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Bumblebee is the name of several fictional characters from the Transformers series. In most incarnations, Bumblebee is a small, yellow Autobot with the altmode of a compact car. The characters and related events are described, below, using in-universe tone.
Transformers: Generation 1
|Sub-group||Minicars, Throttlebots, Pretenders, Action Masters, Go-Bots, Deluxe machines|
|Function||Espionage, Espionage Director, Spy|
|Partner||Brawn, Optimus Prime, Spike Witwicky, Chip Chase, Pipes, Tailgate, Swerve, Warpath, Huffer, Cosmos, Powerglide, Gears, Outback,and Sam Witwicky.|
|Motto||"The least likely can be the most dangerous." (Bumblebee)
"To know others you must know yourself first." (Goldbug)
"Data is power." (Classic)
|Alternate Modes||Cybertronian Car, Volkswagen Beetle, Suzuki Swift|
|Series||Transformers: Generation 1
Transformers: Generation 2
Transformers: Reveal the Shield
|English voice actor||Dan Gilvezan|
|Japanese voice actor||Yoku Shioya (Generation 1) Michitaka Kobayashi (The Headmasters)|
Bumblebee (known as Bumble in Japan, Moscardo in Portugal, Űrdongó in Hungary, Maggiolino in Italy) is the "little brother" of the heroic or protagonistic Autobot faction and a mascot, constantly striving to prove himself in the eyes of the other robots - especially his leader, Optimus Prime. This often causes him to take risks that put him in danger. Although a bit of a smart aleck, he is a capable and reliable messenger and spy, his small size allowing him to go places that his larger commanders cannot. He is highly fuel-efficient, has great visual acuity, is particularly adaptable to undersea environments and transforms into a Saturn yellow Volkswagen Beetle. He was later reconstructed into a stronger, more mature form as Goldbug.
Bumblebee holds the distinction of being the second character to appear on-screen in the original Transformers animated series, while on a mission to recover a small clutch of energy conductors with Wheeljack, illustrating the energy crisis holding sway over their home planet of Cybertron. Bumblebee is subsequently among the Transformers aboard the Ark as it set off searching for new worlds and new energy sources, which crashed on Earth, causing the Transformers within to be trapped in stasis for four million years. Awakening in 1984, Bumblebee helps Ironhide quell a raging river and uses his small size to help Sparkplug Witwicky plant explosives in the midst of a Decepticon mining operation.
He later befriends Sparkplug's son Spike, but on their first adventure together they are both kidnapped by the Decepticons, and Bumblebee is brainwashed into luring the other Autobots into a trap.
In episode 4, "Transport to Oblivion" During the Decepticon development of their space bridge program, Bumblebee and Spike were spying on the enemy for Optimus Prime. They accidentally tumbled into the ravine where Megatron was launching his test flights for the bridge, and they were almost forced to act as test pilots before the window of operation closed. The two heroes briefly escaped but were recaptured, and Megatron altered a bank of Bumblebee's memory circuits to lure the Autobots into a trap. Bumblebee was injured during the Decepticon ambush, giving Ratchet a chance to examine his circuits and discover the altered portion of his memory. Bumblebee recovered in time to alert the Autobots to the true location of the space bridge and rescue Spike before he was sent on a one-way trip to Cybertron.
In episode 5 "Roll for It", having bonded after their adventure with the space bridge, Bumblebee and Spike were virtually inseparable for the next 20-odd years. Bumblebee escorted Spike and his boy-genius friend Chip Chase to the laboratory where Chip was assisting Doctor Alcazar in developing his antimatter formula. On their way back, they were attacked by Laserbeak, alerting them to the fact that the Decepticons were after the antimatter formula on which Chip had been working. After Chip was captured by the Decepticons, Bumblebee and Spike mounted a rescue with the help of Mirage and Hound.
In episode 6 "Divide and Conquer", after Optimus Prime was dramatically injured by an explosion, Bumblebee volunteered with Ironhide, Trailbreaker and Bluestreak to take the Decepticon space bridge to Cybertron to retrieve a new cosmitron. Though they gained entrance to Wheeljack's workshop with Chip's help and retrieved the required component, the group was debilitated by the Rainmakers' acid rain. After a pep talk from Chip, they were able to return to Earth through the space bridge, and Bumblebee rushed the cosmitron back to headquarters.
In episode 51, "Prime Target", the big game hunter Lord Cholmondeley captures a secret Soviet jet, leading to panic of possible war. Cholmondeley then set his sights on the ultimate trophy, the head of Optimus Prime. In order to lure Optimus in, Cholmondeley captures Bumblebee and several other Autobots. Optimus Prime accepts Cholmondeley's challenge and defeats the big game hunter, freeing the Autobots.
