Transformers Prime Deluxe Airachnid Pictorial Review

Transformers Prime Deluxe Airachnid Pictorial Review

Monday, June 4th, 2012 3:11pm CDT

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Seibertron.com member Azrail has posted a pictorial review of Transformers Prime Deluxe Class Airachnid. Check out his images and thoughts on the wave four figure below!

I got my shipment of Wave 4 in today from Kapow Toys in the UK.
Here are some of my views on Transformers Prime: Deluxe Airachnid.

Sadly I think she could be the poorest in the whole TFP line. :-( In that statment I include RID Bumblebee and Optimus, which are ok figures essentially if not as good as the FE ones.

I need to check out more pics of her but the copter mode is good. Pretty accurate and has an opening cockpit with seat! The rotors spin easily.
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It's quite a compact alt form but about the same length as Starscream.
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The stinger guns have 2 handle pegs so can stick out or go flush against the sides. I think it looks better without them on at all or storing to the side. I don't really think the weapons work well at all. An interesting design but I suppose we've seen worse.
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The robot mode is not much fun. She has half a head! Which slides up from the chest with the rear of the cockpit. It's actually attached to the seat. So this means a large hood backpack which spoils the whole look. There has to have been a better way. If they let it pop out like Ratchet it would have been nicer.
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The face is quite a good representation but that's what it is, a face not a head. Due to the backpack it can hardly move from left to right. The backpack spoils it looking like the show for me. I think it's on a ball joint but it's pointless. Even if you pulled it off there is still the seat stuck on. Light piping doesn't seem very effective on her too.
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As for articulation: No waist swivel, the legs bend nice at the knees. The hips can not move so the legs can sit straight forward. It's basically just to the side from transformation. No kneeling poses for her. It's this or nothing really.
The arms have a weird fold out elbow. It barely extends any further. Shoulders are on a ball joint but all the panels get in the way. Across her chest is about all you can do.

The hands look terrible, really well childish. They fold out and have peg holes in the middle. So essentially the whole arm is a wafer thin panel and 1 joint connecting 2 panels.

Triple battle sword? Um not really. Rotors do come off and are reasonable movable. There is a joint on each arm to bend them. They are supposed to lock onto her back but it barely has a large enough peg and constantly comes undone.

She has 2 paint apps, black with some purple. I've just seen the box back shows purple and yellow on the legs which is photoshop BS. Only other paint is silver face and yellow on the guns. The guns are nicely detailed.
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Overall this needs a Voyager size remake in the spider mode. I dunno what the Takara AM Micron labels could add to this but will be interesting to see them try.
I give Airachnid a 4/10 for effort and will see how it grows on me. :-?
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Credit(s): Azrail


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Re: Transformers Prime Deluxe Airachnid Pictorial Review (1386941)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on June 4th, 2012 @ 3:23pm CDT
Sorry to hear what a letdown she is, but not surprised. I will only buy every OTHER one I see, in hopes of her getting a better figure down the road.

Looks like even a 3rd Party upgrade kit can't solve her biggest problems; just the rotors.
Re: Transformers Prime Deluxe Airachnid Pictorial Review (1386944)
Posted by Daggor on June 4th, 2012 @ 3:47pm CDT
I agree with you completely. The swing-out hands look cheap & flimsy, and they wasted color on her weapons. I usually keep the weapons in the box - I buy TFs for the TFs.
Re: Transformers Prime Deluxe Airachnid Pictorial Review (1386950)
Posted by MINDVVIPE on June 4th, 2012 @ 4:22pm CDT
Final nail in the coffin.
I would urge others who are on the fence to hold off, giving them a better reason to make a new mould, but I think that would actually work against that goal. I think the more people that show they like Airachnid, the more attention will be given to her in the future.
Figure is a little too horrendous for me to purchase on that basis alone, though.
Re: Transformers Prime Deluxe Airachnid Pictorial Review (1386951)
Posted by Mindmaster on June 4th, 2012 @ 4:28pm CDT
Wow... I'm seriously shocked. Now I don't know if I even want to get Airachnid. If I were to get her, it would just be to complete the Prime portion of my collection. Otherwise, she would go virtually untouched.
Re: Transformers Prime Deluxe Airachnid Pictorial Review (1386957)
Posted by necr0blivion on June 4th, 2012 @ 5:05pm CDT
Thanks for the detailed review. It's interesting to know that the cockpit opens up but her head can barely move... = (

The completionist in me will still get her, wish something could be done with that big goofy hands. I wish we could see a "voyager-class" figure of her with the spider mode.

