Possibly one of the most well known transformers since its release back in 1984 in the US, “bumblebee” has become more than just a name for a fuzzy little insect. I still remember owning a G1 version Bumblebee, and it was one of my favourites!
Bumblebee is a fictional character from the world of Transformers, there have been several versions of this character since its creation, but it has always been a friendly, kind and mostly yellow Autobot.
In this review I’ll be taking a look at the 2007 movie version Bumblebee, where he transforms into a 2008 Camaro concept car in car mode.
Line: Transformers Movie Voyager Class
Material: ABS, plastics
Original Price: $30AUD / $24USD
Height: 150mm / 5.9inches
This particular figure came in a twin pack that included a Voyager Class Optimus Prime, which I do not have anymore, so unfortunately I do not have any photos of it. The packaging was nice, a large window displaying the figures inside, good graphics to tie in with the feel of the movie. However the packaging was bulky and took up quite a bit of space. If you are a greenie, you probably won’t be too happy.
Bumblebee comes with only one accessory, a big gun that resembles a pulse cannon or plasma gun of some sort. Whats more, it opens up to reveal a blue energy blade that extends as the gun is opened up – cool! When in car mode, the gun can be stored in the back section underneath the car – extra cool!
Firstly, in robot mode Bumblebee looks great, a relatively movie accurate representation, as much as any small scale plastic toy will get. The proportions are nice, the details are good, and the mould isn’t too bad either for a toy at this price point.
Now to car mode, the designers had a really good go at this, but they may have overestimated the ability of the toy manufactures. The car does come together, and it does resemble the Chevrolet Camaro Concept car, but it doesn’t look any good. Most of the panels on my figure doesn’t line up, the gaps between these panels also vary in size making the car mode look like a cheap Chinese copy (no offence as I own several well made figures that are made in China!). The wheels are at different heights and most of the time, it’s a struggle trying to keep the panels lined up during transformation.
Bumblebee is well articulated and can strike many poses that would prove too difficult for most figures. With 16 actual points of articulation (not counting all the other bits and pieces that can move) Bumblebee is a really fun figure to pose. The key points of articulation are mostly ball joints, including the head, shoulders, waist, hips and even his wrists, that is what gives Bumblebee its pose ability. There is a down side to all this, that is longevity. Ball joints do not usually last very long as there are a lot more friction from each joint having to cater for movement in all directions, causing the parts to wear faster and becoming loose. My Bumblebee is already showing signs that he can no longer stand up straight.
There are several features worth mentioning with this figure, the eyes are made with blue translucent piece that glows when backlit, very cool effect. The automorph technology used in this figure allows for fast and intuitive transformation between modes and as mentioned before, the gun can be safely stored away inside Bumblebee when in car mode, less chance of loosing that weapon!
The biggest problem with I found with Bumblebee is that not all of the yellow panels on the figure were painted, some were only moulded in yellow plastic making colour matching difficult, which isn’t so much of a problem in robot mode, however once you transform Bumblebee to car mode, this really shows. In robot mode, the black details of the figure breaks up the yellow, and looks really nice, especially because there was good paint detail in areas such as the number plate, Autobot symbol, headlights and car badge.
I think Bumblebee is a really nice figure to play with, it has really good articulation, and in robot mode it looks great, and it is probably best to display him in this mode.
Thanks for reading my toy review!