English Review of Studio Series SS-58 Deluxe Roadbuster

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Friday, December 20th, 2019 11:39am CST

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It's been two weeks since Studio Series Roadbuster was revealed, and thanks to Seibertroian PrimeVsPrime, we have an early review of this Scottish fella!

PrimeVsPrime showed great content for this figure, citing its superiority to the Deluxe Class Roadbuster, which is shown through comparisons. We also have a nice comparison between this and the other two Deluxe Wreckers from Dark of the Moon, in which the toy fits in nicely. Since this is an early review, there is unfortunately no view of the figure's backdrop or box.

If you have any interest in Roadbuster or PrimeVsPrime's reviews, than we suggest watching the video, and telling your thoughts in the Pub forums below!

Credit(s): PrimeVsPrime's YouTube channel


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Re: English Review of Studio Series SS-58 Deluxe Roadbuster (2047449)
Posted by william-james88 on December 20th, 2019 @ 2:10pm CST
Gemstonegemini wrote: It is arguably the best Bumblebee that exists outside of Masterpiece.


I wonder about this. The others I can think that could be better are the Human Alliance, Battle Blade and Battle Ops. I'm not sure this one beats them.

Also, oddly enough, I have a soft spot for the AOE Bee, but I know that's just me. This new figure is objectively better than that one, I know.
Re: English Review of Studio Series SS-58 Deluxe Roadbuster (2047453)
Posted by carytheone on December 20th, 2019 @ 2:43pm CST
william-james88 wrote:
Gemstonegemini wrote: It is arguably the best Bumblebee that exists outside of Masterpiece.
I wonder about this. The others I can think that could be better are the Human Alliance, Battle Blade and Battle Ops. I'm not sure this one beats them.

Also, oddly enough, I have a soft spot for the AOE Bee, but I know that's just me. This new figure is objectively better than that one, I know.
I've never been a fan of the AoE design. Of the non MP options, the SS Bee movie Bee and the TLK Premiere Bee are my faves. They do feel like transforming the same figure though, which is basically what you've been saying.

With most of them beeing so similar, "better" is pretty subjective. For me first and foremost is transformation/how well it tabs/pegs together, articulation, general aesthetics/shelf presence, deco, plastic feel/build quality - in that order.

As far as SS49 is concerned, I don't need any more Camaro Bees (even though alt mode looks nice) and the always on battle visor bugs me.
Re: English Review of Studio Series SS-58 Deluxe Roadbuster (2047464)
Posted by Treetop Maximus on December 20th, 2019 @ 5:08pm CST
carytheone wrote:I've never been a fan of the AoE design. Of the non MP options, the SS Bee movie Bee and the TLK Premiere Bee are my faves. They do feel like transforming the same figure though, which is basically what you've been saying.

With most of them beeing so similar, "better" is pretty subjective. For me first and foremost is transformation/how well it tabs/pegs together, articulation, general aesthetics/shelf presence, deco, plastic feel/build quality - in that order.

As far as SS49 is concerned, I don't need any more Camaro Bees (even though alt mode looks nice) and the always on battle visor bugs me.


Watch them remove the battle mask and call it Bumblebee- ROTF version.
Re: English Review of Studio Series SS-58 Deluxe Roadbuster (2047466)
Posted by Hellscream9999 on December 20th, 2019 @ 5:13pm CST
Treetop Maximus wrote:
carytheone wrote:I've never been a fan of the AoE design. Of the non MP options, the SS Bee movie Bee and the TLK Premiere Bee are my faves. They do feel like transforming the same figure though, which is basically what you've been saying.

With most of them beeing so similar, "better" is pretty subjective. For me first and foremost is transformation/how well it tabs/pegs together, articulation, general aesthetics/shelf presence, deco, plastic feel/build quality - in that order.

As far as SS49 is concerned, I don't need any more Camaro Bees (even though alt mode looks nice) and the always on battle visor bugs me.


Watch them remove the battle mask and call it Bumblebee- ROTF version.

lol, i actually always hated his normal face, so this would bee optimal for me, plus, I haven't bought a bb since battle blades anyways, so it might be time for an update :-?

But I really miss the liberties the movie lines always took with the bee repaints, one of the biggest things that I think this line misses out on, I would love an inverted color scheme of yellow stripes on black, or the murder-bee deco
Re: English Review of Studio Series SS-58 Deluxe Roadbuster (2047476)
Posted by EvasionModeBumblebee on December 20th, 2019 @ 6:49pm CST
I would say that Human Alliance Bee was the best movie Bumblebee until the MPM came along, I unfortunately never got a hold of the battle blade Bee, and it does have some really cool features, but also has some weird proportions. The DOTM deluxe was my go-to Bee for a long time, and is still pretty good. The TLK mold had some good upgrades going for it, like the smaller wings and more compressed backpack, but the chest was really wide and wasn’t very screen accurate.

