From badass Shockwave retool to traditional Superion limb, Fireflight is back again! But that name apparently still can't be trademarked, so now he's called Firefly. For once, I actually like the new name, but who cares about that, let's talk about the toy.
In alt mode, Firefly is a jet, as you'd expect. I'm no expert on jets, so I don't know what model it is, but it's an okay alt mode. It's not the most sleek jet ever, there's a good bit of undercarriage, but it's not nearly as bad as Silverbolt, and I don't mind most of it. The only parts I really don't like are the fairly obvious head under the nose, and the arms being blatantly there. There's no missiles or anything to hide them like on Alpha Bravo, so you just have to deal with them. They kind of mess with the silhouette for me, but they lock in well, at least. The toy overall is super solid, there's nothing flopping around on this guy. As for weapon storage, both accessories can go under the wings, but there's no symmetry whatsoever and it looks dumb.
The transformation is VERY similar to Alpha Bravo. It's pretty much the same thing except backwards, with a few small changes. I do like transforming him more than AB, especially in the legs, because while they're held together solidly on Firefly, they aren't so frustratingly tight that you have to use a ton of force and end up having one of the legs pop off. And like the majority of the Combiner Wars toys I have so far, the simplicity of the transformation makes it a lot of fun to switch him back and forth.
Robot mode has a great aesthetic. One of my favorite parts of this toy is just his robot silhouette. He can look really dynamic even when he's just standing there. I think it helps if you leave the back wings folded out somewhat instead of just folding them all the way back. Sculpting is great. His head design is badass, with a similar look to the FOC Fireflight, and I really like the little guns molded on his wrists. His colors do that cool thing where the primary color changes between modes. He goes from mostly red to mostly white, which is a cool effect. And on the subject of colors, I like that his combiner port is white, it blends in to the design better than on Dragstrip or Alpha Bravo. Articulation is very good, he has a very expressive neck, and all the joints are very tight. The "fake" ratcheted elbows feel very nice and solid. Another draw he has over Alpha Bravo is that unlike AB, his hips aren't restricted at all and don't bump into anything, which was one thing I found really annoying about that toy.
In terms of accessories, he has the standard hand/foot weapon, which is some double barreled cannon thing, that like the others, looks super silly when held as a gun. He also has a more standard gun, which at first glance, may just look like some rifle, but if you look at the details, it's actually a flamethrower! I think that's super cool, flamethrowers are a weapon I've always wanted to see more of in Transformers. It's slightly loose in his hands, but he still looks nice with it.
The way I'd describe Firefly overall, is "Alpha Bravo but better". Now, Alpha Bravo isn't a bad toy, I like him, but with how similar the two's engineering is, comparisons have to be made, and I think Firefly does it a bit better. Only question is, how will Skydive and Air Raid fit into this?