Brief Review of TRNS-01 Valkyrie/"Arcee"

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  1. Cybertronian

    Cybertronian Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure that half a dozen collectors have probably reviewed her, so I'll try not to drive it into the ground. I decided to post my own opinions on the Impossible Toys TRNS-01 Valkyrie, better known as "Arcee".

    To start off, I pre-ordered mine the moment I found out that she was a month or so from being released. She came in last week, in a (small) box that attempted to capture as much of the G1 spirit as possible, complete with a back-of-the-box mural above her "tech spec" (just the 8 stats -- 1989 style, no bio). As I've seen from other reviews, the Valkyrie (who we'll refer to as Arcee from this point on) has paint and parts quality that varies from unit to unit. I was lucky enough to have an Arcee with great paint quality, minus one minor flaw -- a raised spot on one of the front fenders, as if someone painted over a smudge by hand. Outside of this, a noticeable design flaw is where tabs and notches that appear to be cut to fit with one another won't stay together when in one mode or the other, but it's much less of an issue with Arcee in car mode (the tabs connecting her chest to her hood are only impeded by the thickness of the paint) than in robot mode (tabs inside of the shoulder won't stay connected to slots in the sides of the chest). Outside of that, I wish the paint scheme could be more show accurate. It's not important, but I'm fighting the urge to upgrade the detailed colors (not the basic pink and white) myself.

    In scale, she's closest to one of "the Datsuns" (Prowl, Smokescreen) in car mode, and measures up best to one of the 1984-85 Autobot Cars in robot mode. This makes her the appropriate size when paired with 1986 Springer, Kup, or Hot Rod (and not too bad with the Headmaster Highbrow I just got in). For more good news, she fits perfectly inside of Optimus's G1/G2 trailer, and thus will fit even better into Ultra Magnus.
    If you plan to decal her (meaning give her an Autobot symbol), what works best is to get 2 Autobot symbols, place one in front of her hood scoop (on the larger portion of her hood) and second on the upper portion of her chest (below the collar). This way it looks like she only has one symbol in either mode. (The large flat surface of her chest is also a good place for a rubsign, if you want to make her look more like the other 1986-87 Autobots.)

    The only thing that would make her better is if a future retooling had a Headmaster version of her large head. Though the figure would be more in scale with the 1988 HM Jrs., she doesn't need a tech spec meter, just the traditional HM neck connection.

    -- Cybertronian.
     
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