Takara Tomy MP-45 Bumblebee 2.0

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  1. Ash17

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    Does anyone have pictures or know of a tutorial, video, that shows how to fix his loose leg and hip joints? Like how to take it apart and put it back together? I got mine from TFSource, and of course they don’t have any to replace mine with the super loose joints.
     
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    @Jarrod did a breakdown a few pages back about the loose hip joint. The skinny is that a rivet/mushroom peg isn't pushed in far enough to secure the swivel joint against the plastic. When I took him apart, I found it to be a very interesting joint, but also thought that if not done correctly, there could be some issues.

    I believe this issue is due to the size and complexity of Bee than a general QC issue.
     
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  3. Robotmonkeys

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    Wow! That’s what I’m talking about! It’s hard to believe this figure (the way you have him posed) transforms!
    You bring them to life!
    @chchchch What are they talking about?
     
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  4. Ash17

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    Oh thank you! Any idea what page that might have been on by any chance?
     
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  6. WinstoBot

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    Did you file down the faces or were they this good out of the box?
     
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    Out of interest, do people think that TT could have engineered the backpack to fold together more neatly? And the feet? Or does it look impossible?

    Obviously a hard thing to guess, but I know we have some engineer-minded people on these groups!

    It would be interesting to see if there would be any companies making add-ons or even an improved KO.
     
  8. chchchch

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    Well, the answer is complicated! :lol  I believe they are on their way to the amusement park from the beginning of Desertion of the Dinobots, and Spike is explaining amusement parks to Bumblebee. I base this on the fact that the laughing face Bumblebee is using here was likely based on the screenshot after Carly disables his equilibrium circuit in said episode, as noticed by @Sam! This is also why the laughing face has the unnaturally wide eyes, because it's also a surprised face!

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    So mine came in and I already have a question:

    Was he always this loose out the box?

    That and shitty backpack/feet aside, I do like how it looks from the front as well as some of the poses it can do(fingers!)
     
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    Anyone know a color match for MP-45? I need to touch up some parts.

    Any help would be really appreciated...thanks
     
  11. timcourtois

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    Takara Tomy MP-45 Bumblebee 2.0

    ambitron says Tamiya lemon yellow
     
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  12. Paco Grande

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    I’ve had mine for a week. Finally had time to transform him back to alt mode last night. My thoughts on the figure are similar to a lot of you. I think it looks fantastic from most posing angles in both modes. The backpack is fine in hand. The back of the feet are obviously not great but not that noticeable on the shelf. The prices going up sucks but as long as I’m getting that 30% preorder discount it’s tolerable for me so far. It’s a pain to line up the panels when transforming to alt mode, but not too bad. Larger range on the waist swivel would have been nice. Overall I think TT did well considering the size and how different the modes are from each other. He looks like he jumped out of the toon, especially the head sculpt! I love his laughing face!

    Issues on my copy are an insanely loose waist swivel (but the rotation is so limited it’s fine), hips are a little loose but ok for posing, the yellow paint on the clear parts is not as good as the other parts so the alt mode is a bit uneven like MP-12. The paint on mine overall is good with no obvious things like chips or hairs in the paint. The faces are all good except his right eye on the laughing face is a little wonky. But from a reasonable distance away it looks fine. So far I’m not getting paint chips but I’m extremely gently with my MPs.

    I’m planning to open up his waist and see if I can clean up the glue/paint that’s apparently causing the loose joints.

    Here are a few quick shots.

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    Normal viewing distance, looks good!

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    How could anyone not love me? I’m so cute!

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    Things I’ve noticed about placing the backpack that helped. Red circle: you can tab here on both sides. It’s not in the instructions and I didn’t see Wotafa do it in his review. I find it helps compress the lower half a bit more. Blue circle: you can tell you have his fake spare tire in the right spot when the little notch on the part is over the wipers. I can hang him from his backpack and it holds in place. There’s no obvious tabbing but on mine it doesn’t move.

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    Cheers!
     
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  13. boomerdave

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    Got mine and other than a real small chip on the edge of the fake chest down low, he looks really good...I'll touch that up later but it doesn't bug me a ton.

    Just wanted to add that the slider bar in the backpack that @Dean ML and others pointed out helped a ton pegging his backpack in. I never would have known that was a slider bar in that joint if you hadn't posted a picture of it like you did. Once I slid it outwards and compressed the back he locked right in. :) 

    Maybe I was not expecting to like it much so I had low expectations, but I actually do like it quite a bit! When you're not on 150% zoom on his feet and backpack, it doesn't really bother me. He really is quite small so therefore, the issues are small in hand.

    I don't think it's worth the asking price but it's a mighty fine Bumblebee in my mini bot display none the less. Still debating to extend his legs all the way or go with the shorter "knee pad" look for my display.
     
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  14. Xaxis

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    YEAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!

    These are the kind of shots that I always look forward to seeing from you, and this set is a great one! I love the walking/talking with Spike shot, the running pose, and the kneeling/shooting pose. All really capture the character and I can hear Dan Gilvezan's voice just looking at these (I can hear it when I hold my copy too, of course).

    I haven't read through all of your recent posts yet, so I'm not sure if you've mentioned this already. What's your impression of the waist rotation? I think it's interesting how they made the hip skirts and hip joints independently moveable so that the skirts can be moved out of the way of the back, and they can kind of "lock" the waist rotation when it's an unwanted movement.
     
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  17. chchchch

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    Hahaha thanks, I knew someone was gonna interpret it that way!! :lol  Should have lined it up with the shoulder... :lol 
     
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    :lol  Wouldn't you wanna shut up that laughing face too?!
     
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  20. [Wing_Saber-X]

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    @guys: keep up the fantastic pictorials of MP45 Bumblebee ver 2.0!
    So refreshing to see everytime I open this thread up!
     
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