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Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Toys
Bumblebee has so many movie verse toys out there that making one general Best Bumblebee list including all his incarnations was impossible. So, two lists were done, the best movie toys and everything else. This week we look at the best movie toys, which was a rather hard list to do since so many of his toys are mere improvements from one to the next. Of course, there were plenty that making a top 5 proved more than feasible. Let's get to it!
First of all, the base mold is pretty good and one of the best deluxe class movie Bumblebee toys we ever got. It's better than any other deluxe we got since (spoilers for the rest of this list) and it was the mold chosen by Takara to commemorate the best of the best for the movie lines (twice even). The Cyberfire redeco brings all that up an extra notch and it being such a striking CyberHellfire deco, especially with the light piping, that he was nicknamed Murder Bee. With such a singular deco, it means that no matter how many Bees they keep releasing it will always have a place in one's collection.
Speaking of striking decos, we have this gorgeous gold redeco of the awesome Battle Op Optimus mold (which was released as a literal Masterpiece in Japan). While Bumblebee is a smaller character, him being so present in toylines and marketing means he has a lot of larger toys too and out of all the leader (or larger) sized movie Bee toys, this is the best mold we got. It had cool gimmicks that came with the size such as the ability to change from guardian to warrior mode in robot mode, which would give him different weapons and sound effects. Speaking of sound effects, pressing down on the front left end of the vehicle three times will play the first verse of the original Transformers theme song, and pressing it three more times will play the second verse. Plus he looks just plain awesome, and even better covered in that gold paint.
This was the closest we got to a Masterpiece Movie Bumblebee in the right scale until we actually got one. It was even heralded as one of the best toys of the decade and I can see why. The impressive aspect here is that while it has a very accurate robot mode, the car mode has the extra accuracy of having an interior with seats. Even the later Masterpiece toy did away with that idea using the extra available space in car mode to store more robot parts. The fact that you can actually use this toy as a model car that can also seat figures inside is a true achievement in Transformers engineering and really sets it apart from anything that came before or since.
Easily the best deluxe Bumblebee toy and quite possibly the best value you ever got for your money. For the price of a deluxe, you get a toy with a very tall robot mode (so tall, it was repackaged as a voyager later) with integrated weapons and battle mask. Plus both modes looks great with a very accurate vehicle mode. While it is a rather complex toy, it is very solidly built, with tabs connecting well, unlike more annoying releases of movie Bumblebee that came out recently.
For a character that has so many movie toys, it is surprising how few stand out (aside from deco) and are actually good or worthy of a top 5 list. They feel like the transformers equivalent of the Call of Duty franchise where each one is slightly different than the previous one, with minor technical improvements, and little effort is put into making it truly amazing since it will sell regardless. Masterpiece MPM3 Bumblebee truly stands out though. A fully new mold, and the most accurate yet. I especially love how the feet come together and how the entire car shell collapses. I always love when a figure gives a hint of what is actually happening in the film, where the bot's insides are the car and vice-versa. You see where everything goes and that fascinates me. Lots and lots of smart designs here, like the tiny back wings, and well worth its name.
Honourable Mentions: MPM Volkswagen Bumblebee. It's a very good toy and far better than any other Bumblebee toy that came out in 2018, the year he got his own film. You can tell that Hasbro really wanted to give its best output possible, it's just too bad that the CG model they used was so inaccruate. In the years to come, when Hasbro will have released more accurate looking toys, this will always remain a decent, yet expensive, toy that doesn't really represent a specific version of the character well enough (a lot like Legendary Optimus Prime).
Wave 5 of Studio Series (or 2019 wave 1 as Hasbro calls it) has yet to be found in the US, but fellow Seibetronian Rainmaker has found the delues in Australia. This wave include Barricade, Sideswipe, Clunker Bumblebee, WWII Bumblebee and everyone's favourite, Crankcase.
These were found in KMart for $30 AUD (which is around $21.50 USD). If anyone else spots these in Australia, let your fellow Aussie friends know in the sightings thread. None of the classes for wave 5 (deluxes, voyager or leaders) have been found in several other areas of the world, like the US, so let us know if you find them.
Did you enjoy the Transformers Bumblebee movie? Do you want to add the best looking version you can purchase to your collection? Got a Ultra 4K HD ready TV that needs something to test it? Answer yes to these questions and Best Buy have the product for you. Today they revealed their exclusive Steel Book Ultra 4K Blu-ray set for the Bumblebee Movie, priced at $32.99.
The set includes the Ultra 4K HD edition, the digital edition of the movie for you to download and the regular Blu-ray edition, all in a snazzy steel book which features artwork inside of Hailee Steinfeld's character Charlie and Bee watching the sunset.
