Sunday, December 25, 2022

Transformers Cybertron - PARADRON MEDIC!

Transformers: Cybertron - Super Link EX-02 - Ariel Paradron Type - Takara 2004

In the October 1986 Transformers episode titled Fight or Flee, the Decepticons landed on the peaceful planet of Paradron in order to plunder the planet for its Energon resources. The planet was populated by simple male and female robots that were essentially background characters. But it was obvious to anyone viewing that the female population of Paradron were identical to Arcee, but green. Flash forward to the early 2000s when there was a green variant of the Heroes of Cybertron Arcee PVC figurine named Paradron Medic. Since then almost every mold of Arcee has been eventually re-released in a green redeco in homage to this classic episode. This Ariel Paradron Type repaint is one of the first and was released as an exclusive in Japan as part of the Toy's Dream Project which orchestrated exclusive gift cards and action figures for various companies and retailers. I honestly think this is my favorite of all the Energon Arcee releases. The two-tone cool colors really pop and stand out from the pack. 

The packaging for Ariel Paradron Type is essentially the same as the standard Ariel figure, but with a silver stickers over the product codes, a new paper insert inside the plastic bubble, and a yellow "Toy's Dream Project" sticker on the bubble.

Ariel Paradron Type comes with an assortment of Energon Armor pieces in translucent aqua. The piece at the top is the Energon Star which attaches to the Spark Crystal on each figure's chest. The remaining pieces form rocket thrusters for her motorcycle mode or can assemble into a large Energy Arrow. The opaque missile piece can be used in either formation.

Here is the Paradron Medic without the Energon Star attached to the cylindrical Spark Crystal on her chest. If you look down the tube, there is a concave metallic disk with the Autobot logo printed on it.

Here's a the most close-up image of the Paradron Medics from the episode. In most shots they aren't much more than background characters. You can see the character model is identical to Arcee with the exception of the wings that are absent.

Ariel Paradron Type also comes with the same card and mini-comic that the standard Ariel figure came with.

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here is Ariel Paradron Type with the most recent version of the Paradron Medic, Lifeline from the Earthrise line.

Here are all the Energon Arcee molds together. From Left to Right: Flareup, FlamewarParadron MedicArielArceeChromia (Moonracer)Arcee (Movie), and Elita One (Movie)Note: I've picked up a lot of these loose on eBay over the years and I just realized that two of them have mis-matched Energon accessories, specifically the two on the far Right: Arcee (Movie) and Elita One.


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