Before I start the comparison, I want to tell the story of my TFTM Deluxe Bumblebee screwed up my life last November. I bought this figure together as set with Voyager TFTM Optimus Prime. While Optimus is fragile (I broke his right hand), Bumblebee got double left door. That was disaster until someone helped me to get the right door.
So now, let’s see the comparison
Ah Bumblebee, lovable character from the movie. He never got so much attention better than his movie incarnation. Sure his G1 is already huge, but his movie version brings a new whole level of Bumblebee we have known. His design as Chevrolet Camaro proved to be well accepted while it is controversial on its own. Starting from movie incarnation, Bumblebee is now a mute scout (a trait that being used again in TF Prime).
From the design each has its own charm. TFTM version is 2007 Concept Camaro while DOTM version is 2012 SS Camaro, and both are great. No complain because I love Chevrolet Camaro. But I have to say that DOTM version slightly better than TFTM in my opinion. I don’t know why but I am being biased here. Probably because I watched DOTM in 3D last 2011 and this Bumblebee wins my heart a lot.
Transforming both figures are not that easy although quite predictable. Nothing surprising here rather than automorph gimmick from TFTM version and solid conversion in DOTM version (yeah, for the sake of the kids who bought him).
The weapon? I have to say I like TFTM weapon so much. Blaster that convert into sharp blade? It’s much much better than stupid mechtech blaster. I love the design of mechtech blaster for DOTM Bumblebee, but the application is a failure, enough said. I have the same complain from TF Prime Voyager Optimus Prime, the weapon must be pressed and can’t stand still because there is no mechanism to hold the weapon in pressed position.
And yes, Mechtech weapon looks ugly when attached in vehicle mode.
Both figures are technically fantastic in their robot mode. Too bad, my TFTM Deluxe Bumblebee has strange paint job (or defect?) from the box. Yeah, I have to much problems with this figure since I bought it. He looks like a Terminator :p
In the end, I love both figures though DOTM line wins a lot for me. It takes months for me to finally got him considering it is quite rare to find DOTM Deluxe Bumblebee now in my country. I don’t know why Bumblebee is so difficult to find here, but indeed the figure is great, at least half of my question ins answered properly.
2012, a year deserved to be highlighted. It is noticeable that my interest shifted from Gundam (or plastic model) into Transformers. I will highlight ten best figures I purchased during the year of 2012.
10. Candy Toys FFR Kamen Rider Decade and Diend
I was so lucky, my friend in Surabaya helped me to get these figures in his local toy store. CT version is much better than the normal one. The articulation is good and nice representation Kamen Riders in small size.
9. Animated Optimus Prime (both Voyager and Deluxe)
As Optimus-fetish collector, these two are hard to miss. Again, I am so lucky getting the Sons of Cybertron version in a very cheap price. The voyager also looks very well. Until now, I have no idea about Transformers Animated, but both of them already made me happy. You can check the review here: Animated Optimus Prime Comparison.
8. SD Wing Gundam Endless Waltz
I don’t remember if this one appeared in Endless Waltz OVA, even the design is far from this one. But this SD figure is very good. I love SD version better considering I am not really interested in MG counterpart.
7. EZ Collection TF Prime Autobot Set
Enough said, check the recently reviewed set here: EZ Collection TF Prime Autobot Set. My online seller helped me getting this set from Japan.
6. Hongli NG 1/100 00 Raiser
Surprisingly for a bootleg plastic model, he is far superior in articulation than MG version. He is so big and so bad. One of my earlier figure reviewed on my WordPress. Check it here: Hongli NG 1/100 00 Raiser.
5. WFC Cybertronian Optimus Prime and FoC Optimus Prime.
Aside from everything I said in the review, this Optimus Prime is much better than FoC version. But I can’t help to have both side by side because hey, they are from the same incarnation and I can’t ignore both of them. Check my review of both figures here:
WFC Cybertronian Optimus Prime
FoC Optimus Prime
4. SIC KT Kuuga Rising Ultimate
Yes, I already have this one, but still mint in box. As my habit to let all of my SIC KT collections in MIB condition, I don’t want to open this too. I hate Kuuga Rising Ultimate, a useless form upgrade seen in Decade’s movie. But the figure, is actually pretty cool. Very tempting for me to open it out of the box. The picture above taken from Hacchaka. Check his “so great” review here: SIC KT Kuuga Rising Ultimate.
3. DA-03 Voyager DOTM Optimus Prime
He is “are you nuts?” purchase I have done in 2012. Slightly retooled from Hasbro release and trailer included. No matter what, I am so happy to have this set. Check my review here: DA-03 Voyager DOTM Optimus Prime.
2. Minipla Gekitouja
I thought I never get this set forever, but again, the same person who helped me getting CT FFR Decade & Diend offered this set, which hard for me to resist. To make it even better, this set completed with RinLion and RinChameleon to create GekiRinTouja, one of the best mecha in Super Sentai history, ever!
1. DX Dino Megazord 2010
This is my long time wishlist. Together with minipla Gekitouja, I never thought I finally own this. I almost give up getting this figure because of expensive price and its rare status. Thank God, I found one seller on Facebook group, and without hesitation I bought this childhood memorabilia. Yes I know this is 2010, but I chose this over original DX figure since this is updated version. Check my review here: DX Dino Megazord 2010.
That’s my top ten figures of 2012. I have to admit that I was so lucky to have all figures I mention here, considering I will slowly reduced my collecting habit, starting to settle my future to have a family. But I hope everything continues well in 2013.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 TO YOU ALL!!!
What Optimus Prime would be without a trailer? He is a truck in disguise, right?
This is TakaraTomy releases for Dark of The Moon movie toyline exclusive in Japan. American Hasbro counterpart only has Voyager Prime without the trailer (sold separately).
This figure is expensive, and I do admit the price is way too expensive for limited gimmick this one can offer.
Transformation-wise, it’s fun. It’s not that easy but also not that difficult. And the parts are not too tight, easier to transform. From a truck that roll on into a robot that battle, this figure is awesome.
The figure itself is your basic Prime movie. The design is slightly different from Hasbro counterpart. Now it has small tank that can be folded up on his back (no more hanging tank on the back). And has small paint job on his feet. The proportion is very good and nice-looking Prime there, although still with kibble window that hidden and fake wheels for no apparent reason at all.
The mechtech weapon is great, I do like it. The blaster can be transformed into Energon blade. I wish TakaraTomy sell this with two blasters, but still it’s better than having no weapon at all.
The trailer is an empty box only served as a mechtech weaponry base. Unless you collect other DOTM mechtech lineup, this trailer is pretty useless. Still, the main selling point is Optimus Prime with a trailer. You can put deluxe class figure inside the trailer, and nothing else to be talked. And yes, the trailer is not compatible with any Voyager classes Optimus Prime except DOTM line.
Is it worth buying?
Yes, this figure is very expensive that offer you little to none. But hey, he is Optimus Prime with good retooling, great weapon, and a trailer that quite useless but still you need it anyway.