How Is Bumblebee a kid appeal character?

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  1. TFfanmaiku

    TFfanmaiku The robot and brony guy!

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    I know that we are sick and tired of Bumblebee threads on this site, but this isn't at love or bash question, just where is the appeal in said character is what I want to know. Thinking of modern Bumblebees the movies and Prime ones I just don't see it. Movie Bumblebee can only communicate through the radio and as such has no true voice. Prime Bumblebee sounds like R2-D2 and again has no true voice.
     
  2. jackgaughan

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    The same way R2 D2 appeals to kids. He's cute.
     
  3. Omnius

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    A lot of it stems from the first movie's merchandising - Hasbro seemed determined to promote him as the 'kid-friendly' character, so a lot of TF2007's left-of-the-middle merchandise (ie, not the main toys) centered around the him.
     
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    He's the character who comes across as the 'friend and protector to children'.

    I dunno... even as a kid, I couldn't be arsed about Bumblebee. I gravitated towards the Decepticons. I wanted to associate with the cool badasses, not the diminutive friendly guy.
     
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    You don't need a voice to have a personality, and Bumblebee's is very jovial and energetic, yet he's strong and skilled.
     
  6. Omnius

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    Funny how we went from 1993 to 2006 without a Bumblebee toy of any sort, now he seems to be everywhere.
     
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  7. Stardust262

    Stardust262 Moe is the Only Way

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    Those were the good ol' days
     
  8. ZacWilliam

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    That's not "funny" or odd at all. It's the obvious result of his being the star of a HUGE hit blockbuster movie and it's sequels.

    -ZacWilliam, to the general public Bumblebee and Prime pretty much ARE Transformers now. Of course he's everywhere.
     
  9. Challenger

    Challenger Loves Bumblebee

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    Bumblebee is a kid appeal character because he's a kid. He's generally one of, or the, youngest member of the Autobots in the shows/movies he's in. He's fun and energetic. He likes to play video games and watch cartoons; things kids like to do. Not having a voice doesn't change any of that.
     
  10. SouthtownKid

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    You really answered your own question. You know how the droids are kid identification characters in Star Wars? Same thing here.


    We had plenty of them, except they were called Cheetor and Hot Shot.
     
  11. Steevy Maximus

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    I'm still miffed "MY Bumblebee" from G1 has been replaced by "mute Hot Shot", which is what current BB is...the Cheetor/Hot Shot archetype without a voice.

    I miss G1 Bumblebee...
     
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    I dunno but it annoys me. My coworker brings her kids sometimes and I have 2 cuts outs of sunstreaker and sideswipe on one of my monitors and EVERY time they come in my office one of them points and says Bumblebee even though I keep telling them it's not bee... every damn yellow bot is bee apparently.
     
  13. Spin-Out

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    And Cheetor was the best of 'em all. Not just because of nostalgia, but because he managed to pull off the "Dumb kid matures into a leader" better than any other kid-appeal character did, although that owes more to Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime suddenly being shifted from optimistic leader to justifiably grumpy smartass in the third season of G1.

    I like Bumblebee in Prime, but the poor guy's kind of a non-entity. He has more character than Optimus Prime, but that's because TFP OP is kind of a bore.

    That said, next to Cheetor, my favorite kid-appeal character's a tie between Hot Shot and TFA Bumblebee.
     
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    Yeah, I gave my 5-year-old nephew one of my old Armada Hot Shot toys and he excitedly yelled, "BUMBLEBEEEEEEEE!!!!"

    I didn't bother to correct him, he seemed so happy.
     
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    Yellow, cutesy, typical young main protagonist-like, and always relates to the human character. In the case of Prime, he relates to the youngest human character.

    That's what my mom thinks.
     
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    Hmmm, Hasbro seems right on track marketing him as a kid appeal character since kids do love him. I think there are not too many adult Bumblebee collectors/completists like me, but I'm being veering towards Mini-bots now, even non-Bumblebee ones.
     
  17. Aernaroth

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    Bumbleebee is the young, rash character with a lot to learn by Autobot standards. He's smaller and often weaker than the others, but he's sensitive towards earthlings in a way many of his teammates aren't. He directly interacts with and befriends the human characters, who are meant to be stand-ins for the kids of the world to insert themselves into the story in their imagination. That's why he's the kid appeal character.
     
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    He's also yellow.
     
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    Wasn't is awesome when in Cybertron there wasn't a clear-cut kid-appeal?

    We need that again.
     
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    Bumblebee is Gamera?
     

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