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Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike

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Thanks to you friends over on the Planet Iacon Facebook page we have a full and much clearer image of Takara Tomy's Transformers Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Excel Suit Spike in glorious color! Enjoy the image mirrored below:

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Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574351)
Posted by wilcosu35 on May 15th, 2014 @ 11:34am CDT
he looks fantastic
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574370)
Posted by reysito on May 15th, 2014 @ 12:35pm CDT
I like the bumpers detail, here in latin america de VW Beetle was highly popular, Really like it very much, he looks great even with his backpack.
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574373)
Posted by Rated X on May 15th, 2014 @ 12:46pm CDT
Sheesh, the scale next to M-10 is horrible. In the cartoon, Bumblebee reaches about to Primes groin area. Here he reaches his knees. And the Lamborghini Countach is a fairly small car, so the VW alt mode is off scale as well. This Bumblebee would probally work better with classics figures and would scale nicely next to Toyworld Orion. If Michael Bay didnt make me hate Bumblebee so much, I might have bought this. But Im so sick of that character, I think Ill just stick with Art Feather Bumblebee.
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574374)
Posted by warzon3 on May 15th, 2014 @ 12:53pm CDT
I remember a couple episodes where he only stood up to the top of Primes shin area. The scale looks right to me.

Takara likes to use a lot of paint with their MP's and there are a lot of panels here, I just worry there is going to be a lot of paint chipping after the first few transformations...

I wish the hubcap on his back sat a little further down his back, more like the cartoon...
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574375)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on May 15th, 2014 @ 12:56pm CDT
Rated X wrote:Sheesh, the scale next to M-10 is horrible. In the cartoon, Bumblebee reaches about to Primes groin area. Here he reaches his knees


Let's focus on Robot Mode scale only, as that seems to be the main focus here. Pulling out the official Scale Guide reveals that MP Bumblebee is indeed scale with Optimus Prime, coming to between the knees and groin.

Of course, given the liberties the cartoon has taken scale is moot.
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574377)
Posted by Convoy on May 15th, 2014 @ 1:04pm CDT
I don't know why they made a flipping insignia for the roof if they're just going to tampograph another on the hood anyway.
What they need to do is slap a big fat rubsign on that thing so you know it's official! ;)
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574381)
Posted by Cyberpath on May 15th, 2014 @ 1:19pm CDT
I think the size is great.

When I think of height comparison between Optimus Prime and 'Bee this is generally the first scene that comes to mind:

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Though I'm sure that there may be scenes that show otherwise give or take.
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574392)
Posted by same138 on May 15th, 2014 @ 1:40pm CDT
Rated X wrote:Sheesh, the scale next to M-10 is horrible. In the cartoon, Bumblebee reaches about to Primes groin area. Here he reaches his knees. And the Lamborghini Countach is a fairly small car, so the VW alt mode is off scale as well. This Bumblebee would probally work better with classics figures and would scale nicely next to Toyworld Orion. If Michael Bay didnt make me hate Bumblebee so much, I might have bought this. But Im so sick of that character, I think Ill just stick with Art Feather Bumblebee.


I was intrigued by your comment about the car sizes so did a quick search and came up with 163 inches for the Lambo and 160.5 for the Beetle, 2.5 inches of a difference. A quick cut and paste of Alt mode 'Bee in the image with the Countach to line them up a little better shows a lot more than a scaled down 2.5".

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I still want him though, just 'cause he's a Beetle again at last.
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574393)
Posted by Diem on May 15th, 2014 @ 1:43pm CDT
This is all but guaranteed to get a US version, so I can hold out for that.
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574405)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 15th, 2014 @ 2:58pm CDT
Diem wrote:This is all but guaranteed to get a US version, so I can hold out for that.


If this does indeed get an American release, would it be ironic that this is the only Bumblebee that'll probably not shelfwarm? :lol:
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574412)
Posted by craggy on May 15th, 2014 @ 3:25pm CDT
Pika? Bumblechu!

