Hasbro’s new Roll N’ Change Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, introduced in the present day for launch in September, completely illustrate the distinction between Transformers’ collector and youngsters strains. Look at how a lot enjoyable industrial actor lad is having. You don’t get that from accumulating costly high-end figures.
I like the present crop of Transformers Generations War For Cybertron: Kingdom figures for rescuing my beloved Beast Wars TV present characters from the late ‘90s, however these are toys for remodeling from time to time, in any other case left on a shelf to look fairly. Roll N’ Change Bumblebee, often known as *deep breath* Transformers Bumblebee Cyberverse Adventures Dinobots Unite Roll N’ Change Bumblebee, is a chonky 10-inch model of a beloved character that makes up for its lack of articulation with its sheer enjoyable issue.
Normally, Autobots remodel and roll out. These new figures do the other, tapping into older Transformers toy gimmicks for a brand new era. They pop up from automobile to robotic type. They’ve bought lights and sounds that activate with a button press. They’ve bought snap-on armor, and once we’re carried out with the robotic types we nonetheless get to manually remodel them again into autos. Yeah, industrial child is appearing, however this type of stuff brings me actual pleasure.
Roll N’ Change Bumblebee and Roll N’ Change Optimus Prime are on the costlier finish of the Transformers Cyberverse line at $49.99, which is smart given all of the bells and whistles. These are the kind of figures younger children will latch onto and take with them all over the place as a result of they’re enjoyable and interesting, whereas nonetheless being large and durable sufficient to do gentle harm to an annoying sibling.
Collecting is okay and good, however Optimus Prime says don’t overlook about play. It’s what toys are all about.