MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Galactus transforms Xandarian naval officer Pryreus Kril into his newest Herald, the unwavering Firelord!”
How about a little fire!?! No? No on the fire? Yeah, that’s probably fair. Hear me out, though: what if it’s not *just* fire? What if there’s inexplicably a “lord” attached to that? Does that change things up enough? I mean, it does for me. And it’s my site. So, I make the rules. And I’m looking at Firelord. It’s been a shockingly short span of time since my last Firelord review, which was just back in May of this year. Two Firelords in one year. I don’t know if that’s, strictly speaking, legal. But, I’m willing to give it a try. I actually did a respectable job of giving that character’s background in that review’s intro, allowing me to go all meta on this one, and then just sort of jump right into the review. Onto the figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Firelord is a Fan Channel-exclusive standalone offering for the Retro sub-set of Marvel Legends. He’s a continuation of the retro FF-style packaging from last year, and also clearly meant to tie-in with the arrival of the Galactus HasLab figure (which I’m hoping to review shortly). This marks Firelord’s third time in figure form, following the original Toy Biz and the Minimate. The figure stands about 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 34 points of articulation. Firelord is built on the 2099 body, which seems a pretty suitable base for the character. It’s the same one that was used for the last Silver Surfer, and while I had my reservations about that choice at the time, I’ve warmed up to it over the years since its release. With a second Herald on the base, it feels more unifying, and it’s honestly a solid match for how he tends to be portrayed. He gets a brand-new head sculpt (courtesy of sculptor Paul Harding), which is quite an impressive piece; it’s an impressive update of the stylings of the original Toy Biz figure, while also serving to capture his appearance in the comics. It’s got an appropriately ’70s vibe, and I’m impressed by the flow of his fiery hair. The color work on this figure is largely on the basic side, at least as far as the “costume” is concerned. The head gets some slightly more involved work, with transparent plastic for the hair (so it looks really cool when backlit), as well as just a little bit of printing to give the eyes just a little more life. Firelord is packed with two sets of hands, in fists and gripping, as well as his flaming staff.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The old ’90s figure, coupled with his appearance in Uncanny Origins, which I got not long after, gave me a serious soft-spot for Firelord. When he wasn’t amongst the Heralds revealed alongside Galactus, I was hopeful that meant he might be getting a standard release. This guy’s pretty much exactly what I was expecting, and I’m honestly very happy about that!
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