"Robots in Disguise" (2015) One Step Changer Night Ops Bumblebee Toy Review
Release Date: July 2015
Price Point: $9.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Official images and text in italics below from Amazon.com:
The 1-Step Changers are 2-in-1 speed-changers, and your Night Ops Bumblebee figure is one of them! He’s the same Autobot scout as always, but he converts in just 1 step from robot mode to speedy sports car mode and back – and his armor in both modes is black for nighttime operations. Can his Decepticon enemies keep him from completing his stealth missions? Not with you in charge! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
The middle of 2015 brought about a wave of One Step Changers that incorporated redecos of previous sculpts into the line. This included a redeco of One Step Changer Bumblebee. Using a theme that was used on previous Bumblebee figures like Legion Class Bumblebee from "Dark of the Moon" and Battle Master Bumblebee from "Prime" it focuses on giving Bumblebee dark colors. Check out my original One Step Changer Bumblebee review for my original thoughts on the sculpt and mechanics. This review will focus on the changes made to this figure for this release.
Like the "Age of Extinction" One Step Changers, these are packaged in bubbles on small cards. Artwork is on the left side and the Transformers logo is on the right. The artwork is the basic Bumblebee art used on several promotional images, but with black used on several parts. The back does not feature any tech specs information, instead using the space for the instructions and multi-language legal information. It's a shame but Hasbro seems to be refocusing any efforts at more traditional packaging into the "Generations" segment, which I get since I'm guessing they're assuming most of the kids getting these will wind up just throwing out the packaging.
Night Ops Bumblebee is a straight up redeco of the One Step Changer Bumblebee figure without any mold changes. The colors from the first figure are essentially inverted. The primary plastic color on this figure is black, with yellow used on sections towards the back. The black is a rather dramatic change from the yellow and I love the way it looks. Yellow paint is used on the angled details on the hood and for line details on the sides of the vehicle. The side windows and the windshield are painted silver, with contrasts beautifully against the black plastic. The front end has a scannable Autobot symbol in the middle, but it's a different one than the one used on the first version of this figure. Like the previous release his headlights are painted light blue. Overall this is a really nice deco and I actually find myself liking it more than the original.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
Hold on to the back of the seat, then push the front end up. While you do this, the legs will swing down and the robot arms and head will appear.
Like the vehicle mode the robot mode is mostly black plastic. This includes the back, chest and legs. Yellow plastic is found on the arms and head. Silver is used on the face and the eyes are blue. Black is used on the forearms. Yellow is used on the thighs to give some balance to the black plastic. The chest carries over the colors from the front of the vehicle mode. This mode is a bit less dramatic since the silver parts all wind up on the back, but it still looks great and dramatically different from the first version of the figure.
The arms move up and down without a problem in this mode. They're not loose at all. The fists have 5mm peg holes in them allowing Bumblebee to use weapons from other figures such as those from "Prime" and "Generations".
For most fans this Bumblebee figure is not really going to be for them. The first One Step Changer Bumblebee sold out pretty quickly (from what I've seen in my parts) so this is a great secondary choice. It's a fun figure with a neat gimmick and I dig the color scheme.