What happens when HasTak makes a larger scaled figure without trying to cram in a battery pack for lights and sounds, and treads carefully the line between toyetic gimmicks and collector oriented detail?
Human Alliance Bumblebee!
Minimal kibble, lots of articulation, and an intricate transformation make for a big recommendation from me. I was expecting to just toss the Sam figure that came with him, but he’s a neat little bonus.
The HA line shows quite a bit of promise. Skids and Mudflap look great, and look to be in scale with Bumblebee. Barricade looks like he could be great, and here’s to hoping for an Ironhide…
The one low point to the line is Sideswipe. The deluxe figure was spectacular, to the point where they’d really just need to stabilize the feet, add some more articulation, and upsize the mold. Sure, they’d have to work in some seats somewhere, and maybe that’s just simplifying how much work would go into it, but with HA Sideswipe they took everything great about the deluxe and tossed it out the window.
Every review I read mentioned his back kibble as a problem, but the pictures tend to gloss over just how huge it is. The entire front section of the car (everything but the wheels), the roof, the trunk, and both bumpers are on his back. It doesn’t even sit closely to the back of the robot, either. Couple that with a very skinny torso and you’ve got some strange proportions.
There’s also the matter of crappy blades (replacing the door automorph with a separate piece for the blades that has a ‘drilling’ gimmick), no ankle articulation, and hollow forearms.
Again, the reviews I’ve seen tend to gloss over these things, especially with pictures of the backpack. It seems every paragraph of his faults is followed up with something about how sleek and cool the vehicle mode is, and how they couldn’t have had such a pretty vehicle mode if they’d put seams and joints in for a better backpack.
Let me state this as nice and simple as possible…
I do not collect cars.
I don’t care about seams on the vehicle mode if I get an awesome bot out of it. The whole “but seams are ugly and the car looks better without them” mentality is why most alternators suck.
(For the record, I really like my alt Hound, Jazz, and Ricochet!)
Granted, there should be some consideration to seams in the alt mode. Classics Ironhide is a good example of it being a bit much, but deluxe Sideswipe looks fine with his panel lines.
So… HA Bumblebee. He’s recommended.