TRANSFORMERS: STUDIO SERIES (HASBRO)
“Blitzwing interrogates Bumblebee about the whereabouts of the Autobots”
Bumblebee fell into the same sort of territory as X-Men: First Class and Batman Begins, as a film that was really a reboot, but was pitched as prequel of sorts to a prior series of movies, just in case it didn’t quite work out in its own right. Since it was designed as a prequel, most of its characters needed to be characters not already used in the pre-existing franchise films, resulting in a slightly more eclectic selection. Rather than one of the more prominent jet Decepticons, like, say, Starscream, the film instead made use of the slightly less prominent Blitzwing, a former triple-changer repurposed into Bumblebee’s first foe, who bears an uncanny resemblance to another robot with a real history of being all back-stabby.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Blitzwing is figure 65 in the Studio Series line-up. He’s a Voyager Class release, part of Wave 10, alongside Constructicon Skipjack and a re-pack of Scrapper. He’s the second of the Bumblebee figures at this size, following Optimus. Blitzwing is specifically designed to pair off with the previously released Offroad Bumblebee, as they both feature in the same sequence of the movie. In his robot mode, Blitzwing stands 6 1/2 inches tall and he has 24 workable points of articulation. He’s got a slightly higher articulation count than Cliffjumper, befitting his larger size. He’s a touch more limited on range on the neck, torso, and legs, but the arms are pretty decent. Notably, he’s got a joint in the middle of his right hand, but *not* his left. This facilitates him being able to pick up Bumblebee as in the movie, but it’s kind of odd it’s only on one hand. Presumably, it didn’t cost out for both hands. Blitzwing’s mold is an all-new affair, and it’s honestly not quite as solid a recreation of his film design as some of the other more recent Bumblebee figures. He’s not *majorly* off, but his general robot mode appearance is a little more clunky and rudimentary than the film’s design. The torso in particular is a fair bit boxier than the movie appeance. Probably not aiding in his accuracy in robot mode is his alt-mode. In the film, Blitzwing turns into an F-4 Phantom II, but much like Shatter, Blitzwing’s alt-mode isn’t an officially licensed recreation. So, he’s a bit of an approximation of things…sort of. It looks about the same if you squint, I guess. At the very least, it has a pretty good, generic “fighter jet” sort of feel about it. To the untrained eye, it’s really not bad. The transformation process is also a pretty intuitive one again, making it a pretty easy, and not too fiddly transformation. Also, no really obvious undercarriages either, which is always a plus. Blitzwing is packed with both a gun arm attachment and a spike blade to swap out for his hands.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Much like Cliffjumper, Blitzwing is one of those figures I’ve been hoping to get since pretty much as soon as I saw the film. Then began the waiting game until he was actually released, which only ramped up after I’d gotten the Jeep Bumblebee. Ultimately, he’s not quite as sleek or polished as some of the others I’ve picked up recently, but he’s still pretty strong, and certainly a fun figure in his own right.
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