No, he wasn't. He was an asshole after TF1. He was vain, brutal, and used violence as the answer for everything. Which isn't bad, but it's not the character they're going for here. His design then fit his character then, as his design now fits his character now. You say that like it's a bad thing. I like teddy-Bee, and he finally actually looks like a character who'd un-ironically accept being called "Bumblebee." What is being circled here?