Firefly (2005 Comic Pack)
Many of the o-ring style comic packs had head issues. The Joes in particular seemed to get the short end of the cranium stick. I’ve wondered if the smaller heads were a design choice, or the result of a manufacturing issue. After all, the newly designed figures of the era had more delicate sculpting and generally smaller heads.
I hate to fixate on the head, but that’s the element of this version of Firefly that stands out the most. The head is well detailed, and shaped differently from the original. There’s nothing wrong with the 1984 head, but it is a product of its time, and not as detailed as this one. The new one incorporates more detail, like a furrowed brow, and a more realistic shape.
But there’s more than a new noggin happening here. The paint job is a new take on the existing figure, and one that benefits from improvement in paint processes since the 1980s. Firefly’s uniform has a crispness and detail to its camo that wasn’t seen thirty years ago. Although the black finish is a bit on the glossy side, Firefly is looking slick in his new duds. Having all the classic Firefly accessories molded in black is a nice bonus as well.