Transformers Movie (2007) Legends Bumblebee Review
Release Year: May 2007
Retailer: General release and specialty markets (Toys R Us, Walgreens, Alco, Shop Rite etc.)
Price: $5.99 (Depending on retailer)
Difficulty Level: 2
- On Card (Front)
- On Card (Back)
- Vehicle Mode
- Vehicle Mode (Side)
- Vehicle Mode (Back)
- Robot Mode
- Robot Mode (Side)
- Robot Mode (Back)
Rank: 5 Courage: 10 Firepower: 3 Skill: 9
There are two Autobots that have been made into a thousand products for the movie: Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. From the earliest inklings of the movie, fans read online how producer Steven Spielberg's goal was to make a story about "a boy and his car", that car being Bumblebee. With such emphasis on the character, it's no surprise he would be among the first of the Legends figures released for this line.
What struck me as most interesting while looking at Bumblebee's robot mode is that in many ways, he is more like a Spychanger than your typical Legends figure. He uses the same basic transformation scheme as a Spychanger, with the front of the car becoming the chest (although in a different way here) and the rear of the vehicle forming the legs. Because of this simple (yet logical) design, Bumblebee winds up being an amalgam of design sensabilities from the main Transformers line and the movie line.
The front section of the car splits, with each side section becoming an arm and the middle does not quite fold all the way down to form the upper body. also, the car doors hang back and the head design is clearly movie-centric as opposed to your more standard "helmet on face" designs of the main Transformers line. The head is quite intricate, using the central crest, the "ears" that hang back (but move in the movie) and the insectoid type facial design of the CGI model. Also, if you look at sections such as the collar in front of the head and the mid-section (partially hidden by the car hood's center section) you'll find plenty of sculpted detail that harken back to those found on the CGI model. I really dig the way the arms worked out. His fists are big and really remind me of the sequence where we see Bumblebee transform for the first time and his fist slams on the ground. The headlights mounted right above his fists almost look like arm mounted lasers, neat!
The "mainline" design elements come in the form of more rounded off and "closed" parts. Instead of having the look of open gaps of armor on top of complex machinery, the designers opted to give Legends Bumblebee a more traditional look. If you look at the arms for instance, there are details such as the individual digits on the fingers, but he does not have layers of armor on top of tons of machinery. The same goes for the legs, which are very basic leg designs with the rear wheels on the sides.
Bumblebee uses the colors one would expect: yellow and black. Most of the plastic is yellow with black used for joints and the wheels. Black paint is used for the familiar stripes on his chest and silver is used for smaller designs such as the Autobot symbol on his chest and the grille. Metallic blue is used on details such as the eyes and stripes on the legs. I noticed that in particular, the silver that is used to paint the grille is more of a gunmetal color, which looks really nice.
Thanks to his transformation scheme, Bumblebee has quite a bit of posability I did not expect (he's more than - oh never mind). Bumblebee has six points of articulation, which is quite a bit for a Legends Class figure. In particular I was happy to see his legs can kick forward and back. Very nice.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Swing the chest piece up.
- Swing both arms up and straighten out the car doors, then connect the arms to the hood piece.
- Connect both legs together.
- Push the legs up.
Bumblebee's vehicle mode is almost perfect in design. He has the trademark Camaro "W" shaped front end with the round headlights and grille in the center. The back angles down at a slope leading to an upswept spoiler. Smaller details such as the sideview mirrors and the door handles are present as well. The colors work as well, with the black stripes going from the front of the vehicle to the windshield and then continuing on the back to the end. The windows are painted metallic blue with the exception of the rear window, which is sculpted but painted over with black stripes - whoops. I'm sure this was a limitation of the mold tree, but it does seem a bit funny.
The only part that subtracts from the sleek lines of the car comes on the sides towards the front. The arm joint in the robot mode sticks out on the sides in a rather ugly fashion. I mean, it doesn't ruin the vehicle mode, don't get me wrong, it just looks very odd.
Aside from the minor structural issue of the arm joints in vehicle mode, I think this is an awesome Legends Class represenation of Bumblebee, definitely a figure worth adding to your Legends Class collection!