It’s Transformers Thursday again and today I’m looking at my second Legends Class figure from the Generations line. Prime and Bumblebee were my first two forays into these little guys and it’s safe to say that I am now I’m hooked.
The packaging is similar to what we saw last Thursday. Again, I’ll say that I love the G1-style grid pattern and the great character artwork. This kind of deco grabs my attention when passing through the toy aisles every single time, even if I know I’m all caught up on the figures that are out. It just kindles that warm and fuzzy feeling down in my nethers. Bumblebee comes packaged in his robot mode and his Targetmaster buddy, Blazemaster comes in his tiny helicopter mode. Let’s start with Bumblebee in his alt mode.
Bee’s vehicle mode is a compact yellow sports car, which I think is supposed to be his IDW mode before he became the generic Camero knock-off. Or is that after? In case you can’t tell, I tend to read the Transformers comics that don’t prominently feature Bumblebee. Either way this is a perfectly fine “we don’t have the VW Beetle license or the Chevy Camero license for this toy so let’s just make him a generic car” alt mode. It’s still totally in character with how I think of Bumblebee and maybe even a little reminiscent of the Classics alt mode.
I’m usually not a fan of this yellow swirly plastic, but when used in small quantities like this, I don’t have a big problem with it. The black painted windows look good and there are even some red stripes on the hood and silver paint hits for the bumper and lights. It’s crazy, but this tiny car mode actually has more varied paint apps than Deluxe Bumblebee from the TF: Prime line. Why does it seem like Hasbro gives these little guys so much more love?
Bumblebee’s transformation is pretty fascinating for such a little figure and even manages to pull off a head reveal that works better than half that MechTech shit Hasbro used to use on the bigger figures. I’m particularly impressed by the way the sides of the car pack into his forearms and auto-morph his hands. The head sculpt is fantastic, right down to his iconic little horns, and the face is very neatly painted. I also dig the way his spoiler lands behind his head.
The end result is a remarkably well proportioned and great little homage to the War for Cybertron Bumblebee. Seriously, just look at this little guy! He’s definitely one of my favorite Bumblebee figures to come out in a long time. Even the articulation on this guy is great. You get ball joints in the shoulders, elbows, and hips and hinges in the knees. The only thing missing is head articulation, but his noggin is so tiny, I can easily forgive that.
Bumblebee’s Targetmaster unfortunately bears the name of one of the worst Deluxe Transformers I’ve ever had the displeasure of owning: Blazemaster. He’s a little blue helicopter and not a great one at that. In this case it feels as if Hasbro sacrificed the alt mode for a better gun mode, which makes him the opposite of Optimus Prime’s Roller. His robot mode is pretty piss-poor too, but maybe I’m expecting just a little too much from these tiny guys. Either way, I think it would have been so much cooler if they went for the Armada Hot Rod reference and painted this guy red and called him Jolt.
Blazemaster’s gun mode actually works pretty well with Bumblebee. It’s still pretty big, but it looks like he can actually wield it, unlike Prime with Roller. I dig the way you can detach the blades and put them on Bee’s other arm or even mount them on his back.
Legends Bumblebee is the kind of toy that I want to stuff in my pocket and take with me to play with on my downtime throughout the day. If I owned this as a kid, it would have been taken away from me at school. Hell, I’ll probably end up bringing it to work and it’ll get taken away from me at a Financials Meeting because I won’t stop playing with it. I never would have guessed that I’d be so impressed with these little Legends toys, but so far Optimus and Bumblebee have really scratched my itch. Next week, we’ll keep the Legends ball rolling and maybe check out a Decepticon!