Cliffbee.com: ROTF Legends Bumblebee Toy Review

Toy Reviews
Individual Review




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



CAMARO MODE
Height: 2cm Length: 7cm Width: 3.5cm

   A deep yellow Camaro with black racing stripes on the hood and and rear, Bumblebee has cobalt blue windows, a black grille and various other black details at the front. This colour scheme - and indeed the vehicle - is essentially the same as the 2008 Camaro from the first film. This particular model missed out on receiving the Legends treatment for the first movie, but receives the increased paint allowance that ROTF seems to give Legends - the 1970s Legends toy lacks paint on the rear window, but this toy has a painted rear window. While the taillights are unpainted, this remains a well painted Legends toy - and I'm grateful for the additional paint on Legends toys. The paint applications all make sense, and really contribute to make this a good vehicle mode.

   As you'd expect from a Legends toy, there's no play value here aside from rolling wheels. The sculpt is pretty good with door mirrors, vents and door seams on the sides, grille details on the front and taillights on the back. Everything fits together nicely too with few seams.

   A very good Legends vehicle mode, Bumblebee has left the cheap feel of earlier Legends (Cybertron and Classics in particular) a long way behind him. The sculpt and paint job are both very focused, the colours are spot on and the amount of paint very satisfying. Granted, this vehicle doesn't do a lot other than be a Camaro, but does it very well.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Extend and split the rear to form his legs, pull the front wheels out and forward to form arms. Fold the hood down to form his chest and reveal the head. Swing down his arms and stand Bumblebee up.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 7.5cm Width: 4.5cm

   A deep yellow robot with black thighs, Bumblebee's chest is the black grille while his face is silver with blue eyes. The red Autobot logo on his forehead is present, albeit tiny, so there's a larger red Autobot logo on his right knee. Again the paint job is good - mainly because of the well painted car front on his chest, but also because of the head. A good representation of Bumblebee again.

   This is a much simpler robot mode than the deluxe version, but the important details are present. The chest is the Camaro's front end while the side windows hang behind, and his face is quite recognisable. There is some kibble on the arms - the front tyres look a little awkward on the outside of his fists. Both the legs and arms are somewhat generic in detail and lacking in paint, but the core of the robot mode is very much Bumblebee so the illusion is maintained.

   The poseability here is decent - the shoulders and hips are ball jointed, giving Bumblebee some poseability. It's nothing special, but does enough to give this robot mode some play value.

   A good robot mode with good painted details, the decisions made in the design process about where the detailing would be applied make Bumblebee's robot mode impressive despite being very straightforward. The poseability is as expected but does enough to carry this robot mode.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of.

OVERALL

   While no 2008 Legends Bumblebee might have been disappointing first time around, the wait was worthwhile - the ROTF Legends have more paint on them, and it helps us avoid a weird repaint to plug the gap in this line. The end result is a very good Legends toy. Bumblebee isn't spectacular but does everything right, with clever painted details, a good sculpt, a simple but very effective transformation and two modes which are true to the character. If you like Legends, I'd recommend this toy - 8.5/10

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