"The Last Knight" Deluxe Bumblebee (Wave 4) Toy Review

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The Last Knight

Bumblebee General Information:
Release Date: November 2017
Price Point: $19.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: Forearms x 2, Stinger blaster

Official images above and text below in italics are from Amazon.com:
The Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe figures feature articulation with movie-inspired details and accessories. This Premier Edition features iconic characters from Transformers: The Last Knight. In the explosive Transformers: The Last Knight movie, new heroes must rise in an epic struggle to forge a future for all. Courageous Autobot scout 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, he must unite with Cade Yeager and his Autobot comrades to confront the menacing Decepticons. Figure Specs: Premier Edition Deluxe Bumblebee figure Modes: robot, Chevrolet Camaro 17-step conversion 2016 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. 2016 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights Reserved. General Motors trademarks used under license to Hasbro. Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

In the first wave of "The Last Knight" Deluxe figures there was a Bumblebee figure released but that one was just a redeco of "Age of Extinction" Deluxe Bumblebee. As part of wave four, Hasbro released another Bumblebee featuring an all new sculpt.

Packaging:
Bumblebee is a 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, Bumblebee 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 Bumblebee'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 17 step transformation. On the left are his cosells: Deluxe Strafe and Crosshairs who are also in this wave.

Accessories:
It sounds almost gruesome, but Bumblebee includes three accessories: forearms! Two of the forearms are the "regular" ones for the robot mode featuring intricate mechanical details and panels on the sides with circles towards the end. Each hand features four fingers like the on-screen CG model. These can slide out from the upper arms and be replaced with the Stinger blaster weapon, essentially "transforming" the forearms into a weapon. It is an odd gimmick but it does relate to a scene in "The Last Knight" when Bumblebee breaks up into various parts before reassembling himself. The shame is Hasbro has shown it could create a "real" transforming arm for Bumblebee in the past and it would have been neat to see here even if the parts could pop off. It works well, but it is not my favorite gimmick among the movie figures.

Robot Mode:
After ten years of Movie-based Bumblebee Deluxe Class figures, there are certain details you can expect to see on virtually every representation of the character, and those are present here. They include his distinct head sculpt, featuring a raised central crest, round eyes, "rebreather" mouth piece and small horns on top of the head. The chest features panels from the front of the vehicle mode overlapping on top of one another. The arms feature armor panels on the sides with machinery detail sculpted on the inner parts. The waist/hip area has several mechanical details including what looks like a light in the middle. The legs feature several panels from the vehicle mode coming together to form armor, especially on the lower legs. The feet feature a distinct design including a piece that sticks up at an angle in front. The doors from the vehicle wind up forming "wings" on the back. Overall the sculpt looks good with lots of detailing.

Bumblebee is cast in yellow, silver and black plastic. Yellow makes up most of the figure with black and silver forming smaller parts like the hands, thighs and feet. The paint colors used on this figure include black, silver, blue and red. The black is used on parts like the chest and the panels on either side of the head. The face, arms and lower legs all have silver paint on them. The eyes are painted blue and there is a tiny Autobot symbol on the crest. Overall this looks like a "clean" version of the character as seen on the big screen (meaning without any battle damage).

There are eighteen points of articulation on this figure. That includes four on each arm and leg along with waist articulation. The hands are open but they are able to hold weapons with 5mm ports. For fun, you can also have him hold on to the connection joint on the Stinger blaster/forearm piece as a weapon. This piece can also attach to the back of his body (behind the waist area) using the small peg on the Stinger blaster.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Straighten out the arms and legs.
  2. Separate the Stinger Blaster and set it aside.
  3. Swing each hand against the forearms.
  4. Swing each of the rear windows up, pushing the connecting arm against the rear of each door.
  5. On the back extend the panels forming the top of the vehicle out.
  6. Swing the chest panel up.
  7. Swing the front panels of the car out to the sides.
  8. Swing the panel that forms the hood and top of the vehicle forward and push it down.
  9. Swing the robot arms under the vehicle mode.
  10. Swing the front wheel well panels in.
  11. Pull the feet out, then swing them up against the back of the lower legs, tucking them under the cabin cover.
  12. Swing the front covers of the lower legs in.
  13. On each lower leg swing out the rear panels of the cars.
  14. Push the two halves of the vehicle's rear section together.
  15. Push the rear window down, clipping it to the rear section of the vehicle.
  16. Swing the doors in.

You will need to fiddle with the panels quite a bit to get everything to stay in place. No matter how much I tried I could never get all the panels to line up exactly. Your mileage may vary.

Vehicle Mode:
Bumblebee transforms into a Chevrolet 2017 Concept Camaro. This figure is a licensed product so it transforms into a screen accurate representation of the vehicle. This includes the unique front end, featuring a panel that sticks out in the front, a unique grille pattern and thin headlights. The middle of the front section features a sculpted Chevrolet logo. The front end curves towards the front wheel wells. The hood has a raised section in the middle with angled vent lines. The sides feature a tiny raised section for an Autobot symbol and thin sideview mirrors. The rear section has a thick spoiler and the rear features thin rear lights and a Chevrolet logo in the middle. The vehicle is so detailed it even features the small antennae on the top of the vehicle (which really just winds up looking like a small bump). It's a very sleek and futuristic looking car, I just wish the door and cabin panels held together better.

This mode is mostly yellow plastic with some black parts. All the windows are clear plastic. Several sections are painted black including the front, the hood, the top of the cabin section and the spoiler section. Some yellow paint is used on the clear plastic parts to fill in some details. The Chevrolet logo on the front is painted yellow. Shockingly, the lights at the back are painted red (something that has been neglected on most Transformers in recent years) and other details are painted black. From a pure deco perspective the only thing I wish was different was the shade of yellow used. The yellow used here is a bit bright compared to the real life vehicle. I wish the deeper yellow from the real life vehicle was used instead.

The Stinger blaster has a tab that can connect to a small slot near the rear wheel well to give Bumblebee some firepower in vehicle mode.

Final Thoughts:
After a decade or so of movie based Bumblebee figures, there is not a lot that is new under the sun here. The robot mode has a lot of familiar elements that have been done in superior figures like Battle Blade Bumblebee and "Revenge of the Fallen" Bumblebee. To be fair however after ten years it would be difficult to offer much new for any character whose form did not drastically change over time. Still, if you are looking for a Bumblebee that becomes the 2017 Concept Camaro or you missed out on all the other Bumblebee figures, this figure is worth picking up if you can get it at a fair price (meaning $20 USD or less).

Pros:

  • Nice sculpt in both modes.
  • Excellent deco in both forms.
  • Good amount of articulation.

Cons:

  • Vehicle mode does not hold together very well, especially where the doors connect to the cabin section.