In episode 59, "Trans-Europe Express", a charity auto race from Paris, France, to Istanbul, Turkey, is held. The Autobots Bluestreak, Bumblebee, Sideswipe, Smokescreen, Sunstreaker, Tracks, and Wheeljack participate alongside several human racers including Augie Canay. Meanwhile, Megatron has discovered the whereabouts of the Pearl of Bahudine, the power core of a Cybertronian weather control machine. Megatron has the Stunticons eliminate the Autobots from the race while stealing Augie's car to use its experimental engine's metal to make a control device for the pearl. Bluestreak, Tracks, Bumblebee and Augie are able to stop the Decepticons by unleashing the power of the pearl, but to stop the pearl Bumblebee has to destroy it. Augie has the gold shell of the pearl sold and the money given to charity when he learns the race was a fake set up by the Decepticons merely to get his car.
By the time of The Transformers: The Movie, set in 2005, the Autobots have been forced off of Cybertron, and Bumblebee and Spike man Moonbase Two on one of the planet's satellites as the Autobots prepare a strike to take back the planet. The attack is scuppered by the sudden appearance of the giant planet-eating robot Unicron, who consumes Moonbase One. As Unicron turns on their moon, Spike and Bumblebee set a cache of explosives to detonate in his maw and abandon the base in a small shuttle, but the detonation fails to even scratch the chaos-bringer and he inhales their ship. Deep in his digestive system, the pair are trapped on a conveyor that threatens to drop them in an acid vat, but they are saved by Spike's son Daniel, and they and the other Autobots escape Unicron's body as it is destroyed through the power of the Autobot Matrix of Leadership.
Bumblebee was one of the few characters from the beginning of the series to continue appearing in the show's third season, set in 2006, in which he could regularly be found performing duties in Autobot City on Earth. He and Spike are reunited for another adventure when the ghost of Starscream invades the city in order to steal the eyes of the giant Autobot Metroplex, but they are unable to stop the villain from accomplishing his task.
When the body of the deceased Optimus Prime is recovered from space by a pair of Transformer-hating human scientists who intend to use it to lure the Autobots into a trap, Bumblebee is part of the rescue team led by Rodimus Prime to recover it. Entering the lab, some of the Transformers are exposed to rage-inducing alien spores that cause them to run wild, and although Bumblebee avoids infection, he is seriously damaged by the rampaging Superion. A member of the alien race called the Quintessons subsequently repair and restore Optimus Prime to life, so he can stop the "Hate Plague" and repair Bumblebee. The little Autobot has been so severely damaged, however, that he requires an entire reconstruction. In his new, shiny body, he comments that he has gone beyond just being Bumblebee, and is now a "gold bug", prompting Optimus Prime to redub him Goldbug. Goldbug travels with Optimus Prime to the planet of Chaar in order to secure a heat resistant alloy that can protect him from the plague, only to be infected on the mission and later cured when Prime uses the power of the Matrix to purge the plague. Goldbug also makes a brief appearance in the fourth and final season of the series, defending Autobot City and Cybertron against a massive Decepticon attack.
Transformers: The Headmasters
In Transformers: The Headmasters, Goldbug and the Throttlebots were on Cybertron when Vector Sigma began to destabilize as a consequence of Optimus Prime releasing the Matrix's energy to cure the Hate Plague the previous year. The Decepticons soon invaded the planet in an attempt to take control of the computer, and Goldbug and the Throttlebots joined Grimlock and Slag in holding the line against them. Unfortunately, they were knocked unconscious by the hypnotic power of the new Decepticon Headmaster Mindwipe, but they had managed to delay the Decepticons long enough for the Autobot Headmasters to arrive and take up the fight.
Later, when the Decepticon Headmasters unleashed the Madmachine upon Cybertron, Goldbug and the Throttlebots helped the Autobot Headmasters battle the villains. Hit by a blast of the evil device's electromagnetic beams, the Throttlebots were left in convlusions, opening them up to an attack by the Decepticons. Wideload and Rollbar were again affected by Mindwipe's hypnotism and were instructed to fight each other, but Goldbug was able to get between them and snap them out of it. Goldbug proceeded to get his team organized, and he and Rollbar took on Mindwipe, clinging on to him and preventing him from flying away as they beat him up.
