Monday, August 16, 2021

Transformers - BLACKARACHNIA!

Transformers: Buzzworthy Bumblebee - Worlds Collide 4-Pack - Hasbro 2021

As toy collectors, we often see very bizarre toy decos that barely look like the characters they are meant to represent. Yellow Evil-Lyn, hat-wearing Lady Jaye, pink Serena from Dino-Riders, and the entire vintage She-Ra line are all examples of toys that are significantly different from their animated source material. But then years later there is just as much nostalgia among collectors for these bizarre interpretations and the toy companies seem happy to oblige us. This new Blackarachnia redeco is a wonderful example of that trend. Her first-ever figure back in 1996's Beast Wars line was a simple retool of the (male) Tarantulas figure, and her colors were wild: a purple head and legs, black torso with green spots, bronze spider-legs and claws, green arms, all topped off with a speckled chest. The overall effect was a godawful mess. Yet, somehow, when applied to the new Kingdom Blackarachnia mold, it's spectacular. This Peggy-Bundy-Pimp-Daddy-Destro chaos somehow works. Let's check her out below!

Blackarachnia comes with her Poison Anchor accessory.

Here is the original Deluxe Class Beast Wars Blackarachnia from 1996. The figure is a retooled male character (Tarantulas) and sports quite an iconically bizarre color scheme (that I'm glad they resurrected for this new figure).

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here is Blackarachnia with her Kingdom figure from earlier this year.
The bodies are identical but the head has been retooled to resemble the original toy.

And here she is with her pack-mates: Nemesis Primal, Fangry (with Brisko) and Bumblebee.


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