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Bumblebee is my seventh Lego Transformer, and he really transforms! His robot and 2010 Camaro modes are based on the 2007 movie "Transformers" by Michael Bay.
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Sometime in March I took this shot. I thought I was getting close. I had the basic form of the robot, and the car was coming together. I thought I was about 75% done…Little did I realize I still had two months' work to go.



Modifications: I used several stickers on Bumblebee. I used the light gray portions of the stickers from the AT-TE Walker to cover the dark gray of the Bionicle hinges on his shoulders and hips. I also cut two small portions off a flexible tube to make his head. To make the rims and wheel spokes silver, I used Testor’s model paint on black wheels.


You can see more of “the crew” by clicking here.

Building notes: I started out in December 2010 building the new Camaro from the 2009 movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, but within two nights I realized that was not working for me. After some cogitation, I figured the reason was that I never liked that version of the Camaro! Once I switched to building the 2010 Camaro from the 2007 movie, I made better progress for a while.

Credit: Firas Abu-Jaber deserves credit for many areas of my Camaro, including the size and scale, the front, the back fenders, and the wheels. In other words, I looked at his several times while building mine - even though he built the new Camaro, it was still helpful to look at his.

Time: Over two years ago, I knew this would be a future project, so I started collecting yellow pieces. This MOC has been under construction from January to May 2011. I never tried to count the hours involved, but I would guess over 50, less than 75.

Changes: After my wonderful wife took pictures of car mode, that night I made a few slight changes. I fixed the car back (no more asymmetry hiding above the hinges), and switched the clear “cheese slopes” by the headlights into black slopes.

Firsts: First 16-wide vehicle; first Bricklink order; first project over 2 months; first time in almost three years to not post monthly on MocPages.

Thanks: God, for my fourth child, born in the middle of this project. My wife, for her endless patience. Lego, for existing. Michael Bay, for the coolest looking robots. Ever.



