Bumblebee looks more like a Terminator than a Transformer. We are going to change that.
Once the frame is done it’s time to put on the armor, however, there is a bit of a problem.
The manual has you use either part G 2 or part H 15. That wouldn’t be a problem, except that…
Takara gives you these parts in plastic bags and not on the runners! And there is no designation which is which, so you have to look at them very carefully and match them to the diagrams in the manual. Weak.
On both of them you need to attach two very small parts.
You can see the Transformers logo is already on the pieces. Not perfectly aligned, though.
Along with two smaller pieces.
You have his head.
If you want to put the mask on you need to attach this piece to the other head piece.
Next is the chest.
Into this piece you insert clear parts from the back.
But be careful putting it onto Bumblebee. If you don’t line it up properly but apply too much force you will break one of the pegs. I tried to take it off to get a picture of the breakage but the other peg was in securely and I didn’t want to break that one trying to take the piece off.
Now for the legs.
Here’s some armor pieces.
And here they are on Bumblebee.
Here’s a close up of the foot.
This small triangular piece does not fit very well. It takes a bit of effort to get it into place. At first I tried to place it in gently and it wouldn’t go so I had to push it in with force and it went into place with a loud click.
More leg armor, this time applied to the back of the leg.
For the shoulders you first have to put together this little assembly.
It attaches to the shoulder via a ball and socket joint.
And the lower arms use these pieces.
With all that on, Bumblebee looks like his Bumblebee self, but he’s not quite there.
Oh ya, we have yet to put the pieces on his back, such as…
Doors (he is a car, after all. Err.. he is a robot that can change into a car, after all.)
And there are two other wheels to put into place.
and some small pieces that make up the back of the skirt
With markings already applied.
Are the doors supposed to resemble wings?
Now that he is complete I can try to pose him.
Despite large flat feet with two extra points of contact with the ground he is a little unstable mostly because of all that armor up top.
Now I debate whether I want to review the yellow guy.