Transformers Arcee
Transformers Arcee
Transformers Arcee
Transformers Arcee

Arcee is probably the most confusing of the live-action Transformers up against some fairly stiff competition. Her only screen appearance was in Revenge of the Fallen, where she was presented as three drones (a pink one, a purple one and a blue one). These largely only featured in the Shanghai battle, ineffectually attacking Sideways; after that, they were glimpsed occasionally (very occasionally) in group shots and then got wiped out by a Bonecrusher-aping Decepticon in the Egyptian desert. IDW made some ridiculous comics about how important she was but no-one was fooled.

The toys were similarly confused - there was a wildly overcomplicated Deluxe Arcee in pink, and a not-quite-as-complicated-but-much-worse blue Deluxe named Chromia (arbitrarily named for commercial reasons). The three Deluxe toys were intended to combine into a big something (an idea which was in a draft of the film, but dropped), but the third component - a purple recolour of Chromia again arbitrarily named as Elita-1 - arrived about a year later, by which time no-one cared. These were about the same size as the Deluxe cars in robot mode and therefore wildly out of scale with the bulk of the line. A little better in the latter respect were the Human Alliance figures - however, the Arcee one was painted blue and the Chromia one red. While the Arcee mould was respectable, the Chromia one (recoloured as Elita-1, again long after interest disappeared) was awful. More simple were the Legends figures; only Arcee came out. A multi-pack containing Arcee, two further recolours of Arcee (as Chromia and Elita-1) and a variant of Sideways was cancelled.


I got Legends Arcee in the hope she would at least be in scale with the bulk of my live action figures. I didn't care too much for any of the various moulds and just wanted her to complete a display line-up. As it turns out, she's way too small so that plan goes into the toilet right from the off. Of course, this means she's similarly miles out of scale with other Legends figures too. She's probably more or less in scale with Dead End. Woo.

All of the above criticism is a reflection of my obsessions and is something I'd get over if the toy was any good. However, Arcee is a shoddy piece of work in this mode - the Deluxe at least looks fairly slick as a motorcycle. On this version everything aside from the pink fairing and engine cover just looks contrived - there are obvious robot mode parts everywhere, notably the chest showing on one side of the fuel tank. Even the (flat black) wheels aren't in line with each other, making the bike difficult to stand (there's a moulded notch on the bottom of the fairing which just about means she can stand at an angle).


If you're after a complex transformation for your money's worth though, Arcee's the figure. She's certainly one of the most complex Legends figures in the line's history, and while not approaching the byzantine sequence of the Deluxe toy it can occasionally get frustrating. Without practice and/or instruction consultation, even on this small figure you can end up heading down a blind alley and finding it difficult to track back - especially on the legs. It's not fun, to be honest.

When you get there, the robot mode is then distinctly underwhelming. Despite two large chunks forming a stand around the wheel, Arcee often requires careful balancing of the gun-arm, waist and even the fairing section on the legs to even stand up, which is annoying - a simple clear plastic stand would have been appreciated and it means the toy's got little useful articulation despite having five moving joints. While I like most live action designs Arcee never really impressed me in CGI, though the fast movement and complex details rushed it past me a little. Here, stationary and in minimal detail it looks terrible. The Legends figure largely goes to show that such a complex and idiosyncratic design just can't be scaled down this much without looking awful; the prime offender is the withered left arm, which due to its' shape can't help but look like it's twisted around the wrong way round. It's an eyesore.


So, there's really very little going for Arcee. It's difficult to see what exactly she fulfils apart from completism - the figure is too ugly and plain awkward to be much fun in its' own right, so it's no fun for play. If you just want an Arcee that looks somewhat close to the on-screen appearance, the Deluxe - despite having many failings - comes much closer. And as for scale devotees like myself don't even think about it. Not worth it however cheap you find her.