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News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee!

Transformers News: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee!

Friday, January 7th, 2011 4:27AM CST

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I-Gear have updated their Facebook profile with a new set of photos, this new set of photos are labelled as "New WIP small stuff". They are of a Volkswagen Käfer (Beetle in English), from the looks of it it obviously transforms, and we all know who it will be G1 Bumblebee.
If the sizes given are correct it's 6.8 cm (2.7 inches) long and 3 cm (1.3 inches) long, which means this thing will be smaller than a Scout class figure while being larger than a Legends class figure!
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Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166334)
Posted by Torneira on January 7th, 2011 @ 6:50am CST
If it's like PE Frenzy & Rumble price, I''ll take it !
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166335)
Posted by Autobot032 on January 7th, 2011 @ 7:02am CST
Dead Metal wrote:This thing is freaking tiny and man do I want it, but this is i-Gear and they'll charge a 100 bucks for it so I'll just forget about it.


Probably, but look at it this way...

They're not CrazyDevy, and for the price you pay to iGear, it will actually do something.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166336)
Posted by HollyW00d on January 7th, 2011 @ 7:02am CST
Another useless i-gear product. Oh well I'm sure someone will be happy about it.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166337)
Posted by omega666 on January 7th, 2011 @ 7:07am CST
If it were a deluxe size, then maybe. Could have replaced my Classics Bee.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166338)
Posted by MINDVVIPE on January 7th, 2011 @ 7:08am CST
haha nice... on closer inspection it sorta is deluxe size in a way... hopefully theres some dece articulation in bot mode.
:CON:
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166341)
Posted by RK_Striker_JK_5 on January 7th, 2011 @ 7:13am CST
Little, tiny, yellow, not worth my money. I've got a ton of Bumblebees. And my Classics version is actually a very good toy. Which cost about eight bucks back in the day.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166342)
Posted by MINDVVIPE on January 7th, 2011 @ 7:14am CST
RK_Striker_JK_5 wrote:Little, tiny, yellow, not worth my money. I've got a ton of Bumblebees. And my Classics version is actually a very good toy. Which cost about eight bucks back in the day.

yea, but is it a beetle?... the true G1 bee, fo shizzy, mckinney,
i shoudn't post when wasted
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166344)
Posted by Requiem Prime on January 7th, 2011 @ 7:30am CST
Autobot032 wrote:
Dead Metal wrote:This thing is freaking tiny and man do I want it, but this is i-Gear and they'll charge a 100 bucks for it so I'll just forget about it.


Probably, but look at it this way...

They're not CrazyDevy, and for the price you pay to iGear, it will actually do something.


I really do look forward to a fully independent mold from them. Perhaps, in that crazy little part of my head that writes fan-fiction, their two head kits is a sign of shift to less extreme pricing.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166349)
Posted by ambitron on January 7th, 2011 @ 7:46am CST
This looks like it has the same transformation as the Classics Legends figure:

http://www.seibertron.com/toys/gallery. ... 0&start=25

If the sizes given are correct it's 6.8 cm (2.7 inches) long and 3 cm (1.3 inches) long, which means this thing will be smaller than a Scout class figure while being larger than a Legends class figure!


Saddo that I am, I just measured my own Classics Legends Bumblebee, and that came out at 6.8cm x 3cm too, so this looks like a Beetle version of the Classics Legends figure to me, with a similar size - it does look a little larger in the "in the hand" picture though.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166352)
Posted by nobody1898 on January 7th, 2011 @ 7:53am CST
Finally a G1 bumbleebee. And we all know Volkwagon will never let Hasbro make one so this may be the only chance to get a BB as a Bug.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166373)
Posted by rpetras on January 7th, 2011 @ 8:40am CST
I dig it, If it is scout or Deluxe, I'll be on it.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166376)
Posted by victoryconvoy on January 7th, 2011 @ 8:43am CST
i'm just getting really pissed off waiting to hear about the upgrade for the ultraleader WTF man!!!!!!!!!! :-x
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166380)
Posted by Rated X on January 7th, 2011 @ 8:56am CST
I like !!! Bumblebee done right !!! If I get this, then the united Bumblebee I ordered can be Goldbug. Hey what ever happened to that Bumblebee figure that transformed into the new Volkswagon Beetle ???
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166391)
Posted by kirbenvost on January 7th, 2011 @ 9:17am CST
Interesting. Not sure it would have a place in my collection, but it looks good.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166393)
Posted by sparticus1701 on January 7th, 2011 @ 9:19am CST
Wow -- I emailed them months ago asking them to make a 'Masterpiece Bumblebee'. Maybe this is their reply.

