Just when I thought I didn’t have to worry about getting any of the New York Comic Con exclusives, Hasbro went and made a Transformers Prime two pack. Luckily there were plenty left over after the show and I was able to snag one from their toy shop.
Transformers Prime is OK. It’s definitely not as good as the Animated Series. The majority of the story lines and even the personalities of the characters are boiled down to the simplest form. The show is aimed entirely at children and doesn’t really give any regard to the older fans that are also going to be tuning in.
But it’s not entirely unwatchable. There are nuggets of fantastic ideas buried underneath all that simple storytelling. Probably the most interesting idea is that Megatron can reanimate dead Transformers with crystallized energon from Unicron, turning even the Autobots into ravenous zombie-bots. But there are others too: The introduction of Aracnid (Black Arachnia), who cares more about torturing and killing than winning any war. There are the Scraplets, tiny Sharkticon looking bots that eat metal.
I’m also a fan of the designs for a lot of the bots. It took me a while to get used to that simple 3D look, but I think it actually is a nice step between G1 and Bayformers. Just look at Starscream, Soundwave, and Arcee. Their sleeker designs give them a speedy looking, and even dangerous edge over the more traditional characters like Optimus, Megatron, and Ratchet.
Design is actually why I bought this two-pack. Arcee has one of my favorite designs from this new series. This version of her is probably one of the most feminine fem-bots to ever come out of the Transformers label, but her attitude is a bit more hardcore than we’re used to seeing. This Arcee’s been through the ravages of war and has a personality to match her smooth yet sharp design. I was always planning on buying the Prime Arcee, but getting her in classic pink is just icing on the cake.
Even though I’m not the biggest fan of Bumblebee, I have to admit that he looks pretty cool as a taxi. I’m not as well versed in Transformers history as some of you, so can anyone tell me if this is the first time that Bee was made into a taxi cab? It just seems really obvious that the little yellow car should be painted like a taxi at some point. Sadly, the only thing missing is the little TAXI sign on top.
Transformation is pretty simple on both bots, but I did need the instructions to get me through it the first couple times. Bumblebee is a pretty straight forward car changer, and everything just kind of fits underneath. Arcee isn’t really complicated, but she does have a couple of interesting tricks. I really like how they designed her back wheel to come apart, allowing each half to go with a leg. Also her chest area in robot mode is attached by two bars that come around her shoulders and it doesn’t really connect to her torso. This allows you to move her chest pieces, or even open them up almost like she could house a tiny Matrix. Continue to page 2…