Shortpacked!: Pet peeves.
So Arcee was introduced in the 1986 animated movie as a pink and white female Transformer who transformed into a car. They planned a toy but scrapped it. No Arcee toy for anyone! But everyone wants an Arcee toy.
In 2001, Arcee was a BotCon exclusive. She was a redeco of Transmetal 2 Blackarachnia, and transformed into a spider. Hey, it's the right colors!
In 2004, the first mainline Arcee toy was introduced. She transformed into a motorcycle. That's closer! She's a vehicle! (In 2007, she'd be a motorcycle again. In 2009 she'd be three motorcycles.)
In 2008, the first Arcee toy that transformed into a car was released. In Japan. Hooray! The right alternate mode! .... and she's just a redeco of Decepticharge, so she looks nothing like herself. But almost there! So close! So very very close!
And now, in 2010, there's a toy that looks like Arcee and transforms into a car for the Animated toy line. Mission accomplished? (Well, not if you wanted one that wasn't in an Animated style. Ah-heh.) But hey, look how far we've come. Step by step. Budge by budge. This toy is like 99% the toy you wanted when you were a kid. (Or, well, if you're a boy, probably the toy you wanted once you stopped hating girls. And started loving toys again.)
I'm not disappointed, actually. You think I would, after the hype. But in fact, I like this toy a lot. And I don't even like Arcee that much! And it's not like she, uh, did a lot in the Animated cartoon. She was more of a MacGuffin than a character. She was a prop. And yet I'm pretty damn satisfied with her. She's pleasing. I like her pair of swords that she can stow in her shoulders. I like how she looks when she holds her swords. I like her clip-on wings. I like her transformation.
Something I noticed while examining this toy is that between her first and third season appearances, Arcee suddenly sprouted some vehicle kibble. Hasbro didn't expect to make a toy at first, and neither did Cartoon Network, so she wasn't even designed with an alt-mode in mind. She was just a Derrick Wyatted version of the original Arcee. But when she showed up in the third season (and suddenly became very important, if not really a character) she suddenly had wheels shoved into her shoulderblades and her vehicle mode cockpit hanging off her tush. Hmmm! Crafty.