Sunfire

Profile

  • Real Name: Shiro Yoshida
  • AKA: Famine, Taiyo Kaji, Japan’s Ichiban (number one) Son
  • Base of Operation: Formerly New Tian, California; Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, X-Haven, Limbo (formerly Salem Center, Westchester County, New York); Avengers Mansion, Manhattan, New York City, New York; Japan; Summers Institute for Higher Learning, Westchester, New York, Age of X-Man
  • Identity: Public Identity
  • Citizenship: Japanese
  • Occupation: Adventurer; former Horseman of Apocalypse, teacher
  • Height: 5′ 10″ (1.78 m)
  • Weight: 175 lbs (79 kg)
  • Eyes: Black
  • Hair: Black
  • Origin: Mutant enhanced by Apocalypse
  • Universe: Marvel Prime (Earth-616)

He is the first mutant to be the National icon of his country. Introduced in X-Men #64 (1970) by Roy Thomas and Don Heck, Sunfire started out as villain to the X-men, due to his hatred of the west due to his uncle’s teachings. He attack the state but killed his uncle. After a battle and later teaming up with Namor, Sunfire changed his views and became the Protector of Japan. (He is essentially Japan’s Captain America. He was later recruited by Xavier to rescue the original X-men from Krakoa but left after the team was rescued. He would later cross paths with the team a number of team, like when they helped him stop Moses Magnum from destroying Japan or when he was kidnapped by Apocalypse to be used as one of the Twelve.

After a few more adventures he went into hiding but he was tracked down by Hiro Takachiho to make him the leader of Big Hero Six, Japan’s answer to the Avengers. He also began working with his cousin, Silver Samurai, to try and bring down the crime families. A battle with the villain Blindspot and Lady Deathstrike left Sunfire losing his legs. Apocalypse used this opportunity to corrupt Sunfire into his Horseman of Famine. After M-Day, they attacked the X-mansion and after the defeat of Apocalypse, joined Mr. Sinister’s Marauders. After the team was defeated when the first mutant baby since M-Day was born, Sunfire snapped out of this brainwashing and gave up the identity of Sunfire, feeling disgraced for working with the villain and went on a drunken binge.

He was later found by Wolverine who invited him to join the Uncanny X-men after he learnt of what Red Skull did to Xavier’s body. During the battle with the Apocalypse Twins and Kang, he was believed killed by Kang but instead managed to change his body into pure energy. He left the team after Axis. When X-man made a new reality, he was transported to this world and made a teacher at the Xavier’s school. After this reality was destroyed, it is presumed he was sent back to the Prime reality.

When it comes to Sunfire, he has only really been asked for for 2 reasons, one to complete the Giant-Size X-men or two because people loved his AOA version. He has been on other teams but it was mostly for that. His first Marvel Legends figure was released by Hasbro after it won the first ever fan poll that was run by the now defunct Toy Fare magazine. This was his Age of Apocalypse version. It wouldn’t be until the X-men Warlock wave when he got a new figure in his classic version and later got a remake of the AOA version in the Age of Apocalypse wave.


Classic

Recommend Figure:  Hasbro Marvel Legends X-men Warlock wave Sunfire

  • Background:
    • This is Sunfire’s classic costume that he wore during his first appearance. The design represent the “Rising Sun of Japan” and the mask is based on the famous koi fish. Like all classic costumes, this has been designed differently over the years, with the white parts being thicker or the red parts being thicker.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • While not a absolute essential, this is a nice figure for your X-men collection, particularly if you want to complete the Giant-Size X-men team. It is also needed to the first Uncanny X-men team. You could also use this for your Alpha Flight and Big Hero Six team (though the later had a different costume.) For those that are interested in collecting all the Flag wearing heroes like Captain America, Captain Britain, Guardian or Red Guardian, then you will need this as it represents the Japan flag.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No.

Horsemen of Apocalypse’s Famine

Recommend Figure:  Hasbro Marvel Legends X-men Age Of Apocalyspe ? Wave Sunfire

  • Background:
    • Soon after losing his legs, Sunfire was approached by Apocalypse, who promised to restore his leg if he served him. Apocalypse turned Sunfire into his horseman, Famine. For some reason, he was transformed into a form extremely similar to this Age Of Apocalypse design.
  • Why you need it for your collection?:
    • Unless you want to have more of Apocalypse’s horsemen (alongside War Hulk, Holocaust, Caliban, and more), then the only reason to get this is is for an Age of Apocalypse shelf. Otherwise skip if you don’t need him.
  • Does it need a remake?:
    • No.

Needs

Below you will find a gallery of suits that still need to be made. I have included what I think are the possibilities of them being made. Note that these are my personal opinions and not fact. Please let me know if I have missed anything.

CREATED BY:

Roy Thomas | Don Heck

Alternate Versions

Other Sunfire – Age of Apocalypse

Family

(Cousin) Silver Samurai

Allies

Archangel | Banshee | Captain America | Colossus | Death | Gambit | Invisible Woman | Iron Fist | Iron Man | Mr. Sinister | Nightcrawler | Silver Samurai | Thor | Wasp | Wolverine | Wonder Man

Enemies

Apocalypse | Cable | Daredevil | Deadpool | Iron Man | Jack O’Lantern | Lady Deathstrike | Magik | Mandarin | Nightcrawler | Rogue | Stryfe | Warpath

Team

Alpha Flight | Avengers | Avengers Unity Squad | Big Hero Six | Clan Yashida | Death’s Champions | Horsemen Of Apocalypse | Marauders | Pacific Overlords | The Twelve | X-Corporation | X-men | Yakiba