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An in-hand look at Jet Pack / Hydrodive Bumblebee

Posted on 08-19-2010 at 03:12 PM by Sol Fury under Animated
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A friend of 2005 Boards member Feralstorm (owner of one of the most awesome Transformers Animated signature artworks out there) has shared some images of this little piece of awesome that is Jet Pack Bumblebee, aka Hydrodive Bumblebee. As you may or may not be aware, Hydrodive Bumblebee was designed with the intention of producing a version of Bumblebee who would be better in scale with the rest of the Animated Autobot cast, his Deluxe toy being a bit too large, and his Activator being a little too small. He will be sold as a Voyager Class toy because he includes a big jet pack / minisub that he can attach to in either mode.

But enough about the accessory, on to the toy! These images show this variation of Bumblebee without the accessory pack, focusing on the little guy in all his glory. As well as the nice finish, you can get a sense of the refinements in the design and transformation, to give you a Bumblebee toy that is accurate in both modes, without the backpack that the Deluxe toy had.

Check out the images and share your thoughts by clicking on the title of this story.
Views: 10,074 / Credit: Feralstorm of the 2005 Boards!

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miscreant
I can't put my finger on it, but now that we've finally seen closer pics of the actual toy..... it seems a little disappointing somehow.

...and should this be moved to News and Rumors?
Feralstorm
Looks something like a halfway-point between the Deluxe and Activator designs to me, If it's also about halfway in size, I'm all for it.

I could do without the gold-tone though, but that wouldn't stop me from getting the toy ('specially if it's the ONLY way to get the toy)
miscreant
Color i can get over... but in the absence of such clear pictures, i'd expected 'something' more substantially different from the Deluxe... although at the same time i really can't articulate *what* i expected of it in terms of difference.

Right now, i'm wondering about cancelling my preorder.
Harbinger
he doesnt seem too bad, i just wish he wasnt so shiny to match my other animated bees
jerryitus
Love it, I already want 2 of them
axiom
It looks good, I (like others) don't like the shiny, but also the light piped eyes make them look too dark, makes Bee kinda lose his childish character. Also, the vehicle has been "squared off" a bit from his animated model. Still, if the price is right I will get this. I prey for a non-shiny US release though.
tigermask44
looks like a Chibi bumblebee. Not liking the head.
Batman
Looks good, but I wish Hasbro would release him so he would be yellow instead of shiny gold.
baggzey23
Deceptigtar
wait what one is this? is this the one that is the hydrodive bb?
Miggytron
For all the talk of scale, you'd think they would take a pic of him next to Ratchet or Prime or something
Backpack
Can't wait to own one.
clonemanager
I want to know how articulated it is... These pictures don't seem to tell me enough to call whether I 'd get it...

btw, if you can see that as well... a rodimus minor (in vehicle mode) seems to have a broken wing spoiler and arm.
miscreant
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Originally Posted by Deceptigtar View Post
wait what one is this? is this the one that is the hydrodive bb?
Yes.
TheBigMachine
I still wish the Hasbro version of HDBB & WBOP will make it here somehow.

btw, are those children assembling the Animated Toys in the background?
theestampede
I want this, I'd prefer a hasbro release, but I don't mind the color too much on this one.
Rotorstorm
looking good. not going to get him though as after Rodimus unless a Strika comes out I'm finished with Animated

A direct side by side is needed to see how tall he is in comparison. The proportions do look better and he does look more show accurate. Shame that if he did come out he would have silver Autobot symbols though I really don't understand Hasbro's thinking on that when in the cartoon they were red and purple.
Biotoakid
His heads the equivalent to ROTF Cannon BB's
caitlindevi
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Originally Posted by TheBigMachine View Post
I still wish the Hasbro version of HDBB & WBOP will make it here somehow.

btw, are those children assembling the Animated Toys in the background?
Yes Thats the Hasbro Factory

I'm liking the size and transformation on Bumblebee but how did they manage to make his head WORSE. i mean the head on the deluxe is close to the artwork but this is just gone somewhere else..Its like its baby bumblebee.

Not too keen on the window parts on the feet either
MidnightBliss
I don't like the gold color.
Egoraptor
I could see this bumblebee (without hydrodrive suit) getting like a Generations release. That'd be sweeet.
SPLIT LIP
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Originally Posted by Batman View Post
Looks good, but I wish Hasbro would release him so he would be yellow instead of shiny gold.
Same here.
amethysted
For 20-25 bucks, I would buy one...

The Takara import? PASS...

