"The Last Knight" Legion Class Bumblebee Toy Review
Release Date: April 28, 2017 (Official Street Date)
Price Point: $6.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Official photos above and text below in italics are from Amazon.com:
The explosive Transformers saga continues with Transformers: The Last Knight. With the fate of Earth at stake, new heroes must rise in an epic struggle to forge a future for all. Transformers: The Last Knight Legion Class figures are smaller-scale figures that feature classic Transformers conversion. Change this Legion Class Bumblebee figure between robot and Chevrolet Camaro vehicle mode in 4 steps. Collect other Legion Class figures and unite with the most powerful Transformers warriors. (Each sold separately. Subject to availability.) Bumblebee is a courageous Autobot scout who bravely faces any foe that threatens his trusted comrades. He is the first to step up against the evil Decepticons, and he never backs down. With Cade Yeager and his Autobot allies, he will fearlessly charge into battle when the Decepticons attack. Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
Once upon a time the Legion Class was a very robust part of the movie toy lines. However over the years it has largely been relegated to the "Robots in Disguise" line. "Age of Extinction" only had a few Legion Class figures, a couple of which were exclusive to Wal-Mart. This time out, Hasbro has made the Legion Class a part of the regular toy line.
Bumblebee is a key figure in "The Last Knight", but this figure is actually a blast from the past. In what I interpret as a money saving move, this figure is a redeco of the Legion Class Bumblebee from "Dark of the Moon". Check out that review for a detailed look at the figure. This review will cover the changes made to the figure for this release.
The Legion Class packaging for "The Last Knight" is different than the Legion Class packaging for "Robots in Disguise". Instead of the figure being set on a plastic tray against a card, this is more traditional. The figure is inside a bubble glued to a card. The insert features the logo for "The Last Knight" with the character name and Class above it. The insert also features a photo of the figure in its alt form. The figure itself is in robot mode. The card has the vertical Transformers logo on the right side (if you are facing it) with artwork of the character. The back of the card shows the toy in both modes along with lots of safety and legal information under it.
Bumblebee's robot form has not changed a lot from movie to movie. For the most part he is still a robot with a car's front end forming his torso, armor pieces on his knees that come up over the thighs a bit and car doors on his back. The devil is in the details. The current incarnation of Bumblebee (seen in "Age of Extinction") is a lot more angled and sharp looking than he looked in 2011. A lot of parts also seemed to be shaped to make him look more insect like, especially his "battle helmet". However none of that is evident on this figure. Instead it looks rather boxy and more "G1" thanks in part to the era it comes from and the fact that it is a Legion Class figure.
Bumblebee is cast in yellow and black plastic. The plastic layout is different than the "Dark of the Moon" release. Specifically black is used on the waist section whereas that was yellow in the previous version. This yellow also appears to be a deeper shade of the color than the previous release.
Black paint is used to paint the top of the torso (the car hood), the grille in front and the sides of the arms. The face is silver and the eyes are painted blue. A white Autobot symbol is painted onto the top of the chest (in front of the robot head). Overall this figure has about as many paint applications as the original in this mode, though it is missing paint apps on the car windows (more on that in a bit).
All the joints on this figure are nice and tight. The left fist is still designed to accommodate Cyberverse weapons while the right arm is "transformed" into its cannon mode.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
- Swing each foot up against the lower legs.
- Connect the two lower legs together.
- Swing the chest panel up to form the front of the car.
- Point the robot arms down and then swing them in.
Bumblebee still transforms into a Camaro in "The Last Knight", but his alternate mode is a 2017 Concept Camaro, not a 2011 Camaro. The general shape of the Camaro has not changed dramatically over the years, so he still looks like a cool, sleek sports car with a spoiler in the back. My issue is not so much the sculpt, but the deco.
The black paint seen in the robot mode all carries over here. So the hood, grille, windshield and sides are painted. However the wide windows, rear window and spoiler are completely unpainted. Here's the big problem: those parts are all cast in yellow, so the result is a very unfinished looking figure and it looks terrible. I would almost be more forgiving if this was a brand new sculpt, but it's not. It is a figure that has been used before so there was no new tooling cost, no need to create a whole new sculpt. This is a straight up redeco, and not including these deco points was just cheap.
My understanding is that there are two more decos of this sculpt coming out for "The Last Knight", so I would wait to see if those are better than this. For $6.99 and an old sculpt one would hope that a good deco would be included at least. It is very sad this isn't the case.
- Good sculpt.
- Good robot mode deco.
- Joints are still nice and tight after all these years.
- Terrible vehicle mode deco (or lack thereof).
- No retooling at all to modernize the look of the character.