Transformers Prime Legion Class Bumblebee Toy Review

in 2012, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Legion Class, Movie (2007), Prime, Cyberverse

Transformers Prime

General Information:
Release Date: February 2012
Price Point: $5.99
Retailer: General release (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Blaster


*Images with asterisks* and text below in italics from The Official Transformers web site:
BUMBLEBEE doesn’t need to talk – his blasters do all the talking he needs. He is fast, smart, and skilled, which means that the DECEPTICONS have nowhere to run when BUMBLEBEE is on their tails! DECEPTICONS beware, because this BUMBLEBEE Intelligence Specialist figure is as tough and smart as they come! In robot mode, your BUMBLEBEE figure’s snap-on blaster keeps his DECEPTICON enemies at bay. Convert him to sports car mode when he has a major need for speed! Keep converting him back and forth as the battle rages on!

Includes figure. Legion Class Series 2 001 BUMBLEBEE Intelligence Specialist. Ages 5 and up.

BumblebeeThe first wave of Cyberverse Legion Class Transformers in the "Transformers Prime" line offers up many of the main characters featured in the television show. One of these is Bumblebee, whose form and attitude are largely inspired by his live action movie counterpart.

Robot Mode:
Despite all his fancy designs with tons of panels and robotic bits and pieces everywhere, the live action movie version of Bumblebee actually has a very classic Transformers form. Since the days of Generation One, there have always been Transformers with a standard design where the car's front end becomes the robot chest and the sides become arms while the doors wind up on the back as "wings" and the rear of the vehicle forms the feet. This same general design carried over into "Transformers Prime" when Bumblebee was brought into that show. With Legion Class figures, details are often distilled down into very basic shapes and parts, which is what happened here, bringing out more of the classic G1 design mentioned above.

Bumblebee's basic form matches what's described above (the front of the car becoming the chest etc.) but at the same time, many of the details are carried over from the CGI model. This includes his head sculpt, which features a central crest and large, round eyes as well as the look of layered armor on his legs (including the spike shaped knee armor). Smaller details are sculpted into the figure as well including the oval shaped details that form the arms and some intricate line work in the middle of the body. I was surprised to see that the car grille is actually sculpted with gaps in it, something that is rather unusual. Generally car grilles on Transformers are just sculpted details on a solid piece of plastic, but here you can see through the grille into the area behind the chest. Overall it's a great little sculpt that matches up well with Bumblebee as seen on TV.

Bumblebee is cast in yellow and black plastic. The yellow makes up most of the figure, and is a slightly darker shade than the one used on the "First Edition" version of the character. The black is found on the wheels as you'd expect, but also on his shoulder hinges/joints. Black, silver, red and metallic blue paint provide the detail work on this figure. I was happy to see silver liberally applied on the figure. You'll find it on almost every major part of Bumblebee including the face, chest, mid-section and legs. Black offers up some nice outline detail, particularly on the chest where it also provides color to the grille. A large, bold Autobot symbol is painted red on the center of his chest and the metallic blue is used to paint his eyes, making them really stand out. I'm very happy with the deco on this figure, it exceeds what I'd expect for a Legion Class figure.

There are six points of articulation on this figure. I am being generous and including the ability of his feet to swing back and forth on hinges. This is mostly a function of his transformation, but it does help with posing the figure as well. In either hand, Bumblebee can hold his blaster weapon (or any Cyberverse weapon). He also has holes on the sides of his arms that allow you to attach even more weapons! If you'd like, you can even store an extra one on his back thanks to a hole on his back. His blaster is a dual barreled weapon that is seemingly modeled on the weapons Bumblebee uses on the television show. The weapon itself has a hole to allow you to connect an additional weapon. The weapon is cast in rubbery, translucent pink plastic, the same kind used on the other Legion Class figures.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Rotate the arms so they point back.
  2. Swing the chest panel up.
  3. Connect the feet together.
  4. Swing the feet up.
  5. Push the arms in to form the sides of the vehicle.
  6. The weapon may be attached to the top or sides of the car.

Vehicle Mode:
Unlike his G1 counterpart, this Bumblebee has a mean looking Muscle Car styled vehicle mode. With a low profile and wide, aggressive looking design this is clearly a car built with power in mind. All the requisite details from the TV show's CGI model carry over to this figure including the large front grille and headlights, the engine sticking out of the hood and smaller details such as the four exhaust pipes in the back of the car. Overall this is a great looking sculpt.

The yellow plastic color continues to be the main color in this form with the black wheels offering some nice contrast. Paint applications use the same colors as the robot mode. This time out, the black paint is the most heavily used, forming line details that start at the front of the vehicle and then extend to the sides. The engine is painted silver and his windows are painted metallic blue. My only regret is that the back of the vehicle has no deco despite having some nice sculpted detailing, but this is very common with figures in this class.

Bumblebee can connect to three weapons in this form, two on the doors and one on top of the car. The bonus of his weapon is its ability to attach an additional one, giving him potential of quadrupling his firepower!

Final Thoughts:
Legion Class Bumblebee looks great and he has some nice play value thanks to ball joints and his ability to attach additional weaponry in both modes. He looks great and despite my one gripe about the rear of the vehicle not being painted, this figure is aces in my book. Highly recommended!