November 22, 2011 02:05 am
LET HE WHO IS WITHOUT IMPULSE-BUY-WEAKNESS CAST THE FIRST STONE.
Look! You can't judge me! Why? THE BIBLE. Sure, okay, most scholars doubt that passage's authenticity, but BIBLICAL dammit BIBLICAL.
Anyway, this is "First Edition" Bumblebee. He's starting to show up at Toys"R"Uses. Arcee and Starscream are also showing up there, but they tend to get grabbed up before you arrive. This is the version of this Bumblebee mold that's not a taxi. And, man, does he make the taxi version look orange!
He also makes the taxi version look kind of devoid of paint, relatively. It's weird. You'd expect the exclusive version, the version they can charge anything for, to have more. Yet counter to my expectations, the retail version seems covered in more paint operations. Lots of small things I would have to otherwise paint myself, were I to attempt show-accuracy, are already done for me, like the swabs of black on his hips and gray on his crotch.
(Though it looks like I may have to add some silver to his inside ankles. Silver Sharpie here we come! Matching the gunmetal gray for his wrists may be tougher.)
Speaking of matching colors, the gunmetal gray on both versions of Bumblebee seems identical to me. That means you can steal Taxibee's weapon with impunity! "First Edition" Bumblebee can now rock guns on both his forearms just like in the cartoon.
All of the "First Edition" guys come with cardboard stands which are fit into the bottom of the packaging. I will not be using these. Nice thought, though.