BUMBLEBEE & SPIKE WITWICKY
TRANSFORMERS: BUZZWORTHY BUMBLEBEE (HASBRO)
Despite his increased presence in the franchise in the last few years, Bumblebee has been without any major presence in the main core line of the toys since the beginning of the War For Cybertron Trilogy. He’s gotten a couple of figures in Studio Series, of course, as well as the one notable exclusive figure from Walmart for the main line, but that’s admittedly kind of minor given how many Optimuses and Megatrons we’ve gotten in that same span of time. Fortunately, Hasbro’s at least a little bit aware of the seeming lack of Bumblebees, and they’ve got a whole subline of stuff dedicated to him. Isn’t that nice? I mean, I think so. Most of the line is re-releases, but there’s one new item in the starting line-up, a Bumblebee and Spike Witwicky two-pack, which I’m taking a look at today.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Bumblebee and Spike Witwicky are part of the Target-exclusive Buzzworthy Bumblebee line, specifically under the War For Cybertron branding. Though dubbed as a two-pack, the focus of the pack is really the Bumblebee figure. He’s part of the newly launched core-class size, which is a slightly smaller scale at an appropriately smaller price point. In his robot mode, Bumblebee stands about 3 1/2 inches tall and he has 9 practical points of articulation. Design-wise, this Bumblebee is definitely G1-inspired, though not quite as 100% cartoon accurate as some of the larger scale WFC figures have been. There’s a little more stylization to this mold, and it matches up pretty decently with the other G1 figures we’ve seen from the core-class line-up so far. The kibble is a bit more intensive on this robot mode, since his smaller scale makes folding such things up a little more difficult. He’s also got some more hollow and exposed portions in robot mode, again thanks to the smaller size. Ultimately, he’s pretty impressive for the smaller size, and he’s a fun little figure. Bee is packed with a small blaster pistol, styled after his G1 weapon, which is pretty nifty. He’s also joined by Spike Witwicky…or at least Spike’s exo-suit from Transformers: The Movie. Spike’s about 2 1/2 inches tall and he’s got movable arms, and that’s it. The sculpt’s pretty rudimentary, and is designed in such a way that you can’t actually see anyone inside of the exo-suit. Silver lining: that means it can just as easily be Daniel!
Bumblebee’s alt mode isn’t the usual G1 VW Beetle, and is instead a more generic tiny little car. Given the lower price point on this guy, the VW licensing probably wasn’t going to be worth it. This is an okay alternative. It’s generic, but not a terrible look. It’s also a pretty easy transformation, and pretty fun to swap back and forth. Spike’s also got an alt-mode…in theory. You lay him down on his front and flip one panel over. Boom. He’s a…thing? It’s a different thing, I guess? I don’t know. Hey, he’s pretty much an accessory; anything extra’s cool.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Kudos go to Max for setting me up with this set. I’m not in dire need of any of the Core Class stuff, and I was content with just the Walmart Bumblebee, but the inclusion of Spike’s exo-suit made this set a bit more worthwhile for me. Ultimately, he’s not the star of the set, and he’s pretty basic, but the price point on this set is also low enough that it doesn’t really hurt too much to pick it up. The Bumblebee being a nifty figure on his own helps things out too.