One of the most anticipated figures shown off at Toy Fair 2017 for me was Movie Masterpiece Bumblebee. A higher end, more detailed, more complicated version of Bee than what has come previously with plans for semi-in-scale future figures. As someone who enjoys the Movieverse version of Bumblebee and his alt form Camaro, getting a definitive version was welcome. We have the Asian version in hand, which is out now and shipping from site sponsor TFSource. Read on to check out some additional thoughts and then head on over to Reflector @ TFW2005 to see all 65+ HD pics!
MPM-3 Bumblebee : Additional Thoughts
Normally I don’t go into wordy reviews because we all see the same pics and vids, leading up to release and when it’s out – you’ll get it if you dig it. However, I wanted to drop some feedback here. There are a couple issues that are unnecessary and otherwise detract from a great figure.
Alt Mode issues – If this is supposed to be a “general Bumblebee”, then getting specific points on the alt mode isn’t that much of an issue. I let things slide (in my head) when mass-release versions are not exact due to price, time, etc. However, this is supposed to be Masterpiece Bumblebee, and specifically Movie 1 Bumblebee. There are multiple things with the Alt Mode that are just flat wrong if that’s the case.
1 – The front fascia (front end) of the car is wrong. It’s a 2010 mass market Camaro SS version. This is what most toys are, aside from Transformers, because it was the flagship version of the car. However, the concept Camaro seen in the movie was different. The movie is closer to what the 2010 Camaro LS/LT (aka V6) version is. The movie version had what became the V6 bumper lines, and a “mail slot” vent on the upper fascia. The mass market 2010 SS version had the beefier lower lines, and the mail slot. The mass market 2010 LT version had the concept lower lines and NO mail slot. So, this toy has those features exactly backwards.
2 – The wheels are the wrong color. The color used is very close to Chevy’s Midnight Silver option on the 2010 Camaros. It’s should be a bright silver / chrome.
3 – The sidemarkers (side turn signal lights) are from the mass market release. The concept one in the movie had custom thin versions. All versions of Bee did.
4 – The mirrors are from the mass market release. Concept movie version had custom thin mirrors. All version of bee did.
5 – Door handles should have been custom thin, and silver. These look molded off the mass release car, and painted black which neither version had.
6 – Color is off – the color yellow used on this is very similar to the mass market Camaro release, Rally Yellow. No version of Bumblebee used this yellow, and not many, if any, previous Bumblebee toys by Hasbro or Takara used this yellow. See this pic below for how starkly wrong it is even by toy standards.
All this leads me to believe that someone phoned it in on this one. They took a base 2010 Camaro SS mass market 3D file and style guide, chopped it up (brilliantly), and called it Bumblebee. But no one paid attention to the finer details above that makes MOVIE 1 BUMBLEBEE special. Which is sad for a definitive Masterpiece version.
Bot mode issues – Not many here. Engineering is great, but there are some issues with execution.
1 – Balance and weight. The figure is very top heavy, back heavy. I can accept that. However, the legs, specifically lower legs, can’t hold this weight well. There are two little slots down by the feet that are supposed to snap in. Those pop out with dynamic positioning. There is a little peg that pops down behind those slots to add balance. Helps, but doesn’t address things. There are also two extensions that go back behind the figure. These, if they weren’t floppy as hell, would have worked. But they might as well not be there because with any weight due to a dynamic pose, they just bend to the will of the weight. Bottom line, posing him in anything but traditional angles is a nightmare, and if you need to slightly adjust something you will probably need to start over getting the feet right.
2 – Head – the lack of ball joint sucks for dynamic posing. If you get his body in a running or ducking style pose, his head is always cocked weird like he’s got a neck brace on.
3 – Overall – not “tight”. He isn’t loose or flimsy per say. But he doesn’t hold poses well. You adjust the arms, the chest moves. Adjust the chest, the legs move. Feet issues above. Fix those, the back wings move out of place. Getting him “right” is just a pain in the ass.
Now, all that being said, still love the figure. Once you do “get him right”, he’s great. I’d really like him to be a bit bigger, but if it means getting bots close to scale, then I’m ok with it. Just keep it consistent long term.
It’s a valiant first attempt, I’d love to see these issues addressed in a re-issue down the road. Bring on Optimus. And Barricade. And Ironhide, and ….
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