G.I. JOE: CLASSIFIED SERIES (HASBRO)
I haven’t taken a look at anything from G.I. Joe since October, which does feel like a bit of a gap, doesn’t it? In my defense, there hasn’t been a ton to look at, since I’ve been kind of keeping up with Classified as it’s been moving along, and there was a bit of a gap in new releases, as they at least attempted to actually get some of the older releases to some stores. But, the new year has brought some new figures…or more specifically some new exclusives. I know, I’m not thrilled either. I’m starting things off with the *slightly* less frightening to acquire offering, Cobra’s resident saboteur, Firefly!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Firefly is one half of the second Target-exclusive “Special Missions: Cobra Island” series of G.I. Joe: Classified Series. He brings us another Cobra mainstay, and another character that *probably* shouldn’t have started as an exclusive, but, hey, let’s not open that particular can of worms, huh? Firefly stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. FIrefly’s design is one of the ones that’s a little further removed from his classic v1 appearance, at least in terms of direct replication. All of the major strokes are there to ID him, but he modernizes a few elements. It’s not incredibly new for the character, since elements like the goggles and the bomb disposal vest were incorporated into the character’s design back during Resolute and Renegades, making him more of an adaptation of all of the character’s appearances through the years, rather than focusing in on just one figure in particular. The figure is a mix of old and new pieces to achieve this design. His upper half is shared with Beach Head, while the legs come from Snake Eyes. While we’ve had some re-use previously, this is the first time that any of them have crossed teams. Fortunately, they end up looking pretty standard issue, so it doesn’t look too specifically Joe-y. He gets a new head and boots, as well as an overlay for the bomb vest. The head’s the best piece, and I absolutely love what you can make out of the crazed expression beneath the mask, as well as that small touch of scarring over the eye. The boots are sufficiently unique looking, if maybe not much to write home about. They get the job done. The vest piece is pretty cool looking, but my main beef with it is how much it restricts the mobility on the torso and hips. It definitely impairs his posability a touch. Firefly’s paint work is pretty nicely handled. He’s got some proper camo detailing, which looks pretty sweet, and they’ve managed to keep him in all greys without him looking too bland or boring. I also quite like the detailing around the eyes; it really makes them pop. Firefly is pretty well off when it comes to accessory selection, including a pair of goggles, a gun (based on a modified version of the Nerf Vortex Praxis; thanks Tim!), a backpack, stack of dynamite, drone, and control panel for the drone. The goggles are another cool piece of customization, and the drone’s certainly a lot of fun, and can even be stored on the backpack (as can the dynamite). I wish he had a spot for the control panel, but no placement for it seemed to make sense to me.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When these figures were shown off, I honestly didn’t pay Firefly much mind. I was quite happy with Havoc as a stand-in on the shelf, and this one was an exclusive, and that’s not a game I was really looking to play. I was far more invested in getting his assortment-mate anyway, so I wasn’t going to put any real effort into this one. Then they started hitting, and I did stick to that bit about no effort. Max, however, managed to find a pair of them out in the wild, and hooked me up with this one. Admittedly, even after getting him, I held off of actually cracking him open for a bit out of protest about getting him before my pre-order for the other figure actually even shipped, but, well, he’s open now, so I guess you can fill in some blanks there. He’s a well put together figure, but I can’t say he really jumps out at me as much as others from the line. Still, I’m happy to have him, I guess.