Revenge of the Fallen Cannon Bumblebee Toy Review

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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: None

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Text from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
After the battle of Mission City, and the discovery of new DECEPTICONS on Earth, BUMBLEBEE decided to upgrade as many of his systems as he could. With the help of AUTOBOT RATCHET, he added some human missile launchers to his arsenal, and modified his vehicle mode to make his weapons accessible. He was caught off-guard too many times by the DECEPTICONS. Now when they come around he'll be ready. Gear up for battle excitement with this popular AUTOBOT ally! Recreate exciting movie scenes or stage your own living room battles with this trusty sidekick! In vehicle mode, this sleek speedster converts to a Camaro concept cart with pop-out battle blasters to help you take on DECEPTICON forces! Roll out!

For the longest time Transformers were portrayed as warriors who often carried their weapons. In the early days of Generation One, some Transformers were shown to have extra weapons or equipment embedded in their bodies. An example of this is Optimus Prime's "axe hand" or Jazz's grappling hook. These fell out of use later on in the series, and seldom returned. During the live action movie era however, the idea of Transformers being able to convert their arms into weaponry took hold again. This resulted in weapons springing out of Transformers left and right in the films. In the first movie, during the final battle at Mission City, Bumblebee revealed an impressive array of weaponry from his back, and this figure seems to harp on that idea.

Vehicle Mode:
When Bumblebee appeared in "Revenge of the Fallen" he had upgraded his form to the 2010 Camaro, one of the many muscle cars out on the market at the time. While it resembles the concept Camaro form from the first film, there are several changes to the body, much of which is focused on the front end including a different air intake and extra fog lights. You can see photos of the real life vehicle on Jalopnik.com. I've already done quite a bit of commentary on the changes between the two Camaro Bumblebees in deluxe Bumblebee's review and Legends Bumblebee's review so I won't bore you to death with them here. What I will say is that a lot of these modified details are carried over well into this figures' sculpt. While it is a bit difficult to tell in this mode, this sculpt is a different one than the other deluxe class Bumblebee figures in the line, so it is cool to see fidelity to the real life vehicle in a new sculpt. Among the stand out details that are reflected from the real life car in this figure are:

  • The hood has a raised air intake that curves slightly in the front.
  • Underneath the main grille in the front are extra fog lights inset into trapezoid shaped sections.
  • The rear and front have Chevrolet logos sculpted in the center.
  • The rear section has twin exhaust pipes.
  • The rear section is raised up and curved, looking almost like it is meant to be a spoiler.
  • The sides have the word "Camaro" sculpted into them right behidn the front wheel wells.

Bumblebee is primarily cast in yellow plastic with some black and metallic blue. The yellow and black are standard colors for Bumblebee of course, but the metallic blue color is the most striking out of the three. Used for the windows, the color is deep and rich and works well to hide the robot bits underneath while still maintaining the blue look of the other releases of Bumblebee. Paint details are done in bright red, black and silver. The black is used the most. It forms racing stripes on the hood and the rear of the vehicle as well as the background of the grille sections in the front. Silver is found on the fog lights and the sides of the wheels while the red is used for smaller details such as an Autobot symbol on the left side of the car and the rear lights. I do have to express some disappointment that the silver color wasn't used on the "Camaro" word details. It's a minor detail and while I know every paint application costs money, when you've released about four different versions of the same character at a deluxe scale, it would be nice to make one distinguished from its predecessors in some way. In this case, by giving more detail it would be more in line with the real life vehicle and make the vehicle look more attractive. I should also note that the front stripes on my Bumblebee's hood had some scratches on it right out of the bubble, so there's a bit of a quality assurance issue there as well. I haven't seen tons of Cannon Bumblebee's on the shelf to compare this one to, so I'm not sure that I can call this a line-wide issue.

The doors open up on the figure and allow you to see the seats inside, each sculpted in silver plastic. The seats are nicely sculpted, with raised sections indicating seat cushions. While you do see some inevitable robot kibble as well, the effect still works well. The cool action feature of this figure is alluded to in the figures' name: cannons. There are two panels on the sides of the hood that flip up, revealing two mean looking cannons that look like several cylinders connected in a tube. These resemble cannons that

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Swing open both doors.
  2. Split the rear of the vehicle in the middle and pull down each robot leg.
  3. Swing the robot arms down, then out to the sides.
  4. Flip up the front panel on the hood.
  5. Swing the robot head forward and move the panel back down.
  6. Swing down the bottom of the seats.
  7. Move the top panel of the cabin up over the windshield.
  8. Swing the chest/head/arm section down and clip it to the notches on the middle of the body.

    Robot Mode:
    The robot mode is where you immediately notice that there are significant differences in design between this Bumblebee and other deluxe versions of the figure in this line. I attribute this to two primary design elements. First, the chest section is completely solid, representing the front end of the car. There are no panels angled up or inner mechanics showing. The other feature are the arms. The arms actually match up. Both have regular hands in an open palmed position instead of having a left hand with a right arm cannon. I really like the clean look of this. While I know it's not exactly "movie accurate", this aesthetic is different from the other figures and it also feels more like the aesthetic of the Generation One Transformers that many fans are used to, with more "solid" looking parts. The car doors forming "wings" that go out to the sides on his back also reinforce the "G1-esque" aesthetic.

    Now don't get me wrong, a lot of the movie aesthetic is still in place. The arms may be matching, but they have several of the panel designs now long associated with movie Bumblebee including the raised panels on the outer forearmms and the circle detail in the center. Right under the chest are more familiar details including spring like details coming out at angles, a large, raised circle in the center and the warped license plate above it. The legs also follow the movie model with angular knees, posts that come up from the top of his feet and complex mechanical details on the thighs and the inner parts of the lower levels. Perhaps the detail that I like the most is the head sculpt, which duplicates the movie model very well including the round section on the mouth, the raised crest in the center and round eyes. I really dig this sculpt a lot and found it very refreshing to have a deluxe scale Bumblebee that is not yet another redeco of the sculpt that has been released several times already.

    As one would expect, yellow is the primary color on this figure. However, this mode shows off a lot more of the metallic blue-grey plastic used for the seats in the vehicle mode. You'll find this on his thumbs, mid-body, thighs and parts of the lower leg and face. Metallic blue-grey paint is found on the arms, used to paint the joints near the shoulder and a section of the forearms. You'll find light blue paint on the eyes, with black pupils in the center. Oddly, a blotch of red paint is used on the center of the crest. I find this odd because so many other Transformers have used tiny faction symbols about this size, and this red blotch seems rather lazy to me. A bit of metallic blue plastic is used on his waist underneath the round "light" design. This blue matches the windows from the vehicle mode. White paint is found on the "license plate" in the center of the body. Overall, it's a nice color scheme but the red blotch on his crest annoys me a bit.

    Bumblebee has seventeen points of articulation in this form. This includes four points of articulation on his arms, including thumb articulation, something not seen very often in Transformers. His cannons can be deployed in this form as well. This gives him part of the look he had when firing on Brawl in the first Transformers film while he had weapons deployed on his back. They really look super cool and I like the compromise of having weapons on his shoulders so he can have two regular hands.

    Final Thoughts:
    Cannon Bumblebee is a fun figure, and a nice alternative to the other deluxe Bumblebee figure. I give the designers kudos for offering up a new design when they could have easily just modified the existing figure. I find the transformation less cumbersome than the other version and the robot mode has a nice, solid look to it. A couple of the paint application annoyances keep this from being highly recommended, but it is a cool figure. Recommended!