It's a little known fact that Arcee was one of the first autobots active on earth, even before the reactivation of the Ark in 1984. She partnered with a Human girl named Penelope, who never knew of her true nature
Arcee: "That was a fun time- just tooling around the world with P. She was trouble-Prone, however, and I couldn't break cover all the time to help her. I also think she Dug that 'Hooded Claw' Fellow more than she let on...he was a weirdo, he definitely had a few loose cogs rolling around his Spark chamber."
Arcee, is there any truth to the rumor that you were once called "the Mach 5"?
Arcee: "It's a good question, and it wasn't me, but I'm pretty sure it was an autobot. I'm not 100% sure what Drift was doing around that time. I can tell you that when anyone shows him either bad dubbing, or a kid with a monkey he gets depressed for about 6 hours. And very not-talkative, just sits and folds origami cranes, over and over. Oh, and Cosmos was ferrying around some family named...Jettison or something "
|Hook, is that you? or is it Scavenger?|
So where did you go from there, Arcee?
Arcee: "There wasn't a lot of work for a futuristic looking car for a while. The seventies and early eighties were dominated by 'Muscle cars' on the big screen. I mainly tried to stay inconspicuous for a while, not easy to do if you are sleek, and pink and white. I almost got to drive around a private detective but they went with the red Ferrari instead. He had a mustache and I think his name was ...Magnet."
When did you next get work?
Arcee: "Transformers the movie. They introduced me, Hot Rod, Springer, Blurr, and Ultra Magnus. Oh, and they all got toys. Even the damn Sharkticon got a toy. There was a prototype, but when it came down it was: 'I'm sorry Arcee', they said 'Boys won't buy a girl toy'."
So you were frustrated.
Arcee: "If by 'frustrated' you mean 'livid' or 'furious', yep. I had to act nice for the camera, but it was no picnic. Season 3, and what there was of season 4...what a nightmare"
You were one of the first "headmasters"
Arcee: "Oh yeah. you try running around with Daniel Witwicky in your head. Literally in my head. That kid had some...lets say 'mature' thoughts. Less PG-13, more NC-17. It was a relief when the headmasters thing took a dive in the US. Even though that meant I was out of work for a while."
A long while. Until Transformers Animated
Arcee: "You are missing some information. I got another gig in there...well, it was modeling work. I did a cover for an album by a group named Asia in '85, and that got me some stuff with a guy named Sorayama. And Penny left me with a little nest-egg that kept me in energon and maintenance during the lean times.
|Arcee goes for the big hair look|
|and then small hair|
Hmm. Nice. And then Transformers Animated?
Arcee: "For all the lines I got in there, yeah. I hate playing Damsel in distress. Ratchet was a real gentleman to work with though. And right on the heels of Transformers Animated, Michael Bay wanted me for Revenge of the Fallen"
He wanted three of you.
|I count 6 wheels total|
The new cartoon
Arcee: "I stayed a two-wheeler, and they told me they weren't looking for a pink bike. But they asked if I minded going blue? I told them that change is good. And they let me keep my highlights. I also have had a recurring role in the IDW Comics, although that's more on the lines of a modeling gig again. They draw me in poses."
How is that going?
Arcee: "I asked them...how many wheels? they said 'none'. I'm a hovercar there, but I get to portray a real bad-ass attitude. I'm very concerned about the whole 'gender-swapped abomination created by Jhiaxus' aspect of the role, but... a gig is a gig."
So it looks like despite the lean times, you are here to stay?
Arcee: "I sure am. I'm so glad I kept my head straight and didn't go for drinking fermented energon like the insecticons. Those guys show up wasted like 70% of the time on set. I'm happy to be here, happy to be me, four wheels or none at all."