LEGO Bumblebee

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  1. octobotimus

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    Any time I watch a review from em, those walls in the intro always have me on edge. I would be terrified of everything going flying from one simple misstep. :lol 
     
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    Call me crazy, but I think I like Bee a little bit more because it's NOT just an awkward looking copy of G1 Bee.

    It feels more like "LEGO Bumblebee" than Prime feels like a ground up LEGO Prime.
     
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    I want to love Prime more but his waist joint is just a real pita.

    Still, I’ll likely get this to go with him, lol.
     
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    This interview with the designer (around the 9 min mark) is pretty enlightening. It sounds like the team really struggled with this design. Watching the hand-on transformation step-by-step, it seems a LOT more complex than their Prime.



    That being said, I do wish the window stayed on the figure, even if it stayed attached the legs. In fact, looking at how it transformed, one could maybe mod it so that the windows end up on the backs of the lower legs, based on where the sections under the windows move to.

    I'm sure there will be a million mods that people put out there (like the knee builds for Prime).
     
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    This was such a great interview with Sam. It's really cool to see all that goes into these LEGO Transformers design-wise.
    I'm sure the community will come together and create mods to make this however you want it. We can eliminate the parts forming somehow - maybe another hinge joint to fold up under the torso/rib area??? I would really like to see if we can create knee joints like we did for Prime.

    I'll happily pick this up to play with it and mod it. Prime was so fun to build, transform and mod!
    Let's GO!

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    No. Sam is a Senior Designer at LEGO. I know he was part of the Voltron figure years back. I believe Joe Kyde made Prime. He was originally working at Hasbro on Transformers during the Aaron Archer (Armada/Movies) Era.
     
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    the claw fingers are creeping me out!

    and only four total fingers?
     
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    Video.
     
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  9. bearytrek

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    the claw fingers are creeping me out!

    and only four total fingers?
     
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    Optimus has 4 as well
     
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    Another great vid review here

     
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    Finally! As someone living in India, this is the only Transformers product we can possibly buy. Because they have stopped importing Transformers in India. LEGO is our saviour. Thank Primus
     
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    Is it bad I hope they make a Lego Transformers game?
     
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    Is it too much to ask for knees?
     
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    For official Lego sets? THe answer is likely yes. The legs are too thin to put in the necessary joints to allow for knees AND keep stability.

    This is the key word people need to remember when talking about Lego. Official sets will always prioritize STABILITY over poseability. They want mechs to be able to stand, and stay standing for days and not have joints collapse from the weight of the model above the knees. It's why most mechs don't have knees, and the ones that do have significant build up around them.

    Nothings stopping you from MOCing your own knees in if you want, but you are asking too much from official Lego.
     
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  17. optimusmegas

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    There's a lot of bigger mechs in Ninjago right? They're stable right? Dunno why there's not something similar here. But they transform so it's probably a little give and take with what we get.
     
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    From what I’ve seen, none of those Ninjago mechs have knees, or at least most of them don’t.
     
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    You missed an important point. Even the ones that have knees...look at how built up the legs are. They're much bigger and thicker than Bumblebee's are. They HAVE to be bigger and thicker to accept 2 or more mechanisms to allow them to hinge, which is where the stability comes in. With how thin Bumblebee's legs are, there is nothing in the current Lego inventory that will allow for a knee bend yet not have it flop over every opportunity it will get. So yeah, it's a sacrifice for stability.

    Most mechs even in Ninjago and Monkie Kid don't have knees. Recently, Mei's Dragon Mech 80053 does have knees and it's kinda big, but look at the shaping of the torso, and the much more built up upper body of Bee vs. the Dragon Mech. Bee is carrying much more weight and is designed to transform, so Lego would have to add that stability somewhere. Removing the knees is where they do it.

    There's probably also other things that lead to this that isn't obvious from just pictures. Like I learned a lot about why Optimus was designed the way he was when building him. It's a chunky and weighty Lego set, and it's easy to see the decisions Lego designers made to make a stable, standing robot.
     
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  20. LoserBroadside

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    To add to what others are saying, I did one of the mods to my Prime to add knees, and while it was definitely possible, and does look nice in that it adds some casual bends to the legs, it's not conducive to any sort of real posing. He's just too top heavy, as I suspect Bumblebee would be. And the ratchets needed to support the weight too far apart for anything other than extreme angles of posing. Here is my modified prime, complete with my rebuilt matrix and matrix chamber. You can see the limitations of the knee possibility.
     

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