Transformers' answer to Princess Leia! Despite the idea of a female transformer not making much sense, G1 Arcee was a popular enough character to appear in almost every subsequent Transformers franchise. Here's my Lego take on her!
About this creation
I was inspired to build this MOC after seeing Chris Roach's Ninja Fembot, which got me thinking about how to build a feminine looking robot. And guess what? Chris obviously had the same idea, as he's also posted an Arcee MOC this weekend. In both cases we had to change the colourscheme from the pink original, and played around with the vehicle mode a bit, but we've come up with quite different results. Hope you like them both!
Arcee shows off her curves. Transforms from Autobot warrior to futuristic convertible without any removal of pieces! Shoulderpads are clearly in fashion on Cybertron.
This is probably my most flexible/poseable Lego transformer so far, although weak knee joints prevent her from taking some otherwise viable poses without extra support. (Insert lame 'weak at the knees' gag here)
Curvey at the front, curvey at the back. But WHY a female Autobot? Before Arcee came along, transformers were pretty much gender-free. Afterwards they had to come up with all sorts of far-fetched reasons why one Autobot was feminine and all the others masculine. My favourite was probably the slightly irreverent Marvel UK cartoon strip that had her built to improve Autobot relations with feminist groups on earth - a move that totally back-fired owing to her unrealistic proportions...
"So Hot Rod says to me, 'Stay behind me Arcee, these guys look tough!' I mean, HONESTLY. Typical guy talk."
"And guess who has to pull his fat out of the fire? Yep. Yours truly."
"Other Autobots often ask me how I stay so supple. Well this is my secret - robot Pilates!"
"Of course, a twice weekly oil bath is extremely refreshing too. No I'm not going to model that for you."
"Okay, time I was off to shoot some bad guys again. What? Romantic interests? Oh give me a break. If you want that kind of story go talk to Blackarachnia."
I decided to interpret her car mode as a single seater sports coupe, rather larger than minifig scale.
The rear wheels are concealed under the fenders, but roll quite smoothly.
The two pistols can attach to the car as exhaust pipes.
Transformation sequence to be added shortly! Please rate and comment!
ok, it transforms - a major plus for any Lego TF (even the official Hasbro Kre-o figures don't). The vehicle form reminds me very strongly of the alt mode featured in the original film. She has a feminine physique and does feel Arcee like.
However, the lack of pink is a bit disappointing, but understandable. Very few of us outside of the bellville collectors would have more than maybe 1 piece in our collections. The head sculpt doesn't feel right - to me, it's a valiant effort, but perhaps going more stylised (like Chris Roach) would have been a better approach. And sadly I feel the robot form may be just slightly too tall. also I'm pretty sure the thunder thighs might have been smaller.
A fantastic build and an incredible achievement to get such a wonderful alt mode, but the robot doesn't quite match up in terms of technical accuracy.