Repaints and variants. Who likes ’em? I do, most of the time. Well, I should explain a little. I generally like two kinds of repaints: weird, and arctic. I like weird repaints just because I’m fascinated by odd combinations of colors, especially when the toy stops trying for any sort of realism and just looks like, well, a toy. For Joes, the 90s mail-in versions of Interrogator and General Hawk come to mind when thinking in this vein. The ultimate action figure example of it is the 2000s Masters of the Universe Fruity Pebbles Skeletor, a figure that has yet to be rivaled in the arena of ridiculously nonsenical repaints.
Arctic variants also continue to be a passion of mine. I’ll even go out of my way into lines I don’t usually even collect in order to pick up a frigidly festooned figure or two. Mattel’s current Batman line is many times a sure bet for an arctic variant. Whenever the Caped Crusader gets a new series, I’m searching the pegs to see if there’s a Bat on skis, or just painted white and arctic blue. When the GI Joe line puts out a new arctic operative, I’m totally on board, but when a main character gets the winter treatment, it’s even more special.
Firefly was part of a three pack that featured arctic Cobras, only one of which was a Snow Serpent. I’ll admit that I thought the saboteur would probably be the last character I’d expect to see in this garb. He’s just a straight up repaint of the 1984 original, which isn’t a bad thing, but a change of torso mold to someone like Blizzard or Frostbite would have been nice to see. As it is, there’s a lot of nice little detail here, beyond the simple white. Straps and belts are picked out in lighter grey, and even the dials on his leg detonator are painted. He’s also equipped with his classic submachine and phone in black, a nice change of pace for the time. His backpack was molded in white, which I think really works well.
For some reason, I had childhood memories of watching the snow battle scenes of the 80s tele-movie World War III after I took the photos of the figure. It’s probably the backdrop reminding me of the sets that stood in for Alaska. Anyway, despite his somewhat monochromatic paint scheme, Firefly is quite the fun and festive winter-themed saboteur.