MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Scorching ionized plasma allows Sunfire to fly, protect himself, and blast his enemies.”
The Pete Best of the All-New, All-Different X-Men, Sunfire struggles to really find his footing in the X-Men ‘verse, but wound up getting some pretty decent coverage, courtesy of Age of Apocalypse, wherein he turned from “stereotyped Japanese guy with fire powers” to “Human Torch if the powers didn’t turn off” or even “Chamber, but with his whole body, rather than just his upper torso.” Or, I guess, if you want to jump companies, possibly Wildfire without the suit. Okay, so maybe AoA didn’t make Sunfire super unique in terms of power or story, but he’s definitely a strong contender for getting the best redesign out of it.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Sunfire is figure 3 in the Sugar Man Series of Marvel Legends. Believe it or not, this isn’t AoA Sunfire’s first time getting the Legends treatment. He was actually the winner of the 2007 Fan Poll, netting him the third AoA-based Legend ever. The line’s made some strides since then, however, so a new release probably wasn’t the worst idea. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. Sunfire is built on the 2099 body, a sensible choice for two reasons. One, it’t the same body that the classic Sunfire used, and two it’s the same body that Bullseye used, and given that the first AoA Sunfire was on the Bullseye body, I’d say that means they’re right on the mark size-wise. He swaps out the forearms and hands for Human Torch’s flame-covered ones, and gets a new head and overlay piece for his shoulders. I like how the flame effects were done here just a touch better than how they were for Human Torch; there’s something that really works about that very artistic curling to the flames. It’s very dynamic. Sunfire’s color work is pretty key to getting his look down, and fortunately the figure does pretty well on that front. The translucent effect on the plastic is really cool, and I dig the slow shift from yellow to orange. The paint application’s a bit better on this figure than the last two I looked at from this set, so things are sharper and cleaner. That’s good, because it really helps with conveying this particular design. Sunfire, like the last two figures I’ve looked at from this set, doesn’t have any extras of his own, but he does get the second set of arms for the Sugar Man Build-A-Figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I wasn’t really sold on Sunfire being part of this assortment, largely due to the prior Legends release. Of course, I never actually got that release, so I’m not sure why I was so opposed. Maybe I just don’t like Sunfire? Could be, I guess. The figure’s pretty solid, though, and I can definitely get behind his inclusion after getting him in hand. He’s a solid update, and a solid design. Not bad at all.
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