A "Headmaster Arcee" has been a hypothetical holy grail of a Transformer for so long, that its very name is a meme. It's the punchline to a platoon of fandom in-jokes. And now it's sort of real????
I only say "sort of" only because of semantics. Though the exact trademark terminology involved is "Titan Master," this is a Headmaster Arcee. It's a toy of Arcee where her head pops off and becomes a little guy. A guy named Leinad, which is "Daniel" backwards, because Daniel Witwicky-the-10-year-old-child transformed into Arcee's head in the final episodes of the original Transformers cartoon. This is a Headmaster Arcee.
Titans Return Arcee is another retool of Titans Return Blurr. Unlike Nautica, which only added parts to Blurr, Arcee actually replaces some parts. She's got new shoulders (with fake kibble Arcee shoulder stuff sculpted onto the back of them so she keeps her silhouette), she's got a new car hood/shield, she's got new handguns, and she's got a new swooshy-thing on the roof of her car mode. And, of course, the new face, both for herself and for Leinad.
Everything's gloriously pink and white.
She's one of the two Transformers-related offerings available at HasCon last weekend. (they say she'll also be at retail at some enigmatic later time through unspecified means, but we'll see) Just one single BotCon-style exclusive (and one Optimus Prime phone charger that most people ignored) are kind of a step back from the figurative avalanche of exclusive products that BotCons had up until their demise, but, well, I dunno, a Headmaster Arcee is such a big, crazy deal that I feel that the exchange rate of one Headmaster Arcee kind of equals a dozen or so toys. Also, I only had to spend $25 instead of like $800, so that's cool.
The source mold for Arcee, Titans Returns Blurr, is still a great one. Easily one of the best in this line, so it doesn't hurt so much that we're getting it reused repeatedly. And she comes with a bonus Ultra Magnus Titan Master head, so everything's pretty good all around.
Hi, Don. Squeaky wheel, eh?