Transformers Movie (2007) Stealth Bumblebee Toy Review

in 2008, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Movie (2007), Movie (2007)

Transformers Live Action Movie

General Information:
Release Date: April 2008
Price Point: $9.99
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Blade/Cannon weapon

Images:

*Images and text from transformers.com
With pictures of him all overthe internet in robot and vehicle mode, bumblebee began to feel a little bit uncomfortable.People recognized him everywhere. More importantly, new Decepticons arriving onearth found him easily, which put Sam and others in danger. With Mikaela'sHelp, he picked out a new color scheme for his armor plating that made him harder to spot, and also made it easier to sneak up on any Decepticons thatwandered into the range of his plasma cannon.

Towards the end of the toy line for the 2007 movie toy line, several figures were released under the "Allspark Power" line of figures. Blue decos were used to represent "Allspark Power" (shown as blue lightning in the film) coursing through the body of the Transformer. One of the figures released for this line was Stealth Bumblebee, a redeco of the 2009 Concept Camaro Bumblebee figure. While this had been released before with an "Allspark blue" theme, this one has a new head sculpt. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Vehicle Mode:
True to the name of the figure, Bumblebee's new color scheme is a very dark one. Essentially it is the inverse of his original color scheme. Whereas the last version had a predominantly yellow color, the primary plastic color here is black. The light translucent blue color from the previous figure has been replaced with a darker translucent blue. Details are painted in yellow, red and silver. Yellow is used for the racing stripes that run fromt he front to the back of the vehicle. Silver is used for smaller details including the Chevrolet symbol in the front, the circles under the headlights, the exhaust pipes and the word "Camaro" on either side of the vehicle. Unlike the previous version of the figure, there is silver paint on the door handles. Red is used for the rear lights.

It sounds odd considering Bumblebee's key primary color has always been yellow, but I really love this color scheme. This is partly my personal preference for this vehicle in black over yellow. While many sports cars including Corvettes and Mustangs come in yellow, I've always found black to be a cooler color for sleek vehicles such as this. I do appreciate the way the yellow color was kept intact using a similar detail as the first figure. I also found it interesting that the door handles are colored on this figure but they weren't on the previous iteration. While the pattern isn't significantly different than the 2009 Camaro Bumblebee, the difference in color is very striking and looks fantastic.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Swing each door open.
  2. Split the rear section in half and remove the weapon, set it aside for now.
  3. Rotate the panel with the vent lines on it up on each side.
  4. Pull down the robot feet and the lower legs will automorph.
  5. Split the roof section in half.
  6. Pull each front wheels out to the sides.
  7. Swing the front of the car down. This will automorph the car doors back and the arms up.
  8. Swing the car doors all the way back.
  9. Rotate the arms and straighten them out.
  10. Rotate the roof panels on each arm around.
  11. Swing each side portion of his chest section up.
  12. Attach the weapon to one of his fists.

Robot Mode:
The robot head on this figure has been replaced with a new sculpt representing Bumblebee with his battle mask down. The design of the mask is done very well, with the central crest, V shaped part in the center and the vent like details over the eyes. Towards the bottom are mandible like details while the sides have a raised section wrapping around the lower part of the head with vents on either side of the face. It's a really well done and I'm happy that this figure was not just given a new deco and nothing else.

The first iteration of this figure was primarily yellow with black parts in this mode. Since black is the primary color used for the armor plates of the vehicle mode, gunmetal replaces the black parts including the arms, mid-body and legs. Some parts remain yellow however. The panels attached to his forearms are yellow and parts of his lower legs and feet are yellow plastic. Like the previous iteration of this figure paint applications are done in yellow, including the face, arms and his waist. A bit of grey is used on the head for the eyes, lower jaw and the "ears" on the top of his head. Light blue can be found on his chest and arms, representing the Allspark Power mentioned earlier.

I did find it interesting that his license plate detail on the waist is left unpainted. I figured in either robot mode or vehicle mode it would be painted. It's not a huge disappointment, but it is a surprise.

The joints on this figure are still tight but the figure still has one design flaw that carried over from the first version. Specifically the yellow armor panels on his upper arms have a tendency to pop off fairly easily during transformation. There's not much to be done about this except either gluing the things into place or pushing them in as hard as you can.

Final Thoughts:
Stealth Bumblebee is a really nice redeco. It looks dramatically different than its predecessor and it has a new head sculpt to boot. It's not on shelves any more as of the time I'm writing this review, but he is easily found online for around his original retail price. Highly recommended!