Loving it. Though I am in agreement that the rotating panel on the roof/chest is a bit too much for what it's worth.
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574422)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 15th, 2014 @ 4:01pm CDT
Ah, so it's a page from the Transformers Generations 2014 book.
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574468)
Posted by autobot1979 on May 15th, 2014 @ 6:40pm CDT
This is sweet =P~
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574491)
Posted by Hammer on May 15th, 2014 @ 8:03pm CDT
Convoy wrote:I don't know why they made a flipping insignia for the roof if they're just going to tampograph another on the hood anyway.
What they need to do is slap a big fat rubsign on that thing so you know it's official! ;)


So both modes are cartoon accurate :)
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574517)
Posted by Convoy on May 15th, 2014 @ 9:17pm CDT
Hammer wrote:
So both modes are cartoon accurate :)



I'd buy that explanation if it didn't have the insignia on the foot in bot-mode. They might as well have made the hood panel flippable.
Where else am I supposed to complain?
I actually love it and the Exo-suit. I'll import it though it may show up in America. I think the quote about VW/Porche not supporting war machines may only be applicable to the first and subsequent live action movie(s).
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574518)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 15th, 2014 @ 9:22pm CDT
Convoy wrote:I think the quote about VW/Porche not supporting war machines may only be applicable to the first and subsequent live action movie(s).
It actually originated from back when Binaltech/Alternators was going on beginning back in 2003.
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574520)
Posted by Convoy on May 15th, 2014 @ 9:39pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Convoy wrote:I think the quote about VW/Porche not supporting war machines may only be applicable to the first and subsequent live action movie(s).
It actually originated from back when Binaltech/Alternators was going on beginning back in 2003.



I guess I forgot it went that far back. I do remember the weapon kerfuffle between the US and JP release of the Honda mold for BT/ALT. (Honda Japan was cool with guns and Honda US was all like, 'um...gun? we're not sure about that.')
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574564)
Posted by TimothyR on May 16th, 2014 @ 6:06am CDT
G1 cartoon accurate.. i don't see any problem with scale.. as it's been pointed out.. though the real world vehicles were similar.. they WEREN'T on the show..

and.. if you check out the ultimate scale chart.. you'll see that prime and bumblebee are in perfect scale to each other... remember.. bumblebee wasn't all that much larger than the humans on the show.

so.. everyone who is whining about scale, knock it off.. why would you expect anything besides cartoon scale? i don't need my MASTERPIECE bumblebee being the same size as prowl and sideswipe, that's just silly.
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574574)
Posted by fenrir72 on May 16th, 2014 @ 7:46am CDT
Sweet!
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574585)
Posted by Sideshow Sideswipe on May 16th, 2014 @ 8:24am CDT
TimothyR wrote:G1 cartoon accurate.. i don't see any problem with scale.. as it's been pointed out.. though the real world vehicles were similar.. they WEREN'T on the show..

and.. if you check out the ultimate scale chart.. you'll see that prime and bumblebee are in perfect scale to each other... remember.. bumblebee wasn't all that much larger than the humans on the show.

so.. everyone who is whining about scale, knock it off.. why would you expect anything besides cartoon scale? i don't need my MASTERPIECE bumblebee being the same size as prowl and sideswipe, that's just silly.


IF you recall from earlier discussions, some people who complain about the toys are just trying to convince themselves they don't want the toy.
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574604)
Posted by Stormrider on May 16th, 2014 @ 9:08am CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Rated X wrote:Sheesh, the scale next to M-10 is horrible. In the cartoon, Bumblebee reaches about to Primes groin area. Here he reaches his knees


Let's focus on Robot Mode scale only, as that seems to be the main focus here. Pulling out the official Scale Guide reveals that MP Bumblebee is indeed scale with Optimus Prime, coming to between the knees and groin.

Of course, given the liberties the cartoon has taken scale is moot.


I know that Takara is going to great lengths to scale the robot modes with MP10, but Bee just looks smaller than I imagined him in my head. It looks like his head is at MP10's knee and I was expecting his height to be closer to MP10's mid thigh. It's not a deal breaker, but I am sure there will be an initial shock when I have him in hand just like when I lined MP Sideswipe to MP10 initially.

On the plus side, I like the colors and design of the figure. Works well and I am sure he will be fun to pose and play with.