Goldbug and the Throttlebots went up against the Decepticon Headmasters yet again in a later battle on Earth, but pretended to lose so that they would be left free to investigate the Decepticons' newest weapon: a metal-warping meteror currently on collision course with Athenia. Disregarding Rodimus Prime's instructions to keep their distance, the Throttlebots believed they would be heroes if they could stop the meteor, but no sooner had they got within range of the space-rock than its gravity boosters began twisting and warping their ship and their bodies.
The Throttlebots disappeared after this encounter, suggesting they might have been destroyed, but they eventually resurfaced months later as the Decepticons were carrying out their final plan to destroy the Earth. Goldbug and the Throttlebots teamed up with Fastlane and Cloudraker to investigate the emergence of a "Death Tower" in Santiago, Chile, only to find Predaking there waiting for them. Naturally, the small 'bots were no match for the powerful combiner, but they fought bravely, clinging onto his limbs before being hurled aside. Luckily, the Autobot Targetmasters arrived in time to bail them out and take Predaking down. This is also because of the budget cut that happened in the middle of the movie.
Kid Stuff Records & Tapes
Bumblebee appeared in the 1986 story and coloring book The Lost Treasure of Cybertron by Marvel Books.
Bumblebee has appeared in numerous comic books and related media printed by various publishers.
Bumblebee appeared in the voice actor play performed at BotCon 2004, in which a device built by Rhinox to stop Unicron from pulling victims from other dimensions inadvertently transports an Autobot shuttle under Bumblebee's command into the middle of a battle between Rattrap, Silverbolt, and Waspinator and a team of Unicron's agents. Bumblebee's shuttle is able to scoop up Rattrap and company when their ship is destroyed. After saving more of Unicron's victims from the Decepticons, Bumblebee's team returns to their own time.
In a story called "By their Blasters you shall know them ...!" from Transformers Comic-Magazin issue #12 by German comic publisher Condor Verlag Optimus Prime instructs Backstreet, Bumblebee and Ruckus on how to identify Autobots from Decepticons in battle using the Ark's computer. Pretender Bumblebee is one of those he displays to the Autobots.
Devil's Due Publishing
In Devil's Due's first G.I. Joe vs. The Transformers crossover, the evil terrorist organization Cobra are the first to uncover the Ark and the Transformers slumbering within it, capturing and reformatting a large number of them to use them as war machines. Bumblebee and Wheeljack are able to avoid this fate, contact the team created to respond to the threat of Cobra, G.I. Joe, and help to free their fellow Autobots. Unlike most Autobots, who had new alternate modes, Bumblebee and Wheeljack had their original Generation 1 alternate modes in this series.
In the second crossover, Bumblebee is among the Autobots sent back in time due to an accident with the spacebridge computer Teletran-3. As part of a small group transported to the 1970s, Bumblebee is reformatted as a small economy car (this time, resembling an AMC Pacer) before the teamed-up Joes and Cobras return all the Transformers to present-day Cybertron.
Bumblebee takes center stage in the third crossover series, as he, Grimlock, Arcee, and Perceptor are sent to Earth to aid G.I. Joe in removing the influence of Cybertronian technology on the planet. Sporting his original alternate mode again, he is shown to have something of a crush on Arcee. When Cobra attacks the base, the Autobots help repel the Cobra Battle Android Trooper armies. Journeying to Cybertron to stop Serpentor, the mismatched group is ambushed first by Cannibalizers, then by Serpentor, Piranacon, Predaking and the Stunticons, with Bumblebee being badly injured as he runs right into Predaking's leg. He is then executed by Serpentor, who would later comment that Bumblebee's death is the only thing that ever really made him feel emotion. Despite the character being notoriously difficult to kill, it seems his death is permanent, as Serpentor comments that he felt something leave him, most likely his spark. A statue to his memory was seen in the final issue. His death would continue to have repercussions, as seen in the fourth series, in which Prime insists on journeying to Earth personally rather than expose any of his troops to the same fate.
When Dreamwave Productions introduced their re-imagined version of Generation 1 continuity for the 21st Century, Bumblebee was present for the Autobots' new adventures once again. The War Within, set in Cybertron's past, chronicled Bumblebee's early adventures in the Battle of Altihex and the defense of Iacon in the face of an attack by Shockwave.
When Optimus Prime and Megatron vanish in an early spacebridge experiment, causing the Autobots and Decepticons to splinter into smaller factions, Bumblebee remains with the Autobots under Prowl's command.
As usual, Bumblebee is among the Transformers trapped in stasis aboard the crashed Ark who are reactivated on Earth in 1984. Although not depicted in fiction, the general events of the television series pilot seemed to take place in the Dreamwave continuity - with Bumblebee meeting and befriending Spike Witwicky.
