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Bumblebee - Classics - Figure

Classics Bumblebee (yay Classics are out in U.K.)

Tech Specs
Name: Bumblebee
Faction: Autobot
Function: Spy
Quote: "Data is Power"
Vehicle mode: Sportscar

Small compared to most other Transformers, Bumblebee more than makes up for it through his incredible bravery and willingness to go places larger robots won't. Capable of aerial and underwater missions, he is more versatile than many other Autobots. His eagerness to do his part leads him to go above and beyond the call of duty, often placing him in grave danger. It is a testament to his skill that he has never been captured.
Strength: 3
Intelligence: 9
Speed: 6
Endurance: 4
Rank: 7
Courage: 10
Firepower: 4
Skill: 9
Vehicle Mode:

In vehicle mode Bumblebee is a sporty, semi-realistic sportscar (it kinda reminds me of Energon Hotshot), even though it’s a deluxe it seems kinda small, Oh wait its Bumblebee. Going down from the radiator engine on the hood, to the top of the bumper are two white stripes, you can flip open the two halves of the hood. On the front are two colourless headlights, once again reminding me of Energon Hotshot, and a silver grill, there is another grill (this time its grey and bigger) on the bumper.

Bumblebee has four colourless transparent windows, on the front, on the back (you can see Bumblebee's head, even with the spoiler over it) and one on each side of the back section.

On the doors are a white stripe and a yellow side mirrors, on the inside of Bumblebee are two silver seats with the middle part of each seat coloured black. The roof section, for some-reason is coloured a different shade of yellow to the rest of Bumblebee, on the roof are two white parts which look similar to Hotrod's spoiler and a silver sticker with a black part, if you rub it it turns into an Autobot symbol (although its more orange than red), if you rub it too hard it turns green and eventually blue (for some-reason the symbol changes colour when I have touched it.......Weird).

The back of Bumblebee is white, with a silver spoiler, two red lights and a black panel with a connector sticking out the back.

Bumblebee has four wheels, all black with silver hubcaps each with a silver star in it.

Transformation: to Robot Mode
1. Pull out doors
2. Flip out arms
3. Twist doors so that they are upside down
4. Push in doors
5. Flip up black panel
6. Flip down back section
7. Flip down seats and flip down arms
8. Flip down roof and flip out head
9. Flip up hood and flip up head
10. Flip up body and split front section of Vehicle Mode

Robot Mode:

In robot mode Bumblebee still seems small even though he's a deluxe.

The roof now forms the torso, but you can still see through the window, so you can see Bumblebee's black 'Skeleton'. You can rub the sticker to get the Autobot symbol, but unfortunately it fades (or for some-reason changes colour).

His legs are attached to the waist of the 'skeleton' by ball-joints, the legs are very poseable, on the legs are the seats which form knee pads, whilst the hood covers most of the legs with the front section of his vehicle mode forming feet. His arms are connected to the wheels (which just next to the 'skeleton') by ball joints and like the legs are also poseable, the upper arms are black, whilst the lower arms are grey. The lower arms are connected to the upper arms by ball joints, which are clearly visible (unless you flip the arms up), attached to the wrist of Bumblebee's black fists are the vehicle mode doors.

His head is attached to a ball-joint attached to a black panel, above his torso. Classic Bumblebee's head actually resembles the animated Bumblebee's head, yellow, silver face, yellow block chin, blue eyes, horns, I can't remember if he had the blue crest in the cartoon though.

Accessory: Wavecrusher
Wavecrusher is basically a jetski on a surfboard with wheels. The jetski part is mainly white with an orange strip on the front, as well as the back part which also has a black seat. On the front of the jetski is a colourless transparent window. The surfboard part is grey with a black leg part underneath it, a hole in it so it can connect to the back of Bumblebee; on the sides are black wheels with silver hubcaps.

Transformation: to Jet Pack Mode
1. Flip surfboard parts to the side
2. Pull surfboard parts out to the sides
3. Twist surfboard parts so that the top of the surfboard parts is facing the back of the Jetski

Jet Pack Mode:
Once in jetpack mode you basically clip it just behind Bumblebee's head. The surfboard parts, which are attached to the black leg parts, are supposed to be some wing-thingies (I think). And I'm guessing the wheels are supposed to shoot energy blasts or create mini-cyclones or something. But to me it looks like some weird energy recharger thing, than a jet pack. Otherwise I think Wavecrusher is pretty cool and if they ever make a cartoon about Transformers: Classics, they should have Daniel or another human character ride Wavecrusher, when Bumblebee's not using it.

Overall:

I was in Woolworths and I found two Transformers, and I had a choice whether to buy Starscream or Bumblebee, and I chose Bumblebee. Bumblebee is a cool toy, his vehicle mode is a cross between a modern sportscar and a Volkswagen Beetle, and has no problems apart from the fact his roof is the wrong shade of yellow. His robot mode is deluxe sized and yet is still able to be Bumblebeeish, with only the problem being that his torso his pretty much just a shielded skeleton. The two general problems are the rub sticker symbol (which may seem like a good concept, but put it to reality it just doesn't work) and the fact that he doesn't have a weapon (unless you count the doors on his wrists as shields or Wavecrusher: jetpack mode).I give Bumblebee 6/10. And speaking of Wavecrusher the idea for having a vehicle partner, instead of another Transformer is a good idea, even though it has been used since Actionmasters (not counting Optimus Prime's trailer) and I'm hoping Hasbro will continue with this Idea. Anyway Wavecrusher has a great vehicle mode which combines a jetski with a surfboard/skateboard, unfortunately his jetpack mode looks nothing like a jetpack and I'm still trying to work out what the different parts of jetpack mode are ment to be. I give Wavecrusher 8/10. Overall I give Bumblebee and Wavecrusher 7/10.

ReviewerFirebird Maximus  
DateFebruary 11th 2007  
Score 7 stars (7 out of 10)  
Reads8808
LinkBumblebee Database Profile  


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