"Bumblebee" Power Plus Series Ironhide Toy Review

in 2019, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Bumblebee Movie, Movie (2007), Power Plus Series

Igniters

Ironhide

General Information:
Release Date: February 2019
Price Point: $12.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Target, Walmart, Amazon etc.)
Accessories: Energon Igniter Core

*Images and text below from Amazon.com:

  • Transformers: Bumblebee -- Energon Igniters Power Plus Series Ironhide action figure
  • Energon Igniters core included in pack activates driving action of Transformers car modes – fun play for kids ages 6 years old and up
  • 5-inch-scale figure that features classic Transformers conversion – for best results see instructions
  • Easy conversion from robot to truck vehicle mode in 7 simple steps
  • Harness Energon Igniters tech and unleash the power within

The lifeblood of Transformers robots, Energon fuels the epic action on Earth and beyond. Now, imagine harnessing the Transformers energy source with Energon Igniters figures. Convert this Energon Igniters Power Plus Series Ironhide figure between robot and truck modes in 7 steps. Then plug the Energon Igniters core included in pack into the vehicle and push down to unleash driving action. This Ironhide action figure stands at a 5-inch scale with eye-catching detailing. The Energon Igniters core unleashes the power in all Energon Igniters figures (each sold separately; core only available in Power Plus and Nitro Series).

With the power of Energon coursing through his circuits, Ironhide shifts into high-gear to take on Decepticon threats. Harness Energon Igniters tech and unleash the power within. Copyright 2018 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. Copyright 2018 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro. Includes Transformers: Bumblebee -- Energon Igniters Power Plus Series Ironhide figure, Energon Igniters core, and on-box instructions. Figure scale: 5 inches. Ages 6 and up. Warning: Choking Hazard - Small parts may be generated. Not for children under 3 years. Caution: Hair entanglement may result if child’s hair comes in contact with moving parts of toy. Adult supervision is required.

In September of 2018 Hasbro launched its "Bumblebee" toy line based on the live action movie. Much of this toy line was aimed at a younger audience, relying on the "Energon Igniter" gimmick. More complex and detailed figures for the movie would be folded into the "Studio Series" and "Masterpiece" lines instead. The "Energon Igniter" gimmick was spread across several classes of figures including the "Power Plus Series" which consisted of figures that were roughly 5 inches (12.70cm) tall with very simple transformations and the "Energon Igniter Core" accessory. Bumblebee was one of the first figures released in this group.

Packaging:
The Energon Igniter Power Plus figures are packaged on a bubble card. The backing card features artwork of Bumblebee on it regardless of the character packaged inside. The colors on the packaging use Bumblebee as their inspiration with the focus on yellow, black, blue, white and beige. The vertical Transformers logo is set on the right side with the "Energon Igniters" logo above it. The figure itself is packaged in robot mode with the Energon Igniter core accessory next to it. The insert set in front of the figure features Ironhide in vehicle mode using the Energon Igniter to activate his weapon.

The back of the packaging has the instructions on the left (showing an 7 step transformation) and Bumblebee in his various forms. The lower part of the card features tons of legal information in various languages.

Accessory:
Ironhide includes an Energon Igniter Core. This is a translucent blue and grey piece that features a rubber wheel on the bottom. When you press the grey piece, it preps the wheel to spin. Let go and the wheel spins, propelling this figure and others in the line forward in vehicle mode.

Robot Mode:
In the opening scene of the "Bumblebee" Movie, the Autobots are seen struggling against the Decepticons on Cybertron. This scene featured several classic characters in forms that resembled their Generation One counterparts. While Hasbro may have known that Ironhide the character would appear in the film, it is likely they did not have the exact CG model to work off of. As a consequence, the designers used Ironhide's base design from previous films for this figure.

As a consequence, fans of the previous films will recognize this design right off the bat. The head has the "bull-like" appearance with horn-like structures on the top of the head and a snout like mouth section. The front of the vehicle forms the chest and the rear of the vehicle forms the legs. His left forearm is a cannon based on the design of Ironhide's iconic cannons. Basically this is a simplified version of Ironhide from the previous films, and in that respect it looks good even if it is not "screen accurate" to the "Bumblebee" Movie.

Ironhide is cast in red and black plastic. The red is a nice touch. While the original Movie Ironhide did not have red on his chest or arms, the Ironhide seen in the "Bumblebee" Movie did, so its inclusion makes sense. Silver is used for many paint details including the legs, left forearm, chest and head. The eyes are painted light blue. Overall the deco looks good given the price point and size class of the figure.

There are five points of articulation on this figure. This includes two on each arm and waist articulation. This is above average for the Power Plus Series figures so I am very happy with it. On top of that, the right fist has a 5mm port to attach weapons from other figures.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Swing the arms down.
  2. Swing the heel pieces in.
  3. Hook the two feet together.
  4. Swing the panel on the back up.
  5. Rotate the waist around.
  6. Swing the chest up.
  7. Swing the arms back and in.

Vehicle Mode:
In the first three live action films, Ironhide transformed into a GMC Topkick. However, for a figure with such a limited release the designers were not about to go out and license the vehicle. Instead, the designers turned him into a more generic pickup truck. He still has some features that echo the Topkick including the cage in the front, the bent smokestacks and the boxy shape. It is a good looking "generic" pickup truck and given that the Topkick Ironhide transformed into in 2007 didn't exist in the 80's this form makes a bit more sense.

In this mode a lot more red plastic shows. Essentially almost the entire front half of the vehicle is red, with the rear half cast in black. Silver paint can be seen in the front, the smokestacks, the back and even an Autobot symbol on the left door. The deco is surprisingly good for a vehicle mode at this price point, so I am quite happy with it.

This figure uses the same Energon Igniter gimmick as other figures in the line. Push the Energon Igniter Core into back section of the truck and two cannons will swing out on the sides. These appear loosely based on Ironhide's cannons from the first three live action movies. Each has light blue painted on the front, offering some nice contrast against the black plastic. Push the grey button on the Igniter Core down, and it activates the motor which sends the truck rolling forward!

Final Thoughts:
I was very excited about this release, mostly because it was something other than another Optimus Prime or Bumblebee and I was not disappointed. No, this is not a hyper articulated figure, but it is a bit of an oddity in that it represents a character who appeared in the "Bumblebee" Movie, but not in the form he actually appeared in. It is a case of the designer's hearts being in the right place and an example of how difficult it can be at times to create a movie based toy. Recommended!

Pros:

  • Fun throwback design to the first three live action films.
  • A sort of sideways acknowledgment that Ironhide played a role in the "Bumblebee" Movie.
  • Good sculpt.
  • Good deco in both modes.
  • Fun Energon Igniter Core gimmick.

Cons:

  • Very limited articulation (though more than some other figures in the line).
  • Not "screen accurate".