Bumblebee Movie Energon Igniters Speed Series Volkswagen Bumblebee

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  1. Vertex

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    New movie (that trailer, eh?) and new look for old star that's like his old look when he was new, in those unsuspecting days they called 1984, and when I first read the word "Autobot" you can guess whose card it was written on.

    He's rotated 180 degrees since then though, deciding to copy Optimus and Ironhide and have his headlights on his chest:

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    Rotate the package 180 degrees, and you will be faced with this:

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    It speaks with unforkèd tongue.

    Let's let him out!

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    Warning colours and a face-sculpt that's possibly not quite as good as the Camaro one (not sure yet) but I still like it.
    Shame about the little paint dots on his forehead, will have a go at removing them later.
    He lacks door-wings, as a Geewunbee should.

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    He lacks proper backs to his legs too, but since he's an alien robot we can pretend that's just the way he's built.

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    Articulation is okay: shoulders are on ball-joints but while they can come inwards across his chest, they can't move outwards very far.
    Hips are ball-joints and knees are a hinge.
    Toes dip downwards but that's really for transformation. (Energon Igniters Core not included!)

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    This, of course, is probably the main selling point of this figure...

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    Transformation is fun, less fiddly than the Camaro version, and most importantly produces a rather lovely Volkswagen Beetle.
    With one wing-mirror on the left-hand side, just as it should be!

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    All the hues of a Herbie banana

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    Jet exhaust? He's not Thrust II, but...

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    He is an Energon Igniter!

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    I like the design of the Core, and it looks suitably Frankenmachineian as a trailer; somewhere Wheeljack is reaching for his pencil.
    Like his wave-mates, VW Bee rolls very well, and here we see why he needs to...

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    ...he shifts! Sometimes further than others, but he zips enthusiastically along on a flat surface, the gimmick definitely achieving what it set out to do, and without compromising the toy's design either (unless you regard the 5mm hole as a compromise instead of a fun feature that can be used with 5mm posts attached to a myriad other TFnal things; I'd say it wins on points at least, but your mileage may vary).

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    He's a bit shorter than his new future self, which again I believe is movie design-appropriate.

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    CARE BARE BEE STARE, HIVE EYES LIE EVERYWHERE

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    Thanks to @scubaboy31 for pointing this out to me --- GERBEES!

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    Carbees.

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    Honeycombin' the streets, lookin' for the AllSpark.

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    Fresh from the Wasp Factory. Pomiss, Fwank? :eek: :( 

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    Which do you prefer?

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    And the cast so far (as my shelves can present them) takes a bow.

    To conclude, this is a fun and inexpensive toy with an amusing gimmick that works well and my favourite of the new Legions (ahem, EISStobots) so far.

    Pretty pleased I picked him up!

    :) :) :) o_O ;) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) 
     
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  2. Fallout

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    i got this and optimus 2-fer-1 yesterday because they wouldn't ring up. bee is adorable, but holy shit is he tall, with short arms to boot. still adorable though.
     
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    Nice review!
    This one is definitely on my short list. It looks like a real throwback to the quality Legion/Legends figures from the DotM line.
     
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    I know many here don't utilize the instruction sheet, but I'm at a loss for Bumblebee's first step. It implies his back piece (which makes up the front windshield and part of the hood of his VW mode) should be moved up to lay against the back of Bumblebee's head. Mine came with this piece already in position, and I can see how it should move, but i don't think it does. Thankfully, transformation to either mode isn't hindered by this, but it's weird that it's even there to begin with.
     
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    Picked one up today in DTLA Target. He is cute!
     
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    I’m pretty sure the piece was changed after the instructions were written. There is no way to move it now.
     
  7. kylash327

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    Is this the only Legends style VW movie B we're getting?
     
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    As far as has been revealed, yes. Don’t let the compatibility with the Energon Igniter Core fool you though, these Speed Series toys are legit Legion class figures.
     
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    Earlier today I picked up both Bumblebees, Optimus, and Barricade. These are really good mini-toys. Very solid-feeling and sturdy. They also look great!
     
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    Got this guy and Prime from Target today. Both are very solid little legends figures, very much the same as the smaller legends figures we’ve been getting for over a decade. As much as other lines change it’s kind of comforting to still be getting these consistently solid little figures.

    As for the action feature I’d say it’s perfectly implemented because it’s totally unnoticeable and doesn’t compromise any other aspect of the figure. Nice work, Hasbro.
     
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    Bludgeonbee.
     
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    Well, got me one of these, and since I'm unable to let strange things in the instructions that don't work well enough alone, I set out to try to get the back piece to move. It is actually designed to move, as I found out through some experimentation. The trick is to not put any stress on the weak parts, and push gently in one direction from this point with a screwdriver (on both sides of the piece one after the other), and push on the windshield/rooftop from the other side:

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    (ignore the scrapes from my earlier attempts before I found out the best place to push...:oops: )

    You only need to push at the very bottom with a flat-head screwdriver, on both sides of the piece alternately. The piece is tapering to the bottom, and if you push/accidentally shave off a teeensy bit of plastic on the very bottom there, the piece will move. After the first attempt, mine now gently clicks into each position and holds it's position there.

    Be careful when you push those first few times, and work your way with the screwdriver. You will almost certainly shave off some plastic from the bottom as you do this, but it seems molded a bit too long for it's intended function. As soon as it moved the first time, I stopped using the screwdriver and moved it back and forth a few times, and it seems to work as intended now.

    From:

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    to:

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    It gives him a better profile and proportions IMHO, and he looks nicer afterwards:

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    It only took a few minutes to do this when I found the right approach, but be careful if you want to try it, don't pull on any delicate parts!
     

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    Cool! Thank you!
     
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    Anyone else's have an unpainted windscreen?