Sunday, June 24, 2007

Solitaire vs. Sabrestone: The Stunning Jewel or the Earthy Rock?

Solitaire (Diaman in Japan) is a lovely figure and looks cool when transformed too. For North America she gets lipstick, a toy aimed at boys that is deliberately femme,I like this about her. I think its a good contrast to have her next to Gobots like Pathfinder,Small Foot ,and Spay-C who are not overtly feminine demonstrating that femininity in robots isn't always about lipstick and curves but on one or two characters it's okay. Arcee of the Transformers wasn't made into a figure for sale much later and she was stereotypically feminine.The Nightbird of Transformers cartoon was very cool though but unfortunately she was just a one shot character. In the movie Solitaire looks tough and capable for 5 minutes until Cy-Kill blasts her.She spends the rest of the film as a hostage who inadvertently helps the Renegades and she makes the typical "You'll never get away this" statements, prisoners in corny movies or tv shows always make. Sabrestone,the evil Rock lady is the anti-Solitaire, she's not pretty or nice and she doesn't care. She looks more muscular and monstrous, kind of like Vamp. When transformed she looks like a blob of pink clay.She never got to be in the cartoon or comics.I think she would have been a great character if fleshed out properly.

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