So after I liked animted Arcee & BA so much, I decided to collect more fembots, and I finally got around to picking up the energon Arcee mold. What follows is a rant. It's not a BAD mold per se, it's just a crying shame that this thing was used to represent almost every fembot ever until just this last year or so. The first impression it makes is that it's tiny, even by scout standards. This may be due to her humongous (and rather silly) accessory; the cumbersome crossbow thing she can only hold out to the side. It's taller than she is, and almost as heavy. The bow tips are molded to look like bike exhaust pipes, which would be great if they weren't translucent pink. The weapon is probably typical of an energon toy, but when I find a toy too small, the fact she comes with a giant, ugly, useless accessory is not much of a consolation. Quite the opposite, in fact. The only other gimmick she has is a massive tube protruding from her stomach. I don't know if this is typical for Energon and I don't really care. It's just awful. There's a light-piped autobot logo at the bottom, but given that there's a regular autobot logo just 1 cm away, it doesn't seem to serve much purpose. You can cover up the tube with a star-shaped, translucent accessory, which I guess is supposed to magnify the autobot logo, but just makes her look pregnant. Looking at photos, you'd be hard-pressed to find her hands, which is good because they're terrible. I thought she had fairly typical scout hands molded into the insides of the bike parts that form her arms, but no. She has tiny little flappy hands on a ball joint that hinge off the middle of her forearm and look like she's wearing mittens. They'd be totally useless for, well, anything. She's also got a problem with her knees, where her high heels and her back kibble force her to stand with her legs slightly bent to avoid falling over. The face is well-sculpted and well-painted, but she looks like she's 12. Her tiny size and her childish face really make her look like a kid, even when she's not standing next to a larger transformer (IE pretty much anybody.) Her youthful appearance is grossly incongruous with her high heels, pregnant belly full of energon, and the personalities of every character she's ever been. Okay, Flare-Up was supposed to be somewhat inexperienced, but Arcee? Elita-1? Flamewar? Chromia? They're all supposed to be battle-hardened mechanical Valkyries of Doom, not knock-kneed, chubby-cheeked breeder-children with mitten hands who can't even use their weapons! Anyway. That was my rant. I'll be quiet now.