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Thrillseeker's Review: Nitro Bumblebee

Name: Nitro Bumblebee
Allegiance: Autobot
Size Class: Deluxe Class

So to start this review off I want to say that this is not just another Bumblebee repaint, but a remold of him. I'm pretty sure this Bumblebee is a new member in the Bumblebee toy club, too. His Mechtech weapon is a Cybertronian boost engine with a blaster that converts into a double barrel plasma cannon when you pull back the lever on it. His bio doesn't really say anything we don't already know about him, basically that he is one of the most admired Autobots for his mix of loyalty, intelligence and fighting skill, and that his vehicle mode allows him to attack enemies as quickly as he can help a fallen Autobot (So yeah, like I said). Now to the rest of the review.

Vehicle Mode
The vehicle mode is probably Bee's more significant form, and it's a Camaro upgraded with what seems to be Cybertronian gear, including armored windows instead of racecar ones and what looks like fuel trails that lead to two rocket thrusters mounted on the back of the vehicle. He has five holes on him where weapons can go, but the most useful one is on his hood. His well-known stripes are also redone, colored gray instead of black, with hexagonal designs all over them. Also, the stripes are only on the hood and doors of the car. As with the original version, he also has two very tiny Autobot symbols in front of his doors (except for these ones are yellow, making them pretty hard to see), and he has a molded license plate that says, "900 STRA". He doesn't have a spoiler, either. Other than that, there's nothing really special about this particular Bee's alternate mode.

Robot Mode
This Bee's robot mode differs from the original Bumblebee in a few areas such as his arms, his chest, and his wings. His feet are gray instead of yellow. The piece that holds his chest together is different, and there is no spoiler on the back of the car, so it doesn't hang on his back. He has no armor on his lower arm for this toy. His arms are on ball joints and his forearms swivel and he can bend his arms up and down. His thighs swivel and his legs bend and move on ball joints as well. His head is on a ball joint and can move left and right and even up and down a bit. The pieces on his calves bend and his wings can bend in a bit and up and down. There is some kibble where the back of the car goes and on the side of his thighs, and on the back of his backpack where the area leading to the rockets go. And of course, there's the wings. But probably the robot modes biggest problem is that his arms are held up only by this joint's sturdiness. If this joint was to get loose, the arms would probably not stay all the way up at all. His thrusters go behind his feet at about a 45 degree angle so you could make him fly. And by the way, of course he has to wholes on his arms for the weapon, which I do like. Oddly, though, only the hole on his right arm lets the weapon sink all the way in. The other one has some cutoff in it. What's the deal with that? Finally, his face is really accurate and cool, but while there is a transparent back to his head, his eyes are painted blue (?), restricting any eye glowing capabilities.

Anyway, I think I'll wrap this up now.

Marks out of ten for the following:

Transformation: 7 A bit of a redesigned transformation that's both cool and fun to do.
Aesthetics: 8 Pretty accurate and is well molded. The thrusters are a nice upgrade that looks cool.
Fun: 8 I mean, c'mon, it's Bumblebee. That's like an automatic 6. The upgrades only add more fun.
Durability: 7 It's pretty sturdy, most of the parts are pegged, but those arms make for a serious posing threat.
Price: 9 I got this toy for 10$, and I think this is a pretty good toy for its price and is mostly worth the money.
Articulation: 8 This Bee’s got some pretty good articulation on him. Most of his parts move, some of them(including the arms) too good.
Overall: 8 It’s a good toy. Like every toy does, it has its flaws. The upgrades are cool, and his head and body is really accurate to the movie look. I would recommend this to a collector or somebody who just wants a cool Transformer to play with.
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