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Leader Bumblebee - Dark of the Moon - Figure

Bumblebee

You would think by the scores of Bumblebee figures that we have been pummeled with the last few years would have been enough. However, Hasbro doesn't seem to be satisfied that the yellow one has saturated the market enough. That's the only reason why, amidst all the Human Alliance and Ultimate Bumblebees that still clog shelves, they have decided to add a Leader class to the mix. Does the world really need another one? Let's find out.

Bio

Bumblebee was the first to try out the MechTech weapons system. With his speed and firepower both boosted to incredible levels, he began racking up Decepticon takedowns faster than Ironhide could even keep track.

Strength     
Intelligence
Speed
Endurance
Rank
Courage
Fireblast
Skill

Robot Mode


Aesthetics

Yes, this is Bumblebee. And he does look like almost every other Bumblebee that the movieverse has thrown on shelves since 2007. Like some of the latest versions, they have gone with the right arm being a gun arm versus having a hand. You would think that, being a Leader class figure, you would have an option to deploy a hand. That is not the case here. At least there is big, blue piped eyes to enjoy on the head sculpt.

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Articulation

Feet:6pt ratcheting, 135 degree bend
Knees:3pt ratcheting, 75 degree bend. Pinned below knee for unlimited lower leg rotation.
Hips:6pr ratcheting for 120 degree bend, 5pt ratcheting for 105 degree spread.
Waist:Stationary
Shoulders:16pt pseudo ratcheting for 360 degree rotation, 3pt ratcheting for 90 degree spread. Pinned below shoulder for unlimited arm rotation.
Elbows:8pt ratcheting for 180 degree bend.
Hands:Pinned at wrist for 180 degree bend, thumb on rivet for articulation.
Head:Pinned for 180 degree rotation

Articulation is solid, and so is the footing. Just watch for kibble behind the knees, which might hang you up just slightly.

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Playability

The main gimmick is, of course, the MechTech weapon. It's in the form of a rather ungainly backpack, which clips to the back of Bee. By pushing up on a red lever, you will extend a pair of missile batteries, as well as a shoulder mounted laser cannon. A transform-up sound accompanies the action. If you push back on the shoulder cannon, you'll get a blinking green LED light on the barrel, along with some electronic noise. Pushing back on the face of the missile batteries will give you a blinking orange LED, along with more electronic noise. I call it noise because it's a series of 'battle sounds' that just end up sounding like noise. You can also flip down the battle mask to accompany your MechTech upgrade.

Score:

Robot Mode Summary

Aesthetics:
Articulation:
Playability:
Final Score:(out of 9pts total) For $45, I expect more than an oversized Human Alliance knockoff with a battery operated backpack.

Robot Mode Specs

Height:8.75in/222.3mm (excluding doors)
Width:5.75in/146.1mm (excluding doors)
Depth:4.5in/114.3mm
Supplied accessories:(1) MechTech weapons pack

Transformation


Complexity

Overall, if you can transform HA Bumblebee, you can transform this one. There are some slight differences, but he's pretty easy to figure out. Your only hang up might be the arms, but it's pretty easy to figure out

Score:

Fluidity

Everything flows pretty well together and, if you transform it per the instructions, everything fits nice and tight. As a plus, these instructions are pretty easy to follow.

Score:

Transformation Summary

Complexity:
Fluidity:
Final Score:(out of 6pts total) Although simple for a Leader class, it's done brilliantly.

Alt Mode


Aesthetics

Bumblebee retains the current generation Chevrolet Camaro alt mode, as well as the yellow paint job with black comp stripes. The rims are also blacked out. In an interesting twist, the door windows are molded with racing type cloth imprints.

Score:

Realism

Most of the important details are present. Bumblebee features hood scoops behind the headlights, a fuel filler cap and even a new license plate. Another interesting change is that the stripes, as well as the rear spoiler, are textured. It almost wants to remind you of a carbon fiber finish. What ruins the look are the wheels. They are very plasticky and just cheapen the look. Doesn't help that the arms are exposed through the windshield or that there are various slots in the rear glass that support the MechTech system. I would expect this out of a Voyager or HA figure, but not a Leader class.