In that last picture, "one of these things is not like the other...." One of these 'Cons is LOUD!
Re: Transformers Prime Deluxe Airachnid Pictorial Review (1386960)
Posted by craggy on June 4th, 2012 @ 5:27pm CDT
I was very happy to see Airachnid announced. Every bit of info so far has made me less and less enthused. Am definitely passing on this. It looks...did no one at Hasbro want to design it properly, and gave the job to an intern? Or maybe all the engineering money went into the latest repaint of the exact same Bumblebee mold?

Ah well, at least Dead End looks hideously awesome. Can't wait to get my hands on him.
Re: Transformers Prime Deluxe Airachnid Pictorial Review (1386962)
Posted by YoungPrime on June 4th, 2012 @ 5:29pm CDT
Fail....
Re: Transformers Prime Deluxe Airachnid Pictorial Review (1386968)
Posted by dirk2243 on June 4th, 2012 @ 6:02pm CDT
uhg..... I'm limiting myself on the Prime line. Only getting the figures I found to be very interesting. (very hard to not buy all of them btw) and cyberverse.

so far that would be
soundwave, a vehicon, bulkhead, breakdown (pending seeing it) and if they make an insecticon for sure.

I was looking forward to Airachnid....but now..... an easy pass. (a voyager would be sweet if done right in/with spider alt mode)
Re: Transformers Prime Deluxe Airachnid Pictorial Review (1386973)
Posted by Azrail on June 4th, 2012 @ 6:20pm CDT
Somethings wrong with the world isn't it, when a repaint of Wheeljack has more fun factor than a new female bad ass Decepticon. :(
But I didn't even bother opening Shadow Strike Bumbleebee Lol
Re: Transformers Prime Deluxe Airachnid Pictorial Review (1387001)
Posted by Sodan-1 on June 4th, 2012 @ 7:49pm CDT
Azrail wrote:But I didn't even bother opening Shadow Strike Bumbleebee Lol
Nice! :lol:

Yeah, she's definitely the weakest of the RiD figures. I'll pick her up cheap just so I have the complete set.
Re: Transformers Prime Deluxe Airachnid Pictorial Review (1387002)
Posted by kirbenvost on June 4th, 2012 @ 7:50pm CDT
Her hips have no forward/backward articulation? Seriously? Something is terribly wrong when Hasbro can't even give deluxe figures basic articulation. They're killing this line almost as badly as DOTM.

I think I'll hold out and hope for a Voyager or at least wait for a Seibertron gallery.

It's not like we'll see this wave in Canada anytime soon anyway...
Re: Transformers Prime Deluxe Airachnid Pictorial Review (1387009)
Posted by Evil_the_Nub on June 4th, 2012 @ 8:09pm CDT
That's even worse than I expected, Cyberverse figures can do better than that. I'll probably still get the figure since I like the character, hopefully they'll get it right with a voyager someday.
Re: Transformers Prime Deluxe Airachnid Pictorial Review (1387036)
Posted by quickmixed on June 4th, 2012 @ 9:15pm CDT
Cheers for the review.

I cant get past those arms with the flip out hands. Seems like a really lazy figure. Pass for me.
Re: Transformers Prime Deluxe Airachnid Pictorial Review (1387041)
Posted by gavinfuzzy on June 4th, 2012 @ 9:28pm CDT
Well, Arachnid is packed 1 per case in wave 4. It's harder to find than Vehicon, I have yet to find PRID Vehicon and Arachnid.

