Revenge of the Fallen Activators Rally Bumblebee Toy Review

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Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: December 2010
Price Point: $9.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

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Text from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
BUMBLEBEE knows what it takes to win a battle at top speed! He keeps his fighting skills in top shape by training every chance he gets, and teaching the other AUTOBOTS high-speed combat skills.

Spring into action with this quick conversion vehicle-to-robot hero! With just the press of a button, this mighty RALLY RUMBLE BUMBLEBEE figure changes from Camaro concept car vehicle mode to robot mode through super speedy spring-loaded action. Convert him back to vehicle mode and push the button to convert him to robot mode again and again as the robot battles rage on! Ages 4 and up.

It has become accepted over the past few years that Transformers need to be marketed to several age ranges, not just the standard "7-12 year old" crowed. Over the years, simplified Transformers have taken on many forms including the now defunct "Go-Go-Gobots" line as well as the Fast Action Battlers. This year introduces an old name with a new concept into the mix, aimed at a younger audience. Activators, a term used for simplified, but show accurate versions of characters from "Animated" now has been recycled for use as a sub-line of Movie based figures. As part of the late 2010 wave of Activators, the Bumblebee figure has been given a new paint job and released as "Rally Bumblebee", a figure meant to go along with Rally Rumble Optimus Prime. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Robot Mode:
Similar to Rally Rumble Optimus Prime, Rally Bumblebee uses the same basic colors as the previous release, but in much lighter shades. The yellow plastic has been replaced with a much brighter shade of yellow that looks more neon than deep. The grey plastic from the first Activators Bumblebee has been replaced with a grey that's in a slightly lighter shade. The black parts remain the same however. The plastic color swaps are one to one, with the yellow and grey parts alternating from one part to the other (such as the upper arms being yellow and forearms being grey). It's a rather jarring swap, but that's part of the point - to really wow you and distinguish itself from the previous release, and these colors certainly get the job done!

Paint applications use two of the colors from the first release, namely silver and black. Additional paint applications are done up in yellow (matching the bright yellow plastic) and red. The deco pattern on this release of Bumblebee differs from the previous one. Some elements are the same, such as black paint on the headlights and light blue eyes with silver on his face. However, other portions are quite different. His legs for instance only have paint on the knee armor whereas the previous release also painted the front armor on the lower legs. Also, his chest and head have a large section painted in black with a red outline. In terms of being different from its previous release, this paint scheme certainly does the job and looks good to boot. I do wish there was a bit more paint used on the main body such as on the Chevrolet logo and the ankle sections, but those are minor quibbles.

There has been no retooling of the figure for this release. All the joints on my Rally Bumblebee are just as tight as those on the first release of the sculpt.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Straighten out the arms and legs.
  2. Swing up the forearms against the upper arms.
  3. Swing each of the front foot pieces up.
  4. Connect the two lower legs together.
  5. Swing the front section of the car forward, then push that section in and lock all the pieces together.

Vehicle Mode:
Rally Bumblebee's vehicle mode emphasizes the yellow color of the vehicle, and really takes the "bee" portion of his name to heart. Most of the vehicle is yellow with black tires. The only grey plastic showing in this form is the "Activators" button, the hinge on the end of the hood and bits on the rear of the vehicle. Running with the "bee" theme, the most prominent paint applications are done up in black. The windows are more of a flat black color while the hood is covered in a matte finish that looks really nice. The hood's black color is then outlined with red, like the details in robot mode. You'll find a similar theme on the side of the vehicle, where the numbers "02" are listed (most likely to go with Rally Rumble Optimus' "01" number) along with a honeycomb design. These details are black, with red outlines creating a glowing effect that looks really nice. In this form the Chevrolet logo is painted, specifically in the color gold. What's odd is that it creates a bit of a break in the color continuity between the pattern on the vehicle mode's front end and the robot mode chest. Finally, red is also used to paint the Autobot symbol sculpted into the Activators button.

Functionally, the Activators button still works fine. Oddly, I found getting Bumblebee back into vehicle mode required a bit more pushing before it "locked" into place, but your mileage may vary.

Final Thoughts:
There's nothing particularly stunning about this release of Activators Bumblebee. Figures like this have very specific target audiences such as kids who need a "simpler" figure to play with or collectors who dig redecos. In that context this figure is recommended for having a very different color scheme and pattern than its predecessor and having fun on the "bee" theme.