"Generations" Studio Series Deluxe WW2 Bumblebee Toy Review

in 2019, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Generations, Studio Series

Studio Series

General Information:
Release Date: February 2019
Price Point: $19.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Amazon, Target, Walmart etc.)
Accessories: Hammer Weapon, Blaster

Bumblebee

Official images and text in italics below from Amazon.com:

  • STUDIO SERIES DELUXE CLASS – Transformers Studio Series Deluxe Class figures are 4.5-inch collectible action figures inspired by iconic movie scenes and designed with specs and details to reflect the Transformers movie universe. Fans can collect figures inspired by favorite movie scenes to build the cast and pose their figures on their shelf.
  • 4.5-INCH SCALE WII BUMBLEBEE – The 26 Deluxe Class Transformers: The Last Knight WII Bumblebee action figure features vivid, movie-inspired deco and includes a blaster accessory and a hammer accessory modeled after the weapons Bumblebee uses in the film. The figure is highly articulated for posability.
  • BIG SCREEN INSPIRED - Figure scale reflects the character’s size in the world of Transformers: The Last Knight. Premium figure and packaging are inspired by the iconic WWII Flashback scene where an combat-ready Bumblebee fights alongside soldiers as a powerful ally, unleashing war machine force on an enemy stronghold.
  • 2 ICONIC MODES – This toy features classic conversion between robot and tank modes in 25 steps. Perfect for fans looking for a more advanced converting figure. For kids and adults ages 8 and up.
  • REMOVABLE BACKDROP - Removable backdrop displays WWII Bumblebee figure in WWII Flashback scene. Fans can use the backdrop and pose their figures in the scene with their own style.

Reach past the big screen and build the ultimate Transformers collection with Studio Series figures, inspired by iconic movie scenes and designed with specs and details to reflect the Transformers movie universe. In the WWII Flashback scene from Transformers: The Last Knight, an combat-ready Bumblebee fights alongside soldiers as a powerful ally, unleashing war machine force on an enemy stronghold.

This Studio Series 26 Deluxe Class Transformers: The Last Knight WII Bumblebee figure converts from robot to tank mode in 25 steps. Remove backdrop to showcase WWII Bumblebee in the WWII Flashback scene. Figure features vivid, movie-inspired deco and includes detailed weapon accessories: a blaster and a hammer modeled after the weapons Bumblebee uses in the film. Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

"Studio Series" continues to push forward and the releases are not all just Bumblebee Camaros and Optimus Prime trucks. In a bit of a surprise, Hasbro and Takara Tomy created a figure based on a very short, flashback scene in "The Last Knight". During the course of the film, we learn that Bumblebee was involved in World War 2 as part of the "Devil's Brigade" who helped turn the tide of the war. This version of Bumblebee is inspired by that scene. You can see a clip from the film featuring this design below:

Packaging:
The Deluxe Studio Series figures are packaged in boxes similar in size to the boxes used for "The Last Knight". The boxes are vertical rectangles with a large window in the front. Instead of the lighter colors of "The Last Knight" boxes, this box takes a more "Generations" style approach, using a black background and a vertical "Transformers" logo to the right. Above that is the "Generations" logo. Reflecting the new, unified approach to the Transformers toy line both Hasbro and Takara Tomy's logos appear on the front of the packaging. Towards the lower part of the box is the logo for the specific film the character comes from. To the left is new package art with blue borders. The packaging also has package art on the side and a large collector number designated to each figure. In this Bumblebee's case he is number 26. The idea is that you can line up all these figures on a shelf to show off the collection numbers. It's a neat idea and has kept me from tossing out the box so far.

The back of the packaging shows Bumblebee in both modes along with the logo for "Transformers". It also describes his transformation as having 25 steps. Towards the bottom it shows you how you can take the cardboard insert from the inside of the packaging and use it as a display base and background for the figure. In this case the background features the Nazi base from the flashback in "The Last Knight". However, to avoid any potentil controversy with using Nazi imagery, the flags with the symbols on them have been strategically covered with explosions (which is fine by me). Next to that are the cosells for this figure: Clunker Bumblebee, Barricade and Sideswipe. Below that is all the requisite legal information for the figure.

Accessories:
Bumblebee includes two accessories. The first is a blaster based on the ones seen in "The Last Knight" during the World War 2 flashback sequence with Bumblebee and Hot Rod. It is a serious looking blaster with eight barrels in a circular formation. In the film Bumblebee used two of these at the same time, but this figure only includes one.
The weapon are cast in dark, gunmetal grey. The actual weapon barrels are painted silver, giving the weapon a very distinct and retro look.

Once Bumblebee's ammo ran out in the film, he dropped the weapons and went to his backup weapon: a hammer! This hammer was seen in both the flashback and when Bumblebee battles Nemesis Prime. The sculpt is very nice. It's not just a stick with a blunt end. The handle has several grip details sculpted onto it and the hammer itself has ridges on either end that look like they would um...make an impression in battle (sorry, I couldn't resist). This piece is cast in the same gunmetal grey as the blaster with no paint applications.