No if they'd just get working on my other suggestion -- a G1 Ark.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166401)
Posted by Midnight_Fox on January 7th, 2011 @ 9:37am CST
MINDVVIPE wrote:
RK_Striker_JK_5 wrote:Little, tiny, yellow, not worth my money. I've got a ton of Bumblebees. And my Classics version is actually a very good toy. Which cost about eight bucks back in the day.

yea, but is it a beetle?... the true G1 bee, fo shizzy, mckinney,
i shoudn't post when wasted


Poast!
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166409)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on January 7th, 2011 @ 9:51am CST
Rated X wrote:I like !!! Bumblebee done right !!! If I get this, then the united Bumblebee I ordered can be Goldbug. Hey what ever happened to that Bumblebee figure that transformed into the new Volkswagon Beetle ???


Are you refering to the unproduced binaltech/alternators Bumblebee? If so, it was cancelled due to Volkswagon not wanting to associate their vehicles with war themed media.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166410)
Posted by Godzillabot Primal on January 7th, 2011 @ 9:52am CST
:D I LOVE IT! :D
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166425)
Posted by Burnin12 on January 7th, 2011 @ 10:22am CST
Depends on the size first then the price.

Really hoping their intent (aside from giving us a VW Beetle Bumble Bee) was also to make it fit in with the scale of the rest of the Classics Autobots. Basically needs to be a larger Scout. I would say smaller deluxe but that's what we have and it's way too pudgy in robot mode and way out of scale in alt mode. Don't expect perfection of course but BB shouldn't be the same height as Ironhide in alt mode.

If that all works out, I'd be willing to shell out a few bucks for him....and the slight remold/repaint that will most likely be Cliff Jumper.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166429)
Posted by Mkall on January 7th, 2011 @ 10:32am CST
Looks kinda neat really, but I'm happy with my Classics BB thanks
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166431)
Posted by JRFitzpatrick7 on January 7th, 2011 @ 10:44am CST
This looks great! I hope they retool it for a cliffjumper, and I'm all over repaints, tapout, glyph, bugbite! JelZe finish the list! Can't wait for robot mode pics!
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166434)
Posted by RK_Striker_JK_5 on January 7th, 2011 @ 10:49am CST
MINDVVIPE wrote:
RK_Striker_JK_5 wrote:Little, tiny, yellow, not worth my money. I've got a ton of Bumblebees. And my Classics version is actually a very good toy. Which cost about eight bucks back in the day.

yea, but is it a beetle?... the true G1 bee, fo shizzy, mckinney,
i shoudn't post when wasted


No, you shouldn't. Anyway... no, my Classics Bumblebee isn't a Volkswagen Beetle. Nor do I require it to be. It's a small compact car that cost me eight bucks. Lord knows how much this tiny little thing will be.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166448)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on January 7th, 2011 @ 11:28am CST
Looking forward to robot-mode pics. But if Volkswagen doesn't want their products used in ANY toy line involving war, then will this be the product that finally gets iGear sued, and not the Masterpiece Coneheads? The irony of VW's stance against Bumblebee is that when I studied in Germany in 1999, I saw one of their ad posters featuring various Beetle toys, one of which was clearly Classic Pretender Bumblebee in car mode. Either they're hypocrites, or they had one hell of a management shift right afterward.

Here's hoping iGear fends off the lawyers long enough to follow this up with that New Beetle Bumblebee toy we've been waiting over a decade for!
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166458)
Posted by nobody1898 on January 7th, 2011 @ 11:55am CST
can people from china be sues?

also cliffjumper would be a complete re-shell with a new head. I'd like to see it but I'd be suprised if they did it.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166462)
Posted by Lunarabbit on January 7th, 2011 @ 12:00pm CST
Man, all this third-party awesomeness is just killing me. A lot of this stuff makes Hasbro look weak, and they've been doing great lately. (In my book, anyway.)
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166513)
Posted by First-Aid on January 7th, 2011 @ 2:27pm CST
nobody1898 wrote:can people from china be sued?


