Thursday, September 27, 2012

The AFB Podcast Episode 31: DCC Joker Black & White / Firestorm Toy Retrospective

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Join John, Eli, Scott and Justin from the AFB Forum for Episode Thirty One of the Action Figure Blues Podcast! The AFB Podcast is a weekly look at action figures, statues and other collectibles from the worlds of comic books and pop culture.

Episode Thirty One includes our Toy of the Week feature on the DC Collectibles Batman Black & White Joker (Brian Bolland) Statue and a new feature: a Toy Retrospective on everyone's favourite Match Head - Firestorm!

We also have the next answer and clue in the "Name That...." Audio Game run by our friend Engineernerd from TV & Film Toys .

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1 comment:

The Irredeemable Shag said...

Hey guys! Shag here from FIRESTORM and THE FIRE AND WATER PODCAST. I just wanted to say what a great job y'all did on your Firestorm action figure retrospective! I was really impressed with your thorough coverage. I agreed with many of the comments Eli made about the various figures and completely agree that the JLA Series 2 Firestorm from 2004 is the best figure by far!

I've got a little more information I thought might interest you on certain topics you raised:

1) The sun insignia on Firestorm's chest is actually supposed to be an atomic symbol. The big red circle that looks like a sun represents the nucleus, while the white lines represent the electron paths around the nucleus (with the smaller red dots representing the electrons themselves). I believe the error with the fourth electron on the 2004 JLA Series 2 action figure started with a comic book drawing and has oozed into several places since (although I can't identify the exact drawing at this moment).

2) In regard to the back of the Mattel DC Universe Classics Jason Rusch figure, this is an accurate representation of Jason's back. The only other Jason figure to get it right was the Infinite Crisis figure. The costume he wore the longest didn't have the big red nucleus on the back, simply the two white lines joining. Here is an example from the comics:

3) One toy related item I don't believe you mentioned was the Firestorm McDonald's Happy Meal toy from the Batman: Brave and the Bold line. Here is a link for information on that toy. Decent sculpt, but ridiculously bad paint/coloring job.

4) I also wish there were Firestorm statues or busts. Below are a couple links to some custom statues/busts that prove how amazing an official DC statue of Firestorm would be!

5) You mentioned Heroclix, but I wasn't sure if you were aware there have been six different Firestorm Heroclix. I've listed them below in case you are curious.

Here is the first horrible Heroclix of Ronnie.

Here is a Heroclix of Jason (2 photots)

Here is a Brightest Day Firestorm Heroclix (a decent looking Heroclix)

Finally, here are three different Heroclix for the New 52 versions of Firestorm.

Again, great job on the Firestorm retrospective! I really enjoyed the podcast! Keep up the nice work!

The Irredeemable Shag

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