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LG-10 Arcee Transformers: Legends ReviewLG-10 Arcee Transformers: Legends ReviewReview

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For my next review I will do something a little different, a non-anime figure review. This will be a Transformers review; a few of which I've already done (Check here for the other two releases from this group; Chromia and Windblade).

I've always been a huge fan of Transformers, ever since Generation 1 (started collecting in Beast Wars, however); and while a lot of them come out in the US, some are Japanese exclusives. Fortunately some of these Japanese exclusives are featured on this site, and therefore subject to review. There are a lot of Japanese exclusive Transformers that aren't listed here as well yet; but this one was.

It should be noted that this figure's mold isn't exclusive to Japan; but this version is. As I have both versions; I will be doing a comparison as well to the US version.

And so from the Japanese version of the US "Transformers: Generations" series, this is "Transformers: Legends" LG-10 Arcee:

(As with all my reviews, each photo can be clicked on to give a full-size view of the image, even if the image itself doesn't display).

In package:

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There's a few things to go over first of all with this figure. As previously mentioned in the Chromia and Windblade reviews, in the US there were 3 recently released Autobot girls in the Generations line; all 3 deluxe-sized and at nearly the same time...Windblade; the first of them, and later Arcee and Chromia together. Well, in Japan, they got a later release.

Released together as part of a Valentine's Day promotion in Japan (Feb. 14th), all 3 of the Autobot girls were released at the same time! At the time Arcee had sold out, so I ended up having to wait for the August re-release of her in order to get this version.

That being said, Chromia, Arcee and Windblade all share the same style of packaging. The box is more like traditional Transformers more-so than the newer Generations and other US and Japanese TF series. This box even has stylings based upon the original series, which makes sense as Arcee was an original G1 bot from the 1986 Transformers Movie.

Arcee's box is identical to the other two in terms of design, but of course features Arcee's artwork and name on the front.

Back of the box:

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Arcee's box design is really nice on the back, just like the other two girls. It features both her robot and vehicle modes, as well as a nice background of her artwork from the front. There's also a little Beast Wars chibi art on the bottom, relating to the comic inside.

The funny thing is the way they photographed her holding her weapons; making it so you can't tell that the gun is actually sticking out of her right hand (more on that later in the review).

The box is drastically different from the U.S. release as well:

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And honestly, I vastly prefer the Japanese box over the US carded figure.

Instructions, outside:

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Arcee's instructions are just as impressive as Chromia's and Windblade's, since they feature her artwork (based upon the toy and her TV show appearance), as well as a complete bio and tech spec. This is just the outside of the instructions; the inside shows step-by-step transformation for the figure.

Comic Book:

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As with the other two girls, this was really one of the major selling points for me in getting this figure. The comics are really adorable and well done; with Arcee being done in a really cute art style for the comic. There's also lots of Beast Wars references as well, from Rattrap and Tigatron in the actual scenes to toys of Galvatron, LioConvoy, Big Convoy and others.

There's even a scene with one of my favorite actual Transformers anime girls, T-AI from the 2001 Robots in Disguise / Car Robots series! They also show an alternate way for Arcee to use her battle swords, as kitchen cutlery (she even wears a traditional open-back apron, perfect for showing off her...robot butt, I guess).

Vehicle Mode:

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Unlike the US release, the Japanese Arcee comes packaged in vehicle mode (which is actually the mode I prefer...it's the more traditional way), so we'll start the review with that mode.

Arcee, unlike Windblade and Chromia, had a Generation 1 form that had to be conformed to when making this figure. Staying incredibly true to her appearance in "Transformers: The Movie", Arcee transforms into a Cybertronian cruiser, with a vehicle mode and color scheme exactly matching that shown in the show.

Back of the vehicle mode (with weapons):

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She comes with a total of 4 weapons; two of which are guns and the other two being swords. The guns are more accurate to her G1 form (though I've only seen her with one gun, IIRC) and the swords are actually an homage to her Animated form (who used swords). The guns can't be seen in vehicle mode, since they are actually integrated into the bottom of the vehicle mode underneath. The swords, however, have to stay outside on the sides or on top.

The paint apps on this figure are really amazing, as they even colored in the steering wheel and seats in the driver's area as well as the taillights on the back; something the US release of her never did.

Compared to the US release:

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When this came out originally, it was long before the 3rd version of Arcee was released (the San Diego Comic Con exclusive "Combiner Hunters" version), but since it's out now, I will add that to the review.

All 3 versions transform the exact same way, as the other differences between the molds is the hands (the SDCC one had remolded ones) and the weapons (the SDCC one has a giant sword and is missing the guns). The giant sword doesn't even attach to the SDCC version, but that's another story (if you want to read about it, you can see my review on it on another site here).

