Revenge of the Fallen Fast Action Battler Pulse Blast Bumblebee

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Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: May 2009
Price Point: $10.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Missile


The most popular character to come out of the first Transformers film was Bumblebee, without a doubt. I remember checking out the Wal-Mart aisles during Christmas shopping season in 2007 and hearing Wal-Mart employees telling parents that there was no way they could get Bumblebee except on ebay (it was late November). Given this, it's no surprise that Bumblebee features prominantly again in the "Revenge of the Fallen" line, this time popping up in the first wave of Fast Action Battlers. This figure is based on the sculpt from the first movie's Fast Action Battler. However, I never got to review that version, so I'm going to treat this as my first review and back track at some point in the future to review the first Fast Action Battler Bumblebee.

Robot Mode:
Fast Action Battlers generally try to boil down a character design into its most basic elements, and the designers did this with Bumblebee by using a very classic Transformers design. His chest is made up from the front of the vehicle mode while his arms are attached to the doors and his legs are made from the back of the car. While the CGI model has a lot of small armor bits and pieces, this figure streamlines a lot of those into very smooth parts. For instance, the chest does not have a lot of small armor segments sticking out everywhere. Rather, it is one smooth piece where the front grille pieces of the vehicle split in the center and angle downward slightly, giving a hint of the "armor segment" design while keeping the look very simple. His legs are another example where the sides of the legs are made up of car parts, but some of the details in the front including his knee armor and the designs of his feet look like compressed versions of those elements from his CGI model.

None of the above is meant to say he lacks detail. The robot head has a nicely designed, reflecting all the major components of his now well known head design including his rounded helmet, wide, round eyes and a mouth that resembles some high tech rebreather. His arms have some great detailing too. In particular his left forearm has a great combination of tubes, armor plates and even hinge details on the fingers where each segment meets the next. On his waist are tube details leading to a spotlight type design in the center. It is great to see that despite the simplification of the design, a lot of the primary details from the CGI model made it over into this figure.

Bumblebee is cast in orange, grey, black and yellow plastic. Yellow makes up most of the robot mode including the chest and lower legs. Grey is used for his waist, forearms and upper arms. Black can be found on the wheels. Orange is used for smaller parts such as his elbow and knee joints as well as the missile on his left arm. Paint details are done in metallic dark silver, light blue, red and black. Most of the color winds up on the robot face, w hich is painted metallic grey with black and light blue used for the eyes. Black is used on his chest for various car details and on the center of each lower leg. He has two Autobot symbols, one on his chest and one on his forehead. The one on his forehead is pretty amazing in how tiny it is. I mean, seriously, it's so tiny I keep wondering why it isn't done more on smaller Transformers figures. The other Autobot symbol on his chest is neat as it isn't revealed until you split the front grille panels on his chest.

In this form, Bumblebee has nine points of articulation. This includes six points of articulation in each arm and two in each leg. His waist articulation works in an interesting way. Push his waist to the right and he swings back on a spring but turn him to the left and the waist stays in place. His left arm has a missile launcher built into it. Turn the orange part of the missile launcher barrel to fire the missile. This is a cool way to launch it as it sort of emulates the way his cannon arm turns a bit when he transforms his regular forearm into a cannon.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Push the two lower legs together and pull them down.
  2. Swing up both front grille panels.
  3. Swing up each robot arm so he's holding them up in front, then swing them back against the door panels.
  4. Swing back each door panel.
  5. Swing the robot chest up.
  6. Now press all the parts together using the various clips to snap the vehicle into one cohesive piece.

Vehicle Mode:
In the new Transformers movie, Bumblebee transforms into the updated model of Camaro, so its basic shape is the same as his apeparance in the 2007 movie. Some features differ however, and they are reflected here. On the hood, there isn air intake in the center now with a vent in the front, rather than the back. The front grille also has a slightly modified design, with a trapezoid shaped design on either side of his lower grille rather than the rounded light design in the same places on the previous version.

Bumblebee is mostly yellow in this form while his wheels are cast in black plastic. Black paint is used for detailing on his front end and the two signature stripes running from the front to the back of the vehicle. His windows have been painted metallic light blue, which looks really nice and offers a bit of color continuity with his eyes in robot mode. The sides of the wheels are painted silver and his rear lights and the Chevrolet logo in the front are painted red. These colors are almost direct carry overs from the scheme of the first movie and I like them every bit as much now as I did two years ago.

Final Thoughts:
Fast Action Battler Bumblebee is a really neat, simplified version of the character. For younger kids, I can see the deluxe version being a bit too complex to transform while the upcoming Supreme version may be too big for them to handle. This offers a great compromise and I'm glad there is this "middle ground" option for kids to have such a key character. Do keep in mind this figure was technically released twice already with only slight differences from this one. It would have been nice to see some more variation other than car parts, perhaps having his battle mask down or a different weapon to make it more of a "must buy", but other than that this figure is recommended.