I’ve been stalking my local toy stores for the last couple weeks for wave 2 of the Transformers Prime figures. Growing weary of wading through torrents of Bumblebees, I finally got lucky and happened across a single Arcee while out of town for Planet Comicon.
If you’ve been reading my Transformers articles then you already know I’m a big fan of the First Edition Prime figures. The sophisticated sculpts, detailed paint apps, and super articulation make the FE’s fantastic action figures. Unfortunately Hasbro’s transition to the Robots In Disguise line has simplified most of these qualities, turning me back into the casual cherry-picking fan.
But even as a casual fan it’s hard for me to ignore Prime’s take on Arcee. Not only do I enjoy her kickass character on the show, but her figures are some of the most feminine looking Transformers ever made, and definitely the sexiest. There’s nothing wrong with having a few more fembots around the house, so I decided to give the RID figure a try.
The Robots in Disguise Arcee is much smaller in robot form than the First Edition. I’m actually glad they made her shorter because it brings her more into scale with her larger comrades. The sculpt is much more feminine and has fewer moving parts, making transformation very simple. Her design is also more accurate to the character, which is also nice.
Arcee’s face sculpt is one of my favorites. Unlike the FE’s, which has a cocky smirk, RID’s Arcee is much more neutral and seems to change slightly with the angle you’re viewing her from. I also really like that her eyes are larger with a much brighter blue lightpiping.
One thing I don’t like about the design is the huge amount of kibble that hangs off her back. The side panels of her motorcycle mode can almost be forgiven because they do such a good job resembling wings. What really bugs me is her front tire and windshield. They really take the shape of a functionless and incredibly cumbersome backpack.
Even though the two Arcee figures are dramatically different heights, I was very surprised to discover that their motorcycle modes are almost exactly the same size. This probably speaks better for the design of the FE figure though, since she can shrink down into something so compact. Even though the RID has a similar structure, she is much more simplified. This is most notable around the wheels and engine. Continue to page 2…