Bumblebee joins Optimus Prime as the next Transformers Lego set

June 13, 2024
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In recent years, thanks to the run of big-budget Transformers movies, Bumblebee is best known for transforming into a bright yellow Chevrolet Camaro. But in the original ’80s toy line and animated series, Bumblebee’s alternate vehicle mode was the iconic Volkswagen Beetle.

Lego Bumblebee’s vehicle mode appears to be a mashup of several different vehicles.
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As with its Optimus Prime set, Lego is sticking to the original ’80s designs of the Transformers characters for Bumblebee. But while Lego does have a history of working with Volkswagen to create authentic-looking brick-built models of the automaker’s Beetle and camper vans, the Lego Bumblebee’s vehicle mode looks like a loose interpretation of the beloved VW bug, with a dash of classic Citroën and Peugeot cars added for good measure.

Hasbro’s original Bumblebee toy wasn’t a perfect dupe of the VW Beetle, either, so this might make Lego’s interpretation feel even more authentic to nostalgic collectors who grew up playing with Transformers toys 40 years ago. But given the level of accuracy Lego includes with its smaller and cheaper Speed Champions sets, some, including myself, might be a little disappointed with Bumblebee when he transforms and rolls out.

Minor disassembly is required to transform Bumblebee from robot to vehicle modes.
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Transforming modern Transformers toys can sometimes feel as complex as solving a Rubik’s Cube, but converting Bumblebee between his robot and vehicle modes appears to be a far less frustrating experience, although Lego hasn’t shared exactly how many steps the process involves.

In robot mode, Bumblebee’s windshield transforms into an optional jetpack.
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There does appear to be one minor compromise in the transformation process. Bumblebee’s windshield needs to be completely removed before fully transforming from vehicle to robot modes, but Lego has attempted to appease Transformers fans by having the windshield itself transform into a jetpack, allowing Bumblebee to fly — some imagination required.

Additional accessories include a buildable ion blaster and a display plaque revealing Bumblebee’s stats.
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Other accessories include a display plaque listing Bumblebee’s stats (fans may contest his strength and firepower being ranked at a meager two and one, respectively, but for courage, it’s a solid 10) and a buildable ion blaster.

Bumper stickers are a cute but optional touch.
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Multiple points of articulation, including individual fingers, help make Bumblebee posable in robot mode.
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Although there’s no room inside for a passenger, in vehicle mode, Bumblebee’s doors can be opened.
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A look at the front and back of the Lego Bumblebee set’s packaging.
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The set’s best feature might be its price tag. When available starting on July 1st for Lego Insiders (a loyalty program that’s free to sign up for) or July 4th for everyone else, the 950-piece Bumblebee will be almost $100 cheaper than the 1,508-piece, $180 Lego Optimus Prime at $89.99, €89.99, or £79.99.

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