Studio Series 18 Bumblebee

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  1. Gallade

    Gallade I love JoJo!

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    Hello all! This is my second Transformers review and I'm super happy to really have this guy in hand! It's the one and only, Volkswagen Bumblebee! I am so in love with this figure, oh my god.
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    This figure is literally so cute. Is it weird I'm saying that? Oh well. So, the backdrop he comes with is in fact Charlie's garage(yes, we know). There's some speakers, tools, apparently another car on the right that's being worked on, and other junk. I'm honestly a bit curious about how this movie will turn out, especially with Travis Knight now directing it. Onto vehicle mode:
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    Okay, I have to admit. Getting this guy into vehicle mode was such a pain. Things came undone but that's probably just me being a dodo bird and not doing it correctly. Honestly, I gotta love the little beetle. It's so damn cute and pretty small in my opinion. Also, the Volkswagen symbol is actually located right on the hood near the front windshield. It's unpainted and my lighting is pretty poopy. But, it is there and I didn't even notice. Onto robot mode:
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    I really love this robot mode. He looks so cute and I like the accessories he comes with. The machine gun looking thing is pretty cool. It's painted pretty well and is quite small. His chainsaw blade is also pretty small and I didn't really think it'd be that small, nor did I think Bumblebee would be this small. His mask really gives me the Animated Bumblebee vibes. It looks very nice on him nonetheless! However, I do want to say to not lose any of these pieces! They can be lost so you can store the mask/face on his wings and the arms on the back of him. Or, have tiny plastic baggie and keep them in there and around Bumblebee. I also want to say that it was really hard for me to get his face off so I can put the mask on so I'd be happy if anyone here could tell me an easier way. When I put on the mask, it falls off quite easily as well when turning the head so that's an issue for me. But anyways, articulation on this figure is really nice for something so small. He has ankle tilts, a waist swivel, bicep swivel, and 360ยบ arm rotation but the wings can get in the way. His leg articulation is pretty nice. Head articulation on my copy is a bit of a bummer because his head always pops off when moving it around. He can't look up that much either. But regardless, I still love this little guy. He just seems full of emotion!
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    Awe, this makes me regret hating him. :( 
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    20180910_215226.jpg 20180910_215521.jpg So, you're probably wondering, should I get this? Honestly, I recommend him over the SS01 by so much. He's much more fun and more posable. His transformation to vehicle mode can be a pain and trust me, I can see some people probably freaking the hell out. But again, it's likely just me being a dodo bird. Is he worth $20? Errr, that's probably for you to decide. I honestly think I'd rather get him for around $16.99 like CHUG. But, yeah. Let me know if you have any other questions! I'll try checking in this page whenever I'm free.
     
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  2. Gepard

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    I picked one up the other day too, and yeah, he's pretty great. Of the three SS Bumblebee molds (and I'm counting the TLK deluxe here because he's being rereleased in the SS line), he's by far the best. Nothing is loose, he poses well, parts stay attached, his transformation is fun, his 'bot mode proportions are really good, and he's got great alt mode storage for his plentiful accessories. Nothing hanging off the back of his car mode here! Plus, Beetle! The car looks seriously good. Maybe it's just because we never get alt modes like this one, but it's got a lot of charm. We just don't see many car modes these days that aren't muscle-car inspired.

    Highly recommended.
     
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  3. OCProwl

    OCProwl Autobot Dad

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    Thanks for posting the review. He looks cute I might consider picking him up. Do you have SS Jazz for size comparison? Is he as small as that?
     
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  4. Gallade

    Gallade I love JoJo!

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    He is really adorable to have on the shelves. I unfortunately haven't found Jazz or Lockdown but I do remember someone had a video review or a pic of both of them. They're both actually around the same height.
     
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    looks super cute, but the back kibble kills me. he's rounder than i thought, but not as round as the movie model still. i'll have to see him in person, i guess.

    how are the grey bumper pieces attached? screwed, pinned or glued?
     
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  6. Gallade

    Gallade I love JoJo!

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    I'm at school right now but I'll check again when I get home.
     
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    Comparing him to the packaging renders he's pretty accurate, but I wish he was more like the finalized model.
     
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    I like him but damn he's small. The video review I watched makes this one the smallest figure. I know the SS is going for bot scale, but boy that seems to keep working in Hasbro's favor.
     
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  9. Shin Densetsu

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    So the gunarm, battle mask and blade can be stored in alt mode?
     
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    Yes. Sword stays attached to the arm, the gun arm plugs into the crotch, and the alternate face plugs under the front bumper.
     
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  11. Shin Densetsu

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    Excellent. Can it transform with the gun staying on as the arm?
     
  12. Gepard

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    Also yes. I haven't checked if his normal arm can fit into the altmode storage spot, but it has the slot on the armor to fit over the crotch tab, so...
     
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    Thanks for the review. Definitely gonna pick this up. I really like the face swapping and arm swapping gimmicks for this one!
     
  14. Gallade

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    @Fallout apparently it seems the bumper pieces are glued on. There are no pins or screws that I can see. Sorry for a late reply.
     
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    appreciate it, bud. hopefully they won't be too hard to wiggle free then.
     
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    I gotta say, even with the size issues, I'm impressed. As soon as I get this guy, I'm thinking I'll repurpose him as IDW Centurion too.
     
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    megatronix1002 All Hail Megatron!

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    Just awesome little figure I am liking it a lot! Even more so than the Highway Freedom set.
     
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  18. Gallade

    Gallade I love JoJo!

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    megatronix1002 All Hail Megatron!

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    Aweeee dont trip you will find Jazz soon.
     
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    Gallade I love JoJo!

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    Thank you! I hope to find him, but it's gonna be a sad day if I find him and Ironhide. :(