Yes they can. It will be very interesting to see if VW allows this to continue. If they won't let a big company like Hasbro with tons of money to roll with an actual VW vehicle, a little company like iGear doesn't stand a chance.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166517)
Posted by Dead Metal on January 7th, 2011 @ 2:34pm CST
First-Aid wrote:
nobody1898 wrote:can people from china be sued?


Yes they can. It will be very interesting to see if VW allows this to continue. If they won't let a big company like Hasbro with tons of money to roll with an actual VW vehicle, a little company like iGear doesn't stand a chance.

I believe it depends if this toy comes with a gun or not. since, if I recall correctly, VW was OK with Hasbro making an Alt Bumblebee based of the New Beetle as long as it has no gun, it was Porsche who absolutely didn't want to be associated with Transformers.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166527)
Posted by RogueDeathangel on January 7th, 2011 @ 2:59pm CST
Dead Metal wrote:
First-Aid wrote:
nobody1898 wrote:can people from china be sued?


Yes they can. It will be very interesting to see if VW allows this to continue. If they won't let a big company like Hasbro with tons of money to roll with an actual VW vehicle, a little company like iGear doesn't stand a chance.

I believe it depends if this toy comes with a gun or not. since, if I recall correctly, VW was OK with Hasbro making an Alt Bumblebee based of the New Beetle as long as it has no gun, it was Porsche who absolutely didn't want to be associated with Transformers.



I wouldn't be so sure.
Car companies are notoriously protective of their copyrights and trademarks. This could be seen as a major violation of that if the lawyers decide that the toy looks close enough to the vehicle to warrant a court case.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166582)
Posted by TFfan92 on January 7th, 2011 @ 5:39pm CST
This kitbash came to mind immediately after seeing these pics.
http://www.allspark.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=36845
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166610)
Posted by KIERANW on January 7th, 2011 @ 6:54pm CST
Looks great! But i probably wont get it a little too pricey for me at the moment.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166622)
Posted by MGrotusque on January 7th, 2011 @ 7:35pm CST
Looks good but i'm still waiting for that Sharkticon! That's the figure fans really need. It's pretty expensive for many to buy on ebay and hard to find complete.

Maybe this will see a release 2 years from now if at all. So i won't hold my breath or even care.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166649)
Posted by El Duque on January 7th, 2011 @ 9:11pm CST
iGear just updated their Facebook page with an image of the bot mode.

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Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166652)
Posted by Amelie on January 7th, 2011 @ 9:14pm CST
Dead Metal wrote:I believe it depends if this toy comes with a gun or not. since, if I recall correctly, VW was OK with Hasbro making an Alt Bumblebee based of the New Beetle as long as it has no gun, it was Porsche who absolutely didn't want to be associated with Transformers.


It won't matter at all any more, as Porsche and Volkswagen have merged as of some time this year (if my memory serves me correctly)

On a side note - I don't see the point of this. When G1 Bumblebee was actually first made, the Beetle was one of the most popular cars in the world, and a fairly common sight (and as a kid I knew what a Lancia Stratos, Contach, Corvette, DatsunZX as well, since they were all still pretty cool cars at the time). I like to see Transformers "evolve" as new cars come into fashion, its kinda neat to see design fads in cars change over time, especially when its through a hobby like toy collecting.

Further note - the old Beatles actually have the same mount as a Porsche911, making an engine swap much easier than it seems, although it will stick out the back somewhat (engines sticking out of cars only adds to the cool anyways)
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166668)
Posted by nobody1898 on January 7th, 2011 @ 9:55pm CST
Well the bot mode is a fail. I love 3rd party stuff but not with legends articulation. I expect high detail, articulation, and a collectors focus if I'm going to shell out 3rd party dollars.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166673)
Posted by El Duque on January 7th, 2011 @ 9:59pm CST
nobody1898 wrote:Well the bot mode is a fail. I love 3rd party stuff but not with legends articulation. I expect high detail, articulation, and a collectors focus if I'm going to shell out 3rd party dollars.


