Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Legion Class Airachnid Toy Review

in 2013, Action Figure Review, Beast Hunters, Decepticon, Legion Class, Prime, Cyberverse

Transformers Prime Beast Hunters

General Information:
Release Date: February 2013
Price Point: $5.99
Retailer: General release (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Novastinger Bow


*Images with asterisks* and text below in italics from The Official Transformers web site:
Her Novastinger Bow delivers a paralyzing poison to her AUTOBOT victims!

Autobots beware, because this Airachnid figure is one mean Decepticon, and she’s got a deadly weapon in her "poison" bow! She can attack from a distance with her Novastinger bow, or convert to helicopter mode to take her assault to the skies! Keep converting her back and forth so her Autobot enemies can’t keep up!

Includes figure and accessory. Legion Class Series 3 003 Airachnid Spark Hunter. Ages 5 and up. Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

AirachnidThe focus of 2013's "Transformers" line is the "Beast Hunters" series. This carried over to the Cyberverse segment of the line, which kicked off 2013 with some new figures and others that were extensive retools and redecos of existing figures.

One of the "new" sculpts introduced in this new sub-line is actually a figure that was revealed previously at Botcon, but not as part of the "Beast Hunters" line (which had not yet been created yet at the time). My guess is that it was meant to be part of the regular "Transformers Prime" Cyberverse originally but wound up being folded over into "Beast Hunters" instead.

Robot Mode:
Since this figure was designed for the original "Transformers Prime" toy line, there are no "beast like" embelishments to the design. Instead, this is meant to be a Legion Class interpretation of Airachnid as she's appeared on the television show so far. However, as the simplified Deluxe Airachnid figure showed, her television show design would require either a very complicated Deluxe scale figure or Voyager to do it justice. In that spirit, I don't expect a perfect interpretation of the CG model, but a simplified version of it on the Legion Scale.

To that end, Airachnid has many of the features of her CG model. The general body shape is thin and lithe and her head has the distinct helmet design with curved sections that lead to pointed ends. Each of the legs have pointed ends on the knees and feet. Her arms have the distinct sections on them that hint at her "arachnid" like qualities. Overall this is a really nice sculpt especially at this size scale.

Airachnid is cast in black plastic, which works well since that's her primary color. Color details are filled in with gold, metallic purple and red. The purple looks fantastic against the black plastic on the arms, torso and feet. Gold is used for smaller accents on the knees and head. Her eyes are painted red. All these colors look great and I'm really happy with how many paint applications there are.

There are six points of articulation on this figure, including four ball joints at the shoulders and hips with hinges on the knees. Airachnid includes two accessories. one weapon is the same sculpt as Bumblebee's "Eagleshot Bow", cast in the same silver color. Her other weapon are actually her helicopter blades with a peg allowing her to hold it or attach it to the holes on the sides of the arms. The blades can spin acting as a melee weapon. She also has a connection point on her back to store a weapon giving her a total of five weapon connection points.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach all weapons.
  2. Straighten out each leg.
  3. Connect the two legs together.
  4. Swing the robot head back.
  5. Push in each arm.
  6. Swing the front of the helicopter down.
  7. Swing the side panels down.
  8. Connect the rotor blades to the top.
  9. The weapon can be attached to the front.

Vehicle Mode:
Airachnid's vehicle mode is a sleek helicopter. Unlike the helicopter form of many other Transformers she has no skids on the bottom or weaponry on the sides. Instead it is one fluid form from front to back. She does however have features you'd expect including a cockpit section in the front, rotors on top and rotors on the back. The rotors and the back of the vehicle still have a layered, slightly organic look, especially the rotors which look like they are made up of arachnid legs. It's a sleek and slightly creepy looking helicopter which works perfectly for the character.

This mode shows mostly black plastic, with silver on the windows in a rather intricate pattern from the front to the sides and a tampographed Decepticon symbol in purple outlined by white on the front.

Airachnid loses a bit of sleekness when you attach the weapon, but it gives her some type of armament. There are three connection points, two on the sides and one on the underside of the front end. Her rotor spins relatively well with the push of a finger.

Final Thoughts:
Airachnid is a fantastic Legion Class representation of the character. Her deco is really well done and her sculpt looks great. I'm much happier with this iteration of the character than the Deluxe version. Highly recommended!