Saturday, April 5, 2014

Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Deluxe Class Bumblebee Part 4

Heavy duty hip joints

Moving on to the articulation design of "Transformers: Prime - Beast Hunters" Deluxe Class Bumblebee after examining its transformation design in the previous posting. ^^

Just side-to-side swivel for the head.

Thanks to its transformation design, the upper body can utilize the abdominal hinge for it to be bent to the back for very wide range.

A full 360-degree swivel for the shoulder joint.

With the shoulder armor blocking its path, the arm can be lifted from the side for a limited degree only.

The forearm can swivel around the elbow joint.

A flat 90-degree bend for the elbow. ^^

No joint for the wrist.

Very obvious articulation points carried over from its transformation design: the doors have limited hinge movement behind either shoulder, and the missile pairs' position on their respective door can be adjusted as well.

Very flexible ball-type joints for the hips ...

... that allow the figure to perform full sideways and forward splits.

Separated thigh swivels also allow the legs to be rotated around the hip joints.

90-degree knee bend.

Another robot mode articulation point inherited from its transformation design: the ankle block can be hinged to reposition the foot.
Since the ankle block also provides heel support for the figure to stand properly in its adjusted pose, I usually adjust the feet via their ankle blocks.

The foot has a separate joint that allows it to hinge independently of the ankle block.

Amazingly, Bumblebee can perform a solid and natural-looking kneeling pose. ^^
Its flexible hip joints are the key elements behind the pose's realization. ^^

Its hips joints are arguably the most heavy-duty joints on Bumblebee. ^^; Not only do they need to do a lot in action poses to make up for the absence of a waist swivel on the figure, they are critical in supporting the massive weight of the upper body as well. ^^

And yet, they are designed to be so small. ^^;

Utilizing its joints as introduced above, here are some action poses from Bumblebee: ^^

With support using Soul Stage Act 5 Action Support Type for Mechanics Clear Ver.

More action poses from Bumblebee coming up in the next posting, which will be the last one of this review series. ^^

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