Custom 2006 Scion xA
As the youngest and most inexperienced crew member of the Ark
, Bumblebee is often looked down upon by his shipmates. Due to his youth and short stature, Bumblebee is very self-conscious and constantly tries to prove himself as a worthy soldier. He is extremely impulsive and has directly disobeyed Optimus Prime
’s orders on multiple occasions, frequently biting off more than he can chew and depending on his friends’ help to pull through in one piece. Despite his rash nature in combat, Bumblebee is quite amicable amongst his allies, and has taken more initiative than any other Autobot in befriending the humans of Earth.
Bumblebee’s speed and agility in both modes are his greatest assets. In vehicle mode, he can reach a top speed of nearly 200mph, surpassed only by his teammate Mirage
. While his sprightliness acts as a great defense, Bumblebee’s offensive capabilities are severely lacking. His only weapons, befitting his original role as junior mechanic aboard the Ark
, are a pair of “stingers” that deploy from each of his forearms. Designed primarily for welding and jump-starting discharged circuitry, the stingers can also fire off bursts of plasma which are painful but non-lethal to Transformers. His visor, nominally used for welding duty, also doubles as a battle mask.
-------------------------------------------------Welp, the most obvious inspiration for the design here is Animated Bumblebee, which became more evident as I went on. I chose the Scion xA as a vehicle mode because there's one in the parking lot and work and I'll be damned if it isn't the smallest car I ever did see. But it also happens to look pretty much exactly like Animated Bee's vehicle mode. Oops.
As far as personality goes, he's still based largely on his Animated counterpart, but I think he's less dickish. There's equal amounts of Armada-era Hot Shot (who I also drew some design elements from, namely the navy blue secondary color and visor) and early Cheetor (although he's not my "Cheetor character"). He's also got a bit of G1 Bee in him, namely the fact that he has the most interaction with humans, as opposed to Animated, where they pretty much all do.
And then we've got the transformation scheme, which actually isn't based on any existing incarnation of the character, but rather on an original character of mine named Pronto, who turned into a PT cruiser which has a similar-enough shape to carry over. I realized after I had designed and drawn him out that there wasn't any place for his stingers to go, so I decided that his weapons and his fists can alternatingly slide into his forearm (like Universe Ironhide's gun/sword thing) and then rotate 180 degrees, which actually works since the elbow joints are attached to the inside of the door and not the forearm. PROBLEM SOLVED.
Revision Edits (2/3/12): Slight color modifications (darker blues and blacks, more contrast in yellow shading). A slightly modified head design (broader visor, additional black detailing) with a new mugshot to follow suit. Also added a hollowed-out area behind the rear window in his left shin, which makes it a little less... toyetic, I guess? Still not loving how much empty space is above his head because of how wide the illustration is, but he's a short guy so I guess it makes sense.
Revision Edits (4/14/14): I redrew the mugshot again because it looked creepy and like doo doo.
Starscream. I'm really picking them out of left field here huh folks