Robot Mode:
While the vehicle mode is not 100% screen accurate with this figure (more on that below), the designers did attempt to create a robot mode that used many of the details from the film. Here are some of the details on this figure that come right from the CG model:

  • The head design is the same basic design fans have seen in the live action movies since 2007 including a round helmet section with a central crest, round eyes and a mouth that looks like a breathing mask.
  • The chest features two angled panels on either side. Above them are round headlights (intended to be from the vehicle mode) and overlapping the outer edges of the chest panels are the side view mirrors from the vehicle mode.
  • The mid-body section has four, vertical tubes forming the abdominal section.
  • Each shoulder has a round detail that looks like a cog with other mechanical details near it.
  • The waist section has two tubes on the outer edges, each set at an angle.
  • Each leg features oval shaped knee armor and angled panels forming over the mechanical bits inside the lower legs. The front panels in particular have rivet details worked into the outer edges, just like the CG model.
  • Two of the wheels from the vehicle mode wind up filling out some of the internal parts of the lower legs and they show on the sides and the front.

A lot of these sculpted details are fantastic, especially on the torso and waist area. There's no denying the figure is highly detailed. However, there are some pretty big deviations from the CG model. In the movie, a lot of parts wind up magically parts-panel-forming around the robot mode. In this figure, the designers went another route and wound up having a significant portion of the vehicle mode forming a big back pack which the CG model did not have. This messes a bit with his waist articulation and attaching him to a display stand (though you can just swing the back pack up a bit as I did in my photo above). Now, personally I don't have a huge problem with this. I think the robot mode looks great and is fun to play with, but fans who demand a higher level of screen accuracy may be disappointed.

Bumblebee is mostly cast in a dark green plastic. Some other parts are cast in black or gunmetal grey. This fits with his appearance in the WW2 flashback in "The Last Knight". Gunmetal grey, silver, white, yellow and light blue paint are used for detailing on the figure. Among the most distinctive details are his light blue eyes, the number "12" on his chest (which is clearly visible in the film) and the number 10 on his left thigh in yellow. What the figure lacks are some of the red and white details on the arms, but overall it looks good if not 100% screen accurate.

There are eighteen points of articulation on this figure. Unfortunately, the shoulder articulation runs into a problem. Namely, the panel the shoulders connect to should tab into the chest plate, and while they fit into it, move the shoulders just a bit and they swing right out. Now, aesthetically it looks fine and if you're looking to strike certain poses it looks cool. However, it is unfortunate that the way that area comes together does not hold in place. I mentioned above the issue with the back pack so be wary of that. Each fist has a 5mm port, allowing him to hold both his weapons at the same time. The Hammer weapon can be stored on his back, using the peg sticking out in the middle.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach the weapons (if attached) and set them aside for now.
  2. Straighten out the arms and legs.
  3. Push the chest panel down (this will also lower the head into the chest).
  4. Swing up the back piece.
  5. Swing each hand in against the forearms.
  6. Swing each foot up.
  7. Swing the back of the lower legs up, rotate it around, then swing the wheels out.
  8. Push the panels forming the front of the vehicle (from the last step) together.
  9. Swing the arms out, then rotate the arms up.
  10. Move the arms against the back and the back of the thighs. Rotate the forearms around so the gap on them aligns with the tabs on the back of the thighs.
  11. Push the rear wheels in.
  12. Swing out the side panels on the back piece.
  13. Swing the back piece down.
  14. Swing the rear panel on the back piece down.
  15. Push the rear wheels in.
  16. Lift up the top of the cabin section.
  17. Rotate the panel around.
  18. Attach the hammer to the underside of the panel.
  19. Attach the blaster to the top.
  20. Swing the panel back down.

Vehicle Mode:
World War 2 Bumblebee transformed into a retro Mercedes-Benz in "The Last Knight", but most likely due to licensing reasons this vehicle mode is a more generic one based on a Humber Light Reconnaissance Car. Like that vehicle, it has a very classic appearance with a long front end, a raised cabin section towards the back and wheel wells with large coverings over them. If you just made all the angled sections more curved, it would look like a regular car from that era.

Like the Humber, this vehicle mostly is mostly made up of angled panels. The Humber also had weaponry mounted on top of the vehicle, just like this figure. Everything looks like it is bolted down and very retro. It may not be screen accurate, but I really love the look of the vehicle. My only reservation is that the cannon sticking out of the left side is at a slight angle and cannot be positioned pointing straight forward.

This form is mostly dark green and the wheels are black. There are some paint details here and there like the number "52" in the front and "28-1" on the side. There's not a lot of deco, but that is actually fairly accurate to the real life vehicles used in World War 2. They were generally not painted much at all. I would have liked to see some "wear" detail painted on to help bring out some of the nicely sculpted details.

Final Thoughts:
I have a particular weakness for "retro" vehicle modes in the Transformers toy line and fiction so this figure automatically appealed to me. That said, I recognize it isn't perfect. The "back pack" issue is a bit of a downer and I do wish the vehicle mode was screen accurate, but the robot mode detailing from the CG model is much appreciated. Recommended.

Pros:

  • Robot mode has many of the details from the CG model.
  • Cool weapons.
  • Fun "retro" vehicle mode.
  • Good articulation (even if some is hampered by the back pack).

Cons:

  • Vehicle mode is not screen accurate.
  • If the back pack in robot mode folded up more the articulation points would work better.
  • Could use more deco in vehicle mode.