Transformers 'Fan Built Bot' Is One Plane-Looking Lady

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Last year Hasbro asked the Transformers fan collective to help create a "Fan Built Bot" by voting on a vehicle mode, color scheme, faction, personality and signature weapon. The end result is Windblade, a female Autobot jet plane samurai. She's so much fan fiction come-to-life.

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Hasbro has been slowly revealing Windblade since voting ended last year, teasing fans with line art and vehicle mode silhouettes before finally debuting the character's art at San Diego Comic-Con 2013.

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Here is our first look at the completed Windblade figure, a deluxe-sized entry in the Transformers Generations toy line.

Illustration for article titled emTransformers/em Fan Built Bot Is One Plane-Looking Lady

Windblade is a rare female Transformer, along the same lines as classic character Arcee or Beast Wars/Machines Blackarachnia. Some people are vexxed by the idea of female Transformers — why would a race that doesn't reproduce sexually need separate genders?

It's a question that isn't answered in the 80's cartoon, though we do get an episode where most of the old-timey female robots are destroyed for being female, which doesn't seem nice. In the IDW Comics continuity, Arcee is the result of a failed experiment to introduce gender to Transformers. That doesn't seem nice either. Hopefully IDW will do better this April, when the four-issue Transformers: Windblade series is released.

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Illustration for article titled emTransformers/em Fan Built Bot Is One Plane-Looking Lady

Windblade the toy will be on stores later this year, released as the final numbered figure in the increasingly innacurately-named "Thrilling 30" program, celebrating 30 years of Transformers.

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quietthunder
QuietThunder

I'm not usually one of those fight the power, sexist, equality for all, foaming at the mouth types, but even I have to admit, It's pretty sad it takes the fans to step up and get some gender equality, something Hasbro should have been doing properly from the start. While genders don't make a ton of logical sense for Transformers, the fact that female bots were introduced what 20 years ago and were completely dropped and forgotten is pretty embarrassing.