Out of the 3, the Japanese one is the most accurate to the show, but personally I prefer the look of the US one over it. But the best paint apps still has to go to the Japanese one, for sure.

Robot Mode:

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Transformation into robot mode is pretty straight-forward, but yet complex enough to be interesting. Once in robot mode, Arcee's show accuracy once again really shines! The original movie and TV show had some animation errors here and there, but this stays true to the way she is supposed to look.

She has all the articulation of the US version; with multiple joints all over (shoulders in two places, elbows, neck, hips to a degree, knees and ankles). She doesn't have waist movement due to her transformation. There's also very little vehicle mode kibble that isn't original to the TV / Movie appearance (the shoulder pads on back); only having a little bit over her rear end.

With weapons:

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As mentioned before, Arcee comes with 4 weapons. Also, as mentioned before, there is a problem with her hands that wasn't shown (or rather hidden) on the back of the box. In trying to make her hands with open thumbs; there was a sacrifice: Her hands were weak, so they had to be strengthened with a bar across the bottom of the hand molded in; and that makes it so her weapons don't go all the way down into her hands.

This could have been fixed either with shorter/alternately shaped weapon grips or with connected thumbs...and this was actually fixed on an alternate version of the US release (with connected thumbs). However, I'm not certain if the Japanese version ever got this variation (though I doubt it, as this is the re-release version and it still has the same problem as the original).

Outside of that, her weapons are excellent! They have multiple ports to plug into in robot mode, including her thighs, over the shoulders, on her forearms and her hands. Also both guns have 4 attachment points on them (the sides, the backs and the grips) and the swords have 2 attachment points on them (the sides and the grips); all of which can go into any of the ports on Arcee's body. This gives her an impressive variety of options to pose her weapons in.

Close-up:

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Keeping with the impressive paint apps on her, Arcee's face is really well done. Very true to the show and really well painted, her face is accurate and even better done than the US version (the paint apps are good on that version too, don't get me wrong...but this is much better).

Compared to the US version:

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The one that clearly stands apart is the SDCC version, which is based off of a comic book series in the US; but the other two are very similar. The US version might be based off of the US IDW Comics series version of Arcee; though I don't have any of the comics to confirm this.

Once again the Japanese version is incredibly accurate to the show and has marginally better paint apps, but the US version looks much better in terms of color scheme. The weapons on the 3 versions are the same, except for the SDCC version which has a giant sword and no guns (as mentioned before).

Overall:

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There isn't much of a difference between the US and Japanese versions of Arcee when compared side-by-side, but the Japanese version is better in most aspects (in terms of show accuracy and paint application)...but I still prefer the look of the US one more. Both modes are excellent on this figure; with lots of articulation, weapon options and options to pose.

All in all; either version of Arcee is good (the SDCC one is a different story, though...it's in the review for that figure). The only real downside with this figure is the hands...so the best one to get is the version with the corrected hands from the US.

Recommended for everyone. Lots of play value; great for displaying and for transforming.

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MetalSamamon4 anos atrás#3324290You'd think so, but I kind of doubt it. I was looking at their site: tf.takaratomy.c... , and it has a little comic image of the Beast Wars cast (some of them); and a lot of those characters didn't get new toys in recent years (Silverbolt, Tigatron and Cheetor). Cheetor got one a while back with the Classics line, but that one sucked (from what I heard). As for Optimus Primal; he was re-released in the Japanese Legends line, but it was the Robot Masters version I think (though he will be getting a Masterpiece figure at some point in the future).
If you look at the actual comics on the page, other BW characters appear like Dinobot (who got a new figure in the Classics line, like Cheetor), Megatron (no new figure), Blackarachnia (who is getting one soon in the Legends line), and Airazor (who didn't get a new figure either). So I guess it's just mainly show characters that get featured in the comics alongside any Legneds toys.

Ah, you're right. Guess my hopes are dashed. I hadn't seen that small image with Silverbolt before. And it's kind of funny to see the BW characters done up in a Q Transformers style in the comic.

Interesting to hear that Windblade has a connection to Metroplex. I'm really out of the loop when it comes to the IDW comics.

Also, I'm sorry for the triple alert. I forgot it does that when you split up a quote. >_<
4 anos atrás
windir4 anos atrás#3324008Thanks. It's coming via SAL, so she'll get here... eventually, hehe. Yeah, I'm also going to avoid modding the figure. Good to know it's an easy fix, but I don't really wanna take a blade to Arcee. =P

Same here...I'm going to try to find a US version with the corrected hands, if I can; just to have the fixed version as well.

windir4 anos atrás#3324008Nice! That's dedication. And I rather like that little "Windsaber" figure. I'm guessing she's designed to fit in with Legends (size) figures.

