Bumblebee
Soft Reboot To The Head Last Updated: 11/9/18
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    Finally a live action Transformers movie that doesn't have Bay at the helm, and it's a prequel set in the 80s that soft-reboots some of Bumblebee's timeline. With a fairly limited cast, most of them get toys in several classes in the first few waves, but some "when we were still on Cybertron" flashback sequences justify a lot of store exclusives and potential later waves.

    Toys with names in italics rated worse than "Mildly Recommended" while those in boldface are "Strongly Recommended" or better.


TINY TURBO CHANGERS

    With no real fanfare, this size class (which never had its second or third series show up in my area) is back for the new movie. $3 price point, blind bagged.

  • Wave 1: AKA Series 4 overall. Bumblebee (VW), Dragonstorm (new mold), Dropkick (redeco of series 2 Cogman), Dropkick Chopper Mode (redeco of series 1 Blackout), Grimlock (redeco from series 1), Megatron (tank), Optimus Prime (redeco of series 1), Ratchet (redeco of series 3), Scorn (not a redeco, but probably a leftover from the TLK waves), Shatter (redeco of series 3 Barricade), Soundwave (blue redeco of series 1 Soundwave car), Dinobot Swoop (like Scorn, a new figure but probably a leftover design, it's Strafe from AoE but in colors from his TLK redeco). Scorn and Megatron are the best of the wave, IMO.

LEGENDS

    While still functionally the same Legion style as previous years, they've rebranded it as Speed Series for this movie. All of them have sockets in the back of vehicle mode for connecting the linewide "Igniters" gimmick. $5-7 price point.

  • Wave 1: Two Bumblebees (VW and classic Camaro), Barricade (sort of a Crown Victoria riff), Hot Rod (headswap retool of Barricade), Optimus Prime (who may only appear in flashbacks and messages, but by gum he's gonna be in the toyline).

POWER SERIES

    About the size of One-Step Changers, but with more emphasis on a vehicle mode gimmick, but the same general level of robot mode articulation. They have places to attach an Igniter in the gimmick-popped vehicle mode, but do not come with Igniters. $10 price point.

  • Wave 1: Bumblebee (Camaro), Megatron (tank similar to RotF version), Dropkick (different Camaro), Hot Rod (head-swap retool of Dropkick). Status: Own Megatron and Dropkick, may or may not review them fully.

POWER PLUS SERIES

    Power Series figures that come with Energon Igniters, which are push-button friction motors. $15 price point.

  • Wave 1: Bumblebee (VW), Bumblebee (Camaro, not reviewed), Optimus Prime (Truck, not reviewed). The Camaro BB is slightly remolded compared to the Power Series version.

TITAN CHANGER

    The non-transforming and weirdly proportioned Titan Heroes designers get to try their hand at transformations. Generally $15 price point.

  • Greatest Hits Bumblebee: Bumblebee (Camaro) with sound gimmick, part of the Target exclusive "Greatest Hits" line. $20, extra five bucks for the sound chip, I guess. Status: Not gonna get this.

DELUXE

    Technically this is part of the Studio Series line, but I'll put the reviews here to keep things together. $20 price point, no Igniter compatibility.

  • Wave 3: Bumblebee (movie VW), Shadow Raider (Lockdown retool).
  • Wave 4: KSI Sentry (Stinger retool), Dropkick (helicopter...it's a triple-changer in the movie, but the toys don't try to get that fancy, it's either-or).

NITRO SERIES

    They're playing it safe here, other than multipacks, store exclusives, and a few other oddballs, this is as big as it gets. A $20 price point that's a little smaller and less complex than a typical Voyager, but with integrated Energon Igniter gimmicks. This might also be the biggest toys that the Igniters can reliably move. Packaged the same way as Cyberverse's Ultra class...and sadly, about the same general quality level as Ultras.

  • Wave 1: Bumblebee (VW), Bumblebee (Camaro, not reviewed), Optimus Prime (Truck), Barricade (police car).

VOYAGER

    Leaving this in case a Studio Series Voyager is released for the line.

  • Nothing known to me yet.

BIGGER

    Lumping together everything bigger than Voyager, since a lot of the larger sets planned for this line are standalones or maybe have an assortment of two. There does not seem to be anything planned for the Leader class as we normally consider it, but Power Charge Bumblebee seems to fill that price niche.

  • Power Charge Bumblebee: Leader-sized, but more like Deluxe complexity, it eschews the standard Igniters for a built-in friction motor in the chest that triggers light and sound gimmicks. $50 price point, no "series" listed on the package, so I guess it's sui generis. Status: I decided to pick one up, review eventually (something of a bottleneck in my To Review box in early October).
  • Greatest Hits Cassette Pack: Target exclusive. One-step changer Bumblebee from a previous line (I don't really care which, it's a crappy mold), plus three datapad minion redecos: Frenzy (blue Rumble redeco), Buzzsaw (black and yellow Laserbeak redeco), Howlback (blue Ravage redeco). $30, so basically you get the crappy Bumblebee for free with the three datacons. Status: Own, may review eventually.
  • Greatest Hits Soundwave with Doombox: Retool of Titans Return Soundwave with new stickers and some other deco tweaks. There's much speculation about what this was originally intended for, since a Leader class retool seems a bit much for a store exclusive...why not just new stickers? $50. (Note, if you have the Target app, there's currently a $10 off $50 and $25 off $100 coupon for toys, I used it to basically get the cassette pack for $5.) Status: Own, may review eventually.
  • Studio Series Multipacks: A retooled or new mold Camaro Bumblebee with add-on panels to customize his look in a garage set, a "now and then" two pack with VW and modern Camaro Bumblebees.