1987 AUTOBOT “BUMBLEBEE”

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Driven in Bumblebee (2018)

Designer: Hasbro, Inc.
Builder: Paramount Pictures Corporation
Based on: 1967 Volkswagen Beetle

Fighting for the Autobot resistance on Cybertron, scout B-127 (also known as “Bee”) is sent on an escape mission to Earth in order to gather help for the resistance but is assumed to be hostile upon his crash-landing in California. Able to transform into the cars he scans nearby, Bee becomes a 1967 Beetle as his alternate mode. For years he remained dormant until being discovered in a junkyard by curious teenager Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld), who nicknames him “Bumblebee.” Together, they must defend Earth as the threat of Decepticon takeover looms.

As an homage to Bumblebee’s original form in the 1984 Transformers cartoon and Marvel Comics series, the movie Bumblebee (2018) is set in the 1980s and shows the title character in his original Volkswagen Beetle form. In addition to explaining how Bumblebee got his name, the film also shows  the origins of Bee’s distinct style of communication through the use of a car radio.

Courtesy of Paramount Pictures Corporation