TRANSFORMERS: STUDIO SERIES (HASBRO)
“Re-imagined as a N.E.S.T. Jeep, Bumblebee and the Autobots team up with N.E.S.T. to protect the Allspark from the Decepticons.”
So, I guess I’ll just review a Transformers figure, like, once a month now, right? That seems to be the way I’m headed. Well, okay, that seems to be a thing I’ve done twice now. I suppose I shouldn’t cling to it too early; might be a bit hasty for such things. Well, anyway, I’m doing a Transformers review today. It seems the thing to do, largely because I’ve got a new Transformer, and not a ton of other new things in need of review, I suppose. But, it’s okay, because it’s at least a pretty cool one. Despite it being neither a Soundwave nor an Ultra Magnus, it *is* a Jeep, so it still checks off at least one of the boxes for me in terms of being a Transformer that I need. So, without further ado, here’s N.E.S.T. Bumblebee!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
N.E.S.T. Bumblebee is a Fan Channel-exclusive Deluxe Class Transformers: Studio Series release. He’s figure 77 in the line-up, which places him between Voyager Class Thrust and Deluxe Class Sideswipe, though he was released rather far removed from both of them. Though marketed as a Bumblebee movie release, this figure isn’t actually based on anything in the movie, and is instead more closely tied in with the Universal Studios ride, which features N.E.S.T. as a prominent part. Of course, he’s still not specifically based on anything directly from the ride, but we’re getting closer at least. In his robot mode, Bee stands a little under 4 1/2 inches tall and he has 16 points of articulation. N.E.S.T. Bee is re-using the sculpt from Offroad Bee wholesale. I like that sculpt a lot, so, you know, I’m okay with it. The first use of the mold did have a slight issue with loose hips; for this release, they’re a little bit tighter, but not by much. It’s a bit of a downer, but still not enough to ruin the figure for me. He maintains his solid construction in robot mode, which is a definite plus. The change-up for this release is the color scheme, which trades out the yellow of the original release for more of a gun metal grey. It’s not classically Bumblebee, but it’s a nice color for the mold, and he also trades out the clear and blue parts for a drab green, further removing him from the prior release. Like the previous version, this one is packed with his blaster attachment for his arm. He also gets the small Sam Witwicky figurine from the Revenge of the Fallen Bee release. It’s not really to scale, and doesn’t really interact with the figure at all, but, well, it’s there, so, there it is.
As with the last release, this Bee’s alt-mode is a fully-licensed Jeep. The transformation scheme is still pretty decent, without all that fiddly-ness of some of the other Studio releases. The end result still holds together pretty well, and apart from those somewhat obvious arms, it’s a very convincing Jeep recreation. In this mode, another change-up to the color scheme, namely the addition of a N.E.S.T. insignia to the hood of the car, which is a fun little touch.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I really love the last Jeep Bumblebee. It’s quite possibly my favorite Studio Series release. I just really love that mold, and I like picking up molds I love. This one doesn’t really have any reason to exist, but, honestly, I don’t care. It was a fun toy the first time around, and it’s still fun now, just in a different set of colors.
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