Just a couple of years ago it seemed Hasbro was bent on ensuring Transformers would never go back to do the original Dinobots team. We got new movie dinosaur robots, and Rescue Bots dinosaurs like Bumblebee as a velociraptor. Of course I bought one - and like many toys from this line, they tend to get expensive once they disappear from toy store aisles. I hope you got yours cheap or can wait for the reissues that tend to happen, eventually.
The 4 1/2-inch robot is an adorable take on Bumblebee, with the dinosaur seeming unusually long for an alt mode in this line. The robot stands there and looks cool with no fists to speak of, so don't go expecting to mount weapons in those arm holes. The head is big and bright, with blue chest details and black stripes just like you'll see on most movie-era (and beyond) toys of the character. The big eyes and bee antenna are cute enough, with a friendly silver face and feet made of dinosaur face.
Transformation is easy - pull the tail back and most of the work is done for you. He has a hook on his tail for some reason, maybe he's supposed to drag car alt modes along with it? I really don't know - but it's a big toy and pretty thin. The face of the dinosaur is cute, with a chubby smile rather than the gaunt birdlike tooth-filled maw of death. The robot chest becomes the dinosaur's back, giving you a decent toy with no real articulation of which to speak.
The toy's non-transforming play feature is the dinosaur jaws. If you manipulate the grey levers above the dinosaur arms, the jaws open and close. It's the same pieces that cause them to automatically transform to the robot feet when you go from raptor to robot, so it's a clever repurposing (or happy accident) that gives the toy a little bit of life.
The long-running Rescue Bots line could well be a huge deal in coming years as older and OG Transformers collectors realize they skipped it all and a generation of kids matured watching the show and go back to buy ones that they missed. It's a real toy line - this is not a collector range or toys that adults buy - with surprisingly high interest on the secondary market. If you want this or other toys from the line it would be in your best interest to buy them on sight, because kids are really good at convincing their parents to buy them at secondary market prices down the road. I like this one a lot, with its silver toe claws and big baby blues.
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