Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

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Every two weeks, Seibertron.com brings you a Top 5 list related to all things Transformers written by me, your fellow editor. These are my opinions (just like movie or game reviews hosted by sites are still just the opinion of one person) so what matters most is what you guys think of the topic or list, and I hope to see your own lists or comments on omissions and ranking. Let's have fun! All previous lists can be found here.


Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Toys

Bumblebee has so many movie verse toys out there that making one general Best Bumblebee list including all his incarnations was impossible. So, two lists were done, the best movie toys and everything else. This week we look at the best movie toys, which was a rather hard list to do since so many of his toys are mere improvements from one to the next. Of course, there were plenty that making a top 5 proved more than feasible. Let's get to it!


5. Transformers Dark of the Moon Cyberfire Bumblebee (MurderBee)

First of all, the base mold is pretty good and one of the best deluxe class movie Bumblebee toys we ever got. It's better than any other deluxe we got since (spoilers for the rest of this list) and it was the mold chosen by Takara to commemorate the best of the best for the movie lines (twice even). The Cyberfire redeco brings all that up an extra notch and it being such a striking CyberHellfire deco, especially with the light piping, that he was nicknamed Murder Bee. With such a singular deco, it means that no matter how many Bees they keep releasing it will always have a place in one's collection.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys


4. Transformers Hunt For The Decepticons Battle Ops Bumblebee (Costco)

Speaking of striking decos, we have this gorgeous gold redeco of the awesome Battle Op Optimus mold (which was released as a literal Masterpiece in Japan). While Bumblebee is a smaller character, him being so present in toylines and marketing means he has a lot of larger toys too and out of all the leader (or larger) sized movie Bee toys, this is the best mold we got. It had cool gimmicks that came with the size such as the ability to change from guardian to warrior mode in robot mode, which would give him different weapons and sound effects. Speaking of sound effects, pressing down on the front left end of the vehicle three times will play the first verse of the original Transformers theme song, and pressing it three more times will play the second verse. Plus he looks just plain awesome, and even better covered in that gold paint.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys


3. Transformers Human Alliance Revenge of the Fallen Bumblebee

This was the closest we got to a Masterpiece Movie Bumblebee in the right scale until we actually got one. It was even heralded as one of the best toys of the decade and I can see why. The impressive aspect here is that while it has a very accurate robot mode, the car mode has the extra accuracy of having an interior with seats. Even the later Masterpiece toy did away with that idea using the extra available space in car mode to store more robot parts. The fact that you can actually use this toy as a model car that can also seat figures inside is a true achievement in Transformers engineering and really sets it apart from anything that came before or since.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys


2. Transformers Hunt For The Decepticons Battle Blade Bumblebee

Easily the best deluxe Bumblebee toy and quite possibly the best value you ever got for your money. For the price of a deluxe, you get a toy with a very tall robot mode (so tall, it was repackaged as a voyager later) with integrated weapons and battle mask. Plus both modes looks great with a very accurate vehicle mode. While it is a rather complex toy, it is very solidly built, with tabs connecting well, unlike more annoying releases of movie Bumblebee that came out recently.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys


1. Transformers Masterpiece Movie Series MPM 03 Bumblebee

For a character that has so many movie toys, it is surprising how few stand out (aside from deco) and are actually good or worthy of a top 5 list. They feel like the transformers equivalent of the Call of Duty franchise where each one is slightly different than the previous one, with minor technical improvements, and little effort is put into making it truly amazing since it will sell regardless. Masterpiece MPM3 Bumblebee truly stands out though. A fully new mold, and the most accurate yet. I especially love how the feet come together and how the entire car shell collapses. I always love when a figure gives a hint of what is actually happening in the film, where the bot's insides are the car and vice-versa. You see where everything goes and that fascinates me. Lots and lots of smart designs here, like the tiny back wings, and well worth its name.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys


Honourable Mentions: MPM Volkswagen Bumblebee. It's a very good toy and far better than any other Bumblebee toy that came out in 2018, the year he got his own film. You can tell that Hasbro really wanted to give its best output possible, it's just too bad that the CG model they used was so inaccruate. In the years to come, when Hasbro will have released more accurate looking toys, this will always remain a decent, yet expensive, toy that doesn't really represent a specific version of the character well enough (a lot like Legendary Optimus Prime).

