Technically, the feldgrau-coloured motorcycle-rider version came first, didn’t he?

  8. Tom Mathias

    I really like the idea of this figure, wish the “light up” part worked a bit better, but really other then the lower arms it’s a pretty decent figure

  9. giTom

    I really like this figure. The sculpt and the paint job are very well done. The actor’s head sculpt goes to the 3-pack Firefly and this guy maybe becomes someone else. Luge-Viper?

    1. Rob Buzan

      Sounds good. He could be the arch enemy of the Joe team’s Battle Luge Guy from the new sculpt era.

  10. Ben

    Road Rash Viper?!!!

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