The war on Earth ends in 1999, however, when the Autobots successfully defeat the Decepticons and attempt to transport them back to Cybertron aboard the Ark II. Thanks to sabotage orchestrated by American military general Robert Hallo, however, the Ark II explodes after exiting orbit, and the Transformers fall back to Earth. Hallo's plan to take control of them is foiled by his former partner Adam Rook, who rounds up several deactivated Transformers, Bumblebee among them, and puts them under his control, intending to sell them on the black market as weapons of mass destruction. During the auctions, Bumblebee is among the Transformers sent to attack the Smitco Oil Refinery as a demonstration of their power. Megatron liberates himself from Rook's control and soon does the same to the other Decepticons, who dismantle Bumblebee and the other Mini-Bots. Rescued by their reactivated Autobot comrades, Bumblebee and the others soon recover and are dispatched to stop Megatron's plan to cyber-form the Earth with a metallic virus.
A year later, Shockwave arrives on Earth, having successfully unified Cybertron and intending to arrest Prime and Megatron's forces as war criminals. Bumblebee is among the Transformers captured by Shockwave, and is later part of the team who join the underground Autobot resistance on Cybertron.
Following the liberation of Cybertron from Shockwave’s rule, Bumblebee is assigned to help reinforce Jazz’s team on Earth and is placed in command of the Autobot supply shuttle Orion, with a team under his command for the first time. Upon arriving in the Earth system from transwarp space, they witness the arrival of the deranged clone of Starscream, Sunstorm. When the resultant conflict with Sunstorm causes most of the Autobots and Decepticons on Earth to be knocked out of commission, Bumblebee and Jetfire track Sunstorm to beneath the Earth's surface, where Bumblebee is knocked out and saved by a begrudging Starscream. Jetfire subsequently seems to die battling Sunstorm, shaking Bumblebee's resolve so badly that he decides to leave the Autobots.
Turning to Spike for advice, the pair goes on a drive in Cincinnati, where they debate responsibility and save a woman from some muggers. Bumblebee apparently remains unconvinced, but Dreamwave's subsequent bankruptcy and closure left his story unfinished.
The profile series, More Than Meets the Eye, featured entries for Bumblebee as both a Pretender and as Goldbug, but gave no in-story reason for his upgrades to these forms and they never appeared in the fiction of the series.
In the alternate Dreamwave Transformers/G.I. Joe storyline set in World War II, Bumblebee is formatted to turn into a motorcycle with sidecar.
The profile series, More Than Meets the Eye, featured entries for Bumblebee as both a Pretender and as Goldbug, but gave no in-story reason for his upgrades to these forms and they never appeared in the fiction of the series.
Classic Bumblebee was featured on the cover of Transformers Club Magazine #14.
In a possible future chronicled in the exclusive comic book available at BotCon 2005, Bumblebee featured as the espionage director of the Autobots. Having been on the trail of the Decepticon agent Flamewar for a long time, Bumblebee interrupts a communication between Flamewar and the Tripredacus Council and reveals that his agent, Ricochet, has installed a degenerative virus into Deathsaurus's clone army. With Flamewar now exposed, Bumblebee points out that she was nothing more than a liability to the Council, who blow her ship up.
Based on the Transformers Classics toy line, the Timelines 2007 story is set 15 years after the end of the Marvel Comics story (ignoring all events of the Marvel U.K. and Generation 2 comics). Megatron has survived the crash of the Ark on Earth, reformatted himself into a new form, and now leads Ramjet, Skywarp, Soundwave, Starscream, and the Constructicons. Optimus Prime has also returned to Earth commanding Bumblebee, Cliffjumper, Grimlock, Jetfire, Mirage, and Rodimus (formerly Hot Rod).
Bumblebee appears in the story Generation 2: Redux in which he is among the reinforcements from Autobot City to respond to the Decepticon attack at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. Once there, the Autobots are able to defeat the Decepticons, but during the fight the Autobots are exposed to refined Forestonite, which enhances and mutates Cybertronian systems. He gets enhanced to his Generation 2 form.
IDW's core universe was introduced with the six-issue mini-series, The Transformers: Infiltration, making it clear that the company's take on the Generation 1 universe was radically different. Bumblebee appears as a member of a small team of Autobots under the command of Prowl, operating in secret on Earth out of Ark-19. Still a Volkswagen Beetle, he (like the other Autobots) possesses the added ability to generate a "holo-matter" avatar of a young female to masquerade as a driver and to otherwise interact with humans. Working with Ratchet and a trio of young humans to search an abandoned Decepticon base, Bumblebee is able to take down Skywarp during a Decepticon attack, out-thinking the Decepticon and shooting him out of the sky despite his teleportation system. After Blitzwing and Skywarp bring the base down, Bumblebee helps save the humans, despite commenting previously that they would be acceptable losses. As Megatron then engages the traitorous Starscream in battle, Bumblebee does what he does best by spying on the fight; almost shot by the Battlechargers, he is saved by Prowl and Jazz. In the follow-up, The Transformers: Escalation, he is left to run the Ark-19 on his own.
