Bumble the Snowbot came from Cybertron With a bristle broom and a carrot nose And two eyes made of Energon Bumble the Snowbot Is a Kup Tale they say He was made of snow, but the Pretenders know How he came to life one day There might be an Allspark Shard In that old top hat they found For when they placed it on his head He began to dance around Oh, Bumble the Snowbot Was alive as he could be The Pretenders say he could laugh and play Just the same as you and me With the coming of Christmas Optimus Prime I felt that you can't have an Optimus without a Bumblebee. Originally I toyed with the idea of doing an Elf Bumblebee (using the film Elf's Green and Yellow design for him) but remembering we had a white Bumblebee, as well as my brother (when he was a baby) believing Frosty brought presents on Christmas, I decided to make a snowman Bumblebee to go along with Santa Optimus. And this thread will not only showcase him but also teach you how to make your own! STEP 1- PREPPING YOUR FIGURE As stated this came about because of Bugbite being a thing, meaning I only had to do a little work on creating Bumble. I started by using Isopropyl alcohol (50%) and some q tips to remove Bugbite's faction logo. Dip the q-tip in and then apply to the chest. A few times I let the alcohol sit on the chest for a minute or too before I began to scrub. You'll notice at first only a small black mark come up on the q-tip but as you work the black paint will weaken its hold until it all scrubs right off. Took about 5 to 10 minutes AT MOST STEP TWO- THE FACE For this you will need some blue and orange paint. Find the smallest brush you can and put the bare minimum of blue paint on the tip before CAREFULLY going into the eye and changing it from red to blue. I used a bright blue testors paint that I love to use for Autobot eyes, as it just has the right bright glowing color. If you get any on the face use a pin to carefully scratch it off; Testors sets quick but doesn't lock on fully right away so you can scrap off excess. For the nose do the same thing as the eye, carefully using your orange to paint it in. STEP 3- BODY DETAILS This is all up to you. I decided to go rather basic and just painted the little circles on his shoulders white and do the coal buttons. But as you can see the figure as a ton of detail work so you could easily go in and paint more white areas to make him even more snowy. I considered briefly doing the shoulders white, for example, to make it look like snow had fallen on them. But I decided I wanted the black to remain as much as possible. The big thing is the chest. Three black dots for his coal buttons. STEP 4- The Scarf I tried several different things but in the end good ol fashion crafting ribbon worked best for me. You can pick any color you want but I went with Blue as that felt good and Christmas-y. Tie it like you would an actual scarf and then slowly bend and work the ribbon until it lays down as you want. Thinner the better for the ribbon, as that way it doens't hide his face. There are other options, of course, like actual fabric, but ribbon is your best bet. STEP 5- THE ACCESSORIES Okay, this is where many of you will need to step out of your comfort zone. Sculpty is a wonderful molding clay that I love to use for art projects. Cheap but solid. And paintable if you want to go that route OR you can get it already in all the colors of the rainbow. I personally now use white sculpty blocks (or a similar brand) but that is up to you... though you'll see why white might be best in a bit. I created three accessories for Bumble: His battered top hat, his broom, and a snowball for his bazooka. I"ll go over each one's build process now, starting from easiest to hardest. SNOWBALL- Get a bit of sculpty and roll it into a ball that is a touch bigger than you want it to be. Pinch the bottom to form a cone-like shape/plug. Take this and press it lightly into the bazooka barrel, this will help it lock in later. While its in the barrel take a seamstress pin (or anything small with a round top) and begin to dimple the surface of the snowball. Light rapid presses, over and over, to give it the 'made by a child's hands' look. Carefully remove from the bazooka, redipple any spots that get smoothed, and put on some wax paper or tin foil. BROOM- Take some wire (I like to use old metal coat hangers... thick and strong) and cut it to the length of the broom handle. Take sculpty and cover the whole thing and then begin rolling that against a flat smooth surface. As the clay stretches cut off the ends. Your goal is to BARELY have the metal covered. As you go keep checking the handle by sliding it into Bumble's hand; when it can slide in easily you are there. I left a slight swelling of clay near the top of the broom to stop it from going all the way through so he could properly hold the broom. For the broom head take the clay and make a rectangle. round off the bottom and then lightly press the sides to give it the banded broom shape. Now, using a pin, begin to rapidly scrape the claw from bottom to top, going around all sides. Do several passes. This is to give it a broom bristle texture. Lightly lift it up and at the top poke a TON of holes into the clay; shallow but rapid pokes. This again helps make it look like its a ton of bristles. Finally, roll a thin strip of clay and press it lightly at the pushed in part of the broom to create the bristle brand. Take the end of a paint brush and push it into the broom head to make a hole for the broom handle to go in and then press them together. Do a final check on the bristle for places you smoothed out but touching and correct. Put with Snowball. HAT- Roll out a cyilinder to the size your want and then cut off a coin-size piece. flatten this to make your brim. Attach the two by lightly pressing them together. Next, take the clay and gently press the hat onto Bumble's head, wiggling it as you go so it isn't a super tight fit. You want to create indents for the head and horns. Remove and then use a pin or knife to cut a line where the band should be on the hat. When you are done back. And this is why you should be ready with paints... the clay is gonna burn with how small everything is: STEP 6- PAINTING ACCESSORIES Luckily you are almost at the end! For each item do several coats of paint. For the snowball I did basic white. For the broom I painted the bristles yellow and the band brown. I didn't paint the handle as the burnt clay was the right shade of brown. The hat is up to you... I did blue with a yellow band to homage Bumblebee/Goldbug. I also switched his bazooka for the one that I believe SG Goldbug came with but you could keep the purple and do a purple hat. Or repaint the bazooka. Do several coats (I did three because I wanted the hat to not be fully a solid color for the worn beaten look) and then seal with a matte finish. And with that you have Bumble the Snowbot!