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Re: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys (2005645)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on January 19th, 2019 @ 12:00pm CST
A list where I actually own all of the toys! I adore Murderbee and he go especially well with DOTM Lazerbeak as a wingpack.

That Battle Ops Bee is one of my favorite also.

The HA is outdated and in storage.

Battle Blades Bee is an unbeatable classic and I'd make it interchangeable between him and the MPM. Just for the play value and fun factor.
MPM lost a few points for having annoying panels to deal with when putting him back into vehicle mode.


Another "Honorable mention" I'd like to add is the latest big-ass Bee. Not accurate and huge, yes, but he look awesome and his transformation is creative.


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Re: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys (2005648)
Posted by Black Hat on January 19th, 2019 @ 12:15pm CST
I need to get Cyberfire Bee at some point, he really does look the Bee's Knees (if you'll pardon the atrocious pun). And yeah, Battle Blade Bumblebee (BBBB?) is a work of art, one of my absolute favourites. I almost wish he were a bit smaller if only because he's annoyingly in-between sizes- he's much too big to go with modern Deluxes but he doesn't fit in with MPM stuff because as good as he is...well, MPM Bumblebee says hello. Still a great toy though.

What's your opinion on 2007 Concept Camaro Bumblebee incidentally? I assume you like him as he showed up on the Cliffjumper list.
Re: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys (2005688)
Posted by Nathaniel Prime on January 19th, 2019 @ 3:42pm CST
Can't say I disagree with this list, I would probably keep it. I think the Studio Series version should have been mentioned though, I think the chest and the wheels behind his arms were better than even the MPM lol. Great list though ;)
Re: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys (2005691)
Posted by EvasionModeBumblebee on January 19th, 2019 @ 3:48pm CST
Great List! MPM Camaro Bumblebee definitely deserves #1, that figure is spectacular (My favorite Transformer I own, actually).

Unfortunately I don't own battle blade or battle ops Bee so I can't speak for those, but the DOTM deluxe and HA are both great figures, glad to see them on the list.

If I had to add one I'd throw in SS 76 Camaro Bumblebee. I know the QC was really bad for a lot of people but It's been one of my favorite figures recently. He just needs a little better head sculpt and I think he'd be pretty much perfect!
Re: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys (2005719)
Posted by DeathReviews on January 19th, 2019 @ 6:03pm CST
"Best Movie Bumblebee" - now there's a contradiction in terms!
Re: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys (2005722)
Posted by Rainmaker on January 19th, 2019 @ 6:14pm CST
DeathReviews wrote:"Best Movie Bumblebee" - now there's a contradiction in terms!


Your endless charade against movie Bumblebee is very annoying, if you didn't know.

:MAXIMAL:
Re: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys (2005723)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on January 19th, 2019 @ 6:19pm CST
Rainmaker wrote:
DeathReviews wrote:"Best Movie Bumblebee" - now there's a contradiction in terms!


Your endless charade against movie Bumblebee is very annoying, if you didn't know.

:MAXIMAL:


He have that hate hard-on since 2007 against the Movieverse.
Better than viagra!
Re: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys (2005741)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on January 19th, 2019 @ 6:42pm CST
Rainmaker wrote:
DeathReviews wrote:"Best Movie Bumblebee" - now there's a contradiction in terms!


Your endless charade against movie Bumblebee is very annoying, if you didn't know.

:MAXIMAL:

Tirade, not charade.
Re: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys (2005742)
Posted by EvasionModeBumblebee on January 19th, 2019 @ 6:42pm CST
DeathReviews wrote:"Best Movie Bumblebee" - now there's a contradiction in terms!


Y'know, other people can enjoy things too. :roll:
Re: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys (2005771)
Posted by Goombatron on January 19th, 2019 @ 9:30pm CST
There were more than 5 movie Bumblebees made?
Re: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys (2005800)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on January 20th, 2019 @ 12:06am CST
Goombatron wrote:There were more than 5 movie Bumblebees made?