Bumblebee, Jazz, Optimus Prime, Prowl, and Ratchet appeared in the New Avengers/Transformers crossover by Marvel Comics and IDW Publishing that came out in 2007.
Optimus Prime leads Bumblebee, Drift, Kup, Prowl, Ratchet and Wheeljack in Las Vegas when a Cybertronian ship crashes containing Galvatron, Cyclonus, Scourge and an infestation of zombies from another universe. Galvatron attempts to take command of the Autobots, and after fighting them explains his mission to stop an undead infestation. Wheeljack sets up an energy shield around the city to keep the infestation contained, but it will only last for 24 hours. Kup recognizes a Decepticon named Bayonet in Galvatron's command as not being right, and she is revealed to be the extradimensional vampire Britt.
IDW has begun publishing of The Transformers: Evolutions, a series dedicated to featuring alternate-reality Elseworlds-style tales of the Transformers. The first installment, Hearts of Steel, places the Transformers in battle on Earth prior to the Ice Age with the forms of transmetal prehistoric beasts. The Ice Age forces them to enter hibernation beneath the surface of the planet when it begins.
In the 1800s, Bumblebee is awakened when a pounding from above showers dirt on him. Expecting Decepticon activity, he is surprised to find that the source is humans building a railway. Curious about their train, he is almost caught by the humans, but hides by adopting the train's form as his alternate mode. Among the humans is the legendary John Henry, who is concerned that the train - a spike-driving device designed to lay railroad - is intended to replace him. To placate his concerns, Bumblebee reveals his true form to him with the promise that he is only here to help. Through John Henry, Bumblebee learns that the Decepticons have reactivated and are pillaging trains as part of their newest plan. They plan to travel to New York and obtain an electrical generator in hopes it will make them all-powerful. After awakening some of his fellow Autobots, Henry and Bumblebee manage to thwart the Decepticons' plans, rerouting the rail track they are using, causing the Decepticon train convoy to plunge into a chasm. After this Bumblebee and the other Autobots return to stasis.
Stories from the UK Transformers series are in italics.
Autobots and Decepticons awaken on Earth in 1984, Bumblebee is part of the first team of Autobots sent out to investigate the planet. Eager to be the first to encounter a local life-form, Bumblebee gets his wish when he is injured in a battle with the Decepticons at a drive-in movie theater, and - stuck in car mode - is found by the young human, Buster Witwicky. Buster takes him back to his family's automotive garage, where his father Sparkplug repairs the car, and is shocked when it transforms into a robot. Bumblebee arranges their first meeting with Optimus Prime, and his role as a liaison between the Autobots and humans continues as he participates in the first meetings with millionaire industrialist G. B. Blackrock, eventually leading to a deal between them in which Blackrock supplies the robots with fuel.
After some smaller roles showing new Autobot recruits around and searching for Decepticon activity, Bumblebee takes the spotlight again when he begins to question his usefulness to the Autobots, and abandons them without explanation. Unfortunately, this occurs just as Decepticon leader Shockwave has targeted Bumblebee as the weakest link in the Autobots, planning to use mind control on him and use him against his comrades. Taking refuge from Decepticon pursuit in a used car lot, Bumblebee is stolen by two teenagers. This attracts the attention of both Autobots and Decepticons, and after saving the teens from a Decepticon attack, Bumblebee himself is saved from them by the Autobots, convincing him of his worth to them.
When Bumblebee is assigned to watch over the launch of the mobile Power Station Alpha, also guarded by the daring special mission force G.I. Joe, a Decepticon attack prompts him to transform in order to save a civilian boy. The Joes mistake him for a Decepticon and destroy him. Learning of their mistake and allying with the Autobots, the Joes set about trying to rebuild Bumblebee. With the aid of Autobot medic Ratchet, Bumblebee is reconstructed as Goldbug. In Transformers #56, "Back from the Dead", Ratchet works to restore the deactivated Autobots to life. He is captured by believed-dead Decepticon leader Megatron, who demands that he rebuild Starscream as a Pretender. Ratchet succeeds in this task, but he is also able to use other prototype Pretender shells to restore to life Grimlock, Jazz, and Goldbug, who he restores to being Bumblebee out of personal preference.