She is; but she was mainly made to go with the Titan Class Metroplex figure, since those two have a telepathic link in the comic books (I have Metroplex; Windsaber is sitting in his shoulder cockpit).

windir4 anos atrás#3324008Sure thing. =]
As an aside, you mentioned how Tigatron appears in the little comic book. I've been kinda hoping he'd get a release in this line since he also appeared in some promo art for Legends on Takara Tomy's website. I'm not sure it's gonna happen though; Legends releases seem to be slowing down at this point.


You'd think so, but I kind of doubt it. I was looking at their site: tf.takaratomy.c... , and it has a little comic image of the Beast Wars cast (some of them); and a lot of those characters didn't get new toys in recent years (Silverbolt, Tigatron and Cheetor). Cheetor got one a while back with the Classics line, but that one sucked (from what I heard). As for Optimus Primal; he was re-released in the Japanese Legends line, but it was the Robot Masters version I think (though he will be getting a Masterpiece figure at some point in the future).

If you look at the actual comics on the page, other BW characters appear like Dinobot (who got a new figure in the Classics line, like Cheetor), Megatron (no new figure), Blackarachnia (who is getting one soon in the Legends line), and Airazor (who didn't get a new figure either). So I guess it's just mainly show characters that get featured in the comics alongside any Legneds toys.
4 anos atrás
MetalSamamon4 anos atrás#3323140Thank you! Glad you saw the trap Kirito review too! ^^ I hope you get it soon!

Yeah...it makes the guns stick out too far. It can be easily fixed by simply using a hobby knife to shave that extra bit of plastic off and the guns and swords will sit flush in her hands (but personally I don't want to mod the figure). But since they did fix it in the US; it's a surprise that Takara-Tomy didn't use it, as you mentioned.
Thanks. It's coming via SAL, so she'll get here... eventually, hehe. Yeah, I'm also going to avoid modding the figure. Good to know it's an easy fix, but I don't really wanna take a blade to Arcee. =P

MetalSamamon4 anos atrás#3323140Yes, that is! ^^ That's every version of Arcee, Chromia and Windblade so far (excluding the mold Chromia was made from, Prime Arcee). It's the San Diego Comic Con exclusive versions (Combiner Hunters), the US Generations versions, and the Japanese Legends versions. Also I added the tiny IF EX-05 "Windsaber" 3rd Party Windblade to the mix as well; even though she's not an official figure; in the front. ^___^Nice! That's dedication. And I rather like that little "Windsaber" figure. I'm guessing she's designed to fit in with Legends (size) figures.

MetalSamamon4 anos atrás#3323140Thank you so much for the comment, windir! ^__^Sure thing. =]

As an aside, you mentioned how Tigatron appears in the little comic book. I've been kinda hoping he'd get a release in this line since he also appeared in some promo art for Legends on Takara Tomy's website. I'm not sure it's gonna happen though; Legends releases seem to be slowing down at this point.
4 anos atrás
windir4 anos atrás#3322994Great review of Arcee (and trap Kirito too)! I'm looking forward to receiving mine even more now. I actually didn't realize there was that issue with her hands. I don't think it'll matter much to me, but it would've been nice if TT used the fixed version of the mold. Mostly though, I'm just glad they re-released her at all.
I like the last picture. Is that every version of these molds released so far?


Thank you! Glad you saw the trap Kirito review too! ^^ I hope you get it soon!

Yeah...it makes the guns stick out too far. It can be easily fixed by simply using a hobby knife to shave that extra bit of plastic off and the guns and swords will sit flush in her hands (but personally I don't want to mod the figure). But since they did fix it in the US; it's a surprise that Takara-Tomy didn't use it, as you mentioned.

Yes, that is! ^^ That's every version of Arcee, Chromia and Windblade so far (excluding the mold Chromia was made from, Prime Arcee). It's the San Diego Comic Con exclusive versions (Combiner Hunters), the US Generations versions, and the Japanese Legends versions. Also I added the tiny IF EX-05 "Windsaber" 3rd Party Windblade to the mix as well; even though she's not an official figure; in the front. ^___^

Thank you so much for the comment, windir! ^__^
4 anos atrás
Kirenisa4 anos atrás#3322958Very nice review and your collection looks awesome together!

Thank you so much, Kirenisa! ^^ Glad you liked it! I appreciate the comment!
4 anos atrás
Great review of Arcee (and trap Kirito too)! I'm looking forward to receiving mine even more now. I actually didn't realize there was that issue with her hands. I don't think it'll matter much to me, but it would've been nice if TT used the fixed version of the mold. Mostly though, I'm just glad they re-released her at all.

I like the last picture. Is that every version of these molds released so far?
4 anos atrás
Kirenisa I am a collector!
Very nice review and your collection looks awesome together!
4 anos atrás