BATMAN: ANIMATED (DC COLLECTIBLES)
Batman has perhaps the most memorable rogue’s gallery in comics. It’s colorful, diverse, and has produced several of comics’ greatest villains. But, when you’ve got a 75+ year old character with two to three appearances a month, you need a lot of villains, and they aren’t always going to be the most thrilling. When it came to Batman: The Animated Series, the creators rather quickly realized that there were only so many top tier villains that could be used, so they started picking up some of the more minor foes and trying to inject a bit more life into them. One of their less successful attempts was Firefly. Oh, they gave it their best try, believe me. He got a pretty sweet design and he was even voiced by Mark Rolston (Drake from Aliens), but he amounted to little more than a villain of the week. He was also one of the characters totally left out of Kenner’s The New Batman Adventures line. But, it seems DCC is determined to cover just about everyone they can, so he’s got a figure now!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Firefly is part of DCC’s Batman: Animated line. He’s figure 28, which places his in Series 7 of the line. The figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 24 points of articulation. Firefly was a TNBA-exclusive character, so there’s just the one design to choose from. This figure is listed as specifically being based on Firefly’s first appearance “Torchsong,” but he could just as easily be based on “Legends of the Dark Knight” or even his brief Justice League appearance. As I noted in the intro, it’s a design I quite like. It’s fairly simple, but that gives it a sort of sleekness, which makes it really fit with the rest of the animated series designs. The sculpt on this figure does a pretty reasonable job of capturing the design and translating it into three dimensions. There are some liberties here and there. The most obvious is the antenna on the right side of his head, which is about ten times larger than it should be, presumably so it would be less likely to break. Apart from that, he stays pretty close. One area where he takes a bit of a hit accuracy wise is the paint. In every appearance, Firefly’s suit was depicted as having a definite metallic sheen. Here, it’s just flat grey. It sort of robs him of any sort of pop, since grey isn’t the most exciting color. Even if silver was too much, at leas a slightly shinier finish to the grey would have gone a long way, making him not only more visually interesting, but also much more accurate. Also, in the show, his lenses were black with a red highlight, which they still are here, but the highlights aren’t angled the same way, which makes them look less like highlights and more like really askew pupils. It’s mostly the left sense; if it were just a smidgen to the right, the whole thing would look much better. Firefly is packed with four sets of hands (fists, relaxed, gripping, and trigger finger), his flamethrower gun, and a display stand. It would have been nice to also get his flame sword that he uses in both of his TNBA appearances, but I guess what we got here is nice.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Firefly came from Cosmic Comix, specifically their Biggest Sale of the Year (TM). I wasn’t actually able to be there in person this year, so he was picked up by proxy (i.e. my dad). The figure is decent enough, but for a line that initially prided itself on remaining accurate to the source material, I’m finding more and more of the figures have had severe liberties taken, which can get a little frustrating.