Timelines: Botcon 2014 Knight Flareup Toy Review

in 2014, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Botcon, Deluxe, Generation One, Timelines


Flareup General Information:
Release Date: June 19, 2014
Price Point: (In a bagged set with Knight Apelinq and Alpha Trizer)
Retailer: Botcon Exclusive
Accessories: Blade weapon, Cannon


The theme of Botcon 2014 was "Knights versus Pirates". This theme allowed for a very eclectic mixture of characters including the Autobot "Knight" Flareup. Flareup was originally introduced to fans in the "Descent into Evil" boxed set. She was originally intended to be the Autobot Firestar who had appeared in Generation One, but due to trademark issues we could not use the name and thus was borne this Autobot. Like the 2005 Flareup, this figure is a redeco of a figure that was previously released as Arcee, in this case the "Robots in Disguise" Arcee from "Transformers Prime". Check out that previous review to get details on the sculpt and design. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Vehicle Mode:
Flareup is a "Ninja" style motorcycle in vehicle mode. There were no mold changes made to the Arcee figure for this release. The changes are all in the colors.

Flareup's primary plastic color is red. The red is a lighter shade than the one used for Flamewar. Black plastic used for smaller parts like her wheels and the kickstand. Translucent orange plastic is used for the windshield and headlight in the front. One of the primary paint colors used on the figure is metallic orange, but it is applied in such a way that it is visible, but it doesn't overwhelm the figure. You'll find it on the angled panels on the sides and in stylized "flame" patterns in front and behind the seat on top of the vehicle. I really like this particular detail since it calls back to her name. Black paint is used on several sections to fill in details such as the front where it offers line detailing that defines the light in front and the edges of the windshield. It's also used on the sides of the wheels and the seat. Silver rounds out the colors in several places including the sides, the exhaust pipes and the sides of the area behind each seat. As a final touch, an Autobot "knight" symbol is found on the right side of the vehicle in light blue with "angel wings" behind it.

Overall, the deco on this figure is stellar. There are a lot more deco points on this figure than any mass release of this sculpt. Even better, the colors all match up nicely with the theme and look of the character's original toy from 2005.

From a functional standpoint, the wheels still spin well and the kickstand will keep the vehicle up. You can attach the weapons to the 5mm ports on the sides of the front wheel and you can attach the blade weapons from "First Edition" Arcee to the small pegs on the sides.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Detach the weapons if attached and set them aside for now.
  2. Swing the panels on the sides out.
  3. Pull the back wheel out to begin forming the robot legs.
  4. Separate the halves of the rear wheel.
  5. Swing the halves of the rear wheel up.
  6. Swing the robot arms out from the sides.
  7. Swing the front wheel back, and then rotate the wheel around so it can be pushed flat against the back.
  8. Push the robot head up.
  9. The weapons can be attached to the hands or forearms.

Robot Mode:
Just as the vehicle mode shows off a ton of deco, so does the robot mode - and some of it newly revealed to boot! In this form we see more red plastic on the torso and black on the upper arms, thighs and feet. These colors have little chance to get monotone however. The metallic orange from the vehicle mode is used here on the chest plate, the forearms and the crest on her head. Black is used on key details on the mid-body to waist area, breaking up the red color and helping to bring out the sculpted detail. The silver details from the side of the vehicle mode stand out here on the lower legs. There's even a bit of silver on the curved portions of the forearm where it meets the elbow ball joint. It's a small detail, but illustrates how much care went into the deco of this figure.

The head alone has a really nice deco. The head is cast in translucent orange plastic. The "helmet" section is painted silver, her face is painted light yellow and her eyes are blue (the traditional color of Autobot eyes). A tiny flick of orange in the eyes did not get painted on my copy so a bit of orange shows through, but to me it's not a huge deal. Finally, there is a spot of silver right in the middle of her collar area with a "Knight" symbol on top.

The cannon included with the figure is cast in black and the blade is painted silver. Both still attach to her hands or forearms just fine. All the joints on my copy of the figure were nice and tight.

Final Thoughts:
The deco on this figure is very well done. Not only are there more deco points than you would normally find at retail, but the details are used effectively to pay homage to the 2005 version of the character while also making this figure look distinctive and visually interesting. She'll cost you a pretty penny if you want to get her, but she's a really nice piece to add to your Autobot army.