As the UK series did not reprint G.I. Joe and the Transformers (in which the above account of Bumblebee's transformation into Goldbug occurred) until much later, a new story was penned that re-imagined the change in a very different way, as part of the U.K.'s larger running time travel storyline. When the deranged future Decepticon leader Galvatron travels back in time to 1987, the bounty hunter Death's Head pursues him. The mass-shifting inherent in the time-travel process causes the Autobot First Aid to be displaced to limbo when Death's Head arrives, which alerts Bumblebee to his presence. Wanting to keep the fact that he was in the past a secret, Death's Head destroys Bumblebee, but his remains are soon happened upon by the Junkion, Wreck-Gar, also from the future. Putting his advanced mechanical skills to work, Wreck-Gar soon rebuilds Bumblebee as Goldbug and the upgraded Autobot joins in the battle against Galvatron, at one point facing him one-on-one (and losing) before Ultra Magnus intervenes. Goldbug has a few additional adventures dealing with Galvatron's threat in other U.K.-exclusive stories.
During a battle with the Decepticon Mayhem Attack Squad, Bumblebee, Jazz, and Grimlock are transported to the center of Cybertron, where they discover the slumbering form of their creator and deity, Primus. The battle that follows causes Primus to briefly awake with a scream, alerting his ancient enemy Unicron to his location. Aware that Unicron was now bearing down on Cybertron, the Autobots begin a search for the Creation Matrix, the only force capable of stopping the chaos-bringer. Bumblebee, Jazz, and Grimlock follow a lead to VsQz, third moon of the planet Cameron, where they run afoul of both a monstrous creature created by the corrupted Matrix energy, and the mighty Decepticon Pretender, Thunderwing, who defeats them and claimed the Matrix for his own. They are later rescued by their fellow troops, and Thunderwing is defeated.
Bumblebee put in one further appearance in the US Marvel comics. In a nightmare alternate universe where Unicron has destroyed Cybertron, and Galvatron and the Decepticons rule Earth, Bumblebee is shown in flashback as one of the casualties of the Decepticon conquest, being killed by Scourge.
In the expanded universe of the Transformers comic published exclusively in the UK, which reprinted the American series with new stories spliced in between, Bumblebee had a lead role in several other stories. In one, he goes AWOL to track down and capture Ravage, in the process running into a Decepticon trap and needing rescuing. Later on, he is part of the Dinobot Hunt; on his own, he rescues three Autobot prisoners and disables the Decepticon's means of mentally controlling Sludge.
After the time-and-space-shattering events of the Time Wars, the UK comic introduced an alternate timeline that chronicled the adventures of the Autobot Earthforce, a group of pro-active Autobots under Grimlock's command, who are dedicated to safeguarding Earth while Optimus Prime's contingent deals with the threat of Unicron. Bumblebee is a member of the Earthforce, performing such notable missions as helping Ironhide stop the Decepticons' plan to rebuild Devastator as an individual being.
When Bumblebee is assigned to watch over the launch of the mobile Power Station Alpha, also guarded by the daring special mission force G.I. Joe, a Decepticon attack prompts him to transform in order to save a civilian boy. The Joes mistake him for a Decepticon and destroy him. Learning of their mistake and allying with the Autobots, the Joes set about trying to rebuild Bumblebee. With the aid of Autobot medic Ratchet, Bumblebee is reconstructed as Goldbug.
Charged with hunting down the petty criminal known as the Mechanic, who had stolen some Autobot equipment, Goldbug and Blaster opt instead to remove themselves from the tyrannical command of then-leader Grimlock. A run-in with the Decepticon Triple Changers leads to both robots becoming infected with the metal-eating disease known as the Scraplets, but with the help of human Charlie Fong and the Autobot Throttlebots, a cure is found in the form of water, and they are saved. Soon afterward, however, the group, low on fuel, is caught up to by the Protectobots, under Grimlock's command, and Blaster is captured. The abandoned, immobile Throttlebots, including Goldbug, are then captured by the government-sponsored Rapid Anti-robot Assault Team (RAAT), who intend their destruction. Sympathetic to their plight, RAAT operate Walter Barnett removes their brain components and installs them in toy cars while their bodies are destroyed.
After managing to escape the Predacons, Goldbug returns to the Autobots' volcano base, only to discover that the Ark had been restored and had blasted off. Blindsided by Decepticon leader Ratbat, Goldbug's toy body is blasted, but soon found by the Autobot Headmasters - freshly arrived from the planet Nebulos - who uses their technology to construct his body for him again. The group soon learns that the brain patterns of Optimus Prime (who died sometime before) have been preserved on computer disk by a human named Ethan Zachary. Goldbug takes the disk to Nebulos, where Prime is restored to life as a Powermaster.
