Beast Machines Transformers Toy Review: Blackarachnia

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Beast Machines Transformers

Beast Mode  |  Robot Mode

Name: Blackarachnia
Function: Saboteur
Motto: "It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver."

Despite Predacon past, Blackarachnia detests Megatron and fights with the Maximals. The definitive femme fatale, she despises life's pleasentries, though sometimes can't help but feel an affinity towards certain Cybertronians. Her history of treachery and double-dealing make fellow Maximals distrustful. Spins metal-deteriorating webs that deflect energy pulses. Two stinger legs disrupt/overload any electronic system. Can ground herself with legs and use stingers to send electronic pulses through the ground towards enemies. Six eyes are hyper sensitive to enemies and targets.

Strength: 5.5  Intelligence: 9.3  Speed: 7.2  Endurance: 6.8
Rank: 5  Courage: 7.6  Firepower: 6.1  Skill: 8.5

Blackarachnia returns in a new form: a techno-organic spider! This time around, Blackarachnia is a deluxe sized toy and part of the second wave of deluxe Beast Machines toys. With a creepy beast form, a neat robot mode and a built in group of fans, this toy is sure to be a popular piece.

Beast Mode:
In beast mode, Blackarachnia is a techno-organic black widow spider. Her color scheme is primarily purple and olive green. Bright green is used here and there as a pattern decorating her legs and abdomen. Translucent green and red plastic was used for the head and abdomen respectively. The detail level on this toy is well done. Highlights include her Spark Crystal which can be seen on the right side of her abdomen. The pattern molded on her abdomen is fairly intricate, consisting of muscle/tendon like designs, an "hourglass shape", hex shapes and metallic plates. Her spider head is fairly intricate as well, utilizing a slightly darker translucent green plastic for the eyes. Look carefully at her to front spider legs and you'll see they combine to form the robot legs. However, the legs are still detailed. Look in the indentations on the legs and you'll see spider "fur" molded in.

For additional detailing, flip the toy over and you'll find a bright orange "hourglass" symbol on the underside of the abdomen. As a spider, Blackarachnia has eighteen points of articulation. This is of course focused on her spider legs. All the spider legs have three points of articulation. Move her palps (the claw like things on the beast mode head) and her "mouth" will move, much like when she talks on the show! This is a very nice action feature and gives the toy a bit more "life". Another notable fact is that out of all the Blackarachnia toys, this is the only one that stands on its arachnid legs well without need for careful balancing. This is largely due to the fact that four of her six legs are not on ball joints, but rather on traditional hinges. Although this may vary from individual toy to individual toy, the legs were constructed tightly so she doesn't slip. However, I did find that her rear legs, which are on a ball joint tended to sink down. The other problem with the rear legs is that their tips are molded in soft plastic, causing the plastic to bend down a bit. From a safety stand point, I can understand the caution in using softer plastic, but it does affect the toy's appearance a bit.

Transformation to Robot Mode:
Begin Blackarachnia's transformation be lining up the two halves of each robot mode leg and connecting them via the pegs and holes. Straighten out the legs and then fold the robot feet up so the robot mode can stand. Swing the robot legs down so the upper thighs lock in with the black pieces which connect to her waist. Now fold down the abdomen over the beast mode head, revealing her robot mode's upper body. Turn the upper body around and lower her arms. Blackarachnia is now in robot mode!

Robot Mode:
In robot mode, Blackarachnia retains her color scheme from the beast mode, but many more olive green parts can be seen, including her mid body, parts of her head and shoulder armor. Unlike the first wave of deluxe Beast Machines toys (Optimus Primal and Jetstorm), Blackarachnia bears a strong resemblence to her television show CGI model. The detailing down to her long hair, claw like fingers and spiked shoulder armor all part of this toy. Primary differences between her CGI model and the toy include:

  • Color - Blackarachnia is mostly a dark shade of purple here whereas the show seems to use a lighter shade which border lines on a dark red.
  • Fingers - Although she does have long, thin fingers, the toy only has two whereas the CGI model gave her five.
  • Feet - Whereas the CGI model of Blackarachnia on the television show runs on two tiny, tiny points that resemble "feet", the toy has real feet that it can stand on. Of course, these feet are rather long, and if you want, you can straighten them out to get the CGI model "look".

As a robot, Blackarachnia has eighteen points of articulation. Most of this is focused on her arms, with each having five points of articulation. Blackarachnia's head has three visor like plates, each can be moved to "open up" and reveal her other eyes, just like she does on the television show. Of course, the plates are slightly wider than they are on the show, and make the robot head look a tiny bit too large. This does not subtract too much from the overall look however.
Pull up the upper body and twist her waist one way and let go, and Blackarachnia will "slash" at enemies. Fold her feet up and she can have "pointed" feet like she does on the television show. Of course, she needs support to stand in this form.
Overall, Blackarachnia is a nice addition to your Maximal arsenal. It is a good sign that the toys are beginning to resemble their show counterparts more and more. Recommended. A-