Comments

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  September 23, 2014
Wow, great job!
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  October 4, 2013
WOOOOO, Amazing
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  September 2, 2013
Awesome! Best Movie-based Bumblebee I've ever seen built in LEGO.
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  March 27, 2013
Just hit 10,000 views at 1:02 pm PST! Yeah, I'm a nerd.
  February 27, 2013
This is the best Bumblebee that i had ever seen, very accurate in the details and a good transformation. Excellent in both modes =D
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  February 7, 2013
Great work, very accurate!
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  August 18, 2012
Excelllent detail.
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  July 3, 2012
ravishingly beautiful!
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  April 30, 2012
I can't imagine the work and forethought that it takes to make it transform and still look good in both modes. Amazing.
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  April 23, 2012
Incredible, even better than Ironhide in my opinion. Superb work!
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  October 29, 2011
Wow!! Can you upload building instructions or email them to me at sjono10@gmail.com ??
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  August 17, 2011
Awesome Transformer, just like all your others. You've got a lot of talent. I figure I'll give this 100 likes ;)
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  August 2, 2011
To say excelent - means not to say anything!
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  July 9, 2011
I must have been living under a frickin' rock to miss this beauty! WOW!
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  June 28, 2011
Quoting Daan Reynaert this is epic, and now optimus!
I'm going to see DOTM tonight - should get some inspiration to start building!
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  May 18, 2011
Okay, I'm not gonna lie. You transformer building Lego people always amaze me. This is no exception.
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  May 18, 2011
Wow, excellent creation. Both car and robot form are looking like the real deal!
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  May 17, 2011
Cool mind checking this out?http://mocpages.com/moc.php/268013
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  May 16, 2011
That is INSANE!! OMG, what a tremendous work! It's obvious, you've got the skills of transforming. Respect!
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  May 14, 2011
Awesome work! This is probably the most accurate transformers recreation I have ever seen.
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  May 14, 2011
instructions pls!!! but this is epic, and now optimus!
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  May 14, 2011
:[_____] that is awsome!!!!!(i think thats how you spell it) anyway it is sooooo eeeeepppppiiiiiccccc(epic)
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  May 14, 2011
Just a fantastic model of Bumblebee and the fact that it transforms makes it even better. Well done.:)
Wes Pitter
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CAPS LOCK PIE
  May 13, 2011
Oooh, that's awesome.
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  May 13, 2011
this a quite amazing MOC it is very similar to the movie version and the actual transforming ability is amazing
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  May 13, 2011
Excellent build, and congratz on the new kid!
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  May 13, 2011
Quoting Hans DendauwNPD Lastly, congratulations on the latest addition to your family, you are a blessed man!~H
God is good, man. Thanks for the kind words.
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  May 13, 2011
First, I have no idea how you weren't on my faves list, but that has been remedied. Second, this is so well done that it pretty much ensures I won't be trying one of these anytime soon. It truly amazes me how accurate it is in BOTH modes! Lastly, congratulations on the latest addition to your family, you are a blessed man!~H
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  May 13, 2011
Perfect is the word. I can´t say much more, because I´m speechless! ~Cheers
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  May 13, 2011
I have always wanted to see a Lego transforming transformer :), and this is AMAZING! 100000/10! You make the best transformers!
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  May 13, 2011
Do you mine if I rate this a 100000/10
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  May 11, 2011
A truly awesome car. I love how it is so functional. Congrats on your child!
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  May 11, 2011
Cool would you be willing to sell this
  May 10, 2011
ok sir it is AWESOME if you say so!
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  May 9, 2011
This Is Amazing Best Bumblebee On MP's. I Just Built My First Transformer And It Wasn't Easy So To Be This Accurate You've Got To Be Talented. Good Job!
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  May 9, 2011
Quoting Zeto Vince i really wonder why has FBTB blogged your creation?
Well...maybe because it's AWESOME! Oh yeah! But I also read a piece over there about Hasbro's new line of buildable Transformers, so there's definetely a connection.
  May 8, 2011
i really wonder why has FBTB blogged your creation? i 've never seen a creation from different theme than Star Wars to be blogged by FBTB!
  May 8, 2011
That is one awesome Bumblebee! It looks so similar compared to the movie version.
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  May 7, 2011
The fact that both forms look very good is awesome. Great work!
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  May 7, 2011
Extremely impressive, considering that the Camaro looks a good deal like a Camaro, and Bumblebee looks surprisingly like Bumblebee.
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  May 7, 2011
I can safely say this is one of the best Bumblebees on MOCpages.
Wes Pitter
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j p
  May 6, 2011
This is incredible, great job! I'm starting a functioning transformer myself, do you have any tips/suggestions?
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  May 6, 2011
That's one awesome muscle car transformer!
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  May 6, 2011
I'm awestruck! It certainly deserves 5 of 5. Too bad there aren't 6's.
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  May 6, 2011
Quoting j p ...do you have any tips/suggestions?
Yes, be a Transformers nut. Watch the movie endlessly. Transform them in your dreams. Buy the toys. Practice with the toys. Time yourself with the toys. Did I mention be a Transformers nut?
Quoting Bailey Paradine Are you thinking of ever making Optimus Prime?
Yes. I've put that project in my file labeled, "Someday, when I'm rich and famous and can afford massive Bricklink orders of dark blue and lots of chromed bricks."
