Well Hasbro has finally done it…taken the a few decades, but still, it has been done…we have an official g1 Arcee! Not a motorcycle…but the pink racer herself! I have been wanting this since…oh wait, we DID get one in Animated…riiiiight…but to find her…oh wait I did…ANYWAY…Let us see if she was worth it!
Breaking format, going to start in robot mode. There is a LOT to say about Acree. As you can see, she is loaded with extras, two swords AND two different types of guns. Coloring is dead on with the pink, white, black and light blue.
For her design, there are two stand outs that get to me…(and get your mind out of the gutter!) the back pack of doom, and them hips.
Despite those, she has remarkable balance and articulation. Now not all my favorite points are there, there are no wrist swivels or ankle pivots, nor a waist swivel…yet still she is able to hit more poses than others who do.
The swords are and easy reference to her IDW portrayal, but the face sculpt is dead on g1…
With some perfect light-piping I have to say! I can see why they went with the more kid friendly G1 look, though I still miss my psychopathic pink Avenger..
When not in close combat, Arcee has two very cool pistols. Here is the thing, both her pistols (as well as swords) do NOT use the 5mm round peg system, instead they are rectangular, more like, well…handles. While unusual, it isn’t the real killer, no…it is that the hands apparently have a plastic bar inside them, probably for reinforcement, that doesn’t allow the handle to slide all the way through. This is why it looks like she is gripping from the base, and hopefully doesn’t have to pull the triggers.
Griping aside, transformation is simple but gives us the pay off. This is a near perfect rendition of the season 3 alt mode of Arcee. She rolls great, looks fantastic, with zero issues. I am tempted just to keep her in this mode it looks so good. I love my Azalea figure, but this alt mode has it nailed.
Of course you can add all the weapons to this mode, and while it works, it sooo takes away from the G1 awesomeness…well MAYBE the big pistol…just for a battle mode…but still…
Arcee really impressed me. Despite her flaws, she more than compensates for them. Great potential for poses, looks fantastic, incredible altmode…easy a must buy. Plus while Azalea is awesome in her own right, she doesn’t cost $60. I’m curious on what the third parties may offer for her, but I’m happy with her as is. Solid A