Hasbro G.I. Joe Pursuit of Cobra Firefly Hasbro, 2010
Day #74: January 25, 2011
Firefly City Strike
G.I. Joe Pursuit of Cobra Basic Figures
Item No.: Asst. 24732 No. 93360 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:Alternate head, backpack, two pistols, a rifle, a couple of explosives/bombs, removable vest, display stand, wrist armor Action Feature:n/a Retail:$6.99 Availability: June 2010 Other: Popular, packed with gear, and awesome
There are good figures, and there are great figures. Hasbro's decision to go back to a more toy-like look while maintaining the modern military look of the movies really paid off nicely with Firefly and most of the 2010 G.I. Joe Pursuit of Cobra toy range. The entire line is good-- sure, there are a few technical snags, but this is arguably the best-ever time to jump on the brand and buy stuff. All the major characters (that aren't women) are being upgraded and modernized with few misfires.
The last few Firefly figures have been great, but are generally updates of the 1980s figure without too much reinventing the look. This figure transitions from the old to the new nicely by incorporating two unique heads-- one looks like the classic Firefly, while the other is a bizarre almost alien-like helmet. Rather than have a tight suit with a vest, body armor has been introduced with elbow pads, knee pads, and more than enough equipment to ensure that this saboteur might actually bust up something rather than simply menace some ninjas.
While some figures in this range have too much gear, Firefly's amount is just about right-- he can carry most of it all at once. (You can cram a spare head in his backpack, for example.) His mines plug on to his backpack, his wrist armor plugs on to the back of his vest, and his guns.... well, he'll need to carry those around. Other details-- like grenades attached to his vest-- really bring the figure to life, and despite the Cobra logo on his torso he seems more like a relative of Solid Snake than Old Snake.
While some Hasbro 2010 lines have had a few steps back, this figure has avoided them all. There are no weird date stamps, no unfinished gimmicks, no accessories that the figure can't hold, and the redesign is new enough to be exciting but not so freakishly different that it's off-putting. This one is a total winner, and your not buying it would be a mistake. Seriously, it's a toy terrorist, who doesn't want that?
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