"Bumblebee" Nitro Series Blitzwing Toy Review
Release Date: February 2019
Price Point: $19.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Target, Walmart, Amazon etc.)
Accessories: Energon Igniter Core (Red)
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- Transformers: Bumblebee -- energy Igniters Nitro series blitzwing action figure
- Energon Igniters core included in pack activates driving action – fun play for kids ages 6 and up
- 7-Inch-scale figure that features classic Transformers conversion – for Best results See instructions
- Convert from robot to jet modes in 15 steps
- Harness energon Igniters Tech and unleash the power Within
The lifeblood of Transformers robots, Energon fuels the epic action on earth and beyond. Now, imagine harnessing the Transformers energy source with energy Igniters figures. Convert this energy Igniters nitro series blitzwing figure between robot and jet modes in 15 steps. Then plug the energy Igniters core included in pack into the vehicle and push down to unleash flying action. This blitzwing figure stands at a 7-inch scale with eye-catching detail. The energy Igniters core unleashes the power in all energy Igniters figures (each sold separately). blitzwing speeds through the skies, leaving every other Bot in his jet stream. When the Autobots enter his sights, the brash deception charges down for an energon-infused Blitz attack. Harness energy Igniters Tech and unleash the power Within. Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro. Includes Transformers: Bumblebee -- energy Igniters nitro series blitzwing figure, energy Igniters core, and on-box instructions. Figure scale: 7 inches. Ages 6 and up. Warning: CHOKING HAZARD - small parts may be generated. Not for children under 3 years. Caution: hair entanglement may result If child's hair comes in contact with moving parts of toy. Adult supervision is required.
In September of 2018 Hasbro launched its "Bumblebee" toy line based on the live action movie. Much of this toy line was aimed at a younger audience, relying on the "Energon Igniter" gimmick. More complex and detailed figures for the movie would be folded into the "Studio Series" and "Masterpiece" lines instead. The "Energon Igniter" gimmick was spread across several classes of figures including the "Nitro Series". The "Nitro Series" figures are larger figures (about 7 inches/17.78 centimeters tall) with relatively simple transformations akin to the "Robots in Disguise" 3-Step Changers but with more steps and a different gimmick. The gimmick largely revolves around the "Energon Igniter Core" accessory. When you press the button on the top of the Energon Igniter Core down, it causes a wheel on the bottom to roll. This piece can be used on figures labeled with the "Energon Igniter" logo across size classes.
When Bumblebee first arrives on Earth, he is almost immediately confronted by a Decepticon who has been charged with hunting him down. With a "Seeker-esque" design, Blitzwing battles Bumblebee with brutal efficiency before Bumblebee triumphs over him. Up until now, the only widely available Blitzwing figure was the tank version in the "Power Series". This is the first (and so far only) version of Blitzwing that represents how he actually looked in the film. You can check out part of the Bumblebee/Blitzwing battle in the clip below (courtesy of Paramount Pictures).
The Nitro Series figures are packaged in a box that wraps around the figure but has most of it open with no bubble or protection around it. This is similar to the 3-Step Changer packaging from "Robots in Disguise". The background on the packaging has a large Decepticon symbol for Blitzwing. However the package art on the lower right side shows Bumblebee in a fighting pose. The right side features a vertical Transformers logo with the "Energon Igniters" logo near it. To the lower left side of the packaging is a render of Barricade in vehicle mode with the Energon Igniter Core attached. The packaging uses yellow, black, blue and light yellow colors, making it very distinctive from many other toys on shelves (including other Transformers figures).
Blitzwing includes an Energon Igniter Core. This "core" features a rubber wheel on the bottom. When you press the grey piece, it preps the wheel to spin. Let go and the wheel spins, propelling this figure and others in the line forward in vehicle mode. This piece is cast in translucent red and solid grey plastic. Some silver is painted on the sides (unlike the Energon Igniter Cores released with smaller figures).
Blitzwing uses the CG model for the character as the foundation of its design, but it simplifies it to accommodate the price point. That said, a lot of the details seen in the film do carry over to this figure. These include:
- The head design appears to take the classic Seeker head, streamline it and add a "re-breather" style mouth.
- The chest features vents on either side with the vehicle mode cockpit in between them.
- The shoulders are designed like vents from the vehicle mode.
- The vehicle mode wings wind up on the back, echoing both G1 Blitzwing and the classic Seeker design.
- The knee armor is rectangular with smaller details etched into the lower parts.
- The feet are each segmented into two large "toes".
In an interesting design choice, Blitzwing actually has two different heads! If you open up the cockpit cover on the back, an alternate head flips forward and replaces the other head (which goes down into the chest cavity). The head looks like the regular head, but with a big, crazy smile on it. This was not seen in the "Bumblebee" movie, but it does appear to pay homage to one of "Animated" Blitzwing's faces! That's a rather fun and unexpected Easter Egg.
Blitzwing is cast in two shades of grey: a light shade and gunmetal. Paint colors on this figure include red, yellow, black and light grey. These colors are very "Starscream-esque" and along with his design led many fans to believe this was Starscream when trailers were originally launched. Being an Energon Igniter figure, a lot of the fine details have not been painted in, but the designers did just enough to keep the figure from looking plain. The paint job on the heads in particular are very well done.
There are eight points of articulation on this figure, all focused in the arms (which is kind of impressive for a figure of this class). However that's it. The head does not move and the legs only swing out for the transformation. Still, this allows Blitzwing to look like he's doing more than just standing still so I'll take it. Of course, I would have liked say, knee articulation but that would have added to the cost and potentially raise the price of the figure. Each hand has a 5mm port, allowing you to attach weapons from other figures.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Straighten out the arms and legs.
- Swing the forearms up.
- Swing the ends of the wings out.
- Swing the nosecone up, then swing the cockpit section back and down.
- Swing the arms up at the shoulders. Rotate the arms around so the tabs and corresponding slots on the shoulders connect.
- Swing the legs up so they are tucked under the wings.
- Close the panels from the back of the robot mode.
In the "Bumblebee" Movie, Blitzwing transformed into a McDonnel Douglas F-4 Phantom II. However, due to licensing issues this figure transforms into a much more generic looking fighter jet. It has a long nosecone section, wide wings with pointed ends and two horizontal and two vertical stabilizer fins in the back. The jet looks good, but the illusion of the mode is broken a bit towards the back where the hollow sections on the back of the legs can be seen sticking out.
This mode breaks up the colors more, with the light grey plastic making up most of the jet's middle section while the front and back mostly have gunmetal plastic. Yellow and red details are used for detailing on the front and back. The right side wing has a Decepticon symbol on it in black. The wings wind up looking a bit plain, but overall it looks okay.
Lift up the two panels on the top of the vehicle and you can insert the Igniter Core. This does two things. First, opening up the panels reveals rockets sculpted into them for hidden weaponry. Second, you can now push down the silver tab and let Blitzwing roll forward on his own as if he were flying.
Blitzwing is a good toy (given the size class). He does what he is built to do, and the Voyager-esque size makes him look imposing, especially when taking on smaller figures like the Power Series toys. However, he does have limitations including articulation, so set your expectations accordingly. This figure is good for what it is. No more, no less. Recommended if you are into the Nitro Energon Igniter figures.
- The Voyager size makes him look rather formidable among the "Energon Igniter" series of figures.
- Currently the only representation of the character as he appeared in the film in toy form by Hasbro or Takara Tomy.
- Fun action feature in vehicle mode.
- Limited articulation.
- Deco could be better.
- Non-movie accurate vehicle mode.