Will you be picking this up or do you have a preorder else where? Let us know in the Energon Pub and stay tuned to Seibertron for all the latest news and reviews!
Travis Knight sat down with Empire for their spoiler podcast to discuss the Bumblebee movie in his most candid interview yet. While he discusses a lot of this prequel's aspects we wanted to share some segments pertaining to the continuity with the Bay films. It is a subject he does address, and one the interviewer is very curious of (as we all are). He does mention why certain aspects may be inconsistent or not mentioned, even though it is a prequel and within the larger Bayverse. We have a transcript of those questions and answers below along with a question pertaining to Alf.
Please note, the transcript is a slightly edited version of what was said, for ease of reading.
Was it important to bring sector 7 back in because it was a nice little running thing for this
Yeah, we wanted to have a foot in each world. There is the last 10 years of Transformers movies, directed by Michael Bay, which have a ton of mythology and also the original wave of Transformers which had its own mythology and its sometimes connected and sometimes not with the films and so I wanted to have a foot in each world. So we're paying tribute to the last 10 years of live-action films but also a foot in the origins of these things where we can pay tribute to the initial wave of Comics and cartoons. So sector 7 was something that he evolved out of Michael's films. It was a secret society that hunts Transformers and there is a lot of subtle nods to the stuff that Michael has done. Even if you have never seen a Transformers film you can watch Bumblebee and nothing else matters but for those were fans of the live-action series or the cartoons there are a ton of layers and easter eggs and sector 7 is one of them including agent Simmons who is a young John Turturro who becomes one of the heavies later in the series.
Witn John Cena I wanted an actor who was physically formidable and who had layers of menace and aggression and when necessary humor and pathos. For me because I had seen him as a comedic actor, I had never seen him do what we ask him to do in this movie. I was incredibly impressed by what he was able to bring to the movie and he was a real joy to work with.
Regarding the Michael Bay films, were there points of cannon and that you had to stick to? Did you feel constricted that you have to meet certain things or not contradict certain things?
Yes, there is always concern with that although I think that continuity is certainly not a huge priority of Michael's. He prioritizes other things like incredible visuals and spectacle and fun. But even within the films themselves as much as I enjoyed them there are inconsistencies, so with this film if you're going to be consistent with one thing you'll be inconsistent with another thing. But it was important that I had a degree of continuity and wanting to tell a self contained story that was not necessarily bound by a decade of mythology, which was a little bit tricky. We had to simplify it. I wanted to make sure that an audience could come to the film watch it from beginning to end and have a good time, get all the information and all the fun they can get out of it. But at the same time someone who is a Transformers fan can get other layers of entertainment. But yes there were definitely things you couldn't play around with (editor's note, see Megatron article for examples) and there were other things that we could take some liberties with.
Everyone in this reality seems to really like Alf so is that a personal favorite?
Yes that is absolutely me, nobody else cares about Alf, that was me, that was me putting Alf in there.
Alf is amazing and ALF stands for "alien life form" so it's a nod to Bumblbebee and his origins as well.
3A has launched their Bumblebee movie Blitzwing gallery and, wow, does this figure look good!? As expected from 3A this non-transforming figure looks just like it walked straight out of the movie with loads of details, articulation, metal parts and LED lights to really bring it to life. We're also getting our first look at his accessories which include weapons, a replaceable arm, and extra sets of hands.
The figure can be pre-ordered right now at the link above for $199 which does include shipping. Considering his size of 10.6 inches and list of features that's really not a terrible price for a figure like this. The full list of bullet points can be found below along with the full gallery. He's expected to see release sometime in the third quarter of 2019. Thanks to Nathaniel Prime for bringing this to our attention!
Transformers DLX Blitzwing
HASBRO X 3A PRESENTS: BLITZWING
DLX SCALE COLLECTIBLE FIGURE SERIES
ABS, PVC, POM, ZINC ALLOY
Officially Licensed by Hasbro and TakaraTomy
Approximately 10.6inches Tall (26.92cm)
51 Points of Articulation
Die-cast Metal Parts
LED Illuminated Eyes*
Interchangeable Right Arm with Null-ray Blaster & Standard Right Arm
Interchangeable Left Hand with Electron Spike Blade
Three (3) Pairs of Interchangeable Hands: Fists & Relaxed & Action
One (1) Action Stand with Base
*Requires AG13 x 2 Batteries (Batteries Not Included)
**Design and color may change on final production version
Price Includes WORLDWIDE Shipping via courier.
