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Name: Bumblebee
Series: Movie Tie-ins
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Camaro

Thanks to Morkus for loaning me Bumblebee for this review.



CAR MODE
Height: 5cm Length: 11.5cm Width: 6.5cm

   A yellow Camaro with black racing stripes on the hoof and gunmetal pseudo-racing stripes on the back. Bumblebee has metallic blue windows, black tyres with silver hubcaps. The airdam & grille are black while his headlights are silver and the Chevrolet badge on his grille is red and white. There are red taillights at the back and a silver badge. Both badges are very low detail, there are no allegiance symbols here. The colours

   The detailing is fairly low and the shape is distorted, since the emphasis here is on making this a simple, young child's toy. There are door seams and door handles, side mirrors and unpainted fog lights. The grille also has some lines, so while the detailing is low, the major details are all present. There's no play value aside from the rolling wheels.

   A chibi Camaro with all the basic details right, and while it lacks the realism of the more grown-up movie toys, but one that's aimed at young kids. It won't offer much to adult collectors, but it's identifiably Bumblebee, at least.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Stand the car on the back end, pressing a button which will activate transformation. The front splits and pushes out to form the shoulders - the doors form arms. The roof rotates to form the chest, the rear window flips over to form a chestplate. The head rotates into view. To transform back, fold down on his back - the bottom of the car, and everything transforms back automatically.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 10.5cm Width: 9cm

   A yellow robot with gunmetal feet, a false car front on his chest featuring silver headlights and a red Autobot logo. The face is gunmetal with blue eyes while the arms are gunmetal, inside the yellow doors. The colour scheme is vastly simplified, since this isn't much more than a car on end.

   While the colours are simple, the robot shape itself is even more simple - the legs are a single piece and the feet are essentially just painted on. The arms are indistinct and the robot is too short for the head, which is really the only aspect of Bumblebee's robot mode which _is_ well defined. While the level of detail here is higher than say the Throttlebots, the bodyshape here is so indistinct that Bumblebee is less humanoid than most similar gimmicked Transformers down the years.

   There is no poseability here, no available gimmicks and no play value. The auto transform is all we get.

   A drastically simple robot mode with little on offer. The bodyshape is indistinct, there are no real legs and the arms are poor. There's no play value to speak of and Bumblebee is so simplified that he doesn't display well either.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of.

OVERALL

   Given than this toy sells for almost the price of a deluxe, there's precious little to offer here. The simple auto-transform is the entire show really, and it doesn't represent good value for money. I don't mind the idea, but it needed to be at a lower pricepoint. The car mode is okay if too cutesy, the robot mode is a waste of time and frankly the Legends offer more at a lower price. The auto-transform does work, so if Bumblebee was a lot cheaper, I'd be more positive. Even considering the target age group, this is not a rewarding concept, so I really can't be positive about this Bumblebee - 3/10

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