REVIEW: Firefly – Jayne Cobb
If you've never heard of Firefly, the space western television series from Joss Whedon, it originally aired on FOX back in 2002. Even though it was canceled partway into its first season, the show had a core cult following. That's probably why, three years later, the actors reprised their roles in the Serenity feature film.
Tonner Doll Company acquired the license to produce their Tonner Character Figures based on the Firefly series. To date, they've released three of the main characters (Jayne, Malcolm and Zoe). Today, we're going to take a look at Jayne Cobb – the muscle of the Serenity crew - who was played by the actor Adam Baldwin. (You might recognize him from Full Metal Jacket or Chuck)
Jayne Cobb TCF
Series: Firefly Dressed Tonner Character Figures
Manufacturer: Tonner Doll Co.
Sculpted by: Robert Tonner
Authorized Likeness: Adam Baldwin
Dimensions: 17” Tonner Male Athletic Body
Points of Articulation: Approximately 14 points
Outfit: T-shirt with twill cargo pants; Faux leather belt and holster; Lace-up boots with faux leather ankle straps; Knit and faux suede fingerless gloves; Mother-made knit hat
Accessories: Painted resin gun and knife; Display stand
Edition Size: 1,000 pieces
The rectangular box features the Firefly logo on the front of the box in a gold foil design. The box is matte black. Inside, you'll find the figure secured in normal Tonner fashion.
I remember Firefly (and Serenity) garnering a huge cult following. Now that it's on Netflix streaming, I have plans on watching the entire series. The question is...will collectors still care about this line since it's been eight years since the television series ended? (Zoe's already sold out, so I would say yes)
I'm a fan of Chuck and Full Metal Jacket, so Adam Baldwin is a recognizable face. Personally, I think the hair throws off the face sculpt a little. You toss on the knit hat, so that you can only see the sculpted face, and it looks like Adam Baldwin. It's one of the better male Tonner sculpts that we've seen.
Some of the paint aspects might not appeal to all collectors. I don't have any issues with them, but the paint strokes on the beard are fairly deliberate. And the sideburns look strange because of the transition from the wigged hair to painted hair.
The outfit is somewhat basic – nothing glamorous like you'd see on some of the female figures. But what's there is done well. The cargo pants look they were stolen from my closet circa 2000 and shrunken down to doll size. The gloves and the boots have a good weathered/rustic look to them.
I like both the resin gun and knife, as well as their accompanying sheaths. But this is one of those times I wished Tonner would include alternate hand sculpts, so you could pose Jayne holding that gun.
The real standout piece included with this figure is the knit hat. Just go do a Google search on Jayne's hat and you'll see all of the fans who have either created their own or bought a knit hat that resembles this one. I think it's a great reproduction of the original...but I guess I should probably untie the strings to get the true on-screen look.
OVERALL: After initial doubts about Tonner's Jayne Cobb figure, I was pleasantly surprised when I received the figure. Quality is never an issue with Tonner, but their male figures often have a “softer” touch sculpt-wise. But the Adam Baldwin sculpt really works and is my favorite of the three Tonner-produced Firefly figures.
You can pick one up at the following:
Tonner Direct: $179.99
Firefly - Jayne Cobb
Figure Quality: 9/10
Fun Factor: 8/10