Where does the spare tire go in alt mode?
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574648)
Posted by Rated X on May 16th, 2014 @ 10:46am CDT
For everybody who keeps bringing up that so called "official scale chart" wasnt it created years later in the 90s to squash arguements like this one ? That damn chart has nothing to do with the 1986 cartoon and played no influence in the original G1 artists depiction of scale. The chart was has/taks way of saying "forget all the inconsistencies you saw in the cartoon, this is our new bible now, deal with it". Quite frankly, they bumped the mini bots down to crappy penny racer toy scale. Im not going to say that scale wasnt seen in the cartoon, but the better looking scout scale was used just as much in the cartoon. Especially when he became goldbug. Who ever invented that scale chart for hasbro made some stupid decisions based on G1 microman toy scale and ignored both real life and the cartoon altogether. Somebody print out that chart so I can use it as toilet paper...
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574654)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 16th, 2014 @ 10:58am CDT
Rated X wrote:For everybody who keeps bringing up that so called "official scale chart" wasnt it created years later in the 90s to squash arguements like this one ?
Nnnnnnno, cuz, it came from Sunbow's production archives with the rest of the original character models that Jim Sorensen and Bill Forster put together for Ark books.

Companies don't make new production materials for shows they've halted production on years earlier.

And, really, to make such a chart years after the fact just to quench silly fandom arguments seems really petty for a professional television production company to really give a darn about.

Also, 1984 cartoon, dude.
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574668)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 16th, 2014 @ 11:35am CDT
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Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1574670)
Posted by skynet1O1 on May 16th, 2014 @ 11:39am CDT
Well I think the scale will be fine. All I need is for the scale to be more accurate in vehicle mode then in bot mode. But anyways, I will be buying this guy as well as UM. And isn't Wheeljack released already!
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1575073)
Posted by fenrir72 on May 17th, 2014 @ 10:56pm CDT
skynet1O1 wrote:Well I think the scale will be fine. All I need is for the scale to be more accurate in vehicle mode then in bot mode. But anyways, I will be buying this guy as well as UM. And isn't Wheeljack released already!


This August 2014 kimosabe.





If this was already mentioned............my bad but just realized this. Wheeljack and BB are the first 2 transformers to ever appear in TV. Remember in MTMTE episode 1? Both buddies were busy scrounging for energy resources before the Ark's launch. Energy conductors iirc correctly. Now both guys are getting a release one after the other.
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1575077)
Posted by Burn on May 17th, 2014 @ 11:26pm CDT
Curious ... if scale is such an issue, and it's clear that the robot mode is in scale which stuffs up the vehicle mode scale ... and if that is such an issue, then you're obviously going to be displaying him in vehicle mode, then why not go out and track down a scale model car and just slap an Autobot logo onto it?
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1575080)
Posted by fenrir72 on May 17th, 2014 @ 11:50pm CDT
Not an engineer but if you try to make the car scale go along with the robot scale.........I don't think it's possible. And, isn't their robot mode taking precedence over the car scale?

And, well based on the fiction, they also had the mass shifting doohickey. That being the case, Soundwave and the Seekers are way off scale in their alternate modes.
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1575100)
Posted by Dead Metal on May 18th, 2014 @ 3:46am CDT
Burn wrote:Curious ... if scale is such an issue, and it's clear that the robot mode is in scale which stuffs up the vehicle mode scale ... and if that is such an issue, then you're obviously going to be displaying him in vehicle mode, then why not go out and track down a scale model car and just slap an Autobot logo onto it?

I've brought that up to those people before, they just get angry.


I love this, it looks great in colour, plus the scale is perfect. Just a little miffed about the back wheel thingy being all yellow instead of black for the tire part.
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1575149)
Posted by shajaki on May 18th, 2014 @ 10:21am CDT
we could make a deadly drinking game based on the word "scale" in this thread.

no seriously, people would die.
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1575366)
Posted by robotmel on May 19th, 2014 @ 9:51am CDT
shajaki wrote:we could make a deadly drinking game based on the word "scale" in this thread.

no seriously, people would die.
:D
Mines a pint!! :michaelbay:
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1575952)
Posted by robotmel on May 21st, 2014 @ 3:59am CDT
:-?
Browsing the newer magazine scans of the MP Bumblebee, Ive just spotted the shoulders of this little bug and they appear to be ball jointed just like his Classics version!
I guess being such a small sized figure they felt ratchet shoulders where not necessary, but still....

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Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1575974)
Posted by Stormrider on May 21st, 2014 @ 7:28am CDT
robotmel wrote::-?
Browsing the newer magazine scans of the MP Bumblebee, Ive just spotted the shoulders of this little bug and they appear to be ball jointed just like his Classics version!
I guess being such a small sized figure they felt ratchet shoulders where not necessary, but still....

