So I hate to bring this topic up again, but I must. Because consistency and all.
So... first, Cyberverse Scout Class Bumblebee v2, and the Scout Class figures in general.
This figure was originally revealed by Hasbro as part of a batch of stock renders released shortly after last year's San Diego Comic-Con. For whatever reason, Seibertron was the only site that ever posted the renders of Scout Bumblebee.
Eventually, Bumblebee was also listed at Amazon and Target, complete with the stock photos I posted above. However, no online retailer ever solicited an actual wave containing the figure, and therefore, any assumption as to what wave he would have been released in, or which other figures would have been in that wave, is pure conjecture. The only thing I have are stock photos for re-releases of Ratchet (found at various Brazilian online retailers) and Megatron (found at a US distributor's website) in "Power of the Spark" packaging, neither of which was ever released to my knowledge.
Instead, all retailers around the world skipped straight ahead to the Dead End/Ramjet wave in "Battle for Cybertron" packaging (which also included re-releases of Grimlock and Optimus Prime, the latter in "Bumblebee: Cyberverse Adventures" packaging). Most interstingly, there's a gap in Entertainment Earth's wave numbering:
The first "Power of the Spark"-branded wave that featured the Optimus Prime retool and Scraplet (plus re-releases of Starscream and Grimlock) is labeled as "wave 5"
Entertainment Earth doesn't list a "wave 6" at all, which would be located here
if it existed.
The Dead End/Ramjet/Optimus Prime/Grimlock wave is "wave 8"
according to Entertainment Earth.
Then recently, another wave was found in the UK, which features an all-new Wheeljack figure (previously glimpsed in a single photo from this year's Toy Fair) as well as that previously unreleased new Bumblebee figure in "Bumblebee: Cyberverse Adventures" packaging.
Now Entertainment Earth is listing that wave (which also includes a re-release of Megatron in "Bumblebee: Cyberverse Adventures" packaging, which I previously found a stock photo of at the Target website)... as "wave 7"
So just to sum it up:
Wave 5: released, contains: new figures Optimus Prime and Scraplet, plus Grimlock and Starscream re-releases
Wave 6: unreleased, supposedly contains: new figure Bumblebee, plus Ratchet and Megatron re-releases
Wave 7: released in the UK, contains: new figure Wheeljack, plus Bumblebee, Megatron and Optimus Prime re-releases
Wave 8: released, contains: new figures Ramjet and Dead End, plus Optimus Prime and Grimlock re-releases
The main problem is that Bumblebee was apparently supposed
to debuts in wave 6, which was officially unsolicited, making "wave 7" his actual debut. Except that wave 6 remains unreleased, which would technically make wave 7 "wave 6" contrary to the official numbering?
The lesser problem is that "wave 7" was released considerably later than "wave 8". While there have been instances in the past where the release order of waves at retail didn't match the official wave numbering, those were usually released in close succession, not several months
How the hell
to we untangle this hot mess for the Wiki?
Edited by Nevermore, 22 April 2020 - 04:14 PM.