Pre-order for Q3 2019 Estimated Shipping
What are your thoughts on this latest offering from 3A? Sound off in the Energon Pub!
You'll recall a recent news post where we showed off a second head on Bumblebee Movie Nitro Blitzwing that was believed at the time to be a head variant. Turns out the head bearing a movie-style resemblance to Animated Blitzwing's crazy face wasn't the only thing the two figures have in common. Thanks to a photo gallery on Facebook by Arhi Manta we now know that Blitzwing does in fact have both the standard and "crazy" head on the figure thanks to a face changing gimmick on the figure. In the photo below we can see the second head visible through a door on the back of the figure.
Big thanks to Seibertronians Octobotimus and Fc203 for bringing this to our attention! Does this reveal get you excited for the new Blitzwing figure or just make you more hopeful for a Studio Series version? Sound off in the Energon Pub!
As I'm sure you may know, there is a new jet Blitzwing in the Nitro size class, with, well, a movie accurate head sculpt. But, today, we have what may be a new variant. As I'm sure you also may remember, Blitzwing from the Animated show had three faces, something unique to that version. Well, this upcoming Blitzwing figure has a possible new variant, based of a mix of the original, and the crazy face, from the Animated version. This was found from a "Ken Adrian" on Facebook, though it appears to be from a closed group. However, User:FigureGunplaFan did upload it to TFWiki.net. Superb!
So thoughts on this guy's face? Tell us your thoughts in those Pub forums below!
With Bumblebee comfortably enjoying its fourth weekend in American theaters, fellow Seibertronian Sabrblade has made us aware that Bumblebee’s success has not been limited to the critical-sphere. Far from it, for a recent statement from Viacom CEO Robert M. Bakish has cemented Bumblebee as a financial success.
Speaking at the Citi TMT West Conference in Las Vegas this last Wednesday, Bakish made explicit reference to Bumblebee’s success, and that it had proven “solidly profitable”. Bakish specifically compared Bumblebee to 2017’s infamous The Last Knight, which had lost over $100 million domestically. As recorded by Box Office Mojo, Bumblebee currently stands at a domestic gross of over $100 million with a $135 million budget, with an additional $307 million grossed worldwide. Though relatively low compared to early films in the franchise, Bumblebee does appear to be steering the franchise back towards profitability.
With Bumblebee still running strongly in theaters, only time will tell how far it climbs. Fortunately for fans of the films, it appears that these earnings only further reaffirm the franchise's continuation into the foreseeable future.
Tf Fan Rob contacted us to let us know that after seeing us post about the new Bumlebee Ratchet toy, he just had to get it and make a review. And we are glad because we can now share that with you to give you the best look yet at the figure. While it is easy to dismiss this figure, we shouldn't discount the fact that it is a brand new mold for movie Ratchet, as well as the first movie Ratchet to turn into an actual ambulance. Enjoy the video review of Transformers: Bumblebee Energon Igniter Power Series Ratchet below!
Thanks to Seibertronian Deadput, we have news on some concept art for the released Bumblebee film, with what we assume to be the Decepticons. Additionally, we also have concept art of Bumblebee's battle mask. The concept art was done by Joshua Viers on his Instagram. First, we'll show off the Bumblebee battle masks and a few Decepticons, then the rest with commentary from Deadput!
We have 5 different designs for the Bumblebee battle mask:
Then four, quite unique, Decepticons, which obviously didn't make it to the film:
Now take it away, Deadput!
Deadput wrote:Was on Instagram and came across a user sharing another user's concept art for Dropkick in this movie.
The concept art is from Instagram account conceptbyjosh, which belongs to Joshua Viers who has worked on the upcoming Captain Marvel movie and also Star Wars
Two different rough designs, the first one seems to just be helicopter with no car parts in sight while the second is close to Dropkick's actual design. (Kinda fits my theory that originally that Shatter and Dropkick weren't going to be triple changers with Shatter just being a car and Dropkick just being a helicopter, I have no actual proof for this but with this, the studio series figures it kinda and apparently Bumblebee being chased by a blue helicoptor in the same early screening rumors where we first heard about the "starscream" that turned out to be Blitzwing before the first trailer dropped.)
Edit: looked at the first design again, I see car wheels on his legs but otherwise not much else.
I personally think these would make some sick generic Decepticons, the second as a movie version of the TFP Vehicons. (Having all 4 wheels on the shoulders however seems to make a toy out of that design...problematic)
A coincidence for sure but the second design also resembles what I was imagining Decepticon Battlecharger grunts in my version of the Cybertron sequence that I wrote in this thread a few weeks ago except in Earth mode and with helicopter bits.
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