Revenge of the Fallen Bumblebee versus Shadow Striker toy Review

in 2010, Action Figure Review, Movie (2007), Revenge of the Fallen, Target Exclusive

Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: February 2010
Price Point: $7.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: Target Exclusive
Accessories: None


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BUMBLEBEE isn’t easily frustrated, but SHADOW STRIKER seems to have done the trick. Something about her personality, from her sneering expression to her constant sarcastic remarks, just gets on his nerves. SHADOW STRIKER is a plain unpleasant robot, and BUMBLEBEE is determined to make her regret her insults.

This dueling twosome is ready to fight it out in all-out robot-on-robot battle action! Start the combat with these warriors in robot mode, and then convert your BUMBLEBEE figure to Camaro concept car vehicle mode and your SHADOW STRIKER figure to street racer car vehicle mode to chase after each other at “breakneck” speeds. The struggle rages on, but these two have the “drive” to keep fighting, no matter what! Two-pack includes BUMBLEBEE and SHADOW STRIKER figures.

Early 2010 kicked off with several store exclusives, including Legends Class "versus" packs at Target. One of these featured Bumblebee with a new color scheme and a new character, Shadow Striker. While the name is not new, the character has not appeared in the movie universe until now. This two pack is also part of the N.E.S.T. promotion, so it included a sticker that you could use to order the exclusive "Recon Ravage" mail away figure.

Bumblebee Review


BumblebeeIt seems no wave of Transformers is complete without Bumblebee popping up somewhere. For these Target exclusive N.E.S.T. sets, Bumblebee was included in a two pack with Shadow Striker. This Bumblebee is a redeco of the Legends Bumblebee from "Revenge of the Fallen". This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Robot Mode:
There is no radical change between the first "Revenge of the Fallen" Legends Bumblebee and this release. Yellow and black are still his primary plastic colors, but I was happy to see a bit of a different breakdown in those colors between the two figures. On the first Bumblebee, the section under his chest and the waist are cast in yellow plastic. On this iteration, it is a black piece of plastic instead. While both figures have yellow, the shade of yellow is much darker on this figure. It is still metallic in color however, giving an almost gold look (without actually being gold enough for me to call the figure Goldbug).

The paint applications on this figure are a bit different than the first release. The face is still painted silver with blue eyes, but he does not have an Autobot symbol on his forehead. He does however have an Autobot symbol on his leg, but unlike the first release it is on the left leg instead of the right and it is noticably smaller.

All the joints on this release are as tight as the first.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Press the two lower legs together.
  2. Swing the chest piece up.
  3. Rotate the arms so they're pointed up.
  4. Swing each arm into the main body of the vehicle.
  5. Push the legs up.

Vehicle Mode:
I would dare say the vehicle mode differs from the previous release more than the robot mode. Here of course mostly the yellow shows, but the black paint applications look much nicer than the first release. Whereas that one had solid black racing stripes, this version has bold racing stripes going down the middle of the vehicle with smaller lines outlining them. The front end also uses black differently than the first. The grille is still painted black, but the two smaller vertical lights are not. The small strip that protrudes forward under that section however is painted black, giving the front end a much bolder appearance. What's also nice is an added detail on the hood. In between the two racing stripes is a black Autobot symbol, making it more intricate looking.

You'll also see some really nice detail on the sides of the vehicle, starting behind the front wheel and running along the side halfway over the rear wheels. This design is a bold stripe with a smaller line outlining it on top. On the doors are three Cybertronian glyphs, which look really cool. The windows are still blue, but this time around they are a lighter, metallic blue. I'm much more impressed with the vehicle mode deco than the robot mode. It looks fantastic and I love the use of the glyphs.

Shadow Striker Review


Shadow StrikerShadow Striker is a name that comes from another line of exclusive Transformers exclusives, namely a Botcon exclusive from Botcon 2003. There she was a sister to another Autobot, Roulette. You can see the reviews for both of those figures here. For this release, the base figure is Wheelie from the Universe 2.0 toy line. Check that review out for a detailed look at the figure. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this review.

Robot Mode:
Whereas Bumblebee can be seen as more of a variant on his first color scheme than a full blown redeco, Shadow Striker is definitely meant to be a totally different use of the sculpt. The orange plastic on Wheelie has been replaced with black, and the grey has been replaced with red. This is one of my favorite color combinations, and it is so dramatically different from Wheelie that you manage to buy the toy as a new character instead of an "evil Wheelie". Curiously, black and red were not the main colors for Shadow Striker. Instead, these were two of the primary colors used for Flamewar, the Botcon exclusive from 2005. Since the character is both a Decepticon and a "female Transformer", I have no doubt this may have been part of the inspiration.

Paint deco is done in several colors including yellow, purple, gold and red. The headlights from the car appear on the sides of the torso in yellow, with a purple Decepticon symbol between them. The face is painted gold and the eyes are red. Sadly, the slingshot detail sculpted into the right arm is not painted at all (on Wheelie it was painted green). Still, the colors are very bold and make the figure distinctive from its predecessor. Thumbs up.

All of the joints on this figure are tight, though I wouldn't expect any deteriaration yet since it's only been used twice before (for Wheelie's US and Japanese releases).

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Swing each foot back.
  2. Connect the two halves of his lower legs together.
  3. Swing the waist section back.
  4. Swing the top half of the body up.
  5. Fold in the robot leg sections up against the windshield.
  6. Move the robot arms back to form the doors and sides of the vehicle.

Vehicle Mode:
In vehicle mode, Shadow Striker's black parts converge, forming a mysterious looking vehicle mode. The windshield is red plastic while the side windows are painted red. The yellow headlights and the Decepticon symbol on the hood are now prominantly shown off in the front. On the back of the vehicle, the rear lights have been painted red. There are no real shocks in this color scheme, but it looks every bit as cool as the vehicle mode. Again, they're so different that you almost forget this is Wheelie in different colors, and considering all the emotional weight fans have given to the character over the years, that's quite an achievement.

Final Thoughts:
At the time I'm writing this review, I'm practically swimming in Bumblebee figures. I've got three Legends Class versions of him sitting to my left, the recently reviewed Human Alliance Bumblebee to my right. That tends to make me averse to recommending a set, but I have to say I think the vehicle mode of this Bumblebee looks wicked. Shadow Striker looks fantastic, and her homage (intentional or not) to a character I created definitely gets some love from me for this set. Highly recommended!