Marvel Legends Sunfire Review & Photos! X-Men Warlock Series

Alas, poor Sunfire! Back in the day, when Marvel first created the Big Hero 6, Sunfire was the headliner character placed on the team to lure fans in to reading the comic book. And now…? Now the rest of the Big Hero 6 team members are known and loved worldwide because of the movie, while Sunfire remains in relative obscurity. But at least Sunfire has something the rest of Big Hero Six never will–a Marvel Legends Sunfire figure in the X-Men Legends series that’s now up for order!

Marvel Legends Sunfire Review X-Men Warlock SeriesThe Right:

Although this is the first time that a Sunfire Marvel Legends figure has ever been released at mass retail, the character was actually previously available as an online exclusive over half a decade ago as Age of Apocalypse Sunfire.

Personally, I am all about the Age of Apocalypse Sunfire design and have always thought Shiro’s classic costume looked pretty doofy, but it is essential to complete the Giant Size X-Men roster and a lot of collectors have been wanting it, so thumbs up on this selection.

Close-Up of X-Men Legends Sunfire 6" Figure Head SculptThe only part of the body mold that’s new and will remain unique to this figure is the head, but there was really no reason for Hasbro to reinvent the wheel for this action figure anyway. The existing tooling from All-New Spider-Man 2099 works perfectly for Sunfire’s build, and his unique-looking mask is a real eye grabber.

X-Men Legends Sunfire 6" Figure Hasbro ReviewI can’t place if I’ve seen Sunfire’s belt in the Marvel Legends series before, but unlike on some figures that shall remain nameless, the belt actually fits nice and snug. It’s movable, but it stays in place unless I want to move it. Perfect.

Back of Marvel Legends Sunfire X-Men Series FigureWhile Sunfire’s costume may look simple at a glance, it’s actually got a lot of white and gold paint detail on it that could have easily led to mishaps. Thankfully, that’s not the case at all: the white stripes are all straight and even as can be, and even the curvy gold flames on his boots and forearms are flawless. Paintwise, this is a gem.

Sunfire Marvel Legends 2017 Action Figure ReviewThe articulation on X-Men Legends is the de facto excellence that we’ve come to expect from the line–plus a little bit extra! That’s right, just like Spider-Man, Iron Fist and Electro before him, Shiro gets the ever-popular butterfly shoulder swivel joint! It didn’t even realize it was there at first, but it makes for lots of fun when achieving a flying pose.

Hasbro Sunfire Marvel Legends X-Men Series Figure ReviewSunfire’s full articulation scheme consists of ball-hinge neck/wrist/shoulders (plus butterfly swivel), swivel waist/biceps/thighs/boots, hinged ankles with rockers, ab crunch, as double-hinge knees and elbows. Great range of motion all-around–I’ve got zero gripes about the poseability of this toy.

Marvel Legends X-Men Warlock Series Sunfire Action Figure & AccessoriesAlong with the crucial Warlock Build-A-Figure body, Sunfire includes two accessories: dual “flaming fists” effects pieces that debuted with Iron Fist last year. The orange and yellow gradient on these effects pieces really look snazzy, even if I am about to talk about these fire fists more in…

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While I’m not the biggest lover of this costume, I’m hard-pressed to find actual flaws with this Hasbro Sunfire action figure. Some collectors may dislike that Hasbro picked a red belt buckle instead of white, but I’m fine with with the aesthetic choice personally.

About the only aspect of this figure I would have liked different is the accessories. As pretty as the gradient plastic fire fists are, they made a lot more sense with Iron Fist than they do with Shiro Yoshida.

Sunfire Marvel Legends 2017 Figure Giving Flaming UppercutWhat I really wanted were some projectile-looking flame effects pieces so that it looked like Sunfire was shooting fire and not getting ready to do a Street Fighter Flaming Dragon Uppercut. Since the only tooling for this figure that’s likely to remain unique is the head, I don’t think a new effects piece accessory would have been out of the question.

X-Men Marvel Legends Sunfire Figure PackagedOverall: Sunfire isn’t a character that’s on most people’s list of top 10 X-Men characters, but he is historically a notable member of the team deserving of an outstanding action figure. And this is that action figure. Paint apps are terrific, articulation is even better than usual, new head sculpt is perfect, and the gradient-plastic fire fists look wonderful (even if I would have preferred a different effects piece shape)–this Marvel Legends Sunfire figure is the real deal.

GRADE: A

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Marvel Legends Sunfire Review & Photos! X-Men Warlock Series — 5 Comments

  1. the lower arms and feet are new. check the spidey 2099, its the only other figure with that mold

  2. Anyone that was depicted in the original 1982 Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions miniseries and the 1982-1983 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is on my list of “must have” characters. I discovered roughly 75% of the Marvel Universe in those books, with the characters in those very same costumes, and that’s exactly how I want them depicted as action figures!

    Which makes this version of Sunfire a definite WIN for me along with Disco Dazzler!

    • I love that we have the same frame of references. Are you in your 40’s also? For DC, it was Who’s Who and then AFTER Crisis, “History of the DC Universe.

    • As awesomely hilarious as the Disco Dazzler figure is, and as amazing as it is that “the suits” greenlit this figure for mass production at all boggles the mind. Like you, this is the first version of Dazzler I remember seeing. That being said, this is definitely NOT the one I’ve been dying to set up on my shelves, and in all honesty is the version of her that is most difficult to fit into an “era scene” because there aren’t a lot of supporting characters from the same period to thicken up the ranks. Personally I think they should have done the 90’s blue suit (with or without the Rogue like brown jacket). That way you could set her up with Longshot, and now Shatterstar.

      Now…if they could just stop focusing on making EVERY character that ever walked into an issue of Spiderman, and crank out the rest of X-Force, possibly another New Mutants line, and do a few handfuls of C/D list characters that are still cool (Maverick, how about an actual Morlock Leading Callisto from the 80’s? Cable’s Wild/6 Pack, a legit Domino, etc…), and manage to get it done WELL before the 15 year limit I seem to have to wait for certain characters would be refreshing. šŸ˜‰

  3. I bought a custom, classic Sunfire years ago (quite frankly because I never thought they’d actually make one). As mentioned in the review, you’ve got to have him in a scene centered around the “Giant Size X-Men” International Team. From a toy production/team member perspective, it makes the most sense to make this version of Sunfire. Lets be honest, he isn’t exactly a character that hangs around for any real length of time. That being said, I would have rather seen them make the 90’s, unmasked, shoulder armored version Toy Biz made at one point. that figure (although not a Legend) was awesome looking. A legend version of that would fit in nicely with the rest of the 90’s Jim Lee era Legends figures.