Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts - ARCEE!

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts - Model Kits - Arcee - Bloks/Buluke 2023

It's a sad state of affairs that toys, for me, have become a purely aesthetic venture. I unfortunately no longer play with toys and my enjoyment comes solely from admiration, nostalgia, and the thrill of the hunt. However, the recent trend of action figure model kits is the remedy I needed. Sitting down for hours as you sort and assemble dozens of tiny pieces and slowly assemble an articulated action figure is the perfect kind of adult play for me. Plus, as a bonus, I have gained a whole new respect for the engineering that goes into modern toys. This Arcee from the Rise of the Beasts movie is the least expensive kit I've purchased (my fourth) at under $18, but it's impressive for having a battery-powered feature with light-up eyes and chest. She isn't my favorite Arcee figure proportionally; her head and chest seem slightly enlarged in relation to her limbs. But looking at other kits from this brand, it seems to be the style. But overall I think she's great and fun addition to my Arcee shelf. Let's check her out below!

As mentioned above, this Arcee is a kit you have to assemble. There are about 60 pieces on multi-colored sprues.
No painting or stickers required.

Aside from the figure itself, you can assemble this diorama base. There are also two blaster guns (that replace her hands when attached). There are also two small pieces that I don't know where they go: (1) a small post with an Autobot insignia on one side and Decepticon on the other. And (2) another small post with a male ball-socket joint on one end and female on the other. I'm assuming they are meant to be used on the base, but they aren't in the instructions.

There is a sticker for the base too. I did not apply it.

The light feature is interesting. It stays lit temporarily when you tap the chest... or head (both seem to work intermittently, perhaps it's any light jolt to figure).

I didn't realize this until getting ready to publish this post, but apparently the wheels can be detached and moved to Arcee's shins.

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here is the Arcee kit with the Studio Series Core Class and Beast Alliance figures.

Here is Arcee with her Trumpeter Model Kit from the Bumblebee movie.


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