Revenge of the Fallen Bumblebee Toy Review

in 2009, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Movie (2007), Revenge of the Fallen

Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: May 2009
Price Point: $11.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Missile x 1

Images:

Images and text from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
Having chosen to stay with Sam after the end of the battle for the AllSpark, BUMBLEBEE made arrangements to stay close to him at all times. It’s been a pretty good deal. He gets regular detailing, and as much high-grade fuel as he needs. Plus, he gets to spend time with Sam and Mikaela. His vocal processors still aren’t fully up to snuff, but he and his friends communicate just fine. If he ever misses the action of battle, he can always give IRONHIDE a call and go DECEPTICON hunting.

Get ready to roll out with this AUTOBOT ally! This detailed BUMBLEBEE figure unleashes a launching pulse missile in robot mode and converts to a cool, Camaro concept car in vehicle mode! The battle is on and this bright yellow warrior is ready – are you?

Figure comes with missile accessory.

During the release of the toy line for the first Transformers live action movie, two figures were released as a "preview" wave of toys to herald the coming of the movie toy line. These two figures were Protoform Optimus Prime and Protoform Starscream. For "Revenge of the Fallen" Hasbro had wanted to release a preview wave as well, however these figures were delayed and simply wound up becoming part of the initial waves of the "Revenge of the Fallen" toy line. One of these figures was Bumblebee, representing his new upgraded form in "Revenge of the Fallen". This figure is a redeco and retool of the Premium Bumblebee figure. Check that review out for details on the figure. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Robot Mode:
For "Revenge of the Fallen", Bumblebee did not change the type of vehicle he was, but he upgraded to the 2010 version of the Chevrolet Camaro Concept car. Since so many of Bumblebee's parts are visible in robot mode, this change dramatically changes some of the parts in robot mode. The following retooling was done for this version of Bumblebee:

  • The head sculpt is brand new. Whereas Premium Bumblebee used the "armored" head design, but this one uses Bumblebee's head as it normally is, without his battle mask down. This is perhaps the most accurate sculpt used so far, with the central crest, "ears" on the top of the head and the round mouth piece. The most distinctive feature of the head design are his eyes, which are wide and round, similar to how they look in the movie.
  • The entire chest piece has been changed, but since they break up similar to the design of the CGI model. The side halves have a more aggressive design, with a higher air intake and dual lights mounted on top of one another to the sides. The center piece has a slightly larger Chevrolet symbol sculpted into it than its predecessor and matching up with the air intakes on the side, the central piece is much taller than that of the 2009 Camaro. Functionally these pieces work the same, with the center piece pushed down the side pieces pushed up.
  • Bumblebee's right arm is shown as having the ability to transform in the films. While it is a regular hand most of the time, it can also transform into a cannon. The forearm on his reight side has been changed with a new piece, representing a cannon with three small barrels and one large one. The larger barrel fires an orange missile shaped like a bolt of energy.

The rest of the figure remains the same, but I have to say that changing these five parts changes the figure significantly. The difference between the Premium version and this one are quite obvious. In particular I really like the head and cannon arm designs. Both pieces are intricate and very well detailed. I am also happy to see that the arm was made a functioning cannon and not just a simple sculpted piece with no functionality.

Unlike the Premium version of Bumblebee, this one uses a flat colored yellow plastic instead of the more pearlescent yellow. The grey parts from Premium Bumblebee are more of a gunmetal color on this version. The translucent blue plastic appears to be the same shade as the one on Premium Bumblebee. The paint colors used on this figure are black, orange, silver, light blue, white, yellow and metallic blue. The black paint is mostly found on the chest, where it colors the grille and air intake sections of the chest. It is also used for a small Autobot symbol on his chest right under his chin. Orange is found on the chest outlining the Chevrolet logo and on the cannon arm. Silver is used on the chest as well, coloring in the round headlight details. Light blue is used for the eyes, and they're painted in such a way that he has a pupil in the center which, while movie-accurate looks almost a bit creepy because it looks so real.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Swing the cannon barrel on the right arm to the side.
  2. Rotate each of the car cabin panels on the forearms around.
  3. Push the two chest panels on the sides down to line them up with the center piece.
  4. Straighten out each leg and then swing the feet and lower legs up against the thighs. Car parts will "Automorph" to start forming the rear section of the car.
  5. On each leg, swing the yellow armor piece attached to the thigh back to line it up with the rest of the rear halves of the car.
  6. Swing the chest section up to begin forming the front of the car.
  7. Push the windshield piece down so it lines up with the hood air intake.
  8. Move both arms into the center, connecting them to form the cabin section of the vehicle. You'll need to push in the front wheels as you do this.
  9. Connect the two halves of the car's rear section together.
  10. Push the doors into place and connect them to the main body using the pegs on them.

Vehicle Mode:
While Bumblebee's robot mode had quite a few changes from the Premium Bumblebee figure, the vehicle mode only features significant changes on the front end of the vehicle, mirroring the design of the updated Camaro concept car. The front of the vehicle is now raised high, an aggressive design similar to that of other vehicles such as the Mustang and Charger. While these parts were visible in robot mode, here they come together as one cohesive section of the vehicle, showing that the bottom air intake section is about twice as tall as the one on the previous version of Bumblebee. The lights on either side of the air intake are also more powerful looking, partly because they are outlined by a trapezoid shape and set a bit deeper into the structure of the vehicle than the previous version. the other significant change is in the top of the hood. While the previous Bumblebee did have an air intake on the top of the hood, the new bumblebee has a much higher one that even has an extra strip along the top indicating a vent. The design matches that of the newly redesigned front end perfectly, giving the vehicle a more powerful appearance.

Bumblebee's deco is pretty much the same as previous versions, with the black racing stripes running from the front to the back of the vehicle with a thin black outline. Some of the details painted on the Premium version are left alone here such as the door handles and the gas cap, putting it more in line with the 2007 Bumblebee's more "standard" releases. The front end uses a lot of black for the grille and air intake and silver for the headlights. Unlike the Premium version, the license plate is not painted in the back, nor is the Chevrolet symbol. However the rear lights are painted orange and the exhaust pipes are painted silver.

Final Thoughts:
It's kind of hard to review a Bumblebee figure nowadays and not feel a bit overwhelmed. I think at any given time there are at least four different versions of the character on shelves. Taken as a stand alone figure however, I have to say that this is a really nice way to reuse a sculpt. It's significantly altered with a nice deco and a design that truly distinguishes it from the previous toys. If you already own a half dozen versions of Movie Bumblebee, I'd say you could probably pass on this one without missing out on much. However if you're a completist or want a represenation of the character from "Revenge of the Fallen", this is a great choice.