The Sigma 6 team is lucky to have Firefly -
apparently there's been a traitor on the team almost since the beginning, and if they're going to root him out, they're going to need all the help they can get. Maybe they could put him in charge of hunting down the spy? He seems reliable. It's like that time I asked my cat to babysit my goldfish, or put a fox in the henhouse.
Firefly, once a member of the Sigma 6 team,
has revealed himself to be an agent for the Cobra organization. He disappeared from the Sigma 6 base with classified data on the team's technology, weapons, and vehicles. He is considered a dangerous enemy because of his expertise in sabotage and explosive devices. When he escaped, he also stole a weapon prototype being tested for infiltration using liquid fire, as well as flame-emitting gauntlets. His motive for stealing these weapons is unknown but will surely be revealed in the near future.
What what what?! Firefly was the traitor? I am shocked - shocked! - that it turned out that way! Who would have ever suspected him? Who could have? No one, that's who. Truly this is a dark day, a day that has shattered a trust that will be slow in reforging.
When he fell back into his old ways, Firefly got back into his old clothes.
He's definitely been "Sigma 6-ized," but he's back in grey camo and behind his mask? A knit balaclava that only exposes his eyes. You can tell that the face beneath has the same structure as the Good Firefly, which is a very cool move. A ski mask like this might make you think more of Beachhead than Firefly, but he still has that "urban commando" look that's needed. Both good and evil versions of Firefly have the same removable mask - it's just painted in different colors. The evil one has a bit of a scar by the eyes, though: maybe he got hit on his way out?
A lot of the details are carried over from the previous Firefly, but none of the parts are actually re-used. For instance: his knee and elbow pads are similar to the older figure's, but now they're sculpted on instead of removable. Ditto for the belt, which now has a Cobra belt buckle.
He's even got the same kind of plates on his feet and hands. It's not immediately obvious that these two are supposed to be the same guy, but if you know what to look for, you can see it.
Bad Firefly has two of the machineguns that Good Firefly had, but no flame sticks. Instead, he's wearing a pair of gauntlets that give him three fiery Wolverine-style claws on each hand. That's... interesting. The clips on the machineguns are removable, and in an absolute attention to detail, the "peg" is sculpted to look like bullets. Bam! For larger weapons, FF's got a huge missile launcher/flamethrower that has two fiery bursts and a flaming chainsaw. Again, weird choice, but it makes a kind of sense for him.
Apparently turning evil makes you taller, because the second Firefly has a good ¼" on the original.
Surprisingly, he's very short on the pegs that attach the Sigma 6 weapons to the figures. He's got four on his back, but that's it. The chest makes sense, since he's got four pouches there, but none on the legs? The forearms? Huh.
Now, usually we at OAFE are proponents of just buying one version of a character and not falling prey to the companies' desire to sucker us in with variations. But that's really hard to do with the Sigma 6 line, because so many of the variations are so good. In Firefly's case, however, getting both is a no-brainer: the designs and motivations are so different, it's almost like buying two different characters. Old-school Joe fans will probably only want the Evil version, but both Fireflies are worth getting.