On May 16th, Hasbro released its new toy line for Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Bumblebee returns once again to fight alongside the valiant Autobots in an attempt to rid our world of the evil Decepticons. He is a young warrior with a big heart, and a big gun. Decepticon after Decepticon, Bumblebee dispatches them with his cannon and his new Stealth Force abilities, making him a force to be reckoned with.
Bumblebee has won the hearts of many fans, young and old. This figure marks the first leader class figure Bumblebee has received, but not the largest. He also comes with a large backpack that mounts on him in both robot and car mode. In both forms, it acts as a weapons platform, with one cannon and two missile launchers. The backpack is heavy and accounts for most of the figure's weight, holding the electronics for the sound effects.
This figure's motion is fairly good, but typically of a leader class figure, it can be limiting at times, especially with his backpack on, which makes it difficult to balance him on his feet. Action poses are possible both with and without the backpack, but the weight of the pack does limit what you can do. This is a bit disappointing as the backpack is a large portion of Bumblebee's weaponry.
His arms are on ratcheting joints, moving forward and backwards and side to side. Wrists swing in and out with no articulation in the fingers. The legs bend at the knees and waist but some of the motion is a bit limited. Bumblebee’s head is on a ball joint but range of motion is hindered by a pair of flaps that fold up next to his neck. He also has his face shield, which you can flip down to enter battle mode.
There isn’t much to say about car mode, as it is a basic car. Doors open, wheels spin. Adding his backpack in car mode, along with a bit of a transformation, leads to the Stealth Force mode for this figure.