Dark of the Moon Legion Class Bumblebee (Black Redeco) Toy Review

in 2011, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Cyberverse, Dark of the Moon, Legion Class, Movie (2007)

Dark of the Moon

General Information:
Release Date: June 2011
Price Point: $5.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

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As part of the "Dark of the Moon toy line release, several price points have been rearranged and renamed. One of them was the line that fans have known for years as the "Legends" class. This line of smaller sized Transformers figures spread across many segments of the Transformers over the years including the movie line, Animated and Classics. Now the class has been renamed as the "Legion" class, with Ratchet being one of the early "Dark of the Moon" releases in this line. Instead of serving as a standalone class of figures, these toys are being placed in a new context, as part of the "Cyberverse", a line of Transformers focused on creating a small world/universe of play at a lower price point than deluxe and ultra sized figures. Included in this line will be "Commander" Class figures, slightly larger figures with weapons that interact with the smaller figures as well as transformable bases, echoing the Micromaster bases from Generation One.

When I reviewed the first iteration of Bumblebee for the Legion Class figures, I mentioned there would definitely be several releases of Bumblebee in this line and it looks like I was right. This version is a redeco of the first Legion Class Bumblebee figure. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Robot Mode:
This redeco of Bumblebee focuses on utilizing the basic colors of black and yellow, but it inverts them, making black the primary color of this figure instead of yellow. The top part of the robot, the arms, the wheels, thighs and the section between the thighs are all cast in black. The black plastic has a very matte finish feel to it, making it look rather flat (which is the intended look). The head section and the lower legs/feet are still cast in yellow. The yellow used is the same metallic kind used on the first version of this figure.

Paint decos are done in blue, silver and yellow. Yellow paint is found on the insides of the arms and stripes on either side of the head. Silver is used for the face along with blue on the eyes. The silver color used is darker than the silver found on the first Legion Class Bumblebee. The Autobot symbol on his chest is painted gold and set closer to the front of the chest than on the previous version. This silver is also found on the "headlight" styled detail on the area between his legs at the waist. While a nice set of colors, the yellow paint applied on the insides of the arms are applied in a somewhat sloppy fashion. The edges have a lighter bit of paint that seems to bleed out from the middle, as if the paint did not dry properly.

Functionally, Bumblebee can still hold a Commander Class weapon in his left hand. The joints are still tight so there are no functional issues with the figure.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Swing each foot up against the lower legs.
  2. Connect the two lower legs together.
  3. Swing the chest panel up to form the front of the car.
  4. Point the robot arms down and then swing them in.

Vehicle Mode:
The vehicle mode is a bit of an odd looking one. From the front to the middle it's pretty cool, with black giving Bumblebee a mysterious looking appearance. His headlights are even painted blue, echoing the colors of his eyes in robot mode. The yellow stripes on the top and sides give some nice contrast to the black, and then you get to the rear section and the look falls apart.

The rear section is cast in the metallic yellow plastic, which on its own looks good but right up against the black plastic looks almost obtrusive. Since the yellow paint is flat, it doesn't blend well with the yellow plastic at all. It really looks like the rear of another car was slapped onto the front/middle sections of another to make a Frankenstein vehicle and it just doesn't work.

Final Thoughts:
Generally the Transformers team does a great job on redecos of figures, but this is just one that missed. The paint on the arms in robot mode is sloppy while the vehicle mode looks slapped together. Considering how many iterations of Bumblebee that will be released, this is definitely one you can skip.