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Name: Bumblebee
Series: Generation 2
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Espionage
Alternate Mode: Classic VW Beetle



CAR MODE
Height: 3cm Length: 5cm Width: 4cm

   A small chrome yellow superdeformed, VW Beetle hatchback. While the Beetle isn't really a hatchback, Bumblebee is thanks to his superdeformed shape. He's got black windows, black trim on the bottom of the sides and a silver panel on the back. The tyres are rubber and the wheels chromed silver. G1 Bumblebee has a black painted rear bumper but this version does not. He has a tailpipe on the right side of the bumper and a yellow sticker on the back panel with red flower like pattern in the centre.

   The toy's play value is limited to rolling along on it's wheels. Without any axles, Bumblebee doesn't roll very far when simply pushed, but rolls fine when guided by a hand. The rubber tyres provide some traction, so you can make him do controlled cornering and other tricks. The level of detail is pretty good for a toy this age and size.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Identical to Cliffjumper, Hubcap and Bumblejumper. Pull out the front of the car and fold up to form the feet. Lift up the rear panel to reveal the head. Pull the wheels out from the sides to form the arms.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 8cm Width: 5.5cm

   A shiny yellow robot with black arms & legs and yellow feet. He's got a silver face, with good moulded detail, although the face has a mouthplate, unlike his cartoon and comic incarnations. The face is actually duller than the rest of him, and being a similar colour fails to really stand out. He's got wheels attached to his arms. It's a fairly nice robot mode, although the face differing from the media versions is a minor gripe. Still, he looks like the show Bumblebee - and the toy came first anyway, technically.

   Poseability is limited to swivel joints at the shoulders, which is standard for the Minicars. He's not necessarily better or worse than the others of this design, but it's a pretty good design, and the robot mode works well.

VARIATIONS

   None as such, although he is a repaint of the G1 Bumblebee.

OVERALL

   Bumblebee is a good toy, but this toy is very similar to and less show accurate than the original. It's a pretty good recolour as G2 goes, but if you only get one Bumblebee, get the original. On it's own, G2 Bumblebee is a pretty good toy, although by 1993 this was a very old design - 6/10

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