HUBCAP & BUG BITE
TRANSFORMERS WAR FOR CYBERTRON: EARTHRISE (HASBRO)
No, neither of these guys are Bumblebee. I know. I’m just as shocked as all of you. Remember Cliffjumper, who is also not Bumblebee? Well, he wasn’t the only not-Bumblebee. Not by a long shot! There’s so many different not-Bumblebees to choose from! So, with that in mind, the not-Bumblebees I’m choosing are Hubcap and Bug Bite, two of Hasbro’s more recent additions to their War For Cybertron trilogy. Marvel at their not-Bumblebee-ness!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Hubcap (aka the yellow-not-Bumblebee) and Bug Bite (aka the white-not-Bumblebee) are both part of the Generations Select component for Earthrise, and are both Deluxe Class releases. Hubcap hit in the August time-frame, and Bug Bite followed later in the fall. In robot mode, they’re 4 inches tall and have 22 workable points of articulation. Both figures are built on the Cliffjumper body, and as such have the same sizing and articulation set-up as that figure. It’s a good base body, to be sure, and definitely my favorite to come out of Earthrise. It’s worth noting that both of these guys do get new head sculpts. Hubcap’s is the slightly more unique of the two, matching up well with his vintage counterpart’s head. It’s got an interesting, squared off appearance. Bug Bite’s head is already going to be shared with Bumblebee, which makes sense, since he’s previously just been a straight Bee repaint. Whatever the case, the new heads certainly do help them stand out.
Both of these guys share Cliffjumper’s generic sportscar alt-mode. It makes sense for Hubcap, who has always had the same alt-mode, but for Bug Bite, it’s technically off, since he should share Bumblebee’s VW Bug alt-mode. However, word has it that Volkswagon requires a separate license for each product, so it’s no doubt a cost-saving move here. It’s a good alt-mode whatever the case, and the transformation’s still a pretty good one. These two are both packed with re-decos of Cliffjumper’s modular weapon piece, in differing color schemes for both. They could have easily kept the same one as Cliffjumper, but I dig the new colors. That purple in particular is pretty spiffy. And, just like Cliffjumper, it allows for that cool ski mode. I dig it.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I really liked Cliffjumper, and I really liked the Cliffjumper mold, so I was really okay with picking that up in a few more colors. That made both of these guys a pretty easy sell, and it was made even easier when they came into All time, removing any real work I would have had to do. Neither of them is anything radically new or different, but they’re still certainly fun.
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