Monday, September 11, 2023

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts - ARCEE!

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts - Beast Alliance Arcee & Cheetor - Hasbro 2023

I'm still surprised that there hasn't been a Deluxe Scale Studio Series Arcee announced for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. Considering her amount of screentime and her prevalence in non-Studio-Series lines, I thought she'd be a foregone conclusion for a Deluxe Scale. But alas, nothing seems to be in the pipeline. In the meantime though, this Arcee from the Beast Alliance/Beast Weaponizers line is a decent stand-in. She is at a scale comparable to past Deluxe females, she has good articulation, and her robot mode looks great with sleek human-like proportions and bright colors. It's actually ironic that she has the nicest robot mode so far, but she is packaged in her motorcycle form. It's a shame she isn't on full display because I fear this set is doomed to be a shelfwarmer due to the late release date and unexciting packaging setup. Hopefully I'm wrong, but I have a good sense for these things. I think she's a great figure though and I expect anyone who buys her will be pleased. Let's check out Arcee below!

A note about the name of this series: All the pre-ordering and merchandizing lists described this line as "Beast Weaponizer 2-Packs." This was assumed to be the next evolution of the "Beast Alliance 2-Packs" that have been in stores since May. And that distinction between the two lines made sense. The Alliance sets featured a Maximal (or Predacon) that the Autobot (or Decepticon) would actually wear as armor... a literal alliance. In contrast, the Weaponizer sets feature Maximals (or Predacons) that transform into weapons for their pack-mates to wield.

But when I got this set last week, I was surprised that the packaging now says "Beast Alliance" prominently and the only mention of the term "weaponizer" is on the side of the packaging. I don't know if this was a copy error or an intentional blurring of the two lines.

Arcee transforms into her motorcycle vehicle form.

Arcee comes packaged with Cheetor.

This Cheetor transforms into a blade for Arcee to hold instead of a traditional robot form.

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here are the three Rise of the Beasts Arcees together. From Left to Right: Beast Alliance v1, Studio Series Core Class, and Beast Alliance v2 (Weaponizers).

Here is ROB Arcee with the Earthrise Arcee. Their scale is very close to each other.


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