... are you being serious?

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Re: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys (2005842)
Posted by EvasionModeBumblebee on January 20th, 2019 @ 9:17am CST
Goombatron wrote:There were more than 5 movie Bumblebees made?

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:lol:
Re: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys (2005843)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on January 20th, 2019 @ 9:22am CST
EvasionModeBumblebee wrote:
Goombatron wrote:There were more than 5 movie Bumblebees made?

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:lol:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Otherwise I can't contribute, I only own SS Bee.

Which VW MP is better, the regular G1 or the movie version?
Re: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys (2005846)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on January 20th, 2019 @ 9:34am CST
Rodimus Prime wrote:Which VW MP is better, the regular G1 or the movie version?


That can't be ansewred because it's like comparing apples and oranges.

But if we are only talking about screen acuracy and playability, I can call the G1 MP. Perfectly screen accurate (for the bot) and fast to transform.
Re: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys (2005872)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on January 20th, 2019 @ 12:18pm CST
Cyberfire Bumblebee is a lot of fun cos the DotM mold is good and that deco is great.

Battle Ops Bumblebee. Fun toy but way too big for my collection. Not keen on that gold version either.

Human Alliance Bumblebee. I loved the gimmick but I had issues with the figure. I really hated the forearms on it. And that the legs were the wrong way round with the wheels on inside instead of the outside which bugged me enough to swap them (but that made the transformation a fair bit more awkward).

Battle Blades Bumblebee. Good for the time but was too large even then to scale with other related figures and I never felt the proportions were very good, far too tall and gangly. Looks even weirder when you have him in that pic there right next to a Deluxe Ironhide. Had a few issues with my one too (Axe broke off in packaging and the back of the car didn't quite tab in fully)

MPM03 Bumblebee. Excellent figure. Too big of course for a general collection (and a smidge too big for the Masterpiece line it's even in and it'll be forever before Masterpiece movie line really gets big enough and varied enough for a proper collection) but as a general tribute piece to one of my fave characters it's lovely.

MPM07 Bumblebee. Not a huge fan. Just feel the car and robot mode of VW Bee are a massive downgrade from the Camaro and his more badass bot form. But it at least looks better than the CGI model in the movie which just looks far too over-simplified and more like an actual kid's toy than a realistic alien robot. This figure does looks far cooler than that but for me that design just can't compete with the Camaro bot.

My faves have to include TLK Deluxe Bumblebee (I love the styling of the figure and it's transformation), the DotM Mechtech Deluxe and Studio Series 01 (or later releases of) Bumblebee (Never had a big problem with the roof, it was an easy enough fix) a figure which has a lot of play and posing by me over the past year along with several other Studio Series figures (by far my fave Transformers toyline ever) I have a lot of fondness for the AoE Bumblebee deluxe too. Mainly the Takara painted version, not the cheap-KO-looking version from TLK's wave 1. I had a nice oversized KO of it I used to play with on a work desk a couple years ago. Was good. Also I have some fondness for the 2007 Deluxe Concept Camaro just because it, in my opinion, showed a huge step forward in carformers styling and transformation (and was a hell of a lot better than the earlier classic Camaro attempt). The VW Studio Series toy is good too and again I've had no issues (apart from having to prise the swappable face off with a tool cos the paint on it and stuck it firmly to the head), I just prefer the Camaro.
Re: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys (2005922)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on January 20th, 2019 @ 5:01pm CST
Sorry Will, but I gotta almost fully disagree with this list. HA Bee isn't really good at all, I keep that one in Car mode and that's about it.

My Top 5 would go:

5) DotM Nitro Bumblebee - Such a fun mold, with a truly badass car mode. Great looking and functioning figure.

4) 2009 Premium Edition Deluxe (from Bee Legacy 3 Pack, retool/repaint of OG Deluxe Concept Camaro mold) - The first movie mold was and still is a pretty decent mold. It is one of the very few to get the wings right and it is fun. Posability is a bit hindered, but still good.

