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Transformers Origin Bumblebee Concept Designs and Images

@markclonus returns in a UFO from another planet with a look at the concept designs and imagres for the Transformers Buzzworthy Bumblebee Origin Bumblebee figure. The Cybertronian side-kick gets his planet look on with quite a bit of tooling and retooling that you can read about in in the behind the scenes that follow.

OH Origin Bumblebee! I was lucky to be gifted this project after Warden moved off the team.

First up is a glimpse of my deco layout for the pack. Doing deco, as I’ve mentioned, is an art in itself and for bigger more complicated projects, is quite challenging. The time consumption is definitely a labor of love! You will also see some inconsistencies in color for the blaster and the jetpack on deco and back of pack. Since those parts were made from PA plastic they wouldn’t take the painted silver ops. But some essential black peices were also in the mold so I couldnt make the mold silver.(Bummer)But I bumped up the color on the rods because it was really difficult to get the same glow as the golden rods that appeared on the episode. I went back and forth in production trying to add as much pearl fleck in the mold as possible to give them the cool looking shimmer.

The next drawing was done by @ken_christiansen_art but I’m not certain as Warden kicked it off before me. The image to the right of it is Kunihiro san’s block model CAD drawing. I made some adjustments as I usually do, and we went back and forth on a couple different things.

I ended up cutting out the golden rod holder on the jetpack, it just compromised to much aesthetics for a nice looking jetpack. I also dipped back into episode 1 to really study this cybertronian BB here. The fun and somtimes difficult thing about old cell animated cartoons is the inconsistencies they contain. Im a stickler on head sculpts, so I really wanted to give BB the plump clean face he rocks in the episode, even if it is a lil on the thick side. Also got rid of the grid pattern he had on his cheeks which I think was a detail from the Siege series.

The rest of the images are more for all of you to weigh in on. I used to love to see my painted models on back of pack, but the digital renders are cool too, do yall have a preference?

Lastly, the instructions! Anyone have any feedback on those, layout? Colors? Helpful? Confusing? Better to have online transforming videos? Share your thoughts pwease

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