Now this may not be the type of review you might expect to find on my blog.
You read it right in the title, this is a Transformers related review, but not about a movie or a series. It will be about a toy.
For those of you who are Transformers fan or have seen the show back in the 80s/90s. You probably recognise this character as Arcee. First appearance in the 1986 Transformers the Movie. She is one of the most well-known female autobots (there are more but lets face it, at the time girls were not the target audience and apparently that was reason enough not to include many females in the show).
There have been more than one 3rd party (not official toy brands) that created Arcee as a toy. Yet this particular 3rd party, known as Fanstoys, was the one that people were anticipating the most! The Fanstoys FT-24 Rouge. (Not pronounced as roak…you dimwits…)
Now that people have finally gotten their hands on this figure a lot of issues were brought to light.
Not about the way she looks, her paintjob or accessoires. The issues are regarding her mobility, but most importantly her transformation into car mode.
Those of you who have Transformers figures, whether its from a 3rd party, a k.o, or a Hasbro / Takara masterpiece figure, you all know the importance of a smooth transformation from bot to toy.
It starts with Arcee’s right leg which is practically unmoveable at the hip. It comes to the point where you have to practically almost yank it out in order for it to come lose and from then it’s fine and poseable.
But then we get to the actual transformation. And……. I have to admit….I stopped.
After 5 minutes.
It was too flimsy, I was too afraid I’d break it. I couldn’t move certain things without causing paint to get scraped off the toy. I left it alone and transformed it back to her bot mode. I gave my boyfriend permission to do it because he is an expert when it comes to this. So we shall see how that works out.
She will be put on the shelf next to all our other Transformers and will stay there as a figure. Forever.