Series: Prime First Edition
When it comes to female Transformers, the designers often either ignore the fact that the figures are supposed to be female (BW Airrazor
might as well be a dude) or completely overdo it (BW TM2 Blackarachnia
and her metal bikini). In the case of Prime Arcee, though, they found a good middle ground. A tall, slender robot with a somewhat curvy look. It does have breasts and high heels, but neither is overdone. You can easily tell itís supposed to be a girl, but not the kind that will cause fanboys to get rid of their Megan Fox posters. So thatís a big plus in my mind.
Girly look aside Arcee is a very good figure, highly articulated and nicely detailed. The resemblance to the TV character is very good, the differences are miniscule. Arceeís got a bit of a rucksack, but itís not a problem. You can either pose the wheel on her back sideways (as the instructions say) or have it stand out a bit (as the TV figure has it), doesnít make a big difference either way. Arceeís head looks great, the spitting image of the one on TV, and she has nicely sculpted hands, too.
Only two slight drawbacks as far as Iím concerned. Arcee can be put into all manner of poses, but with her tiny feet she does have some balance issues. The picture with the kung-fu kick above? Only works when you hold her up, she canít balance on one foot. Not a big thing, just something I thought to mention. The other thing: her weapons. Donít get me wrong, they look great. I love blade weapons. But to me they are a bit too big compared to the figure wielding them, both when mounted on the forearms or stored on the legs. I think about two thirds of their current size would have easily sufficed.
Apart from that, though, a great robot mode, faithfully depicting a great character. Thumbs up!
While the difference in size between robot and motorcycle isnít quite as impressive here as it is on screen (Arceeís robot mode being about five times the size of a human being despite being a normal-sized bike), Arcee still manages to compress into a fairly compact vehicle mode that looks tiny beside her robot mode. I donít think this is any specific type of motorcycle, but Iím not an expert there. Suffice to say that itís easily recognizable as a motorcycle, which is the important thing.
The bike looks pretty realistic to my untrained eye with no visible traces of the robot hidden inside. It might be a tad too wide for a person to actually sit comfortably on it, but thatís about the only flaw I can see. It has a stand, it has exhaust pipes, and you can store Arceeís battle blades on the sides, too, though doing so causes the pedals to disappear. Then again, Arcee can drive herself, so that isnít a big problem. So all in all a good motorcycle mode, no serious complaints.
For the first time since the third season of the original Transformers cartoon we have an Arcee as part of the main cast. Despite showing up in Energon, Animated and Revenge of the Fallen, the most famous female Autobot hasnít really been center stage in a long, long time. In Prime, though, she is in just about every episode and, to me at least, the most interesting character so far. Embittered over losing her partner Cliffjumper right at the start of the series, she forges a friendship with human Jack Darby, gets some payback on enemies Airrachnid and Starscream
, and generally kicks a lot of ass. Arcee is easily my favourite Prime character so far.
There is very little to complain about when it comes to the toy, either. The blades are a bit big, the bike mode is a bit wide, but thatís about the extent of it. So the bottom line here is: Primeís best character has gotten a very good toy. Owning both this version and the pink-and-white NYCC version
, I find myself liking the blue-and-black a bit better, but thatís just a matter of taste. So to sum it up: buy an Arcee! Do it now!