Ugh. Okay, let’s start off here – MPM-3 Bumblebee is one of my favorite Movie-verse toys. Despite his minor issues, he’s a great toy in both modes and looks great. MPM-7 Bumblebee is the opposite. I just don’t like it.
Part of the major issue is, he’s not designed using the movie’s final character design. In the upcoming Bumblebee movie, Bee’s doors fold back against him and he has a much sleeker overall look. This just looks…awkward.
Comparatively, the MPM-3 Bee is streamlined, most things fold in very well, and keep him looking very screen accurate. But again, he was produced using a character design that was well established.
Bee comes with his battle mask, blaster and sword for accessories, which is about par-for-course and to the toys credit, they attach and store very well.
The main draw here is his official Volkswagen Bug alt-mode, which looks decent enough. The problem is, converting him is near Megatron-level in complexity due to instructions that are, for all intents and purposes, useless.
Look, not everything can be a home run, even if I feel like MOST things lately have been home runs. MPM-7 is an easy pass for anyone who’s not a full on completionist collector, such as yours truly. Mine has been returned to his boxy tomb and will remain interred there for the foreseeable future.