TFW's Generations Bumblebee Gallery Now Online

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  1. Sol Fury

    Sol Fury The British Butcher Administrator News Staff

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    Next up in our series of galleries looking at the Transformers Generations Wave 5 is Bumblebee! This version of the beloved yellow Autobot is based on the rebuilt body Bumblebee received at the end of his miniseries early in the Mike Costa era and that he then retained for the remainder of the ongoing. It is best described visually as a hybrid of classic and movie Bumblebee designs, giving Bumblebee a look which is both modern in respect of the resemblance to the Movie and Prime musclecar Bumblebees, but also retro with some of the nods to the original Bumblebee - in particular the headsculpt, which is a Bumblebee face very strongly based on the Generation 1 look that you can almost see Dan Gilvezan providing the voice of.

    That being said, while Bumblebee has a great look, he falls far short of the other new toys in this assortment. Unlike Trailcutter, Megatron and Orion Pax, there are some vehicle mode parts left hanging off of the robot mode, in particular the whole roof of the car. But Bumblebee also falls short technically, with his elbow movement restricted by hard plastic notches, a shade of yellow plastic that may not please everyone, and the sliding panels on the lower leg feeling tight to the point you worry you might break them. On my Bumblebee also the legs, which are purely friction joints - not balljoints or even pin joints - were a bit loose at the knees. It is a pity, because there are a lot of good ideas that went into the Bumblebee design - but I was left feeling that Bumblebee perhaps should have been put back a wave to let his design be polished to the level of Megatron, Trailcutter or Orion Pax.

    Overall, Bumblebee is not terrible - he's the weakest of the four, but still looks nice when displayed. The Goldbug / Goldfire version might be the one to look toward though, for being an official Classics style Goldbug as well as being in a generally nicer looking deco.

    Check out the gallery of Bumblebee at the link below:

    Generations IDW Deluxe Bumblebee Gallery


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    Generations Bumblebee Robot Mode

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    Generations Bumblebee Car Mode

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    Generations Bumblebee with his "Stingers"

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    Generations Bumblebee with his Stingers combined into cannon mode

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    Bumblebee with Classics Bumblebee Robot Mode

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    Bumblebee with Movie and Prime Bumblebees Car Mode
     
  2. RayTheSun

    RayTheSun Boy of Meat

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    I was gonna comment that he was unexceptionally a bumblebee, but the paint on those arms looks awful.
     
  3. SPLIT LIP

    SPLIT LIP Dry built

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    Looks good aside from the yellow painted arms.
     
  4. Batman

    Batman The Dark Knight TFW2005 Supporter

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    At first I was like "oh that is a nice looking legends/cyberverse figure". Then I realized it was a deluxe. Man they just do not make them like they used to.

    Even if I think the toy is lame, the gallery is very nicely shot as always :) 
     
  5. Burnout

    Burnout Autobot Mercenary

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    The only thing I don't like about this figure is the unmatching painted forearms. Otherwise this will be the first bb figure other than the original classics that I actually look forward to getting
     
  6. cheetor71

    cheetor71 Autobot

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    The yellow arms look like crap. I also don't care for the fact that his shoulders are the front end of the car
     
  7. DeathsHead

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    What a horrible looking Transformer.

    At least, nothing about this says 'Bumblebee' to me. It's just a generic 'kick-ass' warrior robot. At least try and give the guy some humble, physical nods that hint at his 'runt of the litter' character.

    Of course, thanks to the wet fart of the movie version, Bumblebee is now a full on fightin', shootin' soldier. How DULL.






    The head is nice though...
     
  8. RatTrap1985

    RatTrap1985 Under your rolls of fat

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    The rear windshield is a nightmare trying to slide back together for vehicle mode. I haven't been to get them completely together.
     
  9. CodeXCDM

    CodeXCDM Well-Known Member

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    Truth be told... I'd get a Renderform kit and repurpose him as another of the mini-bot redecos of Cliff/Bee from the G1 days.

    Perfectly fine with my RTS Bee as Bumblebee... (Not going out of my way to get the original Classics Deco most likely... and no way am I paying like 80-100 for that KO reshell by Art Feather.)

    Kind of wished they could've at least made that silly back kibble functional as a shield. Seems silly, but honestly it would be better than having a giant chunk of plastic eyesore that is hard to avoid getting out of shots. >_>
     
  10. CyclonuS_ZerO

    CyclonuS_ZerO Uni-con

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    Wow, I have to admit, I'm not a huge Bumblebee fan, but this figure looks spectacular. Can't wait to get mine.
     
  11. 8bitboy

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    He's a lot more awesome in person for sure.
     
  12. Effion

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    I totally thought mine was busted till I read your comment. It seems like the outer car shell slides out "easier" (and by easier I mean at all) after you collapse it for vehicle mode. Mine has an extra plastic nub that I need to remove before things will fit right. I definitely won't be sliding that bit back and forth again.

    I like the alt mode, but he's definitely going to take some tlc before I'm really happy with him.
     
  13. RatTrap1985

    RatTrap1985 Under your rolls of fat

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    Let me know how you fix it, I'm considering just cutting those tabs off. They're ugly and don't really serve any purpose.
     
  14. bellpeppers

    bellpeppers A Meat Popsicle

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    Not gonna lie- am dissapointed withh this Bee. I am more than happy with Classics Bee. Probably sell this one and wait for the Goldbug redeco.
     
  15. Shepard Prime

    Shepard Prime autobot

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    This might be the first time in my collecting that I've actually want to keep the box/package. Loved the comic (was surprised that it's an in-continuity IDW story so bonus since they could've went the cheap one-off route that most toys do with accompanying comics) and how it sits in the package with Bee in front of it.

    The figure itself...the only thing I don't like about it is that ultra yellow they used versus the more goldish/yellow we've gotten from the Prime and Movieverse. Otherwise, I have no complaints.

    I also like the dual uses of the cannons (combined one cannon/seperate handheld ones or swords in addition to being able to plug into the forearms--which I didn't know they did until I saw the gallery just now).
     
  16. Effion

    Effion Well-Known Member

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    Turns out the little tabs weren't the problem, but a small nub leftover from the mold / assembly process was keeping things apart. I got a hobby knife to shave the nub off (leaving the tabs alone for now), then actually loosened the screw on the back of his leg to make sure I had everything fully extended, and he is looking like a nice little muscle car.

    The more I play around with this, the more I like it. Tho I'm already working on fixing up the non matching yellow paint on his arms and guns. I like the little nod to animated there. I'll post some pics of my fix to radicons in the morning :) 
     
  17. Stepper

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    The yellow arms look like crap.
     
  18. Mospeada

    Mospeada Since '84

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    I'll still buy it, but the paintjob looks disappointing, and the figure looks startlingly cheap.
     
  19. swOd

    swOd Search and Wrescue

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    Gonna strip and then try to color match (if not full on repaint) the yellow on this guy, and I have a second one on clearance already from BBTS that is gonna be my update for Trip-Up from the Hot Rod Patrol to kick it with Big Daddy. Stock head is pretty good for Trip-Up too.Score!
     
  20. lildevilchick

    lildevilchick what the doctor ordered

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    I'm not overly thrilled with this figure. Easy pass for me.
     

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