Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

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Am I the only one getting a bit sick of Studio Series Bumblebee toys? Not in the fact that there are lots of them, but more that it's the same functional design every time. Unlike Optimus, where movie toy designers kept reinventing the transformation throughout the years, Bumblebee toys suffer from just changing incrementally every time. And that's been the case since the first deluxe toy (which you can see in a comparison shot below). That doesn't make them bad toys, it just makes them predictable and rather boring in terms of transforming figures.

That's what this toy suffers most of. It's based on the same movie Bumblebee transformation we have gotten since The Last Knight (TLK). Meaning, the car roof folds up and gets stuffed into the torso, the arms with no wrist swivels are tucked at the base of the car, you get that back window flip for the double wings, the middle of the car hood is separated from the sides and under it is a fake kibble piece for a more accurate chest and the legs unfold through a series of 90 degree pivots with the feet doing a full 180. These are all ok steps to go from a good looking car to a decent looking robot but they are all steps we did before. And the fact that it's the same steps results in robot modes that look about the same from one toy to the next, as you can see below.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

I will repeat, none of that makes this a bad toy, it just makes for a boring experience. If this is your first movie Bumblebee toy, then you will probably be satisfied. What is frustrating is that this toy only comes with the battle mask, meaning that if you want a Bumblebee toy looking closer to his movie one appearance where all the Autobots meet up the first time with Sam, then you are gonna fork out some money again for another incremental change.

The car mode is fine. It's apparently not a perfectly accurate alt mode, but I can't tell. I have it compared to the alt mode his first movie toy had, which is said to be a perfect representation in car mode. Looks fine to me though. I will say that I much prefer how the car mode tabs together than other Bumblebee toys with this transformation, like the one from TLK or the one from the Bumblebee movie.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

The robot mode looks great but I would have really liked to have a normal face, it feels a shady not to include it. While the transformation is a rinse repeat of other toys, design wise this does make it the first Bumblebee with that now iconic Camaro alt mode to have those extra little wings in the back, along with a very nice looking chest and even those small clavicle-like details next to his neck (pretty sure those are supposed to be his mirrors). I would have loved them to paint those yellow though. I mean it would go a long way and highlight the novelty to the sculpting. His robot mode is the best looking transforming deluxe representation of this Bumblebee design.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

He has an arm cannon accessory which covers his hands. It feels really cheap though since it's just all in black and clashes with the rest of the deco. I mean for a line that is all about movie accuracy, the sole accessory to come with the figure looking like this is a bit lame. In terms of articulation, while he is missing some (like wrist swivels), there is a transformation joint on the leg that you can use to make up for a lack of ankle pivot.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

The best thing I can say about this figure is that nothing falls apart, it tabs in as it should, nothing feels too loose and you can pose him with little issue. While this should all be a given for a toy of passable quality, it's almost a miracle for a movie Bumblebee toy of recent years. Still I'd wish for more articulation because right now even Cyberverse has surpassed Studio Series in terms of articulation for the deluxe class. Also I would have liked that additional face and some kind of effort for the cannon's deco.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee


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Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee (2047154)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on December 17th, 2019 @ 5:02am CST
This Bee would be awesome... for someone who doesn't have a full hive already.

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Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee (2047156)
Posted by EvasionModeBumblebee on December 17th, 2019 @ 8:22am CST
Thanks for the review!

I’m super excited to get this Bee, I love the reworked chest design and how the wings can rotate up now. Really glad that there aren’t any loose parts that fall off!

I wasn’t initially thrilled about how they did the plasma cannon on this one, but honestly it’ll be kind of nice not to have a spare arm floating around when you have the cannon attached. I’ll have to see what I think when it’s in-hand!
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee (2047158)
Posted by william-james88 on December 17th, 2019 @ 8:49am CST
EvasionModeBumblebee wrote:I wasn’t initially thrilled about how they did the plasma cannon on this one, but honestly it’ll be kind of nice not to have a spare arm floating around when you have the cannon attached. I’ll have to see what I think when it’s in-hand!


I much preffer how they did it here than have to pull off the arm. Which is why it's a real bummer they didn't give it a decent deco treatment.
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee (2047159)
Posted by Mindmaster on December 17th, 2019 @ 9:32am CST
I found the new Voyagers during my Christmas roadtrip across the American Southwest. Megatron was in Barstow, California, and I finally chanced upon Mixmaster in Las Vegas. Megatron’s weapon is kinda disappointing since it’s not made of the flexible plastic. Mixmaster’s neat, I don’t mind the partsforming into head mode so much since it’s only one part and it helps stabilize the rear of the face.

