The 2019 version of Arkose comes in two versions, one for each generation:
Supposedly, the 2019 version includes several updates:
- Easier transformation, including a higher roll-cage
- Shortened heel spurs
- Fully metallic paint
- Stronger tabs to eliminate stress marks
I don’t have the original so I cannot verify any of these.
One confusing thing is that the back of the box for the G1 version shows the G2 version and vice versa. I suspect that this is why I originally received two G1 versions instead of one of each.
The figure looks dead on although the shoulders do not lock into place well and are constantly sliding up.
The Dune Buggy
Unlike other MP Beachcombers, Arkose transforms into an accurate Chenowth type fast attack vehicle, which is a big plus for me.
There are some surprising details in vehicle mode like the first aid kits on the back of the seats.
The dune buggy looks great, but the transformation is not fun. Also, I hate the roll cage, which is just a series of tubes that hold together by friction and fall apart as soon as you being the transformation.
Arkose fits in perfectly with other Masterpiece-class figures.
Although this figure looks great, for me, the play-ability is very low. Like their Ollie, it will remain on the shelf in robot mode.
Get yours where I got mine: Show.Z Store
* “That One Episode” – the obligatory accessory that the character used once in the cartoon.