My favorite deluxe Bumblebee is currently the SS 76 Camaro, it takes all the good things from the TLK mold but has a more compressed chest and an easier way to remove plasma cannon. The only gripes I really have with the mold are the arms are thin and the head sculpt is a little off.
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The new Bee looks really cool, can’t wait to get it. I am hoping it shows up in stores really soon though so I can paint it up while I have a chance.

Treetop Maximus wrote:Watch them remove the battle mask and call it Bumblebee- ROTF version.

If it’s a new head sculpt like the one on WWII Bee (and some slight mold tweaks for the ROTF Camaro) I’d be on board. I’d prefer a DOTM remold, but I’d be up for that.

Also, here’s some of today’s progress. Loving the silver!
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Re: English Review of Studio Series SS-58 Deluxe Roadbuster (2047484)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on December 20th, 2019 @ 7:25pm CST
william-james88 wrote:I have a soft spot for the AOE Bee, but I know that's just me. This new figure is objectively better than that one, I know.

The AOE deluxe is one of my favorites, I love the ninja design. I liked the unique one shot look.

The new bee looks pretty dang good too. Also, it's perfectly ok with me that he has a full time face mask. Almost all of his other figures have had his normal face, or the facemask option
Re: English Review of Studio Series SS-58 Deluxe Roadbuster (2047517)
Posted by NTESHFT on December 21st, 2019 @ 4:17am CST
Slightly off topic but I was out yesterday hunting for a Siege Astrotrain (no luck) and I came across a Studio Mixmaster....I thought these guys weren't due out until around March...
Re: English Review of Studio Series SS-58 Deluxe Roadbuster (2047522)
Posted by william-james88 on December 21st, 2019 @ 7:51am CST
NTESHFT wrote:Slightly off topic but I was out yesterday hunting for a Siege Astrotrain (no luck) and I came across a Studio Mixmaster....I thought these guys weren't due out until around March...

Their official releaae date is January 1st so it makes sense that some retailers already have them.
Re: English Review of Studio Series SS-58 Deluxe Roadbuster (2047524)
Posted by Gemstonegemini on December 21st, 2019 @ 9:09am CST
william-james88 wrote:
Gemstonegemini wrote: It is arguably the best Bumblebee that exists outside of Masterpiece.


I wonder about this. The others I can think that could be better are the Human Alliance, Battle Blade and Battle Ops. I'm not sure this one beats them.

Also, oddly enough, I have a soft spot for the AOE Bee, but I know that's just me. This new figure is objectively better than that one, I know.



Ultimately, I don't really think there'll ever be a clear cut 'best Bumblebee' as what makes something 'best' is going to be subjective.
Por ejemplo, I don't like the battle Blades Bee for his weird elbows, and he's too big. Whereas with this Bee, I quite like his smaller size and the perma battle mask, which I prefer more, helps differentiate between ss49 & ss01.

Hellscream9999 wrote:
But I really miss the liberties the movie lines always took with the bee repaints, one of the biggest things that I think this line misses out on, I would love an inverted color scheme of yellow stripes on black, or the murder-bee deco


Unfortunately, I think this is an issue with the line as a whole with it striving for accuracy.
Re: English Review of Studio Series SS-58 Deluxe Roadbuster (2047527)
Posted by EvasionModeBumblebee on December 21st, 2019 @ 10:05am CST
Double post, sorry.
Re: English Review of Studio Series SS-58 Deluxe Roadbuster (2047528)
Posted by EvasionModeBumblebee on December 21st, 2019 @ 10:05am CST
EvasionModeBumblebee wrote:
Hellscream9999 wrote:But I really miss the liberties the movie lines always took with the bee repaints, one of the biggest things that I think this line misses out on, I would love an inverted color scheme of yellow stripes on black, or the murder-bee deco


What if they did Generations selects for Studio Series? That’d be a cool way to get updates on figures like Nightwatch Optimus, Recon/off-road Ironhide, or stealth Bumblebee.
Re: English Review of Studio Series SS-58 Deluxe Roadbuster (2047532)
Posted by Ig89ninja on December 21st, 2019 @ 12:23pm CST
EvasionModeBumblebee wrote:
EvasionModeBumblebee wrote:
Hellscream9999 wrote:But I really miss the liberties the movie lines always took with the bee repaints, one of the biggest things that I think this line misses out on, I would love an inverted color scheme of yellow stripes on black, or the murder-bee deco


What if they did Generations selects for Studio Series? That’d be a cool way to get updates on figures like Nightwatch Optimus, Recon/off-road Ironhide, or stealth Bumblebee.

