"Robots in Disguise (2015)" Warrior Class Clash of the Transformers Bumblebee Toy Review
Release Date: August 2015
Price Point: $14.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: Toys R Us Exclusive
Official images and text in italics below from the Toys R Us web site:
Whether he was in robot mode or sports car mode, Bumblebee has always been a powerful warrior for the Autobot cause. This Warriors Class Bumblebee figure is just like him, but he's got the ultimate weapon against his Decepticon foes: his mighty sword! Convert him back and forth as the fight rages on. When the battle is over for the day, you can scan your figures' badges into the Transformers Robots in Disguise app (device not included) and unlock the characters for awesome virtual combat. The battle is never over for you and your Bumblebee figure!
"Clash of the Transformers" is a Toys R Us exclusive line of Transformers figures from the "Robots in Disguise" toy line. This line focuses on the arrival of Megatronus in the show and features redecos of figures from the various classes of figures in the toy line including Legion to 3 Step Changers.
One of the Warrior Class figures given a new deco is the Bumblebee figure. I've already reviewed two different versions of this sculpt including the original release and Night Ops Bumblebee. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release, but you'll definitely want to check out the other two reviews for more details on the base sculpt.
Bumblebee is packaged on a blister card. The card has Bumblebee artwork surrounded by purple energy. Bumblebee is drawn and colored with the armor shown on the TV show (though not present on the figure). The side of the packaging has the "Transformers" logo set vertically with a circular "Clash of the Transformers" logo above it. On the bubble is a sticker indicating the figure is a Toys R Us exclusive. The back of the packaging shows the figure in both modes with the instructions. The bottom of the card has legal information in multiple languages.
Let's get the bad news out of the way first: there is no retooling on this figure. Despite what the package art shows, there is no new head sculpt. The figure also includes the same weapon as the previous versions: a translucent blue sword. It is important to note that as I'm writing this review, it was just revealed that Takara Tomy will be releasing a version of this figure with a new head sculpt and a new weapon.
From promotional pictures it may seem like Bumblebee is cast in the same yellow plastic as the first version. However this yellow is in fact a brighter, metallic yellow. A lighter silver color is used for smaller parts like the elbows and the top part of the thighs. There are black plastic pieces on the back and waist/hip area. The yellow is a really great color and looks fantastic. The real great work on this figure are the paint applications.
The paint applications on this figure are used to replicate the look of the extra armor on Bumblebee in the animated series. Much of this armor is represented with light blue paint which you'll find on his chest and lower legs. Silver is used for the same effect. That color is used on the forearms, the sections under the chest armor and the lower legs. Silver and blue are used in combination on the robot face and crest. Offering some nice dark contrast to all these colors is black which is used for the shoulders (just like the first version of this figure) and the feet (which were unpainted on the first version). Rounding everything out is a scannable symbol on the center of the chest. This deco is really outstanding. I know the lack of retooling is a disappointment but the deco certainly isn't.
Bumblebee's weapon still fits in either fist perfectly and holds firm. All the joints on the figure are also nice and tight.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Detach the sword and set it 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.
In vehicle mode Bumblebee mostly shows off his metallic yellow plastic. There are light blue lines starting at the base of the windshield leading to the stripes on the hood. The headlights are also painted light blue. The cabin section's cover is translucent blue with yellow paint filling in details. Disappointingly enough that's it for the decos. I had hoped that there would be silver on the rims or maybe even paint applications on the rear lights. As cool as the robot mode deco is, the vehicle mode is kind of plain.
If you already have the original version of this sculpt and/or Night Ops Bumblebee I think you can safely skip this version. However, if you've already skipped the other versions this is probably the best one to get if you want a somewhat "show accurate" version unless you want to wait for the Takara Tomy version. That's a lot of qualifying statements, I know. This is a good toy but it could've been much better.