Dark of the Moon Cyberfire Bumblebee Toy Review

in 2011, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Dark of the Moon, Deluxe, MechTech, Revenge of the Fallen

Dark of the Moon

General Information:
Release Date: April 2011
Price Point: $12.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Blaster/Plasma Cannon

Images:

*Images and text in italics from The Official Transformers web site:
BUMBLEBEE has earned his position as one of the most respected AUTOBOTS by consistently besting DECEPTICON foes. He established a library of battle strategies within the AUTOBOT supercomputer Teletraan-I so that AUTOBOTS will have access to his winning maneuvers for centuries to come! Spring into action with this vehicle-to-robot hero! Convert your mighty CYBERFIRE BUMBLEBEE figure from CAMARO concept vehicle mode to battle-ready robot mode. Then convert him back to vehicle mode so he can chase down his enemies and attack them with his "plasma" cannon! As the battle rages on, keep converting him back and forth, so he's ready to face whatever his enemies throw at him! Ages 5 and up.

There are some guarantees in life such as death and taxes. Another one? Bumblebee sculpts will get redecos over and over again during the release of a new Transformers movie. For the deluxe figure representing his latest form in "Dark of the Moon", Bumblebee has been given a new deco and released as "Cyberfire Bumblebee". This review will cover the changes made to this figure for this release. Take a look at the first review of this sculpt for a more detailed look at the sculpt and functionality of the sculpt itself.

Mech Tech Weapon:
Since the Mech Tech weapons are critical parts of this toy line, I will review the weapons separately if they have some type of functionality. How they work with each figure will be discussed in the review of the various modes. I will make one general statement that will probably be replicated throughout several of the first (and possibly second) wave of deluxe figure releases regarding the Mech Tech weapons: they cannot stay in their "transformed" state without being held in place. Most Mech Tech weapons are spring activated, and when you release the switch that transforms them, the weapons automatically revert back to their previous form. This is important to note as the packaging clearly shows the weapons can maintain their alternative forms with no mention of requiring support (this could change).

Cyberfire Bumblebee comes with the same weapon as the first release of this figure, so the review of the weapon below is the same as the previous review.

Bumblebee's weapon is a "Blaster" with a thick base, a hammer on the back and a small barrel in the front that looks more like the front end of a rifle or machine gun. It's definitely a formidable looking weapon with lots of cool sculpted detail including ridges on the safety, bolts on the sides and several layers of mechanical greebles. When you pull on the hammer, the weapon transforms by extending its length. The small barrel in the front folds out to reveal a significantly larger barrel that resembles the one Bumblebee transforms his arm into in the films. In a final detail, the top reveals a targeting scope as the weapon transforms. It's a very dramatic and cool transformation that is very reminscent of what we have seen in the feature films.

The Mech Tech weapon is completely cast in grey plastic, with no other colors or paint applications. That's probably the only visual drawback since some black highlights or perhaps a bright color inside the larger barrel would have given it a bit more "life".

Vehicle Mode:
Cyberfire Bumblebee is an interesting redeco in that it takes the basic Bumblebee colors of black and yellow and inverts their usual relationship and adds a crazy pattern to boot. Bumblebee is primarily cast in black and translucent orange plastic. The black extends from the front all the way to the back of the vehicle and includes his wheels. The yellow comes into play on his paint applications. Starting at the front of the vehicle is a section of solid yellow paint, but then as it moves back along the vehicle's top and sides, the solid yellow turns into a pattern that resembles electricity or flame. It's a very dramatic effect and makes it look like Bumblebee has hit some type of energy field that is dispursing all over his vehicle form. It's a really dramatic pattern and looks fantastic.

Smaller details are painted in silver and red. Both of these colors are seen on the front area, used for the headlights and Chevrolet logo. The rear lights are painted red with the spoiler and license plate are are yellow. The sides of each wheel are painted silver, offering some nice, metallic looking element. While not plentiful, these small details are crucial to keeping the vehicle from looking too one-note. It's not just all flash and lightning. These smaller details are a reminder that this is meant to resemble a real life vehicle (to a degree).

The hole on the top of the vehicle that accomodates the Mech Tech weapon is hidden very well thanks to most of the top being black plastic. It works fine too, with the plastic piece inside the hole springing up properly to "fill" the hole when no weapon is attached.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Detach the weapon if attached.
  2. Swing each outer half of the car's front end up.
  3. You'll see a grey piece under the center of the car's front end, swing that up.
  4. Open both car doors and swing up the windows.
  5. Raise the rear panel with the spoiler attached to it.
  6. Swing up the panel that forms the armor on top of the rear wheel wells.
  7. Pull down the robot feet to form the robot legs.
  8. Swing the front wheels out to the sides.
  9. With the bottom of the car facing up, swing the robot arms up, then out to the sides.
  10. Move the piece with the cabin cover and spoiler on it out a bit, tuck in the piece from the hood and then push it up against the back of the figure.
  11. Swing the front section of the car down to form the robot chest.
  12. Straighten out the robot arms and hands.
  13. Attach the weapon to his forearm.

Robot Mode:
In this much darker color scheme, Bumblebee is mostly black and dark grey. There is no actual yellow plastic (all those details are added via yellow paint). Most of the colors are black, including his chest, the outer armor on the arms and legs. Dark grey makes up other joints such as his thighs and his inner arms. This could have been a very dull color scheme, but thankfully yellow and silver are used to great effect to offer splashes of color. The lightning pattern from the vehicle mode carries over on his torso and on the doors that wind up on his back. Yellow paint is also used to paint the armor panels on his lower legs, his head and the outer armor panels on his forearms. The head is almost entirely painted yellow except the face, which is silver. The back of Bumblebee's head and the windows on his back are translucent orange. This really gives his eyes kind of an evil look that works with this color scheme. Part of my brain actually imagines him as what a "Shattered Glass" Movie Bumblebee would look like.

All of the joints on this figure are still tight. His weapon attaches to either arm just fine. The same goes for his C-Clip rods on his forearms.

Final Thoughts:
This is one of those rare cases when I actually like a redeco more than the original figure. It's not so much that there was anything wrong with the first figures' paint scheme, but in a sea of Bumblebee redecos (there are about seven deluxe class versions on the market simultaneously as I type this) it's important for a redeco to be distinctive not just from its source figure, but from the other figures out there and Cyberfire Bumblebee does the job. Highly recommended!