Fire is such a great character. Beatriz Da Costa was a swimsuit model in Brazil who was caught in a pyroplasmic explosion which granted her the ability to emit and control green fire. She was a member of many teams throughout her comic career including the Super Friends, the Global Guardians, and Checkmate, but the most stand-out and long-running role was in Justice League International (where she joined her longtime friend and companion, Ice). Fire and Ice are probably the most fan-demanded DC ladies from toy collectors. But, considering their longevity and mass appeal, they've been merchandized very little. I'm not a big fan of this latest addition to the toy roster unfortunately. For such a long-awaited character, it really seems like Mattel missed the boat on this one. The sculpting and articulation is just awkward. It's such a shame, too because with a little bit of effort this could have been a great figure. Let's check out Fire in detail below.
The painting of Beatriz on the back of the box is stunning. I wish the actual figure had a fraction of that personality shining through.
Sorry to be a bummer for anyone who loves this toy, but I just think it's a total dud. The last time I felt this way about a toy was the DC Signature Series Poison Ivy. I think that's it's a shame that Mattel has not bothered to update this female buck in so long. Remember in the early days of Marvel Legends how we were excited to get any female figures?? Four waves in we got Elektra, soon followed by Phoenix, Black Widow, and Storm. They were amazing.... back then. But only 4-5 years later the ML buck was scoffed at for being too thin and gangly, with too many joints and odd proportions. That's the nature of changing expectations over time. Mattel wasn't immune to this problem either. Everyone loved the early DCSH and DCUC women: Batgirl, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Harley, etc... but now they just don't hold up. The amazing thing is that this same month, Mattel released two gorgeous females in the MOTUC line (Castaspella and Shokoti). I hate to be the one to say it, but it's actually okay to me that the Infinite Earths subscription failed.
I honestly don't even want my most wanted DC ladies (Black Orchid, "Mego" Catwoman, Amethyst, etc) if they are going to be sub-par.
Here is a list of my problems with her: (1) I really dislike the hairsculpt on this figure (and that isn't just because it's an outdated style). (2) Her face is void of expression (this could be a paint app issue). (3) Her arms are too skinny. People have been saying this since DCSH but nothing has ever changed. (4) Her arms are unable to hang at a natural angle. There needs to be grooves in the armpit area to accommodate the shoulder joint. (5) The belt looks like a poorly-executed afterthought - it's glued solidly in place, too. (6) There's a silver product code stamped on her left boot. Not on the sole, or discretely on an inner thigh. No, it's completely visible on the top/side of her boot. And finally (7) The legs are different lengths! This buck truly needs to be fixed. Even her prototypes displayed and conventions over the past year we standing on a slant. Come on. There's no excuse for this.
The leg-length problem is due to unmatching upper thigh pieces. I simply don't believe QC hasn't caught on to this. I'm guessing it just wasn't deemed important enough to fix. I'm dreading Huntress next month.
Okay.. back on a more positive track:
Fire came with one accessory of a green "fire fist"
Here are some pictures of Fire from the comics.
This again depresses me because these all highlight the spunky character I wanted to see in this toy.
This first picture was taken from the awesome Dimestore Dames column of http://girl-wonder.org/ which I just discovered. Click on the image above to go to the column on Fire.
Time for some Comparison Pics!