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Tetsuwan Convoy
13th May 2008, 02:23 PM
I got my Transcanning Bumblebee in the other day and I have to say its better (not perfect) than TSOP.
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k313/Wootnchoo/Transscanning%20op/Trans%20Scanning%20Bumblebee/IMG_0034.jpg
Again, he comes with a core body, protoform parts and Earth mode parts. The core body is exactly the same as Optimus' except the grey plastic is a little darker and blue eyes (Optimus' eyes were orange). Protoform parts are the same too, except a yellow/orange combination instead of blue.
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k313/Wootnchoo/Transscanning%20op/Trans%20Scanning%20Bumblebee/IMG_0033.jpg
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k313/Wootnchoo/Transscanning%20op/Trans%20Scanning%20Bumblebee/IMG_0029.jpg

Earth mode.
The earth mde for BB works better than Prime. Why? Because he can Transform!!! Hachaa! Although the robot mode is of course a bit kibbly, its manageable and can still make quite a variety of cool poses. It is very back heavy though. Its carries the "wings" look, although it is done with the fenders insetad of the doors. The Earth face isn't as well done as I would have liked. It looks a little bit off for some reason.
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k313/Wootnchoo/Transscanning%20op/Trans%20Scanning%20Bumblebee/IMG_0018.jpg
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k313/Wootnchoo/Transscanning%20op/Trans%20Scanning%20Bumblebee/IMG_0022.jpg
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k313/Wootnchoo/Transscanning%20op/Trans%20Scanning%20Bumblebee/IMG_0028.jpg

The car mode is pretty good. BB suffers slightly from the "falling off pieces syndrome" that Prime has, but not to the same extent. When transforming it for the first time, I only had one piece fall off and that was somewhere inside the car so I couldn't get to it. At least I can get it into car mode this time!

The colour difference betweent the roof, doors and rest of car is not as bad as it looks. It is really noticable in photos, but to the naked eye it sin't that bad. I must say that I am still a bit dissapointed that its there at all though. Just a touch on the sloppy side if you ask me.

Overall, a better toy than TSOP, but still not the best. Hopefully, if any further ones are done, they can improve more on the concept.

More pics of TSBB here. (http://s91.photobucket.com/albums/k313/Wootnchoo/Transscanning%20op/Trans%20Scanning%20Bumblebee/)

Transscanning Op Review here (http://www.otca.com.au/boards/showthread.php?t=947)

i_amtrunks
13th May 2008, 02:34 PM
Interesting looking figure.

Glad to know that he is an improvement over Prime. Thanks for the info!

Burn
13th May 2008, 03:42 PM
So is he worth opening?

I mean I busted Prime out of the packaging, had a play with him and all that. Is there enough difference with BB to warrant opening him up to experiment with him or just consider him to be pretty much like Prime?

Tetsuwan Convoy
14th May 2008, 01:33 PM
Hmmmm, good question that one. I would say yes, mainly to see a better version of the concept than Prime. However, since it is mainly just a assemble/reassemble sort of toy it is very similar. Plus the robot mode is not all that "Bumblebee" looking, but to actually have the thing change modes is good.

I think I would have preferred it better if Bumblebee was the one that couldn't transform and Prime could, because overall, I think Prime is more spectacular.

So in answer to your question, I think a very weak "yes."

roller
14th May 2008, 02:01 PM
is that the 2009 car mode?

Tetsuwan Convoy
14th May 2008, 02:08 PM
Yar.

griffin
14th May 2008, 02:33 PM
Reminds me of the 80s Centurions toys - a core human that you could plug on armour and weapons depending on the mission.

Pulse
14th May 2008, 03:10 PM
He looks heaps better than his Prime counterpart. :)

Maybe they practised on Prime & put all their refinement into BB. :D

Burn
14th May 2008, 06:15 PM
Maybe they practised on Prime & put all their refinement into BB. :D

That's why i'd like to see the concept continue (albeit one or two figures per line like they did here) as I believe there is potential for it to be something good.

Robzy
15th May 2008, 03:24 PM
Yep - Looks better than Prime!

roller
15th May 2008, 05:12 PM
shouldnt it be the 70s car mode? Unless he becomes a protoform again in tf2:)

Tetsuwan Convoy
16th May 2008, 09:08 PM
He looks heaps better than his Prime counterpart. :)

Maybe they practised on Prime & put all their refinement into BB. :D
Thats what I reckon, I think they originally meant to be relased together, but BB got put back.

Reminds me of the 80s Centurions toys - a core human that you could plug on armour and weapons depending on the mission.
They were kinda cool, I used to have the water guy. Loved his under water missile thingo.
That's why i'd like to see the concept continue (albeit one or two figures per line like they did here) as I believe there is potential for it to be something good.

Wot he said.
I consider this series to be a "work in progress" myself.

Kyle
16th May 2008, 09:26 PM
I used to want the Centurions toys when I was a kid. But they weren't widely available in Hong Kong. :/

Robzy
16th May 2008, 11:05 PM
I used to want the Centurions toys when I was a kid. But they weren't widely available in Hong Kong. :/
I only ever owned this one...
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk199/sunglikeahorse/GreenCenturion.jpg
It was pretty cool! I've still got it somewhere... I should look for it :confused:

Kyle
1st January 2009, 01:28 PM
Finally opened my TransScanning BB last night, after receiving it months ago. I also agree it is a better toy compared to Prime. Earth robot mode works better than Prime. Car mode is lovely (with the different shades of yellow much less noticeable when viewing in person). The toy needs a better Earth mode head sculpt as well as a weapon.

SofaMan
1st January 2009, 03:01 PM
I only ever owned this one...
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk199/sunglikeahorse/GreenCenturion.jpg
It was pretty cool! I've still got it somewhere... I should look for it :confused:

That's Max Ray - I have Jake Rockwell, and a couple of his vehicles. And Doc Terror and Hacker, and one of the Strafer Doom Drones that could plug into them. I used to have a Traumatizer Doom Drone as well, but he went missing. I'd love to get another.

Anyone got any Centurions they want to sell me? :)

Fungal Infection
3rd January 2009, 08:53 AM
I had several centurions up for sale months ago but had no takers. Since then I've acquired all these:

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q305/Redboost77/Acquisitions/acquisitions55.jpg

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q305/Redboost77/Acquisitions/acquisitions57.jpg

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q305/Redboost77/Acquisitions/detonator4.jpg

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q305/Redboost77/Acquisitions/skybolt3.jpg

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q305/Redboost77/Acquisitions/acquisitions38.jpg

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q305/Redboost77/Acquisitions/acquisitions40.jpg

GoktimusPrime
3rd January 2009, 12:00 PM
Actually, this toy reminds me more of Saint Seiya than Centurions. Centurions' bits attached on pretty well thanks to the peg-holes in their bodies, whereas Saint Seiya armour were just clip-ons which were prone to falling off with rigorous action play. :/

http://ec2.images-amazon.com/images/I/41ZgVIXhr8L._SL500_AA280_.jpg

I've seen Trans-scanning Bumblebee being sold at an import store for $160-180 I think... doesn't seem worth that price.