Transformers Review – Bumblebee-2008 (2007 Deluxe)

Intro:
            Came the 2007 Transformers the Movie, Bumblebee was no longer the little brother that most fans have gotten used to. He is now the super-cool, super-agile Autobot warrior that really packs a punch.
            He is probably the most popular Autobots after Optimus Prime, and even that statement itself is arguable.
            This version of Bumblebee is sold as part of the Bumblebee combo along with the 1974-Camaro version.
           
Alternate Mode:
            In the movies, Bumblebee is more popularly known for his concept car mode. Its car mode is highly futuristic and slick. 
            Compared to the 1974 version, I think the people at HasTak put a little bit more effort on this figure. The battle damage (I wouldn’t say worn out look, cuz this car is too new to be worn out) effects looks evenly distributed. 
            Also, there is just enough clearance underneath the car to allow the car to roll smoothly. 
From left: DOTM Nitro Bumblebee, ROTF Bumblebee, 2007 Movie Bumblebee (2008 Camaro), 2007 Movie Bumblebee (1974 Camaro)
            If you can ignore the kibbles underneath, then the car mode is absolutely fantastic.

Robot Mode:
            This robot mode is definitely way better than the 1974 Camaro that came with the set. It seems like HasTak really put in a lot of effort to make Bumblebee looks good. 
            The paintjob is absolutely fantastic with the battle damage effects evenly distributed all over the robot. 
            I also so love the weapon that coverts from a blaster-like thingy to a short blade that reminds me of a bee sting somehow...
            Anyways, the proportions are good, footings are stable and he looks really damn good.
From left: 2007 Movie Bumblebee (1974 Camaro), 2007 Movie Bumblebee (2008 Camaro), ROTF Bumblebee, DOTM Nitro Bumblebee
            Articulation-wise, he is fantastic: the head is on ball joint; the shoulders on a combination of ball joint and hinge; the elbows bend and rotate, with the door flaps on the arms getting in the way some times; the wrists are on really tight ball joints; the waist rotates and crunches (this is probably one of the firsts for Transformers); ball-jointed hips; knees bend and the ankles flap up and down.
            Overall, a very interesting set of articulations.

Overall:
            This version of Bumblebee is truly a worthy figure to get. Excellent in both modes, he could possibly one of the best Deluxe-class figures in the entire 2007 Movie line. Definitely a must have for TransFans, BumbleFans and TF Movie fans in general.
Highly recommended.

            Final verdict: 9.5/10.

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