X-MEN (TOY BIZ)
“The champion of Japan, the solar-powered mutant known as Sunfire considers himself a modern-day samurai — and will do nothing to betray his code of personal honor! Possessing the power to fly and to gernerate intensely hot flaming plasma, Sunfire seeks out the enemies of his nation — be they mutant or human — and turns on the heat!”
Sunfire! Oh it’s sunfire. I’ve reviewed a surprising number of Sunfire figures on this site. Of the of the six available Sunfires, I’ve already looked at three. Not a bad spread, if I do say so myself. I’m looking at the fourth of the six figures today. This one’s actually his first, and unlike the last three, it’s from a slightly different source. Let’s just get to the review already!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Sunfire was released in the Mutant Genesis Series of Toy Biz’s X-Men line (it was numerically, for those that are curious). As noted, this was his very first action figure. He stands about 5 1/4 inches tall and he has 9 points of articulation. Unlike prior Sunfire figures, which were based on his classic appearance (which is my personal favorite look), this one is based on his, at the time current, ‘90s appearance, which does not possess the same timeless feel as his other look. It’s super ‘90s, what with the armor, the shoulder pads, and the over designing. Also, the crap ton of muscles. Because ‘90s, I guess. This particular suit was design to amplify his powers and stuff. And also look less like the Japanese flag, which I guess was a good thing. Unfortunately, I can’t really say it’s one of the character’s better looks. Personally, I’ve always found he looked pretty darn goofy. This figure lives up to that goofy-ness, presenting him with impossibly muscle-y proportions, as well as the really odd and goofy pony tail he was sporting at the time. I guess it’s an accurate sculpt, and it avoids the scrawniness of TB’s other Sunfire figure, but something feels a little off about it. To me, this just doesn’t feel like Sunfire, but maybe I’m just picky. At the very least, I think we can all agree that his face looks a bit silly, right? His jawbone looks like it could conquer a thousand kingdoms. I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but there it is. His paintwork is generally decent enough. It’s cleanly applied, and follows the design from the comics. Can’t say it’s the most exciting color scheme, but it’s fairly standard for Sunfire, so that’s good, I guess. Sunfire included a bit of clip-on armor, which goes over his shoulders and has been vac-metalized. It fits well enough and looks pretty cool, so that’s nice. He’s also got a shield, which matches the other armor and can be held in his right hand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve held off on this guy for a while. This is a figure I’ve had my eye on since about the time I was 9 or 10, but never got him because, quite frankly, he just doesn’t look like Sunfire to me. However, he was at Power Comics, and he was half-off his already low price, and I’m working on completing my Toy Biz X-Men figures, so I kind of needed him. He’s really weird and goofy and strange, but he’s part of the set, and honestly he feels right at home. And I can’t really ask for more.