Revenge of the Fallen Robot Replicas Bumblebee Toy Review

in 2009, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Movie (2007), Revenge of the Fallen

Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: May 2009
Price Point: $11.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

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Text from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
Though BUMBLEBEE has lived and fought alongside his fellow AUTOBOTS for millions of years, his best friends are humans. He loves everything about Earth, and the humans with whom he shares it – from the music, to the television, and even the strange landscape. He will fight to protect the Earth and its inhabitants, to the very last pulse of energy in his body.

Recreate exciting movie scenes with this awesomely detailed figure – or just add him to your collection! For play or display, this fierce-looking figure is a must-have for AUTOBOT and DECEPTICON fans alike!

Fully posable figure is movie-accurate to the finest detail! Figure does not convert.

Bumblebee is one of the most visually interesting characters in the Transformers films. Much noise was made about the Camaro concept vehicle mode being used instead of a VW Beetle, but it appears to have worked since Bumblebee was one of the most sought after figures in 2007 and the character's popularity continued to his appearance in "Animated". In "Revenge of the Fallen", Bumblebee gains a new vehicle mode, but his robot mode is largely the same. It is a complex robot mode which is a sharp contrast to the G1 character he was based on. Most of the transforming versions of Bumblebee have done a great job of representing this character, but the Robot Replicas figure seeks to take this to another level.

What strikes me first about Bumblebee is his overall shape and pose. His arms are designed to be hunched up a bit, as if ready for action. His arms are swung out to the sides a bit with his forearms in slightly bent positions, again suggesting he is ready for action. His legs are set slightly wide apart in a bit of a "cowboy" pose. The overall effect shows that Bumblebee (even standing still) is being represented as a warrior waiting for his next battle.

The first time Bumblebee transformed on screen in the first "Transformers" film, I was awestruck by how much detail there was on the character. Even once transformed, there were small gears and mechanical parts moving around on his body driving home the concept of a living machine. One of the best ways to give this sense in a figure is to make it as detailed as possible. By showing the intricate details of the mechanical parts of Bumblebee's robot mode, the designers manage to evoke a sense of machinery that could be moving around.

I could go on and on about the details on Bumblebee, but I'll go into my favorite ones instead. It may seem odd to some people, but I actually like the details on his back a lot. This is partly because the back of a character is one that is rarely seen much in a movie (for a variety of reasons), so it's nice to get a look at the detailing there. What's fascinating to me is the way the back and the door "wings" are structured. Looking at the panels that connect the back to the wings, it looks like the car panels have actually bent and curved to form the robot mode, giving credance to the idea that movie Transformers don't just shift parts, but also use nanotechnology to reshape their forms. The back itself is full of details including parts that look like they could have come from the engine on the lower back to a series of tubes on the upper back that align almost like a skeletal structure.

Another part I love is one featured prominantly as Bumblebee stands up in the aforementioned transformation scene: his legs. Each leg has the wheel set into the ankle with what appear to be the various brake mechanisms from a real life car surrounding those wheels. The top of his feet have tubes coming out at an upward angle, just like the CGI model. Another small, but interesting detail are springs found in between the horizontal panels on his feet.

I think I would be remiss if I didn't mention Bumblebee's weapon arm detail. The general design of his weapon arm is one large tube with a smaller tube on top and additional details. This figure reflects those designs with intricate detail thrown in for good measure. The area in the center of each tube has ridges running around it and on the outside of the central cannon are two thinner tubes. At the base of the weapon are rectangular patterns raised at an angle. Looking at the Bumblebee role-play cannon, I really have to compliment the continuity between the toys, as the role-play cannon uses many of the same design features.

There are tons of other details that I think are outstanding including the head sculpt, which is spot on to the CGI model. Also of note are the complex arrangement of tubes, panels and even his license plate that form his waist section. I think he rivals Jetfire in the amount of detail he has, and that's a high compliment.

Bumblebee is cast in a dark gunmetal color. In some light it looks more blue than grey, which is a really nice effect for a base plastic color. There are some parts cast in yellow plastic, primarily the chest halves and the doors on his back. Metallic blue paint is used to bring emphasis to certain details such as his waist and the angled tubes on his feet. It's also used for his car door windows on the back. Light blue is used for details indicating light such as his eyes, headlights and the ends of the barrels on his cannon arm. Silver paint is found on tiny parts such as his mouth and bits of detail on his waist. Yellow paint is used to paint the car panels that become bits of armor on his body such as the ones on his legs and arms. Dark grey and red paint are found on his back where the grey is used to paint the back of his door panels and the red shows us where his rear lights wound up on panels against his back. It's a very intricate color scheme that looks simply fantastic.

Bumblebee has eighteen points of articulation. This includes the halves of his chest being able to move independent of the rest of the torso and four points on each leg. It is important to note that his bulk does get in the way of a couple points of articulation, in particular the ratchet joints on his shoulders and hips. You would expect the arms and legs to be able to swing fully out to the sides, but they don't.

Final Thoughts:
Bumblebee is an incredibly well sculpted figure that is true to his on screen appearance and conveys a lot of the personality of the character. His weak points are the aforementioned limited bits of articulation, but the strength of the sculpt and colors outshine those weaknesses. Highly recommended.