Monday, 26 September 2016

Masterpiece Bumble Red Body MP-21R

Profile (Translated from the Trading Card)
Function: Intelligence Agent
Motto: "The least likely can be the most dangerous."
Bumble is the smallest Cybertron warrior. His size however is an advantage as he's able to infiltrate where others are reluctant to go. Has exceptional vision enabling him to detect enemy sensors in hostile territory. Bumble admires Commander Convoy and although he lacks the speed and strength he is always keen to make the effort in order to be recognised.
STR:2; INT:8; SPD:4; END:7; RNK:7; CRG:10; FBL:1; SKL:7

Masterpiece Bumble Red Body version released in 2015 was a figure exclusive to stores participating in the Cybertron Satellite promotion. The figure itself is based on the 1984 red Bumblebee released by Hasbro; this itself was not an error but a production decision to release the same figure in two colours to expand the toy line.

In my opinion despite this being the third mould of Masterpiece Bumble, this figure is far superior than the other two released. The glossy red finish together with the chromed bumpers give this figure a premium look. The joints are nice and tight and there aren't any signs of the mould being degraded.

My only complaints would be that the faces are not as easy to remove as its previous releases, plus I think this should have come with the battle mask face as well; additional accessories are rather sparse compared to MP-21 and MP-21G. One more negative is that the chromed rear bumper keeps falling off; when I initially opened the box I thought it was missing. Its easy enough to put back though, but it will fall off again - though this may just be an issue with my figure.

Despite these minor negative points, if you haven't got a Masterpiece Bumblebee yet, buy this one - its cheaper than Hasbros domestic version as well (in the UK at least - at time of writing this is £44.99 at Kapow Toys and Hasbros Bumblebee is £79.99 at Toys R Us).

Vehicle Mode: Volkswagen Type 1 (Translated from the instruction booklet)
Ages after the Ark crashed into Earth, machines were scanned during the Transformers revival and Bumbles form was chosen as a Volkswagen Type 1. With his charming and cute rounded form, Bumble is the embodiment of a mascot. His interior is in pink, on his exterior there is a Cybertron marking on the right hand side of his hood and the characters on his licence plate read out “I Love New York”. Bumbles motto is drive safely, he doesn't have much confidence with speed. Not very good at driving on rough mountainous roads, being too worried about falling from cliff edges and is not very good at jumping out of the way. On the other hand his small form gives him excellent agility and he will sprint up the bodies of his enemy to knock the weapons out of their hands.
His name “Bumble” has been shortened from Bumblebee from the overseas version.
Bumblebee is a suitable name for him given his yellow and black colouring and his swift strikes to the enemy.

Robot Mode: Bumble (Translated from the instruction booklet)
Function: Intelligence Agent
Motto: "The least likely can be the most dangerous."
Bumble is the smallest of the early Cybertron warriors. The size of his body does not give him a lot of power and he is also slow but he makes use of his small size by bravely undertaking reconnaissance and infiltration missions. Excellent search capabilities and in enemy territory he is able to detect enemy sensors before they pick up his companions. Has a friendly demeanour; defends his friends by taking the initiative at times when they are outnumbered such as with the nefarious imp Kremzeek and B.O.T. Compassionate, even mourns the death of those who have caused no end of trouble. He is courageous, confronting enemies larger than himself when he is by himself; he will even fulfil diving missions when his own life is at risk. On the other hand he is very sensitive, worried about running out of energy and will put off fixing immediate problems. Such as the time when he was dying from Cosmic Rust, Bumble wishes to die on his home planet. He can also be lazy and is found loitering around from time to time. Trusts Commander Convoy with his life, motivated to exceed Convoy’s expectations. Can be incapacitated in battle following accidents such as falling from cliff tops or nearly drowning in waterfalls and is often taken hostage by the enemy. Part of Bumbles charm is that he combines both his bravery with his weaknesses. The earthling boy Spike is his good friend and they rarely ever apart.

Weapon: Lazer Gun (Translated from the instruction booklet)
This is Bumblebees small weapon. Featured in episode 46 “Trans-Europe Express”, using this weapon he fought against the Stuntrons alongside Tracks and Streak. Additionally in this battle he was able to display his excellent marksmanship when he entered a tornado with the Pearl of Jehuddin, destroying it with a single shot.

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