Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts - AIRAZOR!

Transformers Studio Series Deluxe #97 - Rise of the Beasts Airazor - Hasbro 2023

While the Beast Wars and Beast Machines eras of Transformers were never my favorite, I have grown to respect the series for the number of female characters they introduced. The first time I appreciated Airazor was when the recent Kingdom toy was released. Before that, all her figures were designed with a male character in mind and didn't appeal to me. But that figure, while largely androgynous, had some distinct female qualities that I was drawn to. In the upcoming Transformers: Rise of the Beasts film, Airazor is played by Michele Yeoh and I'm very excited to see her on screen. I don't have a solid grasp on what her robot mode will look like on screen because the toys and images shown so far depict her differently (and we all know how misleading the initial Shatter toys were for Bumblebee). This Studio Series Deluxe figure is (predictably) androgynous, but there is a Jungle Mission figure coming in August which, IMO, has a much nicer design. I guess we'll see what she looks like when the movie hits.

Airazor come with two small guns/rockets that can be held or mounted in various positions on her body (notably her forearms).

So.... this is embarrassing. Twice now in the past month I have sat down to publish a post on a Transformers figure when I realize I never photographed her alternate mode. I am away from home otherwise I would pop open my photo tent and remedy this right away. But alas, I cannot. Until I get home and can provide original photos, here are the solicit images I swiped from  Amazon.

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here is Airazor with her recent Kingdom figure from 2021.

And here she is with the only of Rise of the Beasts figure I had at the time I photographed her, the Studio Series Core Arcee.


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