Subsequently, Goldbug is part of a combined Autobot-Decepticon force who are deactivated while defending the Earth against the Underbase-powered Starscream. He falls along with other Autobots in defense of New York City. Goldbug is seen among the Autobots being repaired on the Ark when Optimus Prime sends Landmine and Cloudburst on their mission to obtain computer chips to repair fellow Autobots in issue #52, "Guess Who The Mechannibals Are Having For Dinner?"
Goldbug's body is seen among the deactivated Autobots Ratchet is trying to revive in Transformers #56, "Back from the Dead". While Ratchet works to restore the deactivated Autobots to life, his attempts consistently meet with failure. In the midst of his work, he is captured by believed-dead Decepticon leader Megatron, who demands that he rebuild Starscream as a Pretender. Ratchet succeeds in this task, but while Megatron leaves him unattended to observe Starscream's attack on Earth, he is able to use other prototype Pretender shells to restore to life Grimlock, Jazz, and Goldbug, who he restores to being Bumblebee out of personal preference.
As the UK series did not reprint G.I. Joe and the Transformers (in which the above account of Bumblebee's transformation into Goldbug occurred) until much later, a new story was penned that re-imagined the change in a very different way, as part of the UK's larger running time travel storyline. When the deranged future Decepticon leader Galvatron travels back in time to 1987, the bounty hunter Death's Head pursues him. The mass-shifting inherent in the time-travel process causes the Autobot First Aid to be displaced to limbo when Death's Head arrives, which alerts Bumblebee to his presence. Wanting to keep the fact that he was in the past a secret, Death's Head destroys Bumblebee, but his remains are soon happened upon by the Junkion, Wreck-Gar, also from the future. Putting his advanced mechanical skills to work, Wreck-Gar soon rebuilds Bumblebee as Goldbug and the upgraded Autobot joins in the battle against Galvatron, at one point facing him one-on-one (and losing) before Ultra Magnus intervenes. Goldbug has a few additional adventures dealing with Galvatron's threat in other U.K.-exclusive stories.
Bumblebee, voiced by Dan Gilvezan, appeared in the TFcon 2009 voice actor play Bee for, Bee now.
Bumblebee appears among the characters in Re-Unification, the 2010 TFCon voice actor play prelude comic.
The Classic toy line appeared in a simple Flash-based video game on the Hasbro web site called Transformers Battle Circuit. In this one-on-one fighting game, players press the right and left arrow keys to try to overpower their opponent. Playable characters include Rodimus, Bumblebee, Grimlock, Jetfire, Starscream, Astrotrain, Trypticon, and Menasor. Optimus Prime and Megatron each appear as the boss the player must defeat to win the game.
Bumblebee is one of the light blue robots in the 2010 card game Monopoly Deal Transformers.
A parody of the Generation 1 Transformers was aired in the December 23, 2008 episode of Frank TV, called "Frank the Halls". In the story, Optimus Prime and his Autobots (Bumblebee, Jazz, and Wheeljack) battle Megatron and his Decepticons (Soundwave and Starscream) when Optimus runs out of gas. Optimus becomes enraged at the price of gas, steals the fuel from the annoying hybrid Autobot Prius Maximus, then joins the Decepticons in destroying the city.
Bumblebee appears in the Robot Chicken episode "Junk in the Trunk". In the segment he is in, he is whipped by a towel used by Grimlock in the locker room and later appears at Optimus' bedside before he dies of prostate cancer.
- Alternators Bumblebee (unreleased)
- As one of the earliest concepts designed for the 1:24 scale line, Transformers: Alternators, Bumblebee was reimagined as a Volkswagen New Beetle. Volkswagen's rejection of the pitch on the grounds that they did not want to associate their vehicles with war-themed media meant that the toy never progressed beyond the line-art phase, but the design was used for Bumblebee in the 2005 Transformers: Timelines comic book.
- Alternity Bumblebee (2009)
- A Deluxe-sized figure with intricate detail and articulation that transforms into a Suzuki Swift. The body design is also shared with Cliffjumper, which is colored red and uses a different head sculpt. The toy was also recolored as Goldbug.
- Alternity Suzuki Swift Sport Goldbug (2011/2012)
- A recolor of the Alternity Bumblebee figure in metallic gold pieces.
