Go jump on into the Celebration! Custom Celebration IX is underway.
This was the first of the Killer Bees that I put together. I have always thought the Gnawgahyde torso could work for a female, albeit a buff one, and I thought this would be a good opportunity. Also, I was able to use some of the Flak Viper parts that I had left over from my Ghost customs. The theme of bees goes back to when I was six years old. I remember drawing myself as a Joe and having a bee on my shirt. How that moved to this is anyone's guess. On another note, the Killer Bees real names are based after a golden group of four.
Drone was the second figure that I put together. After sticking the Eco Warriors Flint helmet on the Sci-Fi body, I knew that I had a great combo for a bee-type character. With the addition of the RotS Clone Trooper Jet Backpack, I was very pleased with how this figure turned out. This is probably my favorite of the bunch.
Since I had the option to make four figures, I really wanted to do that. After some research, I realized that if I wanted to be true to bees, then I needed mainly females. Unfortunately, there are not many female torsos in the GI Joe line that would work for a theme like this. I decided to take a risk and modify a SF Chun Li torso. I am extremely pleased with the results. I think the Zarana head really tops this figure off. My only disappointment is that the helmet will not fit on this head.
After putting this figure together, I feel that four arms on all of the figures might have been overkill. Still, I think that the figure has a solid look, and the paint definitely gives off a bee vibe. I would have liked for a helmet to fit on this figure, but I sacrificed the helmet to give the character more of an identity.