Transformers Prime Nov 19, 2011 12:47:31 GMT 8
Post by Gane on Nov 19, 2011 12:47:31 GMT 8
Just like the movie toys Hasbro and Takara-Tomy did a splendid job in keeping the aesthetics accurate as much as the sizes can provide without sacrificing detail. However since Transformers toys don't adhere to any scale sizes you will encounter a lot of snag in this series if you want accuracy, mainly because of the idea that some toys may or may not come out in the sizes you expect them. So for accuracy's sake if you want Bumblebee in Deluxe Class then Arcee should be in Scout or smaller Class, Bulkhead and Ratchet in Voyager (already) Class, Optimus in Leader Class or A Supreme Class with trailer (remember this class size is smaller than the Leader but bigger thean the Voyager).
What's different this time around are the words "First Edition" printed in silver on the cardboard backing. Does this suggest having other editions?
The figures of their human counterparts are not included in the Deluxe toys. Based on the photos shown online none of the figures have Human Alliance articulation so you can only display them standing alongside their Autobot guardians.
As mentioned in various reviews the toys will come with their very own cardboard display base inside the packaging. The printed Transformers Prime at the bottom of the blister packaging is not the display base, it is smaller but will hold the figures in both bot and alt modes perfectly. I suggest having a display cabinet when using the display base though because they are dirt magnets.
Transformers Prime Deluxe Arcee
Inside the blister packaging, you'd eventually say whoa... (well I did...) but once out her bulk will be noticably different. Show accuracy is high although at this size there's hardly anywhere to stow-away those other parts to show off her curvy figure. Her slender body is kept show accurate although her motorcycle alt mode suffered because they can't really find a way to hide half the width (please refer to photos). There are some details that may have been difficult to translate into the toy but overall it still looks good with all the surface detailing that are very crisp and clear..
Not the size I want her to be because she stands a few centimeterstaller than Bumblebee when in fact she should be below his "headlights" in bot mode or shoulder height.
My Arcee suffered a bit of fat plastic which forms her front in alt mode without a problem but wouldn't stay in correct form as her left robotic cleavage (your right) in bot mode. I managed to remedy the situation be removing some of the plastic inside to loosen it up.
Transforming her is not as difficult as Prowl in Transformers Animated though. You can complete the transformation without looking at the manual. Well depending on how much Transformers toy you've transformed so far...
The prototype sports a blue forearm, however the production version has all black arms.
The difference are ignorable because of the way she is transformed in alt mode like the "wings" which were relocated to her shoulders should actually have the small pointy thingy below the big flat pointy thingy.
The manual tells you to turn her front wheels in bot mode but to be show accurate you should have it rotated 180 degrees with the wheel still perpendicular to her body.
She doesn't have a blaster from the episode "Predatory" but does have the blades from "One Shall Fall". However these blades (other than being twice their size) are hidden in her arms so displaying them attached in alt mode is optional.
I give this toy 4 out of 5.
Transformers Prime Deluxe Bumblebee
It's hard to give verdict to a character you really really love.
As muchas I love Bumblebee, in this series he is not my favorite character. I liked Arcee, Bulkhead and Starscream better in design in both bot and alt mode. It's probably the headlights that's bothering me...
Aestetically Bumblebee is show accurate in Alt Mode, although his bot mode does suffer some differences due to engineering limitations of buiding them transformable. Some black paint jobs are missing and his yellow plastic makes the recessed panel details invisible. And you can probably notice the embossed L1 and R2 inside his "sleeves", which were for the production line to avoid confusion. The biggest concern I heard and saw is his "gorilla arms", for his short stature he sure has big arms and even bigger feet (I don't think it applies to them... LOL).
His height compared to Arcee is deplorable but what can you do... a smaller Arcee toy should make it accurate though.
Easy transformation to bot mode but you should remember how his arms are positioned inside because this is not illustrated properly in the manual and will probably stump you when it comes transforming him back to alt mode.
The shoulder "pads" are in correct positions but painting the lower section (pointing inwards separated by a gap) tab black will accurately portray the section in his shoulder. I tried removed these parts only to realize my mistake... live and learn...
For accuracy, you may want to position his doors in a "V" form similar to the series and movie Bee in bot mode.
He has his weapon which you can place either on his left or right arm (for show accuracy, right but I inadvertently placed it on the left when taking the pictures). The tabs which holds his weapons in alt mode however are popping mine off so I placed them between his arms.
Some additional painting and probably panel lining (with yellow orange or orange paint) will make those details pop off and make him a little more series accurate. His rear signal light lights are not as red as I want them but I can deal with it so far.
So I give him 4 out of 5.