3) AOE Ninja Bumblebee - Great mold, interesting look, ninja stars, the front of the car on the shoulders instead of the chest, it is a fun time.

2) Takara War Hammer Bumblebee - Took a nearly perfect deluxe, tightened it up some, and gave it an awesome hammer.

1) MPM-3 - pretty much everything that was already said. That is a fantastic MP figure. A real bright spot in the Bee saga.

MPM7 is a pretty good one too, but with as fiddly as the car mode is, it just ranks behind my list with how tight the rest are.
Re: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys (2005996)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on January 21st, 2019 @ 10:24am CST
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:Sorry Will, but I gotta almost fully disagree with this list. HA Bee isn't really good at all, I keep that one in Car mode and that's about it.

My Top 5 would go:

5) DotM Nitro Bumblebee - Such a fun mold, with a truly badass car mode. Great looking and functioning figure.

4) 2009 Premium Edition Deluxe (from Bee Legacy 3 Pack, retool/repaint of OG Deluxe Concept Camaro mold) - The first movie mold was and still is a pretty decent mold. It is one of the very few to get the wings right and it is fun. Posability is a bit hindered, but still good.

3) AOE Ninja Bumblebee - Great mold, interesting look, ninja stars, the front of the car on the shoulders instead of the chest, it is a fun time.

2) Takara War Hammer Bumblebee - Took a nearly perfect deluxe, tightened it up some, and gave it an awesome hammer.

1) MPM-3 - pretty much everything that was already said. That is a fantastic MP figure. A real bright spot in the Bee saga.

MPM7 is a pretty good one too, but with as fiddly as the car mode is, it just ranks behind my list with how tight the rest are.



Nitro Bee was kinda fun, yeah. The robot mode was a lil dull to me but I liked that textured sculpt on the black parts of the hood and doors of the rather cool car mode. I used to display that Bee with Topspin and Roadbuster (being a stand-in for Leadfoot since I never managed to find that one in Deluxe form) like he was a part-time Wrecker while his regular DotM deluxe was his usual 'clothes' and Cyberfire or 'Murderbee' (never got that name til that rather jarring bit in the Bumblebee movie where he actually did go red eyed and violent and yet everyone was like yeah he's ok) was his 'Shattered Glass' equivalent.

Never thought of the AoE one being a ninja but yeah I can get behind that.
Re: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys (2006072)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on January 21st, 2019 @ 6:20pm CST
Carnivius_Prime wrote:Never thought of the AoE one being a ninja but yeah I can get behind that.

When the Age of Extinction designs were fully released, I ended up categorizing all 5 main bots in certain categories based on looks.

-Prime was the Knight (duh)
-Bee was the ninja (the greater amount of black in that design, the sleeker look, the throwing star rims, even the slightly redesigned head)
-Crosshairs was the asshole british detective (trenchcoat, blasters, even the googles as some sort of spectacles or something and the appearance of having a toothpick in his mouth)
-Drift the Samurai (duh again)
-Hound as the fat guy ass kicker (duh x3)
Re: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys (2006110)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on January 21st, 2019 @ 10:05pm CST
Crosshairs is supposed to be a British paratrooper

Carnivius_Prime wrote:Battle Blades Bumblebee. Good for the time but was too large even then to scale with other related figures and I never felt the proportions were very good, far too tall and gangly. Looks even weirder when you have him in that pic there right next to a Deluxe Ironhide. Had a few issues with my one too (Axe broke off in packaging and the back of the car didn't quite tab in fully)

Well, it's not Will's or Seibertron's fault Hasbro decided to do HFTD Ironhide as a Deluxe :P It's Hasbro's fault they end up looking weird together in the HFTD Autobots class photos.

Battle Blade Bumblebee is a bit gangly, but I still really want him; I like his overall look and the integrated weapons count for a lot to me.
Re: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys (2006159)
Posted by Jeddostotle7 on January 22nd, 2019 @ 2:38am CST
Reading this list reminded me that I have MurderBee, which led to me playing around with him for the first time in a while, during which I had an idea...

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MurderBee now becomes SlaughterBee.

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