July 19th, 2007

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Shortpacked!: No way, two can play!

I found a lone Movie Bumblebee at Target the other day. I was happy! I had passed on the 1970s version, both because I knew this version was inevitable and because the 1970s version is a crappy toy. This, the 2009 Camaro Concept, blows the first toy out of the water.

And Lordy, I have me a Bumblebee. Too bad the rest of my Movie toys are still at the Gateway Drexel! Damn. I should go pick those things up before Comic-Con.

The Camaro Concept Bumblebee did have some problems, or at least mine did. For example, those little yellow thingers on his shoulders like to pop off. All the time! It's annoying. Thankfully, that's fixed with superglue. He also had some splotches of yellow paint on the inside of his windshield. Not something you can see in vehicle mode, and partially-obscured in robot mode, but that is also annoying. Mine also had some vaguely sloppy yellow paint applications, but I think that comes with the "need to make yellow paint gloopy enough to obscure the very black plastic underneath" whole thing.

The transformation is not quite Alternators Frustration Level, but it gets a little close, but overall, his complexity is amazing. I really can't believe how close they got this $10 toy to the physically-impossible CGI model. They should, like, give out Nobel Prizes for awesomely-engineered toys, 'cuz this deserves it. The only major things this toy failed to replicate were the lower half of Bumblebee's "butterfly" wings and the specific non-roof yellow arm jaw-harp-y kibble with the cylinders inside that go on the backs of his forearms. But Lordy, that would require breaking physics, I'm pretty sure.

If only Hasbro painted the hell out of him for increased accuracy and sold him at a loss!

They didn't, but I tried! Here's Bumblebee with the paint Hasbro didn't have the budget for. Just because parts weren't painted doesn't mean they weren't sculpted! Like the yellow shards on the front of his shoulders, or the seams in his helmet, or the silver struts in his wrists.

I also added some gold and silver highlights to some parts of him, like on his elbows and knees, and the color detail on his hands. And with a tiny, tiny brush, I blotted out the sides of his wide, G1-shaped eyes, narrowing them down to a more circular area where the lightpiping can still shine through. It was important to me to not add too many details -- if I blasted the hell out of this guy with weathering or drybrushing, for example, he'd not only lose some delicious contrast, but he wouldn't match the rest of my movie toys!

God, I love this toy. With some extra paint, he's the best representation of the movie character anyone could ask for!

I'm not the only one painting up '09 Bumblebee. Our pal Jin Saotome did one, too, and it's currently selling for $400 on eBay! Man, that's a racket I've got to get into.