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Bumblebee Returns In His Original Volkswagen Beetle Form In The Next Transformers Movie

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Let’s be honest: the Transformers series of movies are pretty awful. Even if we accept that a movie about space-robots that turn into cars and trucks isn’t the sort of framework that’s going to beget Citizen Kane, they’ve still been idiotic. But at least one good thing is happening: in the upcoming standalone Bumblebee movie, it looks like the titular Autobot will regain his original car-form, a Volkswagen Beetle. Like robo-god intended.

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Back in the 1980s, when the original Transformers cartoons/toy commercials came out, Bumblebee transformed into a Volkswagen Beetle, and all was right in the world. Though the accuracy of the drawings is usually pretty spotty, I think it’s a ‘71-’72 Super Beetle.

The Michael Bay movie did give a little shout-out  the Beetle, even if they got the year wrong. That one there’s a ‘74, not a ‘71. Dummies.
The Michael Bay movie did give a little shout-out the Beetle, even if they got the year wrong. That one there’s a ‘74, not a ‘71. Dummies.
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Then, in 2007, Michael Bay got the two grenades he calls hands on the series, and exploded away the Beetle, exploding in its place a Chevy Camaro to act as Bumblebee’s automotive guise. Michael Bay exploded an explanation on the special features of the Transformers DVD, exploding that the Beetle-Bumblebee exploded him of Herbie the Love Bug. Then, he exploded.

Now, the 2018 Bumblebee-focused movie is said to be a prequel that will take place in the 1980s. Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told Entertainment Weekly that, “You might even see a VW Bug. You never know.”

If a producer says something like that, we actually do know. Bumblebee will be a VW Beetle at some point in the movie, I’m almost certain.

Senior Editor, Jalopnik • Running: 1973 VW Beetle, 2006 Scion xB, 1990 Nissan Pao, 1991 Yugo GV Plus, 2020 Changli EV • Not-so-running: 1977 Dodge Tioga RV (also, buy my book!: https://rb.gy/udnqhh)

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edwardianjamesolmos
Benedict Arnold? Traitor!

I hope they bring back how easy they were to transform. Someone got a Bumblebee for my son a couple of years ago, and I think transforming it from robot to car was the hardest, most frustrating thing I’ve ever done. I fantasized for months about beating a hypothetical toy designer to death with a tire iron. I can feel my blood pressure rising now.

Here’s about how playing with Bumblebee ended up going.

“Papa, can you change him back into a car for me?”

Papa has an aneurysm.