Monday 26 September 2016

Masterpiece Bumble Red Body MP-21R

Profile (Translated from the Trading Card)
MP-21R Cybertron Intelligence Agent Bumble
Function: Espionage
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

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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)
After the Ark had crash landed on Earth, a Volkswagen Type 1 was scanned for Bumble. With his charming and cute rounded form, Bumble is the embodiment of a mascot. He has a pink interior and on his exterior there is a Cybertron emblem on the right hand side of his hood; the characters on his licence plate read out “I Love New York”. Bumble’s motto is drive safely, he hates driving too fast. Doesn’t drive well on rough mountainous roads as is liable to fall from cliffs if he mistimes his jumps. On the other hand his small form gives him excellent agility and he will sprint up the larger bodies of his enemies and take the weapons from 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: Espionage
Motto: "The least likely can be the most dangerous."
Bumble is the smallest of the early Cybertron warriors. Despite not being very strong or fast, he bravely undertakes reconnaissance and infiltration missions taking advantage of his small size. Excellent search capabilities; in enemy territory he is able to detect enemy sensors before anyone else. Friendly and gentle, he will protect his friends despite his size disadvantage. He even mourns the death of those who have caused no end of trouble such as the nefarious imp Kremzeek and BOT. He is courageous, confronting enemies larger than himself and takes action at risk to his own life. On the other hand if he has enough energy he will put off fixing immediate problems. When infected with Cosmic Rust, Bumble wishes to return to his home planet to die. Lazy from time to time with poor time keeping and often loiters around. Trusts Commander Convoy with his life, motivated to exceed Convoy’s expectations. Often taken hostage in battle following incapacitating incidents such as falling from cliffs or nearly drowning in waterfalls. Part of Bumble's charm is his bravery and human-like weaknesses. Close friends with the human Spike and they rarely apart from each other.

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

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