Well, we are still a while away from 2014, but Hasbro wants to kick off their 30th Anniversary of Transformers a little early. They are coming out with two, two-packs to kick things off. They are Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, each with a smaller figure that transforms into a weapon. I have not seen Optimus, and I have only seen Bee at one Walmart.
Bumblebee has a bit of a look of the War for Cybertron Bee in this robot mode. Upon closer inspection, he has a bit more of a look to the hatchback version he has had in the past. You know the one with the controversial jet ski trailer. Anyway, he has good movement in his arms and legs. He has large enough feet to stand well. It is funny to see a Bumblebee figure with all of his wheels mounted on his arms.
He comes with Blazemaster. A helicopter with a Gatling gun mounted on the front. I think this is a bit of homage to Armada Hot Shot who was kinda the Bumblebee of the series, and had a mini-con that was a helicopter.
Blazemaster turns into a large cannon for Bee to use. The rotors turn into what I can only assume is a shield when the blades are spinning. This is a good look for Bumblebee.
Bumblebee loses some points with me when he is in vehicle mode. The wheels are pretty weak, and he is slammed to the ground. Not much rolling for this guy. One would think, after all of the Legion class figures, they would be getting these smaller figures down to a science. I guess they don’t always get it right. Blazemaster can be mounted to the roof for a large cannon. Unfortunately, there is not a good place for the rotors.
And there you have it. Another Bumblebee. A unique Bee that shows where the franchise is going as we end Prime here at the end of this season. New looks to classic characters. The small figures are just a taste of what is to come in the next year. I am excited.