Score:

Playability

The MechTech weapon again is the main agent in playability. It does look rather silly bolted to the roofline, and offers no new functions as used in alt mode. You could assume that the vents in the back of the weapon might act as a power boost, but that might be reaching.

Score:

Alt Mode Summary

Aesthetics:
Realism:
Playability:
Final Score:(out of 9pts total) Decent, but comes off looking a bit cheap... again, like a knockoff.

Alt Mode Specs

Length:7.13in/181.1mm
Wheelbase:4.5in/114.3mm
Height:2.25in/57.2mm
Scale Ratio:27:1 (est)
Wheels:4 rotating
Detailed cockpit:N/A

Value


Durability

Bumblebee is a pretty well built unit. With the various ratcheting joints, he should hold up well for quite a long time. He should be a pretty safe buy for the kids, and should hold up well to being played with on regular occasion.

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Fun to Dollar Ratio

That being said, this isn't a $45 figure. With all the other Bumblebees that have plagued the market, this one really hasn't brought anything new to the table except a transforming backpack with mediocre sound effects. Having the rear end of the alt mode hang off the knees was lazy on the designer's part as well. This was the opportunity to copy the success of Starscream and make a large figure that excelled above all the others. That didn't happen here, and it's rather disappointing.

Score: 0

Value Summary

Durability:

Fun to Dollar Ratio:0

Final Score:(out of 6pts total) For $45, there should have been more. At least he'll hold up over the test of time

Summary

Perhaps it's time to stop bombarding the shelves with Bumblebees. For both lines, we have seen at least 2 versions of every mold released. Likely, this will not be the end of it as there will certainly be a redeco or slight retool of this mold. It's obvious that the engineers and designers are either burned out or running out of ideas for Bee. If you just gotta have a big Bumblebee who isn't saddled down with gimmicks and electronics (outside the MechTech weapon), them he's an OK buy. Otherwise, he's likely to be just another shelfwarmer.

Final Verdict:

Class:Leader

MSRP:$45


ReviewerBlitzwing  
DateMay 4th 2011  
Score 6 stars (6 out of 10)  
Reads16333
LinkLeader class Bumblebee via Movie Database  


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harrismonkey
2011-05-17
5:36 am

I got one of these today. I'd been really, really hoping he was just a bit smaller and would display well with my HA figures (sadly he's bigger than I'd like for that). I have mixed feeling on this figure. There's no question he's absolutely pointless, and since that horrible ... read more 
Lord Atmo
2011-05-11
12:40 pm

I overlooked that. Wow...That made me lol 4 realz! This BB has no place in my collection either. Human Alliance BB shares a slot with Battle Blade BB as best Bumblebee we've gotten thus far...And they STILL get the wings wrong... 
StarLurker
2011-05-11
12:05 am

"With his speed and firepower both boosted to incredible levels" Funny, cause his speed and especially Fireblast ratings are lower than ever. o_O 
Timothy.R
2011-05-05
8:32 pm

it's a good point to drive home. oh.. loved the review.. i feel bad that you had to spend money to make it though. lol. 
Blitz-Wing
2011-05-05
3:27 pm

Which was the point I was trying to drive home  
Timothy.R
2011-05-05
3:04 pm

forget having two sets of wings.. i want the wings that are there to be in the accurate position. and i agree with jason.. the human alliance bumblebee suits me just fine. 
Hip-Hoptimus Rime
2011-05-05
2:14 pm

Not sure about how their alt modes stack up, but in robot mode BOBB is taller than Leader. 
jeffafa
2011-05-05
12:31 pm

How big is this guy next to battle ops BB? 
KFGatri
2011-05-05
12:25 pm

I'm not seeing any real reason to buy this, since I own both the HA and Battle Ops versions (I had a 20% off coupon that was good for 1 day, and no MP Grimlocks around to use it on). Maybe if I see it on clearance, maybe. As it stands the only Bumblebees I'm buying this year are the Cyberver... read more 
superman2k
2011-05-05
8:16 am

Wow. His head barely clears the shoulders. They need to cut that chest/shoulder piece in half cuz it looks like an entire half a car sitting on top. Plus no paint on the rims? And I agree, I still want a bee that has 4 wings, that model kit not withstanding. 
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