Also, I just realized this but Dead End is more common than Night-strike BB... :shock: I have not seen any NSBB recently...
Re: Transformers Prime Deluxe Airachnid Pictorial Review (1387045)
Posted by Doctor McGrath on June 4th, 2012 @ 9:48pm CDT
Its a shame, but I may end up skipping this figure all together. She looks awful in both modes. The cheap purple blades are an instant turn off.
Re: Transformers Prime Deluxe Airachnid Pictorial Review (1387046)
Posted by Azrail on June 4th, 2012 @ 9:50pm CDT
kirbenvost wrote:Her hips have no forward/backward articulation? Seriously? Something is terribly wrong when Hasbro can't even give deluxe figures basic articulation. They're killing this line almost as badly as DOTM.


I've added some more information and tweaked the review a little. See below.

Unusual by the rest of the RID standards is she has 2 molded on Decepticon purple logos. 1 tiny one on the cockpit nose and 1 on her chest. Something that has been missing from everyone until now.

As for articulation: No waist swivel, the legs bend nice at the knees.
The hips can move but it's tiny. They are on a seriously useless ball joint.
The side black panels go up to the top of the waist so the slightest movement backwards makes them hit the backpack. Move the leg forward and it hits the waist area. Push too far and it pops off the joint.
The leg can swing out and the knee is on a pin joint. You can basically have her leg slightly bent in front of her posed and that's it. I think this is where it fails the most. No kneeling poses for her. It's this or nothing really.

The arms have a weird fold out elbow. It barely extends any further. Shoulders are on a ball joint but all the panels get in the way. Across her chest is about all you can do.

The hands look terrible, really well childish. They fold out and have peg holes in the middle. So essentially the whole arm is a wafer thin panel and 1 joint connecting 2 panels.
I think they look really silly holding the stingers too. As it's pegged through the hand rather than a fist.

Triple battle sword? Um not really. Rotors do come off and are reasonable movable. There is a joint on each arm to bend them. They are supposed to lock onto her back but it barely has a large enough peg and constantly comes undone. This is a serious annoyance to me. With the smallest effort it comes out of the peg and rotates down. You can't really pose it in many ways. If you have the blades touching the ground she has to be leaning back.
Re: Transformers Prime Deluxe Airachnid Pictorial Review (1387072)
Posted by Noideaforaname on June 4th, 2012 @ 11:46pm CDT
That opening cockpit gimmick really drags down the figure. Can anything even ride in it? Legends? HA humans? Minicons? Even smaller figures?
Re: Transformers Prime Deluxe Airachnid Pictorial Review (1387077)
Posted by Evil_the_Nub on June 5th, 2012 @ 1:04am CDT
Noideaforaname wrote:That opening cockpit gimmick really drags down the figure. Can anything even ride in it? Legends? HA humans? Minicons? Even smaller figures?

That does seem to be the biggest offender, why put it there for a character who's very rarely in alt mode in the first place?
Re: Transformers Prime Deluxe Airachnid Pictorial Review (1387080)
Posted by Transhunter on June 5th, 2012 @ 2:26am CDT
:CON: I just was reading all the comments about Arachnid and yep she not the greatest of molds but she will be the rarest and properly going to be very expensive in the future if not now, this is not unlike PRID Vehicon which is also a bitch to track down as i have just been back from HK and collectors over there are crazy for troop building.
Anyway for those having problem locating both PRID Vehicon and Arachnid I have spotted some on UK ebay check it out:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rare-Hasbro-V ... 522wt_1401

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rare-Hasbro-B ... 366wt_1401


So if you are interested have a look I know its not cheap but its doen't look like it going to be any easier acquiring for good price in the near future Why hasbro with the cray distribution OH WHY!!!! . :CON:
Re: Transformers Prime Deluxe Airachnid Pictorial Review (1387089)
Posted by Mykltron on June 5th, 2012 @ 6:10am CDT
I thought she looked bad from the poor photos released earlier and you've just confirmed it. Such a shame, I wanted to complete the cast but I fear I can't waste any money on THAT.

Noideaforaname wrote:That opening cockpit gimmick really drags down the figure. Can anything even ride in it? Legends? HA humans? Minicons? Even smaller figures?

It's a deluxe. She's too small for any of those. I doubt even MP Scream's Dr. Arkeville would fit.

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