"The Last Knight" Premier Edition Deluxe Bumblebee Toy Review
Release Date: April 28, 2017 (US Street Date)
Price Point: $19.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: Star weapons x 2
Official images above and text below in italics are from Amazon.com:
Whether he is in robot or Chevrolet Camaro mode, Bumblebee is a loyal comrade to all Autobot warriors. Imagine gearing up for fast-paced action with the fearless Autobot scout and his signature battle tactics. Convert this Bumblebee figure from robot mode to Chevrolet Camaro mode in 15 steps. This Premier Edition Deluxe figure can be positioned in exciting, battle-action poses and features 2 classic throwing star accessories.
Second-in-command to Optimus Prime, Bumblebee is the first to step up when enemies threaten the human race. And he never backs down. In a legendary battle for the fate of the planet, the courageous Autobot scout must unite with Cade Yeager and his Autobot comrades to confront the menacing Decepticons.
The first wave of Premier Edition figures in "The Last Knight" featured several redecos of figures from "Age of Extinction". In this case Bumblebee is a redeco of the Deluxe "Age of Extinction" sculpt from 2014. Check out that review for my initial look at the base sculpt that this release was based on.
Bumblebee is one of the first Deluxe Class "Premier Edition" figures. The "Premier Edition" label separates this sub-line from the other parts of the series such as the Knight Armor Turbo Changers. This also meant the price point for the Deluxes went up for this line, averaging $19.99 at most retailers (though there was word Walmart dropped the price temporarily to around $16 when the figures were first released). The packaging was one of the methods Hasbro used to make the figure look like a premium item.
Instead of being carded, Barricade is in a plastic tray inside a box. The figure is packaged in robot mode. The box itself basically wraps around the tray. On the right hand side (if you are facing the box) is the vertical "Transformers" logo. Above that is the "Premier Edition" logo. On the left is Barricade's package art, which actually wraps around to the side of the package. The top features artwork of Autobots in a group shot. The back shows the figure in both modes touting an 15 step transformation. On the left are his cosells: Deluxe Dinobot Slash and Berserker who are also in this wave.
Bumblebee includes two "throwing stars". Each is a circle with a star inside of it. Each has a 5mm peg. These can be held in Bumblebee's hands or attached to his back for storage. Early promotional images of "Age of Extinction" Bumblebee showed these weapons, but they were not made a centerpiece of the character's abilities in the film.
After ten years of live action movie Bumblebee designs, his color combination has generally involved yellow, black and silver colors. This figure is no exception. The main plastic color on this figure is a bright yellow, much lighter in color than the first release of the figure. The silver parts from the original release are now more of a gunmetal grey. The translucent blue plastic from "Age of Extinction" Bumblebee has been replaced with a smokey grey plastic. The yellow plastic is a bit too bright in my opinion. It could do with being a bit darker to look more like the on-screen character.
Black paint is used to fill in details on the chest, mid-body and arms. Silver is used on the lower part of the chest armor, face and the middle of the waist section. Gunmetal grey is used on the cannon embedded in the right forearm. His eyes are painted blue and the middle of the crest on his head has a tiny Autobot symbol in red. And...that's it. The legs are unpainted and that is a bad thing. On the first release of this figure had much more paint not only on the upper body, but also had plenty of deco on the legs. Comparing the two this version looks very plain. Given that this figure is $4-5 USD more than the original release this is extremely disappointing.
On the positive side, all the joints on this figure are nice and tight. From a quality control perspective the figure is great.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
- Straighten out the arms and legs.
- On each forearm, swing the car windows out.
- Swing the chest panel out, then swing the front end of the car up. Push the chest panel back into place.
- Swing each shoulder armor piece back.
- Rotate each leg around.
- Swing the back of each lower leg up, revealing the vehicle mode's rear wheel wells.
- On the top of each heel, swing up the yellow pieces.
- Swing the robot feet into the back of the rear, lower legs.
- On the rear wheel well parts, rotate the rear panels of the vehicle form down and push them together.
- Swing the panels on the back towards the back, and use the rear window panel to hold the two legs together.
- Swing the arms forward to finish forming the sides of the vehicle.
- The "ninja stars" can be stored on the underside of the vehicle.
When this figure was originally released, Bumblebee had his more traditional color scheme with black stripes running from the front to the back. However for this release the designers created a color scheme that is inspired by the Camaro seen in "The Last Knight". I say "inspired" because it is not an exact match. For instance, the hood is almost entirely covered by black paint, but on the 2017 Camaro only part of the hood is painted. Another detail inspired by the 2017 Camaro is the front of the car, which has a distinct "T" shaped black design, but on the 2017 Camaro the black paint goes out to the sides more. The headlights are painted metallic blue. The spoiler is also painted black like the 2017 Camaro. However in an interesting choice, the sides of the vehicle have black trim on the lower sections like the 2014 Camaro, so there is some semblence of the original vehicle in the deco. The finishing touches are red on the rear lights and black on the license plate area.
Overall the vehicle mode deco is much better than the robot mode. It was great to see paint on all sides of the vehicle (including most notably, the rear lights). It does not make up for the robot mode, mind you, but I'm giving credit where it's due.
As redecos go, this is not a strong example. The sculpt is good and it is fun to play with for sure, but the total lack of deco on the legs in robot mode (and the use of less paint on the torso) is really unfortunate. If you can get this at a discount and you missed out on the sculpt the first time by all means go for it. However I recommend against paying full price.
- Good sculpt.
- Fun play factor.
- Intuitive transformation.
- Deco is much weaker than the original.
- Price is too high at full retail.