DC ICONS (DCC)
It is only now, on Black Friday, that I’ve realized that it might have been more clever to review Black Adam today instead of two weeks ago. See, because they both have “Black” in their name. Pretty good, right? You’re just blown away by how clever I am, right? True genius. If only I’d thought ahead. Instead, here’s Firestorm, an unnatural fusion created by ungodly science. That’s sort of like Black Friday, right?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Firestorm was released in the fourth series of DC Icons as figure 16, making him the final figure in the assortment numerically. He’s listed as being based on “Justice League,” which isn’t the biggest help in narrowing things down. Presumably, this refers to when Firestorm joined the team a few years ago during Ivan Reis’s tenure as the artist. He’s sporting his second New 52 era look, which first showed up in issue #0 of Fury of Firestorm. It was a return to form after the more divergent split looks from the initial launch. It keeps all of the important classic Firestorm details, while still being “modern” so I think it’s not a bad choice at all. The figure stands 6 1/2 inches tall at the top of his flame hair (so, just over 6 without it) and he has 31 points of articulation. Series 4 marked the first official move to the “new” Icons scale, so he’ll fit in with the Rebirth boxed set. He also features the drop hips, which add to his mobility quite a bit. Firestorm’s sculpt is really one of the nicest to come out of Icons. It’s really sleek and clean and captures the character very nicely. The details are all very sharp, and he has a nice, balanced set of proportions. If I’m getting super nit-picky, his shoulders seem perhaps a touch narrow, but that’s really reaching. The paint is similarly top-notch. The metallic red looks really sweet, and the clear plastic works really well for the flames. The details are clean and crisp, and he just looks very polished. He’s packed with a spare set of open-palmed hands (in a translucent yellow), as well as a spare set of forearms with a nuclear effect (in the same translucent plastic). They swap in and out pretty easily, and they make for a decent selection when posing him.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I ended up tracking down Firestorm on the recommendation of my friend Matt Thorpe, who I had run into at Barnes & Noble when I grabbed Lex and Black Adam. He’d mentioned how much he liked the figure, so it made it’s way to the top of my list. I grabbed the last one in stock at Cosmic Comix during their 26th Annual Annual Sale, meaning I got him for a pretty sweet 40% off of his original price. I’m glad I picked him up because he’s definitely one of the best figures this line produced, and probably the best figure Firestorm’s ever gotten!