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Kupimus' review of Bumblebee

Name: Bumblebee
Function: Spy
Sub-Group: Legends
"Data is power."

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.

I don't think I need to introduce Bumblebee...so I won't. This version of bumblebee is a repaint of Cybertron legends Hot Shot and Excellion and then was later repainted as G1 red alert. I have all four figures and I have to admit I'm a fan of the mold. Before I start the review i would like to make a note about the packaging. Hasbro seems to have taken a picture of Bumblebee with a massive very visible crack down his left foot. Now I don't know whether they just didn't notice, didn't care or if it's a clever shot to go with the background picture (a picture of ruined buildings). It doesn't speak well of it's durability though.

Alternate mode:
Bumblebee's vehicle mode is some sort of futuristic sports car, which is surprisingly painted yellow and black and in my opinion looks really cool, probably the best color this molds had. The windows are painted black and I mean really black, blacker than black. It actually reflects light. Bumblebee also has a black underside, silver headlights (which really go) and a very nicely painted Autobot symbol on the roof. You can also pull out two black wings from the back to fly with (like Tracks), at least i think that's what their for. He doesn't really fly though and even though he looks pretty sleek, he's not very aerodynamic. Oh yeah, and his plastic wheels do move... yay.

Robot mode:
Pull down his legs, raise then separate his arms and twist his roof and there you go... wait a minute this isn't Bumblebee. That's right. All the quality paint jobs in the world just can't make this look like bumblebee without squinting. He does have a decent paint job though what with the black shoulders and red belt buckle. I particularly like the silver lightning bolts painted on his chest, but for some reason they have left his legs completely yellow apart from the wheels. His legs and shoulders are all on ball joints so he's reasonably poseable, but he's head and arms are totally stiff. You also have the option of raising or lowering his "wings".

Transformation: 7/10 Simple, but fun and quick.
Durability: 7/10 Mine's in perfect condition, but there's that box picture to worry about... Also his wings are pretty thin.
Fun: 9/10 for me. Trust me get the other three versions of this mold and you too can have your very own Hot Shot Micromaster team. The quick transformation and good looks make them fun to play with. Advanced Throttlebots!
Price: 9/10 Very cheap.
Overall: 7/10 If you can get past this not looking like Bumblebee, then this is probably the best looking paint job of this mold. One of the best legends molds.
 
 
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