Revenge of the Fallen Stealth Bumblebee Toy Review

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Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: January 2010
Price Point: $4.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

Images:

*Images and text from transformers.com:
Jump into action with this exciting robot-to-vehicle figure! Convert your figure from robot mode to Camaro Concept mode and back again for double the intimidation and destructive power! With you and your STEALTH BUMBLEBEE figure banding together, the enemy forces don’t stand a chance. Ages 5 and up.

With the beginning of 2010 came a new redeco of Legends Class Bumblebee, based upon the first "Revenge of the Fallen" Legends Class Bumblebee figure. I recently reviewed the basic figure itself in its Target exclusive color scheme. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this specific release.

Robot Mode:
Going along with the theme of stealth, this version of Bumblebee is made up of all black plastic. Sure it's not terribly original, but it does the trick and makes the figure look differently than the three other versions that are yellow floating around up there. Yellow is not forgotten however. Yellow paint is used on the robot legs and you'll see parts of his yellow racing stripes on his chest. Silver paint is used on the face and waist, providing a nice metallic looking contrast to the flat black color. His eyes are blue and gold is used on the Chevrolet symbol on his chest and the Autobot symbol on his crest. It's a nice looking figure, and the colors contrast really well. I'm also thankful to see black used instead of yellow.

The joints on this figure feel okay, though the right leg ball joint on mine feels slightly more loose than the left, something unusual in action figures.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Press the two lower legs together.
  2. Swing the chest piece up.
  3. Rotate the arms so they're pointed up.
  4. Swing each arm into the main body of the vehicle.
  5. Push the legs up.

Vehicle Mode:
Black dominates the vehicle mode, but yellow gains much more prominance. The racing stripes are painted yellow, with a bold line in the middle and a thinner outline outside the bold ones. The windows are painted metallic blue. I do confess I'm not totally won over. This feels like the start of a strong color scheme, but without paint on the back or sides it just looks really plain and unimaginative.

Final Thoughts:
Is it possible for a figure to look cool yet somehow dull? Yep. There's something classic about sleek, black cars. However, I admit my viewpoint is jaded since I own so many versions of this sculpt already. I guess my take is that by this point, the mold should have made enough money back for the company that they could add a bit more deco to the figure, or at least create a dynamic looking pattern that catches the eye. I don't consider this a strong figure, but it's not a bad figure. Mildly recommended.