Quoting Sam Knavel BTW, You should make him a little shorter thoguh, he is taller than Ironhide! :)
Er, yes. I'm sure I don't have to explain scale to you, though. :)
Quoting andros tempest If I was to knock it at all, it would be that the robot mode proportions seem slightly off, compared to the reference picture the upper body is a little short compared to the length of the legs.
Yes, there are lots of little proportional issues I ran into throughout the project. The final result is a mix of compromises. Given a second chance, I would see if there were any way to lengthen all the main body parts, since he appears a bit squashed/stocky to me.
Quoting Firas Abu-Jaber Well done mate and thanks for the credits ;-)
You deserve it.
Quoting Stuart Lucas Many congratulations on the new baby too, I imagine that may have slowed you down a bit!
You said it! My wife has been really good to me, letting the baby spit up on her while I'm brickin' it. Thanks, honey!
 I like it 
  May 6, 2011
Absolutely BRILLIANT work, Wes! All the time you put into this definately paid off big time. I love the attention to detail and accuracy of both forms, which is, in and of itself, a very difficult task. Congrats on your new child, as well!
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  May 6, 2011
Amazing investment of time, effort, attention to detail and general brilliance. Fantastic! I'm so glad you saw it through to the end. Many congratulations on the new baby too, I imagine that may have slowed you down a bit!
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  May 6, 2011
The robot and the car are great looking... but to have it actually TRANSFORM!!! That is an amazing job well done. And the best looking of your collection. Again, great job.
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  May 6, 2011
Absolutely the best bumblebee on moc pages :)
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  May 6, 2011
compliments a great job both aesthetic and functional ...
Wes Pitter
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Thoy Bradley
  May 5, 2011
Wow finally someone makes a decent Bumble-bee! The paint - not my idea but very effective for the job. This is epic dude! ~Thoy
Wes Pitter
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Sam Knavel
  May 5, 2011
Superb and absolute genuis! I like how everything tucks in together, this reminds me of the toy, which look exactly like it! Great work, I have been looking forward to it for a few monthes now! BTW, You should make him a little shorter thoguh, he is taller than Ironhide! :)
Wes Pitter
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Mark E
  May 5, 2011
I was like this is a good car and mech and then I saw that is transformed! WOW THAT IS AWESOME!!!!
Wes Pitter
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Orion Pax
  May 5, 2011
Super good job. Robot and vehicle mode are very nice.
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  May 5, 2011
This is awesome mate, really love it. I´m also a fan of the transformer series (yes, Bayformers included) but i never managed to do one right with lego. congrats :)
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  May 5, 2011
bet transformer I have ever seen! and I also thank LEGO for existing
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  May 5, 2011
Awesome work, Dude! Looks great with the 'real' and Lego versions. Roll out!
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  May 5, 2011
I've been waiting for this one for a while, and I'm really satisfied, you have a real talent for these transformers.
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  May 5, 2011
Even better than Ironhide! This looks like pure awesomeness! Congratulations! P.S. Are you thinking of ever making Optimus Prime?
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  May 5, 2011
It's big!!! As always the engineering aspect of Lego is what fascinates me the most! Great job with the design and transformation! Cheers! Chris
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  May 5, 2011
Its perfect! Wonderful job on this, the head is very well designed!
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  May 5, 2011
Very, very cool. Perhaps your best yet. The huge scale really catches the detail of the real thing. Good job.
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  May 5, 2011
Wicked awesome!
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  May 5, 2011
LEGO transformers always blow my mind. LEGO Bumblebee transformer always blows my mind. LEGO Bumblebee transformer by Wes Piter takes my heart. Well done.
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  May 5, 2011
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  May 5, 2011
OMG! How it must be to have creative skills like that! I so want the instructions for this!!! XD!
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  May 5, 2011
Awesome! Possibly the best Camaro-Bumblebee Transformer out there, although I haven't done any searching. Very cool.
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  May 5, 2011
Awesome! This is simply superb; I wish I had your building skills!
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  May 5, 2011
the best Bambolbile that i ever seen!!!
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  May 5, 2011
Some seriously cool and dedicated building going on here! A "top-shelf" Bumblebee for sure, he looks fantastic in either mode, well done mate!
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  May 5, 2011
wow, a real transformer! amazing job
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  May 5, 2011
at a distance I wasn't sure I liked the head design, it felt a little squashed up, but up close you can really see the detail. Overall, it's pretty good, I always give 5 stars to transformers that ACTUALLY TRANSFORM without cheating, and this one appears to do just that. If I was to knock it at all, it would be that the robot mode proportions seem slightly off, compared to the reference picture the upper body is a little short compared to the length of the legs. That said to achieve the transformation the proportions work and I'd be proud to produce something half as good as this.
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  May 5, 2011
Awesome! I love it when it's transformed, it looks just like the movie. Great job
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  May 5, 2011
Your Autobot-mode + Firas car-mode = Perfect Transformer..... Great work.
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  May 5, 2011
Excellent. I don't think you could do any better without computer generated special effects.
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  May 5, 2011
Stunning! I hope my robot mode looked as good as yours, but it was my first LEGO Transformer I've ever built, but you nailed it so right. Well done mate and thanks for the credits ;-)
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  May 5, 2011
Outstanding! This is some mighty fine engineering and model building.
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  May 5, 2011
Way cool!
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  May 5, 2011
Wow. It looks just like the real thing.
 
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