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I am not too concerned with the ball joints. The MP Datsuns have ball jointed shoulders as well.
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1575976)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 21st, 2014 @ 7:33am CDT
robotmel wrote::-?
Browsing the newer magazine scans of the MP Bumblebee, Ive just spotted the shoulders of this little bug and they appear to be ball jointed just like his Classics version!
I guess being such a small sized figure they felt ratchet shoulders where not necessary, but still....

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http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/hires-scans-from-generations-2014-volume-1-mp-wheeljack-bumblebee-ultra-magnus-star-saber/30262/
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1576153)
Posted by fenrir72 on May 21st, 2014 @ 7:55pm CDT
@robotmel

Sharp eye kimosabe.

Hopefully the ball joints won't wear off too easily.
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1576172)
Posted by shajaki on May 21st, 2014 @ 10:06pm CDT
does anyone think bees face in that latest pic looks derpy?
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1576238)
Posted by Cyberpath on May 22nd, 2014 @ 3:19am CDT
'Bee with MP-10 Spike on his shoulder:

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Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1576317)
Posted by robotmel on May 22nd, 2014 @ 10:25am CDT
>:oP
As it happens, I saw this image elsewhere, so thats where I ripped it from. Not sure why you have gone around everyones recent posts, posting the Seibertron link to the same info?
Ah well, I guess its all for the love of Transformers! ;)
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1577462)
Posted by Stormrider on May 27th, 2014 @ 12:49pm CDT
Does anyone have more info about the spare tire on his backpack? The tire can be seen in some bot images but not all. And has anyone seen the spare tire in alt mode?
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1577604)
Posted by Dead Metal on May 28th, 2014 @ 3:30am CDT
Stormrider wrote:Does anyone have more info about the spare tire on his backpack? The tire can be seen in some bot images but not all. And has anyone seen the spare tire in alt mode?

It's removable.
Yes we have, the first alt-mode pic had it, remember the argument it caused?
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1577926)
Posted by Cyberpath on May 29th, 2014 @ 4:46am CDT
First pic of the spare tire in alt-mode:

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Re-post from Hi-Res Figure King 196 Scans - 30 Years of Transformers


And from Ami Ami:

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Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1583634)
Posted by mooncake623 on June 19th, 2014 @ 8:50am CDT
Amazon Japanis at it again! This time giving us the first official photos of Takara Tomy's Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee Check out the images we mirrored below for your viewing pleasures and keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates, plus the best galleries around!


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Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1583640)
Posted by mblase75 on June 19th, 2014 @ 9:06am CDT
Awaiting the inevitable Cliffjumper remold and Goldbug and Hubcap repaints with equal glee.
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1583651)
Posted by Optimizzy on June 19th, 2014 @ 9:24am CDT
That is one perfect looking Bee


Um, Daniel's face needs more paint. He looks kinda scary.
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1583658)
Posted by Siger on June 19th, 2014 @ 9:40am CDT
Nice car and bot mode. Only thing off-putting is the face plate sculpt and the price... $60 for that tiny bot? NOPE!
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1583678)
Posted by fenrir72 on June 19th, 2014 @ 10:27am CDT
Lookin' good "B"
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1583690)
Posted by padfoo on June 19th, 2014 @ 10:58am CDT
It looks good, but does not scream masterpiece, I think there are too many hallow parts. The human figures are also lacking a lot of detail, I know they are small, but the Masterpiece branding screams for more detail. I am still going to get this but I am not as excited as I should be.
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1583691)
Posted by kirbenvost on June 19th, 2014 @ 10:59am CDT
I'm excited. That is Bumblebee! I'm really looking forward to this release. I do wish his arms weren't hollow and I agree that Spike needs some detail on his face, but otherwise I couldn't have asked for a better representation of G1 Bee. :)
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1583694)
Posted by fenrir72 on June 19th, 2014 @ 11:07am CDT
padfoo wrote:It looks good, but does not scream masterpiece, I think there are too many hallow parts. The human figures are also lacking a lot of detail, I know they are small, but the Masterpiece branding screams for more detail. I am still going to get this but I am not as excited as I should be.


What detail do you want, KissPlayer detail for the human figures? Trouble is, the figures are waaaaaaaay smaller than the KissPlayer figs so I wonder what detail do you expect? Even Arkeville in MP Starscream wasn't that detailed.
Re: Clearer Color Images of Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-21 Bumblebee and Spike (1583696)
Posted by Cyberpath on June 19th, 2014 @ 11:07am CDT
I need this now. Fantastic.

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