There is such a thing as being too complicated, and Hasbro really amped up the complexity with its first two War for Cybertron toys. Cybertronian Bumblebee is a difficult toy to play with. You're very lucky Hasbro packaged it in robot mode, because you're probably going to want to leave it in this form after messing with it for a while. It's really tough to fold back into its futuristic, quasi-Tron form.
The roughly 6-inch tall robot feels a lot like a remake of the Classics Bumblebee, particularly in the head. The truth is that it's a completely new mold, and really, it's a good thing that Bee looks a little like his classic form. He has beefy forearms, but since they have flip-out blades that's basically OK. His hands hold the standard 5mm weapons, and his included pistol looks pretty good. Since he has the hand swords, though, he's a little over-armed-- if you lost the gun, odds are you'd forget it was ever there. Thankfully it stows in the back of the vehicle, so odds are you won't need to worry about losing it.
As a car, it's lacking in features other than spinning wheels. It's such a hassle to get it into the car mode-- I can't stress this enough, it's hard to the point of almost not being fun-- so once you see the vehicle, transform it back to the robot and leave it that way. Of all the 2010 Transformers toys I've messed with so far, this one has been the biggest trial mostly due to the unique leg transformation. Even with instructions, the various panels and pieces don't fit together quite perfectly well. It's interesting because, in theory, this is the exact kind of thing that fans were asking for but in execution, more complicated Cybertronian toys just aren't a ton of fun.
It's not a bad figure, but it may be too complicated for young kids and some adults. You've got to be patient to get something out of this one, and I've always felt that toys shouldn't take more than a minute to convert from one form to another. I admire Hasbro for trying something new, but wow, this is a chore to transform most of the time. Play with a friend's first if you can, or unless you're crazy about the game go ahead and get it. It's a pretty impressive piece, but impressive doesn't always mean it's going to be fun.
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