Saturday, August 15, 2015

Transformers: Prime Deluxe Class Arcee Part 4

Are those wings or shoulder pauldrons?

More images of "Transformers: Prime" "First Edition" Deluxe Class Arcee in robot mode: ^^

Closeups on the details:


A closer look at the nicely sculpted pupil details, and the sciera section of the eyes which is seemingly painted black.

The light piping design on Arcee allows her eyes to light up very brightly. ^^






From a compact, small-sized motorcycle to a tall and slim figure, the robot mode represents a very impressive size expansion for Arcee. ^^ The thin arms and thighs, plus the slim waist helps to reinforce the feminine look of the character, although their design can also be attributed to the components' practicality in motorcycle mode - the arms and thighs are small to allow them to be hidden behind the side and lower fairings respectively, while the waist is formed from the seat. ^^

The transformation of the front cowl pieces to form the chest is my favorite feature of the figure. It's a very effective design to integrate some parts from the motorcycle into the robot mode, which would otherwise ends up just as some appendages on the backpack (the Robot in Disguise treatment ^^;). However, I'm also very impressed with how a simple flip in the cowl pieces' position (they have been turned upside-down after the motorcycle-to-robot mode transformation), plus a split in the middle could form a pretty accurate image of Arcee's chest as seen in the animated series, minus the "accompanying" clear blue windscreen parts that is. ^^ It's so simple, but very effective in execution. ^^

The handlebars that stands out behind the head, which I already mentioned in Part 3 still stands out a little too much though. ^^;

The design of the shoulder armors/wings is another feature that I would nitpick about Arcee's robot mode. They sit a little too low on the shoulders to look show-accurate, even though the design of having them placed on the shoulders is technically not according to her actual character settings already. ^^;

Then again, even if they were designed to be able to move freely, the protruding handlebars situated right on top of the shoulder armors would impose restriction on how far they can be positioned anyway. ^^;

Still, balancing between the impressive transformation design, overall robot mode look and the aforementioned flaws, this "First Edition" version of Arcee is definitely a great figure. ^^ Realizing that this is not the last posting of the review series, I'll say just that for the moment. XD

Displayed on top the complimentary display platform:

As compared to the previously reviewed "First Edition" figures (Voyager Class Optimus Prime, Starscream, and Cliffjumper), Arcee has the closest match to the display platform in terms of color scheme I think. ^^

A look at the robot mode of her Robot in Disguise self in the next posting. ^^

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