The bugbots each have their own unique shells patterned after their humanoid counterparts' bodies, but in an abstract way. The resemblences are most accomplished by color, but the shapes and patterns do generally reinforce it: Bumblebee's Hexbug seems to resemble his new battle mask, but the package and the toy show his older, unmasked face. Lockdown's the only one whose chassis suggests eyes, but Optimus' suggests his facemask and cheek vents. Crosshairs is probably the least evocative of his face or body, but conversely seems the most insectoid, so it works.
And since this is Transformers, each of the bugs "transforms" by opening their wings to reveal a monochromatic tampographed version of the character's face. By traditional Transformers-toy definitions of "transformation" it's a bit lacking, but in terms of little robot bugs, it's a neat extra, and the design lets you have bugs with spreadable wings, so that's cool. And on the whole it's still more creative than Speed Stars, Hasbro's Hot Wheels-style cars with robots sculpted into the bottom. Some of the Nanos have wings that open "backwards" - that is, the part of the bug I would call the head is at the opposite end from where the wings connect to the body. Probably my fault for trying to insectomorphize a small rectangular robot.
|Date||June 2nd 2014|
|Score||(7 out of 10)|
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