Can’t wait for the remainder of the new wave!
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee (2047160)
Posted by FigureGunplaFan on December 17th, 2019 @ 10:48am CST
Well, at least this saves me from hunting the Premium Series BB...
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee (2047167)
Posted by Ironhidensh on December 17th, 2019 @ 1:35pm CST
My god, I never realized how tiny the figure was. :( Pre order is cancelled, I’ll be waiting for a sale or discount. I can’t justify full price for that.
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee (2047169)
Posted by carytheone on December 17th, 2019 @ 1:39pm CST
Ironhidensh wrote:My god, I never realized how tiny the figure was. :( Pre order is cancelled, I’ll be waiting for a sale or discount. I can’t justify full price for that.
It's not the size of the bot, but the duration of the transformation that matters 8-)
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee (2047171)
Posted by blackeyedprime on December 17th, 2019 @ 2:13pm CST
Soundwaves looking small as well, the car mode is a bit too panelly for my liking but it should go well with Cogman. Hopefully they will hit retail over here as the only studio series I tend to pick up are those on sale.
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee (2047174)
Posted by william-james88 on December 17th, 2019 @ 2:21pm CST
Ironhidensh wrote:My god, I never realized how tiny the figure was. :( Pre order is cancelled, I’ll be waiting for a sale or discount. I can’t justify full price for that.


Which one are you talking about? Soundwave or Bumblebee?
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee (2047180)
Posted by Ironhidensh on December 17th, 2019 @ 3:26pm CST
william-james88 wrote:
Ironhidensh wrote:My god, I never realized how tiny the figure was. :( Pre order is cancelled, I’ll be waiting for a sale or discount. I can’t justify full price for that.


Which one are you talking about? Soundwave or Bumblebee?


Bee. I still want it, but I'll wait for a lower price.
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee (2047182)
Posted by Short Circuit on December 17th, 2019 @ 3:29pm CST
Well crud, who at hasbro didn't realize that the alt mode is way off in the front? Did GM send them a cad model of the production car and not the concept? Or NOT want the concept design? Between that and SS MV1 megatron having a the wrong chest it seems like studio series is losing track of what they set out to do. I'm kinda sad I got rid of my 07 bee now because he really is way better in alt mode. Oh well... guess I could always get a model car and add the stripes. :-( Still gonna get him for my movie bumblebee "timeline" display.
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee (2047205)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on December 17th, 2019 @ 6:52pm CST
That Bumblebee looks pretty good! I'm excited to get him here soon
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee (2047230)
Posted by william-james88 on December 17th, 2019 @ 9:42pm CST
Ironhidensh wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
Ironhidensh wrote:My god, I never realized how tiny the figure was. :( Pre order is cancelled, I’ll be waiting for a sale or discount. I can’t justify full price for that.


Which one are you talking about? Soundwave or Bumblebee?


Bee. I still want it, but I'll wait for a lower price.


Now this surprises me. Since with their whole new scale for the line, we saw straight off the bat with the first wave how small Bee is in the line. We've had a bunch of bees and they were all small and all transform similarly. So him being the same size as those other SS Bees was the least surprising thing for me.
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee (2047233)
Posted by EvasionModeBumblebee on December 17th, 2019 @ 10:44pm CST
I’ve started work on painting up DOTM Prime, and I’m really happy with it so far. I don’t want to spoil too much, but here’s a section I worked on today that I’m really liking! (With the original for comparison).
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Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee (2047237)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on December 17th, 2019 @ 11:13pm CST
carytheone wrote:
Ironhidensh wrote:My god, I never realized how tiny the figure was. :( Pre order is cancelled, I’ll be waiting for a sale or discount. I can’t justify full price for that.
It's not the size of the bot, but the duration of the transformation that matters 8-)


Take a bow sir.
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee (2047275)
Posted by SGMLordMirage on December 18th, 2019 @ 3:29pm CST
An early Christmas for myself. Spotted Studio Series 53 Mixmaster and 54 Megatron at a Walmart in Chesterfield, VA.
I only purchased Mixmaster, have to snag Megatron later on.

SGM
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee (2047282)
Posted by william-james88 on December 18th, 2019 @ 4:36pm CST
SGMLordMirage wrote:An early Christmas for myself. Spotted Studio Series 53 Mixmaster and 54 Megatron at a Walmart in Chesterfield, VA.
I only purchased Mixmaster, have to snag Megatron later on.

SGM

Is that a sale? I thought voyagers were 29.99
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee (2047284)
Posted by SGMLordMirage on December 18th, 2019 @ 4:39pm CST
I guess so, I wonder the same thing when I rang it up but I didn’t see anything about a sale.
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee (2047286)
Posted by carytheone on December 18th, 2019 @ 4:51pm CST
william-james88 wrote:
SGMLordMirage wrote:An early Christmas for myself. Spotted Studio Series 53 Mixmaster and 54 Megatron at a Walmart in Chesterfield, VA.
I only purchased Mixmaster, have to snag Megatron later on.

SGM

Is that a sale? I thought voyagers were 29.99
Could be a markdown or rollback. I checked their website and app and saw at least one voyager at the same price with a slash though the normal price. The app showed the same price at a few of my local stores (varied based on stock). But to be honest, I kind of remember the SS line always being a little less at WM, but I may just be remembering that wrong. :-?
Re: Pictorial Review of Studio Series SS 49 Movie 1 Bumblebee (2047295)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on December 18th, 2019 @ 6:01pm CST
Nice finds! Seems the wave is hitting stores right at the right time.

I'm super stoked for both voyagers. Megatron has a fantastic finish

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