FUNCTION: ESPIONAGE DIRECTOR
FIRST APPEARANCE: G.I. JOE AND THE TRANSFORMERS #
4 (as Goldbug), TRANSFORMERS # 1 (as Bumblebee)
others you must first know yourself."
Although the Autobot Bumblebee's body was destroyed (in G.I. JOE AND THE
TRANSFORMERS # 1), his mind was still intact. A new body,
similar to the old one but improved, was built. But
Bumblebee resisted assuming his old role again. His brush
with death had changed him: he was no longer willing to
play the part of the cute, wisecracking "little
brother." He no longer enjoyed the other Autobots'
often patronizing attitude toward him, nor did he accept
it. He now had a more serious, even darker side. Some
might say he matured. So, rejecting much of his old self,
he also rejected his name - Bumblebee. He wanted a new
identity to go along with his new body. He chose Goldbug.
He's more assertive now, a change reflected in his
promotion to the Autobots' Espionage Director. He's still
a very engaging, affable fellow, but sometimes he can get
downright gloomy when he's working, so much so that
others are put off by him. He no longer acts the way he
feels others would like him to. He is no longer
interested in gaining their acceptance. He has come to
realize that what others think about him is not nearly as
important as what he thinks about himself. And lately, he
generally feels very good about himself. And thankful
that he has another chance.
Goldbug is even more fuel-efficient now than he had been
as Bumblebee. He gets up to 2½ times more use out of a
unit of fuel than any other Autobot. He's faster and has
greater range. He has extremely good vision. He's an
excellent eavesdropper: he can hear a pin drop on the
other side of a foot-thick concrete wall. He is adaptable
to underwater, cold and hot environments. He has a peak
efficiency operating range from -150 to +180 degrees
Although stronger than he had been as Bumblebee, Goldbug is still one of the
physically weakest of the Autobots.