MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Angelica Jones soars into battle harnessing the power of microwaves to combat evil as Marvel’s Firestar.”
Comics adaptations introducing characters that circle back around to the comics proper isn’t an uncommon thing, going back as far as the Superman radio serials and their creation of Jimmy Olsen. Over at Marvel’s side, things were a little bit later game for them, but one of their first instances of this was Angelica Jones, aka Firestar. First appearing in Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends in 1981, Firestar was created when the television rights for the Human Torch couldn’t be acquired. She found her way into the comics four years later, in Uncanny X-Men #193, as a member of the Hellions. From there she got her own mini-series, joined the New Warriors, and even had a stint with the Avengers. She’s never been quite as prominent in the main universe as she was in the cartoon, but she’s certainly stuck around, and made her way into most of the major Marvel scales, including, most recently, Marvel Legends.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Firestar is her own standalone Marvel Legends release, which started hitting retail last month. She’s another Fan Channel figure, so she won’t be hitting major big box retailers, but will be at specialty shops and the like. She features her own separate branding, which neatly avoids the issue of whether she should be grouped with Spider-Man, X-Men, or Avengers. Firestar’s had a few different designs over the years, but she generally tends to circle back to variants of her original animation design, which is what this figure wisely opts to go for. The figure stands just over 6 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. Firestar is built on the Phoenix base body, which is thematically appropriate, I suppose. It’s also just a pretty good match for Angelica’s usual built. She’s got a new upper torso piece, which adds her collar piece. It’s pretty basic, but hits the spot. Firestar includes two different head sculpts, based on two differing looks. The one she comes out of the box wearing is slightly more modern-inspired, and has more wind-swept dynamic hair, and a slightly more rounded mask. The second head is a bit more directly based on her animation design, with a more geometric mask, and slightly less mobile hair. Of the two, I personally prefer the more modern head, but they’re both quite nice, and I like having the option. Firestar’s paint work is basic, bright, and clean, which are really all the best things for a Legends figure. I appreciate that they actually did the darker accents on the hair for the animation head, keeping it properly show accurate, since those tend to get overlooked. Firestar has a pretty nice accessory selection. In addition to the extra head, she also gets two sets of hands (both fists and open gesture), two effects pieces (borrowed from the Infinity War Scarlet Witch), and, coolest of all, Ms. Lion, the trio’s pet dog from Amazing Friends. Ms. Lion even gets a ball-jointed neck for full posability. How about that?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Firestar’s always been a favorite of mine, thanks to the handful of Amazing Friends episodes I had on VHS as a kid. I didn’t manage to get her Toy Biz figure until late in the game, and that one’s, admittedly, a little phoned in, as was the later Marvel Universe figure. I’d been hoping for something with a little more effort for Marvel Legends, and that’s what I got. This figure’s a really nice, very cleanly done take on the character, and a fantastic way of rounding out this trio in Legends form.
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