Just this past week DC Comics Superhero Collection Figurine Magazine #46 featuring Firestorm shipped to comic shops across the United States. It’s been out for a while in the UK, but Diamond Comics Distributors just got their copies out a few days ago. This publication includes a figurine of the featured character cast in lead, individually hand-painted and numbered. It also comes with a 16-page magazine providing detailed history and background on the featured character. It normally retails for about $14 and each issues features a different character. I was very pleased when I heard they’d be dedicating an issue to ole match-head. Below is the cover to the magazine.
Below you can see the magazine poly-bagged with the figurine. The white circular sticker is a warning that if you get the lead figurine anywhere near your house your entire family will die an agonizing death. Well… something like that. Its lead folks, don’t put it in your mouth.
Below is a close-up of the lead figurine. Dude, this thing is a work of beauty! He’s about 3.75 inches tall, just a bit shorter than the recent Infinite Heroes action figure. This is probably the most faithful representation of the Ronnie Raymond/Martin Stein Firestorm costume ever produced for a figure. The 1985 Super Powers figure and the 2004 DC Direct figure are probably the closest behind this lead figurine. They got everything correct – chest emblem, gloves, boots, puffy sleeves, design on the briefs, even the headgear. It looks great! It’s just a shame it’s made from lead, rather than plastic or pewter.
The magazine itself provides a detailed history of Firestorm in all his incarnations. Included are recaps of some classic Firestorm story lines, specifically Legends and Firestorm the Nuclear Man: Reborn (trade paperback collecting the post-One Year Later adventures). There is also a feature on the people who have united to become the Nuclear Man. Finally, installment #37 of the DC Timeline covering 99 BC to 1 BC (not specific to Firestorm, but obviously a feature every issue of the magazine).
The magazine does a wonderful job breaking up the text with gorgeous images from Firestorm’s history. I’ve provided a few snapshots below to give you a flavor of how the magazine looks. Stephen Wiacek, writer of the articles, clearly knows his Firestorm history. The only thing I found unusual was the disproportionate amount of time spent on the “Blank Slate” incarnation of Firestorm. While I like the “Blank Slate” version, it was odd to see more space dedicated to him as compared to the Elemental version or Jason Rusch.
Overall this was a great purchase! The figurine is fantastic and the magazine is an enjoyable read for Firestorm novices and experts. If your local comic shop doesn’t have it in stock, ask if they can order it. It’s worth your time and money.
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