It's nice that Takaratomy are taking the time to do homages to packaging flubs instead of wasting their energy on something inconsequential like, I dunno, Jazz, Trailbreaker, Windcharger, Ramjet or Carnivac.
"This Bumble, in a slightly different shade of yellow with his usually-black parts rendered in the same hue, is a reference to one frame in a season 2 episode where Bumble appeared to have been slightly miscoloured in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment. However we can now exclusively reveal this to be a completely different character with a name we haven't decided on yet and his own bio that explains he was invisible the rest of the time. You should definitely buy him."
I find it a bit odd that I have no qualms ignoring the likes of MP Skywarp and Thundercracker [the newer one, I have the hasbro version], but am so easy to win over with carbots repainted into non-show colours
Red Bumblebee was the first Transformer my wife ever bought me (when we had only recently started dating), and given she didn't really follow that up and now hates them all, the 'character' has a lot of sentimental value for me. And, of course, G1 Bumblebee was my first ever Transformer toy as a kid (yellow, mind). That all said, I doubt I would spend money on a Masterpiece version (unless it ended up on clearance). I would want it with the toy accurate face though, given it's a toy homage - the cartoon face is utterly pointless on this.
I can't see this being less than 10.000 yen at least. I think he's going to be MP Starscream price or so, he just has too many accessories and he is far taller than regular cars to be the same price as them.
More or less, top half of the van is uper body, bottom half becomes the legs. No release date I am afraid. With Thundrecracker and Red Bee taking up November and December [I think?], I fear we might be looking into early January for Ironhide.
Red Bee is a bit cynical, like Tigertrack, but there's no obligation to buy and whatever T-T have to do to keep the line profitable is fine by me. It's not like they've ignored any great ideas to do it - the more recent recolours of the original were just plain shit anyway.
Not really getting the outright hate for Ironhide; yes, he looks a bit plate-heavy but he's more interesting visually than the animation model while retaining the look. I'm not really sure what else anyone expected from a G1-inspired Ironhide. Wouldn't object to him having an inch in height on the cars either, somewhere between them and Prime would help for a display without MP-10 just towering over the rest of them.
Yeah I think Ironhide looks fine. Okay it's not perfect, nowhere near as "show accurate" as some of the other MPs, but it's acceptable enough as a representation of the character.
The Voodoo 3P one looks better, but they're a) not trying to hit a price point and b) completely unproven in the field so there's no guarantee it won't fall apart in my hand. Of course there's no guarantee of that with the MP version, but history suggests the chances are smaller.
If I've got any criticism of either design it's that they're not blocky enough. But that's probably just me.
Yeah, a bit of extra height would be good too. Big fan of how the 3P MP-style minibots have landed midway between the cars and Bumblebee. Takes the edge off the massive size difference.
The colour certainly helps Ironhide; I do think it'd be very, very hard to do the big, blocky featureless animation model as a transforming toy without a budget-busting number of flipping panels. Bluntly G1 Ironhide isn't a character I've ever particularly warmed to so I can deal with a less than perfect toy at Takara prices to round out the line-up.
The scale alone means I'm probably out for any future Minibots, though. I like Bee as a toy and will probably get whatever they come up with for Cliffjumper because I should probably own a toy of the chap but the extreme tinyness means there's no way they'll be displayed next to the rest of them. It's a shame because Bee's design could quite easily scale up to about shoulder height of the main cars, cut out the extras (or make them exclusives or something) and they could still probably justify the price-tag. Basing size comparisons on the G1 cartoon is insanity; are we going to get an MP Huffer scaled to fit in MP Hoist's cab?
Okay, that would be cool, but you know what I mean.