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Saturday, May 13, 2017

#809 GI JOE – DESTRO v3 and FIREFLY v3 (1992 and 1993)

The next two figures also come from different American waves. Destro was originally release in 1992 and Firefly in 1993. In 1992 there was another Firefly figure which was identical to this one only the balc parts were instead grey. To my knowledge in Spain we only had this one, as it happened with most figures that were released in consecutive years with similar but different paint schemes (this was kind of common those last years 1992-1993-1994)

Destro was finally released with the iconic dress including that big red “thing” behind the head that was always used in the cartoons and that none the first or the second versions had. The v2 was the first Destro available in Spain, and with golden head was not very similar to the cartoon character, so this figure is kind of a must-have. The accessories look fun to play with, but is the classic gadget that adult collectors despise.

Something similar can be said about Firefly. It was the first Firefly available in Spain, an to us, it was kind of a very secondary character. We never knew the cool v1 until many years later with the internet. The accessory is again kind of ridiculous (but surely fun to play with), and that green uniform is not very appealing to adult collectors, but all-in-all a nice figure to have, especially in Spanish blister!.

The cards seem to be accurate translations, not as it happened with other characters from these same years (and some earlier). The only difference is that the original card says “When the time is right, he uses his Blade Launcher weapon for maximum effect against…” is translated as “When the weather is fine …”. This made me suspect of some “invented facts” for Firefly’s filecard, but it is only an error in the translation.

  • Name: DESTRO v3 and FIREFLY v2
  • Toy Line: G.I. Joe (Waves 11 and 12, respectively)
  • Year: 1992 and 1993 (respectively)
  • Company: Hasbro (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the figures: 9,5 cm (3 3/4'')

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