The latest incarnation of Generations, begun the Combiner Wars have…at the time of this writing I have the first wave of deluxe figures, so I grabbed the first box and out came Fireflight…wait…Firefly? Isn’t he in Cobra? Eh, whatever…let’s look at this toy!
Going back to formula, we’ll start with alt mode. This is a great updated look on the classic Aerial bot format. Nice sleek jet mode, coloring is dead on to the G1 original, and underneath is a mini compacted robot. It’s 1985 all over again!!
Transformation is as easy as you’d think, but yields a great robot. I was surprised just how expressive I could make this guy. For a deluxe this is quite a dynamic figure.
He comes with two weapons. His blaster rifle and a double chain gun. This also works as his combiner part being either a foot or a hand. A simple thing, but really a neat piece of design. My only issue with these are they are pretty much useless in the jet mode. They make the plane unbalanced.
Firefly has just about all the joints I could want. Ball jointed shoulders, a waist, ball jointed neck and hips, as well as basic knees and elbows. His legs are nice and chunky so he stands very well. I can totally forgive the lack of wrist swivels because the arms just look good and have the neat molded in blasters.
Not sure why, but they are one of my favorite parts on this guy’s design.
Oh and yes he does pass the one legged test
Did I mention I love the detailing? After the last fiasco with RID Grimlock I almost didn’t believe I had a first party toy! That face is just awesome with the painted eyes and I love the multi colored torso. It just shows the love. Now in robot mode you can either keep the wings folded back or have them deployed, I know they had them both ways in the cartoon.
My favorite part? He’s big! With all the recent down sizing of figures lately, these limbs have some stature! He’s almost a head taller that FOC Starscream if you don’t count the kibble…and if you do, just towers over him!
I mean he’s almost in scale with the older Generation/Classic figures. This is great!
Being part of Superion, Firefly becomes his right arm. His weapon becomes his hand with vulcan cannons. This is a damn good looking arm. So much better than the FoC Combaticons I have to say.
Plus being a Scramble City style, he can also become a leg! I am really looking forward to getting Silverbolt and making the big guy. Hasbro’s design team did something great, not half assed.
I rarely get into the packaging, but the art on this guys is great. Almost had me want to keep it, but that’s ok…
Because he comes with a collectors card with MORE spiffy art! A shame the tech specs and bio weren’t on the card’s back, but still…this totally counters everything I said back in the RID Grimlock review. There must be two different marketing teams I swear.
Firefly I have to say is a spiffy figure. Hasbro did a great job updating the G1 Aerialbot look. Robot with essentially a mini plane on the back? Check. Better articulation, and detail? Check. I think my favorite part is that he retains the blocky head from the G1 figure despite that it it isn’t used in the combination modes. That and completely doing the opposite of everything I was complaining about from the RID line. Did I mention they cost less as well? $14.99 at most retailers.
The Combiner Wars are here. This was my random sample of how all the limb figures are going to be, and I am more than satisfied. I know I’m going in for the Aerialbots and Stunticons, and hoping for more teams to be released. For a first party figure, I give this guy a solid A