"Transformers Adventure" Supreme Bumblebee Toy Review
Release Date: October 24, 2015
Price Point: $20-30(Varies by retailer)
Retailer: Japanese Market Only
Accessories: Sword, Decepticon Hunter Staff weapon
Tech Specs (Translation by Goktimus Prime):
Megatronus finally revealing his form, is a formidable enemy even for Optimus Prime. Although the Autobots bravely stood firm to provide what little support that they could for Optimus Prime, they proved inept before Megatronus’ overwhelming might. When faced with imminent annihilation, Bumblebee’s body was enshrouded by dazzling light, powering up to the form known as his Supreme Mode! This allowed Bumblebee’s Autobots and Optimus Prime to hunt down Megatronus. Will they be able to defeat Megatronus and restore peace to Earth?!
Towards the end of "Robots in Disguise" season one, several Autobots received power ups that took the form of new armor and weaponry. One of these Autobots was Bumblebee. While the Warrior Class Bumblebee figure has received a couple of different decos with different releases in the United States, this is the first retool. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release. Check out my original Warrior Class Bumblebee review and the "Clash of the Transformers" Bumblebee review for a good look at the sculpt that led to this release.
Bumblebee is packaged on a blister card. The artwork in the back is the same artwork as the Toys R Us exclusive "Clash of the Transformers" Bumblebee figure (though this figure is much more accurate to the artwork than its Toys R Us counterpart). The "Transformers Adventure" logo is overlaid on the artwork. On the right is the "Transformers" logo set vertically with an Autobot symbol on top. The figure is packaged in robot mode flanked by his weapons. The insert shows the vehicle mode with the staff weapon attached. It also offers the english translation of the name for the figure: Bumblebee Supreme Mode. The back features a profile with a Photoshopped image of the figure. The rest of the card is focused on the Japanese mobile app and photos of the toy. It's a bright, attractive package and the figure looks great inside.
Previous releases of this mold included a sword cast in translucent blue. This version is no different. However this time out he also includes a "Decepticon Hunter" staff. This weapon was used in the animated series as a bit of a "miracle weapon" that could transform into whatever the user could visualize in their mind. This staff has a rather complex design, with sharp looking blades at one end, and angled designs running down the length of the staff. There is a distinct, round section towards the end with a tab sticking out in the side. This piece is cast in the same translucent blue plastic as the sword.
The sword features a 5mm handle, allowing Bumblebee (or other figures with compatible ports) to hold the weapon. The staff features a 5mm handle near the section with the tab. The tab is used to store the weapon in vehicle mode or you can attach it to the side of his shoulder armor in robot mode. I think it's awesome this weapon was included with this figure as it really helps solidify its connection to the last episodes of "Robots in Disguise" season one and it adds value to buying this retool/redeco.
Unlike his Toys R Us counterpart, Bumblebee Supreme Mode has extensive retooling in this form. Several parts have been altered to give him the "armored up" appearance ha had in the cartoon:
- The head sculpt is new, featuring a larger crest and protective panels on either side of the face. In many respects this head design resembles the Autobot symbol itself, even with Bumblebee's smiling face in the middle.
- The torso panel is a completely new sculpt, with raised and beveled armor sections. It also has a more pronounced "collar" around the neck.
- The forearms are newly sculpted pieces with two distinct armor sections overlapping in the middle.
- The front panels of the lower legs are new. Though the shape is similar to the previous versions of this figure, the armor around the knees point up more and there are no vent like structures near the feet.
Each of the new pieces have been cast in translucent blue plastic, similar to the weapons. Silver and black are used to give these sections additional color detail. For instance the head and forearms have extensive silver deco on them. The torso has silver and yellow paint on them with a scannable Autobot symbol in the center of his chest. Black paint is also used to give some extra contrast. This is most evident on the forearms where the inside of the forearms have black paint on it with breaks so the translucent plastic can show through.
Large chunks of the figure are painted black. This includes the shoulders, knees and feet. Yellow accents are used on the chin and knee. In particular I was very surprised by the detail on the chin. This tiny level of detail may not seem like much, but it really shows the level of care Takara puts into its decos.
From a functional standpoint Bumblebee Supreme Mode is almost the same as his predecessors but it's not perfect. His feet are actually slightly loose compared with previous versions of this figure. Fortunately he stands just fine, but when you transform the figure or pose it you really feel the difference.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Detach the weapons and set them aside for now.
- Push the robot feet up against the lower legs.
- Connect the two lower legs and the panels from the top of the vehicle mode together.
- Rotate the lower body around.
- Straighten out each of the arms.
- Push each arm down and into the sides.
- Swing the door panels down then up to cover the arms.
- Swing the panel from the back over the head and push it into place.
- Swing the section with the windows up and push it into place.
- The sword can be stored on the bottom of the vehicle using the raised "V" shape tabs.
- The staff can be attached to the side of the vehicle using the tab on the staff and the corresponding slot on the sides.
There are no sculpting changes for the vehicle mode, what we do have in this mode however is an amazing deco! Based on his appearance in the animated series, this version of Bumblebee fills in several key details that were missing on the "Robots in Disguise" release of the same sculpt. Like that release the main plastic colors are yellow, translucent blue and black. Yellow makes up most of the vehicle with blue used for the cabin section and windows. The wheels are cast in black. Where the deco excels are the paint applications.
Like the "Robots in Disguise" release, Bumblebee has the black stripes on his hood and blue on the headlights. Yellow paint is also used on the top of the cabin section. On top of all that, this version has additional details:
- There is silver painted around the edges of the headlights.
- The vertical lights next to the headlights are each painted neon orange.
- The rear vertical lights are painted neon orange.
- Each door has a stripe pattern on it matching the one seen on the TV show.
- Each of the wheels has a blue circular strip on it, a feature of many of the Autobots on the show including Bumblebee.
With all these extra decos the figure is elevated quite a bit in this form. One of the issues I had with the first release was the relative lack of deco on the sides. I'm really happy to see this version has them, especially the blue circles around the wheels, which I think is a very cool visual on the cartoon. I'm also very happy to see some type of detail on the back, something that is absent on most Transformers nowadays.
Despite the slightly looser feet, this robot mode is an outstanding example of how to retool and redeco a figure. I love the use of translucent blue plastic to emulate the glowing blue parts on the cartoon and the inclusion of the extra weapon and retooled parts goes a long way in adding value to this figure. Highly recommended!