FRENZY RUMBLE — BLUE
TRANSFORMERS: STUDIO SERIES (HASBRO)
Are you guys ready for some controversy? It’s okay, it’s nothing super important or anything. Just a long stretching conflict going back three decades is all. And what exactly is that conflict? It’s simple: what is the name of Soundwave’s blue cassette buddy? According to the vintage toy, the Marvel comics, and the Japanese version of the original cartoon, it’s Frenzy. However, according to the US version of the cartoon, it’s Rumble, though, even then, it’s the finished product, since the series bible clearly dictates that the blue one is Frenzy. But, since the cartoon has mass exposure, there’s still a contingent that thinks of Rumble as the blue one. They’re wrong, of course. The blue guy is Frenzy. The My Little Pony crossover said so. Definitely. But these wrong people sometimes get thrown a bone by official channels. And that’s why we have a Studio Series release of Rumble (Blue). Let’s have a look, shall we?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Frenzy Rumble (Blue) is part of the fourth Core Class assortment of Transformers: Studio Series, alongside Dark of the Moon Laserbeak and a repack of Wheelie. Frenzy Rumble (Blue) is part of the ’86 Movie sub-set of the line, and is thus explicitly an animation-based figure. Hence the naming. In robot mode, Frenzy Rumble (Blue) stands a little over 2 inches tall (just a smidge taller than the Siege mold) and has 13 workable points of articulation. Frenzy Rumble (Blue) is making use of an all-new mold, which goes for a less chunky set of proportions than the Siege mold did, as well as greater detailing and a better range of motion on the joints. I was cool with the Siege mold at the time, and I still don’t mind it, but there’s no denying that this guy is just an improvement on the prior mold across the board. His color scheme is, as noted by the name, blue. Well, blue-ish at the very least. He’s patterned on the animation colors, so he errs a bit more on the side of purple than a proper blue. It’s a good look, and the paint application is again a little more involved than the Siege version. Frenzy Rumble (Blue)’s alt-mode is a proper mini-cassette; though he’s larger in robot mode, he transforms into a box that’s still compatible with the Siege/Earthrise Soundwave molds. Yay for backwards compatibility! Frenzy Rumble (Blue) is packed with the original G1 toy’s laser drill attachments, as well as the stomper arms frequently seen in animation.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Through an odd sequence of coincidences, I wound up with a bunch of Soundwaves that only had Frenzys to go with them, and never Rumble. After getting to three of them, I decided I was just sticking with only getting Frenzy. You know, the blue one. Of course, I’ve had to go against the printed name a few times before. The most important thing is the color. He’s gotta be blue. You know, because that’s the one that Frenzy is. I got this guy as a stocking stuffer on Christmas morning, which was pretty cool. He’s a rather fun offering, and an improvement on the Siege release…even if he’s got the wrong name.