Nitro Bumblebee - Dark of the Moon - Figure


seems like we're getting a new Deluxe mold Bumblebee with every new wave hitting stores. As the newest batch of figures hit the shelves, we are now faced with a THIRD Bumblebee. Except this one is heavily modded and ready to take names.

Bio

With his mix of loyalty, smarts and fighting skill, Bumblebee is one of the most admired Autobots. his vehicle mode gives him the ability to attack Decepticons just as quickly as he can rush to the aid of a fallen Autobot comrade.

Strength     
Intelligence
Speed
Endurance
Rank
Courage
Fireblast
Skill

Alt Mode

First off, there have been so many Bumblebee molds that I can't tell if this is an original, a retool or a repaint. It's definitely the most radically styled Bumblebee to date. The Camaro is now accented with plenty of bolt-ons, including a carbon fiber hood, carbon fiber door panels and twin thrusters protruding from the trunk.

All the wheels and the grille are blacked out, while the glass is done in a dark translucent blue. A massive engine ports into the hood of the car. There are 4 other ports to plug in MechTech weapons from other figures. Two are on the hood, while the other two grace the quarterpanels. By pulling back the lever on the engine block, it converts to a double-barreled rifle.

Alt Mode Summary: A vehicle mode that Mad Max could love.

Alt Mode Specs

Length:5in/127mm
Wheelbase:3in/76.2mm
Width:2.25in/57.2mm
Height:1.63in/41.4mm
Scale Ratio:38:1 (est)
Wheels:4 rotating
Detailed cockpit:N/A

Transformation

The transformation is yet another take on how to turn a Camaro into a robot. It combines elements from a couple of different mold types. You know, to break up the monotony of transforming Bumblebees like 3 dozen times.

Robot Mode

From the front or back side, this is a pretty nice Bumblebee. All the limbs and abdomen are set in black, which gives him a different look. However, from the side he's a bit of a mess. The roof and trunk don't flush up to the body, so there's plenty of gap. The head is piped blue, but the eyes are painted in.

You can plug the MechTech weapon into either port on his forearm. Also, you can use the port behind his head if you move the hood piece up slightly. Extending the MechTech weapon can be a bit tricky, as it seems to catch on itself at the halfway mark. It's all in how you hold it.

Articulation

Feet:Rivet pin, 30 degree bend.
Knees:Rivet pin, 90 degree bend.
Hips:Ball joint, 180 degree bend and 60 degree spread. Slide tab below hip for unlimited leg rotation.
Waist:Stationary
Shoulders:Ball joint, unlimited rotation and 90 degree spread.
Elbows:Screw hinge, 90 degree bend. Pinned above elbow for unlimited forearm rotation.
Hands:Molded
Head:Pinned for unlimited rotation.

The toes have a separate rivet pin which helps offset the restriction of the foot.

Robot Mode Summary:Robot Mode Summary

Robot Mode Specs

Height:5.25in/133.4mm
Width:3in/76.2mm
Depth:2.75in/69.9mm
Supplied accessories:(1) MechTech weapon

Value

With so many BBs out there already, it becomes hard to assign a value. On the plus side, all the limbs and parts look stable and strong enough. However, not everyone will be on board with the looks.

Summary

Dear Hasbro, with all the fine characters you have in the Movieverse, I think you can give poor Bumblebee a rest. Leader class, Human Alliance, Cyberverse and now three deluxes? It's becoming overload! Make more of those off-screen characters that we all seem to dig so much!

Final Verdict:

Class:Deluxe

MSRP:$12


ReviewerBlitzwing  
DateJune 23rd 2011  
Score 7 stars (7 out of 10)  
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