That actually sounds awesome, I would personally love an update to Fireburst Optimus Prime ;)^
Re: English Review of Studio Series SS-58 Deluxe Roadbuster (2047540)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on December 21st, 2019 @ 1:39pm CST
Ig89ninja wrote:
EvasionModeBumblebee wrote:
EvasionModeBumblebee wrote:
Hellscream9999 wrote:But I really miss the liberties the movie lines always took with the bee repaints, one of the biggest things that I think this line misses out on, I would love an inverted color scheme of yellow stripes on black, or the murder-bee deco


What if they did Generations selects for Studio Series? That’d be a cool way to get updates on figures like Nightwatch Optimus, Recon/off-road Ironhide, or stealth Bumblebee.

That actually sounds awesome, I would personally love an update to Fireburst Optimus Prime ;)^

Me too, I love that deco!
Re: English Review of Studio Series SS-58 Deluxe Roadbuster (2047547)
Posted by doz on December 21st, 2019 @ 3:14pm CST
Hello, all. Here's a thought,

Has anybody talked about creating a third-party head for this? I have only a lukewarm interest in the Bayformer mold. But if a G1 style head could be swapped out for that one, this would be kind of an awesome CHUG Bumblebee at that scale and detail.
Re: English Review of Studio Series SS-58 Deluxe Roadbuster (2047552)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 21st, 2019 @ 4:45pm CST
doz wrote:Hello, all. Here's a thought,

Has anybody talked about creating a third-party head for this? I have only a lukewarm interest in the Bayformer mold. But if a G1 style head could be swapped out for that one, this would be kind of an awesome CHUG Bumblebee at that scale and detail.
If you just want a Movie-styled Bumblebee with a G1-styled head, then there exist many other official options, including the newly-released Deluxe class Cyberverse Bumblebee.
Re: English Review of Studio Series SS-58 Deluxe Roadbuster (2047559)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on December 21st, 2019 @ 5:08pm CST
Finally got SS '07 Megatron and SS DOTM Soundwave. Both figures are absolutely fantastic and are fully painted, making the price worth it.

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Soundwave was pretty intuitive to transform appart for the headlights parts that popped off the ball joints when transforming. Overall, the car mode is perfect appart the fact that tinted windows would have been better to hide the bot parts inside. The bot is also perfect if you conveniently ignore the obligatory car-top backpack.

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Megatron was VERY impressive. It's beautiful all over and contrary to the ROTF version, there is absolutely NO empty spots at any angles appart the inner arms where the hands fold in. Poor outdated OG '07 version will go in storage.

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The only fault I can give the bot mode is there's no way to give him his hand-cannon mode. A small sacrifice for the prefect package that this toy is. Transforming him without any instructions was challenging because Cybertronian thing, but once I noticed the pegs and tabs, everything went smooth. That spaceship mode is fantastic and sublime.

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Now, only 2 bots need to be SSified to complete the Movie Megatrons. I call the AoE one to be a voyager and the TLK one to be a leader. AoE should need a complete redesign. However, the TLK could be just a slightly modded and oversized TLK voyager and this could be perfect.

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Looking forward the next Megs!
Re: English Review of Studio Series SS-58 Deluxe Roadbuster (2047562)
Posted by Gemstonegemini on December 21st, 2019 @ 5:34pm CST
Agh, I'm so conflicted. On the one hand, this Megs is clearly so much better than the previous mold. But something is holding me back from considering him a definite purchase. I really want a movie Megs tho :c
Re: English Review of Studio Series SS-58 Deluxe Roadbuster (2047691)
Posted by Stargrave on December 23rd, 2019 @ 11:24pm CST
Random note: saw a pic on Twitter I guess while they’re too small for Joes the sisters are size compatible with Human Alliance figures. Might make for some nice shelf decos.
Re: English Review of Studio Series SS-58 Deluxe Roadbuster (2047693)
Posted by william-james88 on December 23rd, 2019 @ 11:43pm CST
Gemstonegemini wrote:Agh, I'm so conflicted. On the one hand, this Megs is clearly so much better than the previous mold. But something is holding me back from considering him a definite purchase. I really want a movie Megs tho :c

I would be too, but...... I can get him for $12.92 USD plus tax so that makes it a much easier purchase to make for something I am not sure of.

If anyone wonders, there is no deal on him specifically, but since all studio series voyagers have the same code at Toysrus in Canada, I was able to find a voyager at that price at a discount store so I can simply exchange it for this megs once he shows up
Re: English Review of Studio Series SS-58 Deluxe Roadbuster (2047694)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on December 24th, 2019 @ 12:46am CST
william-james88 wrote:once he shows up


Therefore, the problem.
I have absolutely no trust in TrU to get new stuff. They are way too random and unreliable.

As for '07 Megs, why hesitate? He's completely flawless and the paintjob is insanely "premium" from the get go. With him in hand, I have absolutely no need for the 200$+ MPM version.

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