Takara Legends Beast Wars Blackarachnia Toy Review


Class- Deluxe

Commentary-

Until about.... Power of the Primes, Takara (the guys in Asia who make Transformers) weren't totally united with Hasbro's offerings. A lot of the times it was just paint differences, so I rarely got them. Periodically they would release something totally out of left field. Takara released a Nightbird (she was a one episode character in G1) made out of Arcee for example. It was never released in the US. Another release actually opened the flood gates for me in regards to collecting, the Takara Legends Blackarachnia. I never had a Beast Wars Blackarachnia, just Beast Machines. The one from the 90s was pretty horrible. The base figure for Blackarachnia was Animated Blackarachnia, which I didn't have because the only Transformers property I am not a fan of is Animated.

Bot Mode-

Considering that I had absolutely no intention of ever getting a single Animated figure, I adore the Takara Legends version of Blackarachnia. Everything is the same as the Animated figure from a sculpting point except the head. The head is amazingly well sculpted and because it doesn't look like a cartoon version of a character, it doesn't feel like an animated figure. Because the figure wasn't meant to be Beast Wars Blackarachnia, there are a few differences in the figure in comparison to the animation model, but honestly, I think the differences are better. I'll get to those in a moment. From top to bottom, this figure looks a lot like how a modern interpretation of Blackarachnia should look. She is primarily gold and black with some yellow and red details. Again, I can't gush enough about the headsculpt at all. It is absolutely perfect. Here's some bad, because of how the figure is engineered there is a gap in the torso which you can't help but notice. There is no way to cover this up, so it hurts the rating for the figure. Her arms have good but not perfect articulation. The arms can move up and down and in and out, but not 100% up. The elbows are on ball joints so there is a good range of movement. In the cartoon (and original action figure) her hands were more like clawlike hooks. This figure has actual hands, but in the spirit of the original model, there are claws which can rotate on top of the hands. She has purple toes and the legs have very good articulation. She does NOT have 5mm hands, but that doesn't bother me so much with this specific figure for some reason. Also, 4 of the spider legs are on her back and you can rotate them forwards to emulate the look of her spider leg guns from the cartoon.

Transformation-

This is the only figure I have that was originally from the animated line, so I can't compare the transformation scheme to other figures of the line. But she has a pretty interesting transformation. It is more complex than a beast wars figure, but no where near as complex as a studio series figure. For complexity, I rate her transformation a 6 out of 10. For fun, a 6 out of 10.

Beast Mode-

Where Blackarachnia's robot mode is near perfect, her beast mode is a little lacking. She is a Black Widow Spider, but she looks very stylized and not natural. She looks good, but her robot mode is so perfect that it hurts a little that her beast mode isn't as absolutely perfect. She is pretty compacted, and she is a spider. Her weapon plugs into her spider butt. Her robot legs form some of the legs and she has orange legs for the other ones. Its fine, but not as amazing as the robot mode.

Accessories-

She comes with a gun that she can store in her spider butt or she can hold. Honestly, I don't like it that much so I never took pics with it.

3rd Party Add Ons-

N/A

Pros-

Her robot mode is near perfect. Nice feature that 4 spider legs can fold front.

Cons-

The gap in the chest is an issue. Also, while the beast mode is good, it just isn't as good as the robot mode.

Grade-

I really like this figure. Because of this specific figure, I wound up collecting Beast Wars figures again. It's a bit pricey in 2020, but if you can get a good priced one, pick it up. I rate Blackarachnia a 7.75 out of 10

American Retools and Repaints-

Transformers Animated Blackarachnia (will never get to do a review)



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