Firefly is one of those classic figures whose original look was never done justice in the modern lines. The 25th anniversary versions had issues with the chest harness, and changed up the main weapon. The Pursuit of Cobra Firefly, while an interesting new take and a very detailed figure, obviously wasn’t meant to emulate the 1984 version.
Along comes Retaliation, and Firefly has a role in the film. Along comes another three pack, which gives us another great homage figure among the movie based designs. Last year, I was very impressed with the first two three packs, especially the Beachhead figure, which I thought was an effective melding of the old design with the most recent and improved modern construction. The same goes for Firefly.
First off, as a disappointed collector of the 25th anniversary line, I am most happy to see how well the chest harness fits. Al last, we have a Firefly whose grenades and pouches aren’t riding up around his ears. Though it’s made up mainly of reused parts from recent years, the parts are some of the best in recent memory. Adding in new details like removable explosives is just icing on the cake. Again, the recent modern molds have the Zartan-like ability to mimic pretty much any base figure needed.
He doesn’t include the familiar backpack, rifle and phone, though one can easily enough steal them from a previous figure and use them here. I’m not too broken up about them not being included, since this is meant to be a modern version of the character. Besides, who still carries a phone like that anyway? Doesn’t the military use tiny earpieces, helmet mics and such? And while the old rifle is iconic, it’s also getting up there in age compared to the modern weaponry included with the figures these day. But hey, I can’t really complain at all about this Firefly. The pictures tell the story for me.