Transformers Prime Legion Class Arcee Toy Review

in 2012, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Cyberverse, Legion Class, Prime

Transformers Prime

General Information:
Release Date: February 2012
Price Point: $5.99
Retailer: General release (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Blade/Blaster weapon

Images:

*Images with asterisks* and text below in italics from The Official Transformers web site:

ARCEE is fast, smart, and always ready for a fight. Her blasters might not pack the punch of the bigger AUTOBOTS, but her incredible fighting skill more than makes up for anything she lacks in firepower.

DECEPTICONS beware, because this ARCEE Stealth Fighter figure is as tough as they come and she's ready for a fight! In robot mode, your ARCEE figure's snap-on blaster keeps her DECEPTICON enemies at bay. Convert her to motorcycle mode when she has a major need for speed! Keep converting her back and forth as the battle rages on!

Includes figure. Legion Class Series 2 003 ARCEE Stealth Fighter. Ages 5 and up.

ArceeIntroduced in 1986 as the lead "female Autobot", Arcee's legacy has continued throughout many "Transformers" shows including "Beast Wars" and "Cybertron", all featuring strong "female" Transformer leads, both good and evil. Arcee's legacy continues in "Transformers Prime" and as part of the first wave of Legion Class "Prime" figures, Arcee has been added to the Autobot roster!

Robot Mode:
Arcee is probably one of the smallest Legion Class figures out there. In many ways, this can't be helped since her profile is probably the most narrow and thin of all the Autobots in "Transformers Prime" thus far. Even the female Decepticon Airachnid has more bulk to her thanks to her helicopter alt mode. That said, some of the detailing on this figure is really great considering its small size. She has a lot of the key details seen on the show including the crest on the head broken up into two parts, a small mouth, details on the chest and waist area as well as the "spike" shaped knee armor seen on the show. Where her form differs a bit from her CGI counterpart are the panels from the sides of the motorcycle mode that form really big "wings" on her back. In the CGI model they're much less pronounced but here they look like she uses them to fly! It's not a bad thing really. They give a really dynamic look to the figure with her legs and arms angled at different directions than the panels. This complements the more "feminine" looking parts such as her chest, face and hip area.

Arcee is cast in black and dark metallic blue plastic. Most of the plastic is dark blue with her arms and thighs cast in black. Paint deco colors on this figure include dark blue, metallic light blue, silver and red. The silver makes up most of the smaller details on the robot including the knee armor, her face and the middle area on the torso. The dark blue paint is used to create some continuity on her arms with the rest of the figure. A red Autobot symbol is painted on to the right side of her chest and her eyes are painted a light metallic blue that gives them a glowing appearance. The paint deco really impresses me. Not only is it consistent with the CGI model (for the most part) but it's very intricate on a rather tiny figure. It amazes me how precise the work is.

There are six points of articulation in this mode. The shoulders and hips are set on ball joints and the knees are hinged. Each fist is designed to allow Arcee to hold the weapons that come standard as part of the Legion Class. In her case, she includes a dual barreled blaster. The blaster is cast in soft, translucent pink plastic representing the traditional color of "pure" Energon in the Transformers universe. The blaster itself has a hole in the center that allows you to attach another weapon on top, doubling the firepower! I was also happy to see despite the small size of the figure, the legs contain much of the weight and width from the vehicle mode, making Arcee quite stable in various poses.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Remove the weapon if attached.
  2. Swing the Back panel forward to form the front of the vehicle and cover the robot head.
  3. Swing the arms back and connect them together to form the top of the motorcycle.
  4. On each leg, swing out the wheels, then connect them together.
  5. Swing the side panels in.
  6. The weapon can be attached on either side of the vehicle.

Vehicle Mode:
Arcee's motorcycle mode is nicely duplicated here. The front end has a nice, sharp point in the center which then widens to the back and sideview mirrors. The side panels have the proper angled and sleek look that end on points towards the rear of the vehicle. The seat section is curved appropriately, ending at a point towards the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle looks sleek and cool and I am very happy with the sculpt.

The blue and black colors pretty much share the same proportions in this mode as the robot form. Silver is mostly hidden away, but what you get instead is the metallic blue on the headlight and windshield. The black color on the arms makes a bit more sense here as they come together to form Arcee's seat. The only bit of color I would have liked to see added would've been silver on the sides of the wheels, but other than that she looks great!

There are three places you can attach Arcee's weapon in this mode. On each side is a hole on the side panels to accomodate the weapon. Her fist holes wind up on the back of the seat here so you can attach the weapon there as well.

Final Thoughts:
Arcee is a neat little figure. I like the sculpt and the deco is really well done. The only thing I found wanting is her weaponry. I had hoped for some iteration of her blade weapons, but since the Legion Class guys in this line are all swapping around weapons, I figure I can "lend" her the blade weapons that come with Cliffjumper and Ratchet instead. Some people may not like her relatively small size, but I think it's appropriate for the character, but I acknowledge why it may be a factor in deciding to buy her or not. Recommended!