Agreed. I was in until I saw the bot mode. Unless the final product is a lot better I'll be passing on this.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166678)
Posted by Rated X on January 7th, 2011 @ 10:11pm CST
Wow how can the car look so good and the robot look so crappy ??? Ill pass because the arms really suck. And that Binaltech version should not have been cancelled. Volkswagon not wanting to be associated with war ??? What BS !!! What P***ys !!!
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166687)
Posted by MGrotusque on January 8th, 2011 @ 12:36am CST
WOW!...........now i REALLY don't care. FAIL
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166688)
Posted by MINDVVIPE on January 8th, 2011 @ 12:37am CST
Rated X wrote:Wow how can the car look so good and the robot look so crappy ??? Ill pass because the arms really suck. And that Binaltech version should not have been cancelled. Volkswagon not wanting to be associated with war ??? What BS !!! What P***ys !!!


They're trying to give germany a clean new slate free of the past... don't want a poor jewish kid to see the beetle, and then transform it, and then see the gun in his hand, and tear up.... and have a wierd memory that...is more of a day dream nightmare about a big robot beetle running around commiting genocide, riiigghhhttt?
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166690)
Posted by Mkall on January 8th, 2011 @ 12:50am CST
El Duque wrote:iGear just updated their Facebook page with an image of the bot mode.

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Looks like they re-skinned the Universe Legends Class Bumblebee.

Easy pass, thanks for playing.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166733)
Posted by cannonfodder4000 on January 8th, 2011 @ 4:58am CST
Amelie wrote:I don't see the point of this. I like to see Transformers "evolve" as new cars come into fashion.


Its probably just to please all the "GEEWUNERS" out there. :roll:
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166736)
Posted by Dead Metal on January 8th, 2011 @ 5:11am CST
I-Gear have updated their Facebook page again, they added 5 new images to their "New WIP small stuff" album. These updates show the robot-mode of their new Bumblebee figure, which is a a "re-shell" of Universe 2.0 Legends Class Bumblebee with VW Käfer car parts.
We have mirrored one image, if you wish to see the rest just click here.
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And as a Comparison, the original Universe 2.0 Legends Class Bumblebee:

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Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166737)
Posted by Dead Metal on January 8th, 2011 @ 5:13am CST
This sucks.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166747)
Posted by Macross on January 8th, 2011 @ 5:56am CST
easy pass for me, why even bother with such a weak mold?
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166766)
Posted by Torneira on January 8th, 2011 @ 7:06am CST
This is going to flop. I wouldn't spend a dime on it.

This is less than meets the eye or more crap than meets the eye, I don't know what to choose from.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166783)
Posted by El Duque on January 8th, 2011 @ 8:14am CST
Since I don't collect Legends figures I didn't even realize it was basically a reskin on an existing BB, that sucks.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166794)
Posted by Rated X on January 8th, 2011 @ 8:44am CST
MINDVVIPE wrote:
Rated X wrote:Wow how can the car look so good and the robot look so crappy ??? Ill pass because the arms really suck. And that Binaltech version should not have been cancelled. Volkswagon not wanting to be associated with war ??? What BS !!! What P***ys !!!


They're trying to give germany a clean new slate free of the past... don't want a poor jewish kid to see the beetle, and then transform it, and then see the gun in his hand, and tear up.... and have a wierd memory that...is more of a day dream nightmare about a big robot beetle running around commiting genocide, riiigghhhttt?


Yeah I know, horrors !!! After all these WW2 vechicles somebody might compare Good ol Bumblebee to Hitler. Forget about Lugnut looking like the Enola Gay. Forget that Highbrow looks like the P-38 Lightning that won the battle of Midway. Forget Divebomb looks like the Red Baron. Lets pick on poor little Bumblebee instead because he is such a war-monger :lol:
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166802)
Posted by Blackstreak on January 8th, 2011 @ 9:17am CST
I'm sorry but that looks horrible. I've seen worse, but I've seen much better looking pieces. I'm not into Legends but if I was I'd pass on this.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166831)
Posted by kirbenvost on January 8th, 2011 @ 10:56am CST
Definite pass. I didn't buy that mold to begin with. Not sure what i-Gear is thinking with this.
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166855)
Posted by The Dude on January 8th, 2011 @ 11:40am CST
This looks like
CRAAAAAAAAAAAAP
Re: News from i-Gear: New Vintage VW Käfer (Beetle) Bumblebee! (1166869)
Posted by omega666 on January 8th, 2011 @ 12:11pm CST
So small. Easy pass.

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