Various oddities (name variants, tooling differences in stock photos)

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  1. Nevermore

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    While doing some cleanups for toy entries on the Wiki, I discovered several instances of just plain weird What The Hell.

    Let's start with Movie Real Gear Robots Meantime.

    The first set of stock photos (as seen on the back of his packaging), which features a hand-painted resin prototype, shows him with sculpted details on his left wrist that are meant to look as if he were wearing a wristwatch himself... specifically, a miniature version of his own alternate mode.

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    The second set of stock photos (as seen on Hasbro's public website), which features a pre-production sample, is suddenly lacking the sculpted wristwatch details and depicts two wrists that are perfect mirror copies of each other.

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    It's not a case of misassembly either, because the wrists have pegs on opposing sides, so they're definitely opposites of each other.

    The final toy... does have the sculpted wristwatch details!

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    How does this happen? Did Hasbro sculpt the details on the prototype, then decided to scrap it, cast the molds, went through the test shot stage, made it to the pre-production sample stage and then decided "Hey, those sculpted wristwatch details were cool after all, let's retool the mold!"?


    It's not the only time this has happened either: Dark of the Moon Cyberverse Legion Class "Bolt" Bumblebee's on-packaging stock photos (again, hand-painted prototype) show him with a retooled right hand (Bolt Bumblebee is based on the Revenge of the Fallen Legends Class Bumblebee sculpt) that can hold Cyberverse weapons, whereas the left hand is still unchanged from ROTF Legends Bumblebee. The unpainted prototype shown in the instructions also only has a retooled right hand. But then the Hasbro website stock photos that depict a pre-production sample (even in packaging!) suddenly show both hands retooled to be compatible with Cyberverse weapons... and then the final toy only has a retooled right hand after all.

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    Again, how does this happen? All the prototypes we've seen only have a retooled right hand... yet somehow a retooled left hand existed at the sample stage? Does this mean Hasbro created the tooling for it? Were both retooled arms cast from the same mold? Did Hasbro throw away hundreds of produced left arms? Why?!?


    Speaking of "Bolt" Bumblebee... the Hasbro website calls him "Bolt Bumblebee", yet the packaging stock photo shows his on-packaging name to be simply "Bumblebee". When the toy was released in the USA, his name on the packaging was simply Bumblebee. The same applied to the version released in Europe in multilingual packaging... but then there was a running change for the European version that saw his on-packaging name changed to "Bolt Bumblebee".

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    Is there a "Bolt Bumblebee" name variant for the US release too? What about the packaging version that was released in Canada and Central/South America? Which name did that one sport? Was there a running change as well?

    The same essentially happened again with Cyberverse Legion Class "Stealth Bumblebee", a redeco of the original Cyberverse Legion Bumblebee sculpt: The Hasbro website calls him "Stealth Bumblebee", the packaging stock photo features his on-packaging name again as simply "Bumblebee", the initial US release also sported that name... but then a running change for the US packaging saw the name changed to "Stealth Bumblebee". The only photos of the European version I could find all show the packaging sporting the name "Stealth Bumblebee".

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    Does a European "Bumblebee"-only variant exist as well? And what name(s) did the Canadian and Central/South American packaging sport?
     
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    This one is comparably straightforward:

    In his original "hand-painted prototype" stock photos (printed on the back of the packaging), Cyberverse Topspin has the hand that's an articulated claw as his right hand and the hand that sports a clip that can hold Cyberverse weapon handles and C-joint bars as his left hand. For the unpainted prototype used for the instructions, the pre-production sample used for the second set of stock photos and the final toy, the forearm/hand parts are swapped. Simply assembled on the opposite sides' elbow joints. Not a big mystery except for one question: Which assembly follows the designers' original intentions?

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    EDIT: For a moment I thought I had found a clue regarding the retooled left hand for Legion/Legends Bumblebee. The stock photo on the back of the Target exclusive Cyberverse Megatron/Bumblebee two-pack packaging (again, a hand-painted prototype) depicts Bumblebee with a retooled left hand and a non-retooled right hand... however, it turns out that photo is merely mirrored. There's a small peg on Bumblebee's right leg that's used to connect the legs in vehicle mode which is located on the left leg on the stock photo on the back of the packaging. So still no other sight of the mysterious retooled left hand.

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