And while most fans are still enjoying our first in-hand images of the new Masterpiece MP-44 Convoy / Optimus Ver. 3.0, now we can share for you new and fresh in-hand images of the upcoming Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-45 G1 Bumblebee Ver. 2.0.
This is a new updated Masterpiece mold of the classic small yellow Autobot scout. Similar to MP-44 Convoy / Optimus this figure is designed with cartoon-accurate proportions in both modes. The images reveal some very interesting details about the transformation and comparison shots with the original Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and several other Masterpiece figures. Talking about comparisons, it’s good to notice that while MP-45 Bumblebee is smaller than MP-21 in alt mode, the new Masterpiece Bumblebee is taller than his predecessor in robot mode. We can feel some “mass-shifting magic” on this new Bumblebee incarnation.
This mold also features a very wide range of posability and several interchangeable faces and other accessories like a new Spike figurine which is also fairly articulated for its size. Transformation proves to be part intuitive and part complex in some steps. Some compromises had to be made to get the cartoon accurate proportions, like the now classic infamous backpack and the back of the feet.
Check out all the images, as well as a video review, after the jump. Was this a real improvement over the original MP Bumblebee figure? Will you add MP-45 as your definite Bumblebee into your collection? Let us know your impressions on the ongoing discussion on the 2005 Boards!