Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Legion Class Bumblebee Toy Review

in 2013, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Beast Hunters, Cyberverse, Legion Class, Prime

Transformers Prime Beast Hunters

General Information:
Release Date: February 2013
Price Point: $5.99
Retailer: General release (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Eagleshot Bow

Images:

*Images with asterisks* and text below in italics from The Official Transformers web site:
Bumblebee blasts the bad guys with his awesomely accurate Eagleshot Bow!

DECEPTICONS beware, because this Bumblebee figure is just the AUTOBOT to take any of them on! If he can’t use the intelligence he gathers to defeat them, he’ll just target them with his powerful Eagleshot bow! When the battle calls for speed, convert him to sports car mode. Keep converting him back and forth so his DECEPTICON enemies can’t keep up!

Includes figure and accessory. Legion Class Series 3 004 Bumblebee Intelligence Specialist. Ages 5 and up. Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

BumblebeeThe focus of 2013's "Transformers" line is the "Beast Hunters" series. This carried over to the Cyberverse segment of the line, which kicked off 2013 with some new figures and others that were extensive retools and redecos of existing figures. One such figure is Bumblebee, who is now armored up and armed with a new weapon. This figure is largley based on the Legion Class Bumblebee figure released last year. It's worthwhile to check out my Deluxe "Beast Hunters" Bumblebee review to get an idea of the updated design for Bumblebee in the toy line.

Robot Mode:
In terms of basic structure, this Bumblebee looks very similar to last year's Legion Class release. However there were a lot of changes made to this figure, with almost every part modified/retooled:

  • The head now reflects Bumblebee's new more "bird like" head design with a high crest in the center.
  • The chest piece (which also serves as the front of the vehicle) has angled blades in the back with blasters on either side of the head.
  • Each arm now has pointed "feather/blade" like details on the top of the arms, with extra exhaust pipe/blaster sections on the sides.
  • The waist area has a piece of armor raised higher than the previous release.
  • The knee armor on the legs is now much sharper and pointed in design whereas the previous release had shorter, more blunt knee armor.

Overall these modifications look great. If you put the two figures side by side they do look very different and this version of Bumblebee definitely embodies a lot of the "beast" like elements being incorporated into many of the Transformer forms this year. The "Eagleshot Bow" looks like a sibling weapon of the one carried by the Deluxe sized Bumblebee. It has a really nice sculpt including several raised details along the end. The weapon is cast in silver plastic, contrasting nicely against the figure.

Bumblebee is cast in metallic yellow and black plastic. The yellow is a really nice color and looks great. Paint applications are done with metallic black, silver and metallic blue paint. The black is used on the chest and lower leg/knee armor. Silver is found on the headlights, face and the blasters on either side of the head. His eyes are painted metallic blue. While there aren't a lot of paint applications, the ones that are there look great and are used boldly enough to stand out. I really like the metallic blue on the eyes which shine brilliantly.

Bumblebee retains the same four key points of articulation as the previous release. There are also still conneciton points on the sides of either arm and in the fists. The Eagleshot Bow has three pegs, one on the side, one on the bottom and one at the back. It also has a hole in the side and front as a connection point for other Cyberverse weapons. It's fun and definitely serves nicely as a connecting piece for other weapons.

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:
Bumblebee's vehicle mode is still a sports car, but he's a bulked up version of the previous form. The front end is the most heavily modified, with a huge engine piece with the blasters on either side. The sides have "blades/feathers" on the sides. Each door has blasters and extra armor on the sides and the rear section has extra armor on top. It's a very intimidating looking vehicle and if you add on the Eagleshot Bow on top he is well armed as well. The sides have holes that allow you to add more weaponry as well.

This mode focuses on the yellow color, but now the black and silver details get more emphasis on the front and sides of the vehicle. The silver blasters from the chest piece now flank a silver engine in the center. Right in front of that engine is a red Autobot symbol. The windshield has been painted gunmetal grey. Overall Bumblebee looks great in this form.

Final Thoughts:
Bumblebee is a cool update of the previous figure. I have to give Hasbro compliments on their restraint so far on using Bumblebee. This is only the second Bumblebee toy released in the "Prime" line so far this year (and this is being written around the end of Q1). Sure there will be more down the road but without a ton of them flooding shelves, it's easier to appreciate this figure on its own merits. Recommended.
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