Ever since January 1st the hunt has been on for the newest set of the Cobra Island exclusive figures from Hasbro's G.I. Joe Classified Series. The Classified Series was absolutely the surprise action figure hit of 2020 and it looks to be going strong into 2021 despite the seemingly small number of releases. Oh, and the pain of finding these figures. Yes, pain. Whether Target under ordered, Hasbro undelivered, or both bare the blame, finding the Target exclusive G.I. Joe figures has been excruciating. Honestly, there isn't a Target too close to me and I just didn't feel like hunting for Firefly in the middle of a global pandemic so I went ahead and paid a bit more for him. Yeah, I hate it too, but when you have people lining up to buy these as soon as stores open and they're only getting a case or so, I'm sick of playing the game. Anyways, that being said let's move on with some positive stuff: Firefly is super cool. Hasbro's design team for the Classified Series has done a great job of mixing the classic A Real American Hero looks with some modern design aesthetics, giving the line a bit of a Metal Gear Solid feel which I love. For Firefly they've take his classic urban camo clad look and role as a saboteur and combined it with the armored look of an explosives expert. It's a cool way of not just doing the same thing as the vintage line while still make the character recognizable. Let's take a look at Firefly after the break...
* Firefly (center) uses quite a few parts from previous figures. His torso, arms, and hands come from Beach Head (left) while his crotch and legs come from Snake Eyes (right). Most G.I. Joe lines have had utilized reused parts and unless you're looking for it it's doubtful you'd even notice it as Firefly still feels quite unique.
* Where to start? Firefly is one intimidating figure! He's decked out in urban camouflage and a heavily armored blast suit. The camo pattern is awesome here and it looks incredible. The colors on this guy rock and the small textures on his clothes are incredible.
* The armored vest is a separate plastic overlay that apparently has two variants: A matte finish and a glossy one. Mine looks to be the glossy one in hand. Woo hoo! Yeah, it's a minor production variant. It doesn't change the fact that the armored vest is pretty cool with a Cobra logo on the right shoulder pad and lots of pouches for storing gear and extra magazines, along with a row of grenades across his left shoulder.