With that in mind, Arcee sported a lot of cliche design details similar to many superheroines at the time. Her head seemed to sport two buns similar to a certain iconic princess from a galaxy far far away. And the color placement on her body seemed to suggest she was wearing some sort of bikini or leotard. Oh and for good measure and maybe as a rather weak attempt to appeal to girls, she was predominantly pink and transformed into a convertible car that looked like something Barbie would love to drive around in.
Unfortunately, since her inclusion was due to a writer’s insistence and not as part of an initiative to sell more toys like most of the other new movie characters, fans of Arcee had to several wait years later before we got any official plastic representation of her on our shelves.
For the most part, what collectors got were either pink and white repaints of existing robots or completely different Transformers that had nothing really in common with the original movie character except for being female and named Arcee.
In 2010, Hasbro released a fairly accurate but highly stylized Arcee toy for their Transformers Animated line….but this was based of a more updated and reimagined version of the character, not exactly the original movie version.
On the 3rd party front however, collectors were luckier as we got more unofficial Arcee toys from these companies. Of course the quality of these toys varied and almost all of them were stylized and didn’t quite nail the original G1 aesthetic in my opinion. Most of them were based on a more kick ass version of Arcee created for the IDW comic, something I will cover in another post. Fortunately, if you were looking for a more G1 based Arcee, 3rd party companies also got you covered.
But for those, not happy with how Rouge turned out, as of this writing, a third option is on the way from company Mastermind Creations. It also looks promising but I’m good with my Rouge.
She displayed a deeper sense of caring and responsibility for her comrades not typically expressed by others. And that makes her more special and important to us Transformer fans. I for one, welcome her inclusion to the Transformers mythos and I think it’s a safe bet to say most others feel the same way.