|Code Name: FIREFLY|
For much of the time, Firefly was all mouth and no trousers. Various early material intimated he was an expert mercenary of the highest skill, but he was rarely given any work that put this to the test, unless chasing a fat bloke around on a quad bike counts. Sadly, when he got given the chance to have a proper crack at things in the early 1990s, the G.I. Joe comic inevitably linked him to the whole Arashikage clan/Hard Master plot tumour. The revelation that Firefly was the Faceless Master is probably the moment the last vestiges of credibility drip out of Larry Hama's wet brain. It certainly makes the animated version's sign-off of "crashing a S.T.U.N." seem that bit more impressive.
Still, he looked cool and that was enough for me to get a 25th Anniversary figure of him. And I'm glad I did, because he looks superb. Like Beach Head, the woollen pattern is expertly reproduced by the texture of the plastic, really rounding out the look. The basic design is simply superb, with its' two-tone grey camouflage pattern. It's a sober, believable outfit yet still very individual and stylish, fitting nicely with his theoretical mercenary lack of loyalty.
Further detail is provided by the excellent webbing design, (with painted pouches and grenades) while the figure is among the most dynamic and balanced of the whole 25th range. I also love the way they've resisted the temptation to make the balaclava removable or include a replacement head - some things are much more interesting as a mystery.
Firefly also comes with a sharp set of accessories - a submachine gun the figure can wield in a number of poses, complete with folding stock; a pistol in a hip holster; a mobile phone for taking contracts, and a lovingly detailed backpack with all sorts of sabotage gear (more sculpted detail can be found by removing the lid of the backpack). It rounds him off nicely, and it's an essential figure.