For the first time sence G1 I own a Bumblebee toy. It's not the 3 pack I wanted (still want) but it'll do for now.
I bought the Human Alliance Bumblebee from Wal-Mart today. The box was slightly torn but it was the last one avalible and the two main reasons I desided to buy this version of Movie Bumblebee when I've passed on so many others is because I noticed, this Bumblebee actully had an interior.
Being a human aliance toy, they made him so that Sam Witwicky can ride inside his vehicle mode. There are allso pegs so that he can be an accessory in robot mode as well.
There are some things I've found I can do with this toy that aren't even on his instructions. For example the instructions tell you that Sam can ride on either arm or his shoulder. (he's really standing on a hidden platform in Bumblebee's back) But it's not shown in the instructions that Bumblebee's hand has a peg you can hook Sam onto to either have him lie or stand in Bumblebee's hand.
If his hand were more posable you could even get him to hold Sam. But the lack of thumb posability and placement of the peg and hole makes that look rather awkward.
Despite his small size Sam himself actully has a great deal of posibility I'm not use to seeing in toys this small. His head moves side to side. Shoulders can move up and down and rotate. Rather than haveing a waist he has a joint between his chest and stomach that moves side to side and up and down slightly. Hips move up and down and rotate. Knees can bend but elbows can't.
There are peg holes on the bottom of each foot and on his back to hook him onto Bumblebee.
Bumblebee himself allthough my original thought about the interior was positive after transforming him I relized it wasn't so great and his robot mode actully suffers from haveing the "Sam Gimics". Before I get into that though, earlier I said there were two main reasons I got this toy but I haven't said what the second reason was yet.
The second reason is that other Bumblebee toys are molded with either his normal face or his battle mask. This version actully has a WORKING Battle Mask that was shown on the back of the box that can fold down over his normal face. This too seemed cool at first but after working it for the first time the mask snaped right off. I got it back on but it still isn't as cool as I thought it would be.
For one thing the reason it came off is because it locks into place in it's up position but not the down position. I had a little trouble unlocking it from the up position and then pulled it down exspecting it to lock into place for the down position. I was wrong about there being a second lock and pulled it right off it's slider. So for the down position it just hangs there and looks rather odd allthough I still like it better than his lack of haveing a face.
Back to his "Sam Gimmic" Suffering. The box said that Sam can ride on Bumblebee's arms. What it didn't say is that it's because the car seats are on Bumbelebee's arms. So forget about back kibble, this toy has ARM kibble.
Speaking of arms, Bumblebee has no right hand. He's stuck with his cannon arm.
Aside from the problems with the general design I'm allso haveing issues with his chest pieces. He actully looks fine with the front of his car mode left in tact but that's not how he looks in the movie and his chest on the left side won't stay in robot mode position. The first step in his transformation to robot mode is for his chest but sence it never wants to stay transformed it's actully better to do that last and then never touch it. The slightest little touch puts his chest back into vehicle mode. Allthough only on the left side for some reason. This could be a problem that only exsists in mine.
Anyway, this guy was verry difficult to transform, I actully had to use the instructions for most of it.
As a vehicle, he looks like a modified Camero but for robot mode, he just looks like a toy that suffered from the Sam gimics. I think includeing him should of been restricted to the interior in vehicle mode and not put car seats on his arms.