Cliffbee.com: Movie Legends Bumblebee Toy Review

Toy Reviews
Individual Review




Name: Bumblebee
Series: Movie Tie-Ins
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Camaro Sports Car



CAR MODE
Height: 2.5cm Length: 8cm Width: 3.5cm

   A school bus yellow Camaro with black stripes running down the middle, metallic blue painted front and side windows and _no_ scorchmarks (unlike the larger version of the same character). Bumblebee has silver headlights, a dark grey grille and black plastic tyres, rounding out a straightforward yet plausible colour scheme. I like the fact that this version lacks the battle damage - something Hasbro keeps trying but never gets right. I would have liked to see the rear window painted (and the taillights), but on the whole this a good paint job at this size.

   As you'd expect at this scale the details are a little simple, but that's not to say this isn't a nice car mode. The Camaro is recognisable, the grille and lights are well defined and the doorseams and handles are present, along with side mirrors. The taillights are unpainted which is a little annoying, but the worst aspect of this car mode are two robot mode joints that stick out from either front fender. There are crappier vehicle modes at this size - Bumblebee's car is better than most at this scale - so I'm still happy overall.

   I quite like this car mode despite some missing paint and the lumps on his fenders. The paint job is better than on many Legends and the detail is good at this size. Of course, he doesn't do much other than roll, but this is to be expected at a size where gimmicks are unheard of.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Simplified compared to the deluxe, Bumblebee's transformation reminds me of G1 (specifically, the Hot Rod Patrol). Extend and split the rear to form his legs, fold down the front and detach the fenders to form arms, while the hood itself folds down as a chestplate, revealing his head. The doors sort of hang off the back of his shoulders.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 7.5cm Width: 3.5cm

   Again school bus yellow with some black - this time the black is most prominent on his thighs and the stripes, still visible on his chest. Bumblebee has a silver vaguely insect-like face with blue eyes and a tiny silver Autobot logo on his sternum. The kneecaps are blue while the rear tyres are visible on his boots. The colour scheme is simple but works well enough, and I think the duller shade of yellow helps here.

   The shoulders and hips are ball jointed, allowing for some poseability. The fists are sort of mashed into his arms, and while they _are_ moulded they're not really prominent (again this reminds me of the Hot Rod Patrol). The doors behind his shoulders are an unusual effect - they're not quite wings, not quite backpack, just an unusual feature. Again there's a G1 feel here, and shades of the G2 Gobots.

   While this is a simplified version of the character, the robot mode is decent enough, even if the fists are a little dicey. The play value is minimal, but that's to be expected at this size.

VARIATIONS

   There is a magazine exclusive transparent version, from Japan.



   A later release of Bumblebee was sold with Legends Scorponok. The Autobot logo is red instead of silver, and the guy at Hasbro so keen on Homer Simpson's make-up gun decided to ruin that version with splotches of "battle damage".

OVERALL

   One of the better Legends toys I've sampled - Bumblebee feels less cheap than some of them, and is certainly more stable than a lot of Legends. I'm very happy that he lacks the scorchmarks of the large toy (I skipped that version on purpose, since I hate the way it has been done), yet he still has a decent paint job overall. The colours are nice, the subdued shade of yellow is appreciated, while the detailing in car mode is good. There are a few shortcomings, but overall Bumblebee's good value for the price - 7.5/10

"Transformers" and other indica trademarks of Hasbro and/or Takara.