Sunday, 3 January 2016

Masterpiece Bumble G-2 ver MP-21G

Profile (Trading Card)
Function: Intelligence Agent
Motto: "The least likely can be the most dangerous."
Bumble is the smallest Cybertron warrior; overcoming his small size he has been in countless battles and has grown to become a first class warrior. With his favourite weapon enhanced and equipped with a jet pack he is able to take part in aerial or ground activities. He is now one of the best Cybertron fighters.

This is the second Masterpiece Bumble released following on from the original MP-21 Bumble released in 2014. This version is slightly cheaper (by 500 Yen / $4) as it comes with slightly different accessories. The original MP-21 came with 2 alternate faces (stern and a smile), a laser gun and Spike in the Exo-Suit. This version comes with 3 faces (the G1 styled mask already fitted), a laser gun and a Jet Pack.

This figure is based on the 1993 Generation 2 version of Bumblebee which is a gold chromed repaint of the 1984 mould. This is the first G2 version available domestically in Japan seeing as the original was only ever released by Hasbro. Rather than a gold chrome finish the plastic is just painted gold which isn't a bad thing as I'd think it would look far too garish otherwise.

It has been slightly remoulded on the chest / roof section where the main Autobot logo would be. On the original MP-21 there is a moulded Autobot logo, on this one its just a flat surface as the figure comes with additional stickers where you can either opt for a G1 or G2 styled logo.

The jet pack Bumble comes with is also from the G1 cartoon episode, Dinobot Island which is a much better addition than the awkward Exo-Suit which came with the original.

I found the quality of this Bumblebee much better then the first, however my only initial complaint is the faces were far too difficult to remove, certainly for the first time. I had to dismantle the head in order to take the face off.

Volkswagen Type 1 Vehicle Mode (Translation from the instruction booklet)
On Earth, machines were scanned and Bumble was given a Volkswagen Type 1 form. With his charming and cute rounded form, Bumble is the embodiment of a mascot. Always safety conscious and is not very confident of his speed being quite fragile on rough roads and unable to jump. The previous Bumble did not much confidence when he was in vehicle mode. In transition to the G-2 era, although his alternate mode did not change he was now coated in shiny gold paint, a classic vehicle oozing beauty and luxury. Although Bumble did not have much confidence with his driving after his experience in combat he became much braver. Because of his small cars unique size, he has impressive manoeuvrability and even shines as an amphibious vehicle. Bumble has grown with confidence into a first class warrior. However what hasn't changed is the fact he still gets into scrapes and goofs around.

Bumble Robot Mode (Translation from the instruction booklet)
Function: Intelligence Agent
Motto: "The least likely can be the most dangerous."
Bumble is a small Cybertron warrior, physically weaker than the others. Yet, Bumble uses his small stature to bravely undertake dangerous missions such as reconnaissance and infiltration. Has excellent search capabilities; when in hostile territory his sensors detect enemies faster than anyone and he can predict exit routes with his high performance radar. Although friendly and charming he will complete a mission without regard to his own life and equipped with great courage. Mentally weak; when he has suffered a serious injury he wishes for death. His previous incompetence in battle allowed him to become a prisoner or hostage during battle. Bumble has now overcome the trials of the battlefield and has overcome the handicap of his small body with confidence and has grown to become one of the best Cybertron warriors. In the past he was seen as friendly and powerless, now enemies and allies alike respect him as a top warrior. Bumbles affable personality has never changed though and is still close friends with Spike and his family even today. He continues to share a deep bond with humans.

Main Equipment of Bumble (Translation from the instruction booklet)
Bumbles main weapon is his small laser gun. While his guns output has been enhanced his skill has also improved and is able to master the firearm even in hectic combat situations furthermore increasing his experience. He is now equipped for aerial combat with his jet pack widening the playing field now he can take to both the ground and air.

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