Saturday, November 17, 2012

Transformers ROTF Deluxe Class Arcee Part 1

Got to have a pink version of Arcee

As mentioned in the previous posting, as part of a double-feature review series, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" Deluxe Class Arcee is in focus this time. ^^

How this figure joined my collection was already mentioned in the previous posting, so I won't repeat the story.

I like the design of Arcee in motorbike mode better than Chromia's. ^^ The superbike design is akin to herself in the first Transformers movie's figure lineup, which is a very nice touch by the designers in establishing that character continuity. ^^ I'm not sure if it's deliberate or just pure coincidence, since the two movies featured different bike models, and very different robot design as well, but it's pretty cool to see nonetheless.

Apart from having different designs for the bike and robot modes, the color is a major distinction between the two Arcees as well. ^^ The first Arcee's main color is magenta, while this version features the more iconic color for Arcee - pink. ^^ It's of a darker shade when compared to the character from "Transformers: Generation 1". The lack of white on this movie version also set the two (widely) apart. As a result of that color difference, having the main color of pink on this movie version almost feels like a homage to the original Arcee instead of seriously linking the two generations.

On a separate note, there seems to be some distinction between the box image and the actual figure in terms of their colors as well. ^^; The box image shows Arcee to be in bright red, while the figure itself is obviously pink. Arcee in the actual movie was a bright red super bike as well I think, so it's quite interesting to see how that color wasn't used for the figure. ^^ A lot of Transformers figures don't have movie-accurate paint scheme either, which is really of no big deal at all. Still, being someone who has a problem of thinking too much (XD), I wonder if the choice of having the figure to be in pink was deliberate to give it a much closer reference to the original Arcee, but in a darker tone to not overdo it. ^^ Maybe someone in the toy company went, "I'm not too sure about a bright red Arcee. The robot looked too alien to resemble the original Arcee. There won't be anything on the figure that could link to Arcee other than the name if we don't have something there. Oh I know, let's paint it in pink, dark pink, a color in between powder pink of the original Arcee and bright red of the movie Arcee."

Well, at least that's what I imagined the story behind the recolor of this figure. ^^; I like blue as Arcee's color better after watching her "Transformer: Prime" incarnation in action. But a pink Arcee is a wonderful callback to the original design. The connection is not so much on this figure, but it's great to have a pink Arcee in my collection nonetheless. ^^

The blister pack allows the figure to be seen very easily and clearly.

Box side design.

Bottom view.
Preview of another Transformers figure from the same toy line: Stalker Scorponok.

Introduction of the character on the back of the blister pack.

Comparison with Arcee from the first movie.

The two are in the same category of motorcycle in vehicle mode, but everything else is different. ^^

Package opened.

Top view of Arcee in motorcycle mode on the tray.

Closeups on the content.

Bottom view of the content.

The same backdrop design as Chromia's

The flattened cardboard label for the top, side and bottom faces of the plastic container.

A few strings that bound Arcee to the plastic tray are removed.

The folded instruction sheet removed from the package.

The unfolded instruction sheet for the transformation sequence.

Like Chromia, the kick stand can be lowered to allow Chromia to stand up in motorcycle mode.

A straight-out-of-box display of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" Deluxe Class Arcee in motorcycle mode. ^^

Change motorcycles after this posting: ^^ back to Chromia with more images of her in motorcycle mode next. ^^

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