I'll wait for a re-release...
Feralstorm
Frontpaged? Neat. I wasn't sure if this qualified as news or not, so I put it in the toys section.

The pics come from a Japanese friend (occasionally posts here as Convoymus) from when the traveling TF Museum event came close to his home town. I think there was a little 'pit' of sample toys for kids and others to mess with, and BB was in there (probably the hydro-jet-pack-thing too, somewhere)
Optimus Clyde
Errmmm.... Not sure yet. Need to see comparison pics/vid against the original Deluxe and the Activators version.
Bovril
Something's very wrong with that 'Bee... perhaps the proportions or the face? He just doesn't have any character.
newmanium
It's about time we see this thing up close. Not too excited about the gold, but he's the only animated figure I am willing to buy overseas. Hope he comes out soon.
Backscatter
I like it but I agree also with Batman.
SPLIT LIP
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Originally Posted by Bovril View Post
Something's very wrong with that 'Bee... perhaps the proportions or the face? He just doesn't have any character.
I know exactly what it is.

The eyes are too soft and the horns are too low set on the head (and pointing too far out) combined with the classic Bumblebee smirk makes him look very odd.

If he had the Deluxe's head he'd be perfect. As it stands the Deluxe is still the most accurate, but this one's transformation is quite cool in the legs.
rhinox1701
Nice. Very sweet. Want one.
Spekkio
I don't see stingers....
JacobPGalvatron
Yeah, I think I'm sticking with the regular ol' deluxe figure.
Nerdicon
I love all things Animated... Except this. I'm usually all for anything new but... It's ugly... And I hate saying that.
SPLIT LIP
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Originally Posted by Spekkio View Post
I don't see stingers....
Yeah, I just noticed taht he was missing those.

Then again, we've yet to get an Optimus toy with his grapplers, which are almost as defining as his axe.
Feralstorm
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Originally Posted by SPLIT LIP View Post
I know exactly what it is.

The eyes are too soft and the horns are too low set on the head (and pointing too far out) combined with the classic Bumblebee smirk makes him look very odd.

If he had the Deluxe's head he'd be perfect. As it stands the Deluxe is still the most accurate, but this one's transformation is quite cool in the legs.
Yeah, the horns point more out than up in this toy, apparently.

The head doesn't seem quite so squashed/wide/odd to me in these older shots of the Hasbro toy. ( Look at that nice plain yellow. If only... ) Might be a funny angle in the new pic.

SPLIT LIP
Squashed head could be the angle, but the horns and eyes are deffinately an issue.

And yeah, the Hasbro version looks so much nicer. Though both are missing black details, and the Hasbro one is missing the leg stripe.
Cal
Love the new sig, Feralstorm. Although I doubt Ratchet would agree.
The_Black_Sheep
The sculpt looks ok but I really don't care for a Hydrodive Goldbug... I've got a feeling he'll eventually get a Hasbro release (sometime next year?) but what about his wavemate Goldfire Grimlock? Surely someone wants him..?
kenm2474
Gonna pass it looks like. He just looks off to me. I have the original anyway.
MC.Paddington1
YES! BUMBLEBEE HAS CLEARED ALL PRICE POINTS! OUR JOURNEY IS OVER! ETERNAL HAPPINESS ENSURES! Very nice looking figure, btw.
Skyclaw
I still dont understand how anyone can buy these things!! horrible!!
Thundercrackah
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Originally Posted by Skyclaw View Post
I still dont understand how anyone can buy these things!! horrible!!
Some people may like things you don't?

It's not a difficult concept to grasp.
Soundscream
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Originally Posted by Skyclaw View Post
I still dont understand how anyone can buy these things!! horrible!!
Horrible is the thing in your sig. Now move along.
Bendimus Prime
I actually like the look of the toy in general, but I'm with everyone else that I wish he was Animated USA yellow compared to the gold. I'll have to see how the whole thing looks together before I make a decision.
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Originally Posted by Soundscream View Post
Horrible is the thing in your sig. Now move along.
Robogeek28
Definately liking this mold over the deluxe version.
miscreant
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Originally Posted by Skyclaw View Post
I still dont understand how anyone can buy these things!! horrible!!
"Collection Count: G1, Encore & Classics only!"


We can't all be as enlightened as you it seems.
Feralstorm
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Originally Posted by Skyclaw View Post
I still dont understand how anyone can buy these things!! horrible!!
Don't look now, but I think J*hnator has hacked your account!
Bumble-b
The head looks like a Power Ranger's, and the gold paint job kinda makes me want to pass
Brave Magnus
I dont know you guys but i am getting that one. If it gets released here.

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