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Azalea is the 4rd version of 3rd Party release homaging G1 Arcee in Cybertronian Car mode, the first 3 being Rabid Squirrels's A.R.C, Impossible Toys' Valkyrie and iGear's Delicate Warrior. Other iteration of Arcee includes Perfect Effect's RC.
Before releasing Azalea, Mastermind Creations releases a dark color version of Azalea, dubbed R08D Azalea Stealth Assassin as Singapore Toy, Games and Comic Convention (STGCC) 2014 Exclusive, distributed by The Falcon Hangar limited to only 500 pieces worldwide.
Thanks to my friend Nik Khairul Amir for helping me out.
Reviews of her variants can be found below
Still following the same formula of the Reformatted Series, Azalea comes in a black-themed box with design similar to the rest of the series.
The artwork potrays Azalea is a fierce way, similar to how Arcee was in IDW Comic during the hunt for Jhiaxus. I'm assuming this is only use for this release rather, not for the mass release Azalea (Normal Color)
This really surprises me. At first seeing the picture of the box online, I'd presumed that the size of the box would roughly be the same as Feral Cons boxes. It is in fact just a bit taller than Classics Optimus Prime.
There's a 2-page comic attached to the window of the box, similar to G1 Transformers TFC Book Edition boxes.
|A pair of swords and guns|
I don't usually put spoiler here but the storyline is really interesting
The story revolves around Arcee getting her revenge on Jhiaxus for using her as a subject for his experiment. What's even more interesting is Mech Ideas Demolition Crue Apex and Geminus also make their appearance in it. (name and design following Mech Ideas release)
Also in the comic book/instruction manual, is concept art gallery of Sparton, MMC version of Sparton. And he's gorgeous!
Was also fairly surprised when I found out that Stealth Assassion is NOT a black repaint of Azalea but rather mix of dark colors. Which I think is even better.
Mastermind answered fans' wishes by designin Azalea with [hovering] Cybertronian car as her alt mode, rather than earth mode or Cybertronian car with wheels. The problem is that...without wheel, it's be flat on the ground.
Hence, MMC includes a stand for Azalea for her to be able to hover.
Voila~ Looks great. The main color for this Azalea is light purple and also grey with red highlights from front to back.
I really like the futuristic design of Azalea but wish that the cockpit would be painted in different color as it doesn't really stand out.
Also, from lower angle, the leg panels are a bit visible but this is really nitpicking. The more serious issue would be transforming Azalea is really tiring, I give you that. It's important to make sure each and every parts and panels are aligned and at the right angle.
All of Azalea's weapons can be stored in alt mode and really blend in well with the car.
Azalea is roughly the same size as Deluxes circa 2006-2009.
She's definately gorgeous! And the color really work well on her. Kudos to MMC for using this paint scheme rather than all black. Transformation wise, it's easier from alt mode to robot mode than the other way around.
The head is in grey while the eyes are painted yellow, highlighting them.
The combination of grey/black, purple and red really work on her, especially the red lines.
MMC really put a lot of effort for Stealth Assassin, giving her a premium paint app all over the figure. It's kind of refreshing considering most "Exclusive" variants are just an excuse to milk the fans.
Like I said, Azalea is around the size of Deluxe Figures circa 2006-2009, before HasTak decides to shrink their releases.
Aside from the storage used in alt mode, the guns can also be pegged to the side of her legs.
However, since they're also to be used to store the swords, Azalea can only stores 1 pair of weapons and hold the other pair.
"One addendum to that review: She can store both the guns and the swords. The guns on on her hips, the swords fold and store on the wing pieces on her back." - Peaugh, TFW2005
I couldn't get enough of her. The slick design and quality, the range of movement and articulations, all of that makes her worthwhile.
Azalea comes with a ball jointed head, ball jointed shoulders, double-jointed elbows, wrist swivels, ball joints on the thigh, double-jointed knees and ankle swivels/hinges.
Although, the best part is that she comes with a waist swivels and also ball joint above the torso, giving her a wider range of articulation.
In addition to her articulations, Azalea also has tight joints all over and a very stable figure.
Due to the double joint, Azalea sometimes look like she doesn't have knee caps (which I've seen people complaint before) but that can be fix easily just by adjusting the joints, same case with the elbows.
Another minor complaint is that wrist tend to rotae whenever the guard on her lower arms moves. There's no locking position for the guards and I found out that different poses for the hands may require the guards to be in different location,
I had a chance to own both iGear Delicate Warrior and Perfect Effect RC before and RC has better quality and playability while Delicate Warrior really homages G1 Arcee. Azalea, however, scores in both homage and design/playability, making her the best version of 3rd Party Arcee so far. Honestly, I highly recommend her (and the other fembots if this is the quality).
Worthy of the name Arcee
Worthy of the name Exclusive
Worthy of the name Assassin