Forearms that are proportionate to her biceps? I'd be pretty happy with this Windblade in general if only the forearms were in proportion to the rest of the body instead of looking like an incongruous graft from the prior Generations toy. I can see Masterandy's photos are trying to downplay that with careful choices in the angles depicted, and good on him for managing that, I guess. It shouldn't have been a necessary step to start with though.Apologies if I seem to be parade-raining. I'm glad you are able to like this, and I wish I was able to see around the small things that so offend me and make me sad about this figure.
What more could a girl ask for?
What you said got me thinking and if I could riff off this a second (but not as a criticism of anything you said!)
I've noticed in the fandom at large a lot of double standards for toys of female transformers vs male transformers. Like we get male bots all the time with weird proportions and questionable designs and they are seen as quirky and fun. Variety is good! But when it comes to the toys of female transformers suddenly proportions are scrutinized with a fine toothed comb. Outside of the louder calls of "female bodies don't look like that!" and "that mold isn't feminine enough!" and "what an ugly sculpt!" that are more common on certain other message boards there's the more subtle subconscious rejection.
This speaks at large to the ones that society views women and their bodies. A man's body is his own but a woman's body is a potential object of desire, property of everyone who sees it. This fact is beamed out across our media and has been for generations. It seeps subconsciously into every aspect of a person's worldview, including toys and yes, Transformers.
The criticisms of toys of female transformers tends to be harsher because of this. As an example Combiner Wars Ultra Magnus has a tiny pea head too, but it's written off as a quirk or played up to say how powerful and big it makes him look. Titans Return Windblade doesn't get that beneficial analysis... her head is pin headed and wrong. Her bulky upper arms couldn't possibly be extra armor plating, or perhaps just the way her arms are built because they do not line up with the human feminine ideal! Where are the criticisms of TR Bumblebee's skinny toothpick legs and big boots!?
I'll tell you where: nowhere. Because on him it's quirky and cute, a callback to G1, when male bots could look like everything and female bots didn't get toys and all looked like half naked models. Wheeljack can have long arms, Jazz and Prowl can have entire car hoods as chests, Brawn can be short and stout. These are all permissible because we are not taught to devalue and objectify men.
I mean we still haven't gotten a female transformer with a car hood chest! (yes, Generations Arcee, but it is more a robot chest that becomes part of a car hood) And that's like one of the CLASSIC Transformer designs! Female transformers get faux chests that look like boobs and have super thin model bodies. Those body types are valid but should not be the only design.
That's why I'm excited by this Windblade! Yes she still has robo boobs and is overall curvy, but at the same time her bodytype isn't really one we've gotten before? That's pretty cool!
I can't wait till we get a short 'n' chubby female bot, like Glyph (yeah she's prob always destined to be a BB repaint if she gets a new toy), a skinny and elegant lady (going across fandoms think Pearl from SU), etc, etc...
So yeah, thanks for reading, this went on a bit longer than I intended lol
PS - Back to SU, now that I think about TR Windblade reminds me of Garnet :3
Ultimately, you're spot on.
Speaking for myself only, what bums me out just a bit about the newest Windblade is not that she has bewbs, or that she has skinny wrists, it's that they appear so obviously tacked on (which to be fair, they are). To me it's a further extension of the problem you mention, that we get so few female molds to begin with. In this instance, we get one where it feels like they said, "Well, we gotta lady this up a bit," resulting in a lack of cohesion. They didn't do this to Nautica, and she's a great-looking bot! I know Windblade's as much a victim of the line's need for multiple repaints as anything else. The changes just have the added side-effect of making it stand out more. As for her head, it's annoying because it's an example of the gimmick hurting the figure. She has to have a Headmaster, it has to fit certain parameters, and this is the head she's stuck with.