I was really excited to finally get this "Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends" 3-pack, particularly for the prefixed Marvel Universe-branded Marvel's Firestar in this boxed set. As far as I can tell this is only the second Firestar figure, the last being a Toy Biz figure from the 1990s, and both were essentially repaints of existing toys, in this case, with a new head. That same female body gets a lot of mileage. (Rimshot here.) This makes sense, because so many of the characters are basically spray-painted buxom babes with different heads and/or hairstyles. In the case of Firestar, she also has a sculpted mask which seems to be just a little too thick. The Toy Biz version just painted the mask on, and I would say it looked slightly better-- but since the character's mask actually stuck out from the sides of her head, this new Hasbro version is more authentic. (I still think it's too thick.)
Standing a hair under 4-inches tall, this preposterously bright yellow figure has a fairly good range of articulation, but suffers in a few spots. Since her hair is quite flexible, she can turn her head without being totally restricted, but there are no meaningful swivel joints on her arms. Despite having a very respectable 17 points of articulation, she can't be easily posed to punch a guy, and unlike other figures in the line her leg articulation is good for more than just standing-- she can actually sit!
The decor works well, with a head molded in her flesh tone, plus red and orange making up the bulk of her gloves and boots. Like Iceman and Spider-Man, there's a date stamp on her thigh but unlike those two, the bright yellow drowns out most of the white numbers. It's still visible, but its placement could be worse. (Why couldn't they just stick it on her upper-back, under her hair? You'd never have to look at it there.) It's still a good figure, although I do think that the set as a whole might please packaged collectors more than your average opener. I bought this set because I watched these characters on TV as a kid, but as Hasbro toys go-- even ones for 2009-- they're not as good as they could be. (Don't let this stop you, though.)
Oh, and if you're wondering just who the heck she is? The character was created for a show called Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends on NBC, as a replacement for the Human Torch. She later made a few-- very few-- comic appearances on her own. So I guess you could liken her to some of the Super Friends characters, if you're going to be annoying about it. (You aren't, are you?)
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