Sunfire is an odd X-Man. He got the call from Professor X to replace the original X-Men, but he quit the team immediately after the first mission. Apart from a few sporadic appearances, he didn’t really make his mark until his amazing Age of Apocalypse makeover.
Yet for some reason, I’ve desperately wanted a Sunfire in my Marvel Legends collection. Truly, that’s the power of Chris Claremont’s writing. So now that he’s here, does Sunfire heat up or is just a figure that got snuffed out upon arrival?
Packaging: Nothing new from the regular packaging. The figures in the X-Men wave don’t have to share packaging with anyone so Sunfire gets both portraits and the dedicated bio treatment.
Likeness: This figure looks like it stepped right out of Dave Cockrum’s pages. I love how the mask turned out as all the unique details were covered properly. Sunfire uses the newer Spider-Man 2099 buck and it’s a nice fit for his size — not too big or too small.
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Paint: Thanks to his complex costume design, Sunfire was always one of those characters I was reluctant to try and customize. As a result, I was prepared to judge him on a paint curve, but Hasbro did solid work on the lines.
They cleanly point to his belt, which also didn’t have a problem with the flame lines. The mask was also clean and outside a few stray marks, this was an overall impressive paint job.
Articulation: It’s more news when a Marvel Legends figure’s articulation isn’t up to speed. Not the case here though as Sunfire features all the expected terrific ML articulation. The Spidey UK body has ‘butterfly’ shoulders allowing for a better back and forth range of movement. That’s even better for flying characters.
- ball-jointed shoulders
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Sunfire does get a pair of fireballs. I’m thrilled it’s not the magic bolts or energy effects we’ve seen repeatedly. The fireballs we’ve previously seen with Iron Fist, but they make more sense here. They’re translucent pieces that slide right over Sunfire’s fists.
As with a lot of flying characters who don’t require a ton of accessories, I’d love to get a flight stand. Or maybe even an unmasked head. If nothing else just to how that Sunfire is one of Marvel’s few significant Asian heroes. Additionally, he comes with the torso for the Build-A-Figure Warlock.
Worth it? I paid $20.99 for Sunfire. That’s probably a couple dollars too much since he seems a definite candidate for Black Friday clearance prices. But I’m an idiot for Giant Sized X-Men era characters and that patience is nonexistent.
Rating: 10 out of 10
I really liked this figure. My Giant-Sized X-Men team bias aside this figure delivered all I wanted. His only problem is making me want the rest of the team yesterday.
Where to get it? I grabbed Sunfire from K-Mart and it’s nice to see them getting a new figure early. Target and Walgreen have also had this line at various points. You can always grab him on Amazon.com or from Entertainment Earth, which will have the set any day now.