The Bumblebee Bug

The Bumblebee Bug

So clean, so awesome

If any of you have seen my car, you would think I have some weird obsession with robots. Well, you'd be correct. I drive the Bumblebee Bug, a yellow 2006 Volkswagen Beetle heavily inspired by the Autobot. When it was time for me to make my very first car purchase, I was excited to actually choose a car I wanted (all my other vehicles were handed down to me by my parents).

I'd always loved VW Bugs, and when the "New Beetles" came out in 1998, I swore that one day I would own one. I love yellow, and I cosplay as the Yellow Ranger, so I thought it would be appropriate to have a yellow car.

I didn't become a huge Transformers fan until I heard about the live action movie. I knew Bumblebee was a VW Beetle in the original cartoon series, so I jokingly thought I should put Transformers stuff on my car. I didn't seriously consider customizing my car until after I saw the live action film and I fell in love with that radio-talking robot.

I put together a quick concept design, and took it to a local vinyl decal place in my neighborhood. Once I showed the guys my design, they took $50 off just because it was Transformers related (always awesome meeting other fans). So on May 1, 2009, the Bumblebee Bug was born!

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I was in heaven at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show (note the Transformers t-shirt)

The reaction from other people on the road has been great. I've even earned cool points at work with all my nerdy co-workers.The best thing is when I drive by and some kids yells, "Bumblebee!"

Last summer I drove the car in the Homewood 4th of July parade, and I felt like the coolest chick on the block.

It's always entertaining when I catch people taking pictures of my car. Sometimes they blow their horns to get my attention...other times I have no idea they're taking pictures. I've come across candid pictures on the internet of myself driving the Bumblebee Bug (thank goodness I wasn't picking my nose).

After driving him around everyday for a year, the magic has worn off on me a little bit. But, now that Transformers 3 is filming in town, I have a new appreciation for my car. I do see the Bumblebee Camaros on the road now, and feel a little car envy (let's be honest, that's a sexy car), but I can't ever imagine getting rid of my little Bug.

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  • See, it's too bad you didn't grow up with the real Bumblebee like I did--sure, they got a few things right, like 'Bee getting along like peas in a pod with Earthlings, but the bastardized Bay-formers are just a horrible, horrible way for the rest of the world to be introduced to the denizens of Cyberton.

    Yes, I'm Gen X, and I disapprove of anyone trashing my childhood icons. (At least they brought back Peter Cullen, the original--and only true--voice of Optimus Prime.)

  • In reply to BearSquirrel:

    I'm sorry, but I absolutely LOVED how Bumblebee is portrayed in those Michael Bay films. Personally I think my car is an awesome mesh of Generation 1 Bumblebee and the film version. Don't hate on the B-Bug!

  • In reply to Nash:

    All right, hang on a second. I never said I hated what they did to 'Bee in the film--he's about the only thing they actually got RIGHT in the adaption. Your car is more though like that of the Transformers: Animated series, where' the Gold Bug was more of a coupe--sadly they've never done a new incarnation of 'Bee as a VW since his inception.

    Personally, I think your car looks fantastic--I'd add a nice 9" red Autobot symbol either smack middle of the hood or near the front for that finishing touch. The steering wheel is the coup-de-grace.

  • In reply to BearSquirrel:

    Incidentally this is the version I speak of: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/0b/Bumblebee-animated.png

  • In reply to BearSquirrel:

    I've seen pictures of this new animated version, but I didn't watch it on Cartoon Network. I AM getting into Transformers Prime on Hub! Have you seen that one yet? Peter Cullen does Optimus' voice in this new series also!

  • In reply to Nash:

    No, I keep missing it. :( Between Burn Notice and the holiday episodes of Eureka and Warehouse 13 I kept getting distracted when they were on. I'll just have to catch them online--but yes, props that they got Cullen again for the role.

  • In reply to BearSquirrel:

    Part 1 - 5 are online on HUB's official website. They're scatter in the video section. But they're all there lol. I've only seen parts 1 & 2 so far.

    http://www.hubworld.com/transformers/shows/prime/videos

  • In reply to BearSquirrel:

    Ok :) I thought you were dissing my awesome wheels for a second. Some friends at a prop shop in Elgin might help me replace the metal VW symbols on the hood and trunk with Autobot ones! I'll have to find out how much that would be...but it would be the perfect final touch ;)

  • In reply to Nash:

    Oh no way I'd diss that sweet mod you did. I can't imagine popping those symbols off and replacing them would cost more than $100 total--just make sure you get ones that can weather the harsh Chicago environments. ^_^

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