The Series 1 figures have been coming in slowly but surely. Generally a ton of Bumblebees, and a few other figures thrown in there. Generally Cliffjumper seems to be second most prevalent. I was excited to get my hands on Arcee to see if she was as great as the First Edition version. And, not thinking Bee could be better, I waited a long time before I picked one up. Today I am going to look at the two figures, look at how they hold up on their own, and how the compare to the First Editions.
Arcee comes in a blue color with some silver details. She comes with a gun and a blade that can be attached together or used separately. Her wheels spin freely, something cycles have trouble doing, especially when the wheels come apart, as the back one does.
She is much lighter in color than the First Edition, to the left. Her basic design is pretty similar, with only a few minor modifications. It is interesting that they were able to keep the two motorcycles so close, being that they have few to no parts that transform the same.
In robot mode, she is very much Arcee. Her transformation is really straight forward, with a lot fewer parts to change to get her to robot mode than the design of the First Edition. Her “wings” stick out quite a bit further than her cartoon version.
That is quite a gun they gave her. Nice to see her trademark blade this time around too.
Version 2 is almost a head shorter than the First Edition. She does not have anywhere near the articulation either. There are a lot more details on FE Arcee as well.
If you were not lucky enough to get your hands on the First Edition of Arcee, the newest Arcee will be fine. She is a good design and a solid robot. If you already have FE, you will probably not be nearly as happy with the new version.
I HATE this version of Bumblebee. And this is coming from someone who LOVES Bumblebee. Look at that picture. They used a blue-clear piece of plastic to make the roof and door sections, and then painted it. It does not even kind of match the rest of the car. At least the stripe is in the right place. And those wheels. AHHHHH!!!! Black with metal posts holding them on. Really? You guys couldn’t go with silver paint for the rims?
The only redeeming quality of the robot mode is that most of the horrible paint is hidden on his back. There are so many things visually wrong with this figure that it is not even funny. He has giant gaps at his shoulders so you can see to the inside of his body. His head just sits up there on top, out of place (at least it swivels). His feet look like they were added on later and don’t really connect with his legs. And I love me some big feet to make a sturdy robot, but come on! That is ridiculous.
If you have the chance. Get the First Edition. He will be worth it. Everything is better. Details, filled gaps, stance, wingspan. He is so much closer to the cartoon version.
Coming up next, a look at a guy that seems to really be keeping a low profile in the toy market, figure 004, Soundwave. He does not disappoint.