Hands On with Takara Tomy’s Transformers MP-21 Masterpiece Bumblebee FigureMarch 13, 2015
For collectors looking for the definitive Generation 1 version of the Autobots diminutive and fiercely loyal warrior spy, Takara Tomys Transformers MP-21 Masterpiece Bumblebee Figure is a clear must-have.
Like other figures in Takara Tomys popular Masterpiece series of , Bumblebees appearance is a glowing archetype of authenticity with a sculpt, colors, and proportions that are a close match for the 1980s cartoon series. With patience, steady hands, and a carefully executed sequence of 19 steps, the iconic Autobot can be transformed from a classic Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle (licensed by the auto manufacturer) to an extensively articulated 7.5-inch robot capable of an impressive range of stylized poses.
Takara Tomy has seen fit to pack the MP-21 Masterpiece Bumblebee Figure with several notable extras including a laser pistol, vehicle trimmings (including a spare tire case and side mirror), and a pair of interchangeable (neutral and smiling) facial portraits. Bumblebee is also joined by an action figure replica of his human ally, Spike, adorned in an exo-suit that transforms into a wheeled rover. The addition is certain to resonate with fans of the animated feature from 1986, Transformers: The Movie.
Although import prices vary, Transformers buffs intent on rolling out with Takara Tomys MP-21 Masterpiece Bumblebee Figure can snag the craveable little import at a selling price that typically falls within the range of $60 to $80 USD.