"Robots in Disguise (2015)" Legion Class Bumblebee Toy Review

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Robots in Disguise (2015)

Bumblebee General Information:
Release Date: December 2014
Price Point: $8.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: None

Images:

*Images and text below from Amazon.com:
Deceptions beware, because Bumblebee is on recon and he's just the scout to sniff out where they're hiding! This Autobot warrior figure converts in 5 steps from robot mode to speedy sports car mode and back. Can his Deception enemies keep up? Not as long as you keep converting him back and forth! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

"Robots in Disguise" focuses on Bumblebee leading a team of Autobots on Earth, so it's no surprise that the character makes a strong showing in the first wave of "Robots in Disguise" toys, appearing as a One Step Changer, Three Step Changer and Warrior Class figure all at the same time. On top of this pile o' Bumblebees is the Legion Class. The Legion Class was largely ignored in the "Age of Extinction" toy line, so it's cool to see its return.

Packaging:
The "Robots in Disguise" Legion Class figures are packaged on blisters connected to a card. The bubbles are not the normal kind that extend outward. Instead, each is vacu-formed to fit the shape of the figure underneath. The packaging features the different artwork than the One Step Changer and the Warrior Class Bumblebee figures. The figure is in robot mode while the insert shows off the vehicle form.

The back of the packaging has no tech specs information at all. The instructions are printed there and below that are disclaimers in multiple languages with a blurb for the "Robots in Disguise" app in the center. As packaging goes it's rather dull on the back, but looks great from the front. As a long time fan this bugs me, but honestly most kids are just going to toss away the packaging so I get the desire to not invest tons of money into the back of the card.

Robot Mode:
Of all the incarnations of Bumblebee I've reviewed for "Robots in Disguise" thus far, this one is probably the most thin and sleek looking of the bunch. His profile is thin and the way the vehicle mode parts break out you also lose his "back pack" which includes his vehicle mode doors that often resemble "wings" on his back. This makes him look different than his animation model and other toys of the character, but there's also a really nice, clean quality about it that I like.

For the first wave of "Robots in Disguise" figures, I'm making it a point to mention the size and weight of the figures as fans have been worried about substantial differences between these figures and the ones that have come before. Using the Legion Class Knock Out from "Transformers Prime" as comparison, both figures measure at about 2.5 inches (about 6.35 centimeters) tall. In terms of weight, Knock Out comes in at 0.6 ounces (approximately 17 grams) while Bumblebee is 0.5 ounces (about 14.1 grams). While that is a difference, it's not a huge one.

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The detailing on this figure is good, but nothing spectacular. His head sculpt comes right out of the cartoon with its thin, oval shape, a high crest on the top of the head and a pronounced "chin guard". The inside of the arm panels have forearms and fists sculpted in and the torso has sections that break out into a vaguely mechanical appearance.

Bumblebee is cast in yellow and black plastic (no surprises there). The yellow makes up most of the figure, with black used on the mid to lower parts of the torso and the thighs. There are several paint apps on this figure, which was very cool to see. Black is the most heavily used color, partly because it's used to paint the windows of the vehicle mode, all of which are visible here. It's also used to paint the to pof his feet, which helps break up the yellow color on the lower legs. Silver is used on the thighs and face. A bit of red is used on his shoulders (really the rear lights of the vehicle mode) and the eyes are painted light blue. The eyes in particular are notable because these are tiny details but they're painted cleanly and look great.

There are four points of articulation on this figure, the shoulders and legs (where they connect to the hips). Each of these is a ball joint, so there is a wide range of articulation. Each of the hands is sculpted with a 3mm port, allowing you to attach weapons from previous "Cyberverse" releases such as those in "Transformers Prime".

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Push the feet up.
  2. Push the two lower leg pieces together.
  3. Swing the black piece under the chest forward. This will also bring the robot head down and under the cabin section.
  4. Swing the section with the torso/waist/robot legs back, pushing it up against the windshield/cabin piece.
  5. Swing the robot head back, tucking into the underside of the vehicle.
  6. Push the arms in on the sides to complete the transformation.

Vehicle Mode:
While the robot mode differs from the TV show model in many ways, the vehicle mode is spot on. Bumblebee has his distinct vehicle shape with lots of angles and designs in the front that wrap around the outer edge (the more I look at it, the more they look like mandibles to me). The rear section angles upward and sweeps back dramatically. He also has smaller details such as the side view mirrors and small vent lines on the front and back that echo designs on the Autobot symbol. Overall this vehicle mode sculpt looks great!

This mode is mostly yellow with the wheels cast in black. All the windows are painted black, even the rear one. I point this out because more often than note, Transformers nowadays leave at least one window unpainted, so this is unusual. The headlights are painted light blue and the rear lights are painted red. I was surprised the rear lights were painted since that too is often a detail left unpainted on Transformers nowadays. This was a most pleasant surprise. An Autobot symbol with a circle around it is tampographed to the right side of the vehicle, fitting into a circle that was sculpted specifically to accommodate the symbol. This design is unique to the "Robots in Disguise" toy line and allows you to scan the figure for the current mobile game.

Final Thoughts:
Legion Class Bumblebee is a fun little figure with a cool sculpt and nice deco. If you're looking for something that more closely matches the TV show model, you're probably better off with the 3 Step Changer or Warrior Class Bumblebee. If you want a neat little toy that you can just put in your pocket and play with, this is the figure for you!