- Classic Deluxe Bumblebee (2006)
- Released towards the end of 2006, Bumblebee has finally returned as a transforming figure as part of the Transformers: Classic toyline, designed as upgraded versions of classic characters. Unable to be an actual Volkswagen due to the company's position, as noted above, Bumblebee is nevertheless a small, stocky car which does not appear to be based on any single production model but rather an amalgamation of features from the Nissan Skyline C10 Station Wagon. He tows behind him a jetski trailer, the Wave Crusher, which transforms into a winged jetpack for the robot mode. Although Bumblebee sports a Fireblast of 4, he does not actually carry a gun.
- This toy was later repainted as Cliffjumper. The head sculpt is the same on both versions and is possibly the first Transformer head sculpt to depict a smile. With Bumblebee's height of 15 feet and the figure standing 4.75 inches tall, this figure is at 1:38 scale. This toy was designed by Alex Kubalsky.
- Two slight mold variants of this toy exist, with the raised part of the roof where the rub symbol being wider on later releases than the other. Although depicted with blue windows and headlights on the box, the toy has clear windows and headlights.
- Bumblebee was initially sold individually, but later sold in a value pack with Classic Astrotrain.
- Classic Legends Bumblebee (2007)
- First seen at BotCon 2006, the Micro series Bumblebee is a yellow recolor of the Legends of Cybertron Hot Shot figure. The vehicle mode is based on a Chrysler ME Four-Twelve done at a scale of about 1:61.
- Generation 1 Mini-Vehicle Bumblebee (yellow) (1984)
- A Microman toy. Turned from robot to car. This version of Bumblebee features Dunlop brand tires. The original Bumblebee toy was packaged in vehicle mode on a card. Came with no accessories.
- Generation 1 Mini-Vehicle Bumblebee (red) (1984)
- A Microman toy. Same as the yellow version except for the color. This toy was old Takara Micrman stock packaged as a Transformer.
- Generation 1 Mini-Vehicle Bumblebee (rub symbol) (1985)
- Changed slightly from the original release to have a heat-sensitive rub symbol on the chest of robot instead of a simple sticker.
- Generation 1 McDonald's Bumblebee (1985)
- One of the four original McDonald's Happy Meal Transformers toys from 1985, this toy was just a solid statue of the character in robot mode. Variants were made in several 2-color combinations, such as green and black, or red and blue.
- Generation 1 Decoy Bumblebee (1987)
- A red rubber figurine given away with smaller carded Transformers in 1987 as a promotion.
- Generation 1 Goldbug (1987)
- Released as part of the Throttlebots group, Goldbug had a pullback motor. He was proportioned more like an actual Volkswagen Beetle. The Throttlebots were among the first Transformers released in 1987 and featured pull-back motors that worked in both car and robot modes.
- Generation 1 Pretender Classic Bumblebee (1989)
- Still a Volkswagen Beetle, Bumblebee was equipped with off-road tires as he was upgraded into a Pretender. Armed with a gun that could be wielded in robot mode and plugged into the roof of his vehicle mode, and another gun for his shell.
- Generation 1 Legends Bumblebee (1989)
- Pretender Bumblebee was also sold without a shell as a member of the Kmart exclusive "Transformers: Legends" assortment. Came with a gun.
- Generation 1 Action Masters Bumblebee (1990)
- This non-transforming action figure of Bumblebee blended the design of his original toy with his cartoon/comic design, and came armed with a Heli-Pack that transformed via a spring-loaded feature into a high-powered air rifle the figure could wield. According to his power plans Bumblebee sported an Anti-Decepticon Jamming Sensor, a Target Trajectory Calculator and a Photon Shock Burst Component.
- Generation 1 Keychain Bumblebee (2001)
- The original yellow version of Bumblebee was made into a keychain by adding a small plastic loop and metal keychain in 2001. This toy was recolored into BotCon exclusive Glyph in 2002. Blind packaged black versions of this toy were sold by Takara in Japan.
- Generation 1 Reissue Bumblebee (2004)
- This remold of the original yellow Bumblebee featured a new head mold which looked more like the animated series head. This toy was later recolored into the ehobby exclusive Decepticon Bug Bite.
- Generation 1 Reissue Bumblebee Keychain (2007)
- Keychain Bumblebee was reissued on new backing cards saying "Heroes of Cybertron" in 2007 at Walmart stores.
- Generation 2 Mini-Bot Bumblebee (1993)
- A metallic gold recolor of the original Bumblebee toy.
- Generation 2 Go-Bot Bumblebee (1995)
- Released in the final year of the Transformers: Generation 2 toyline, Bumblebee was a gold, yellow, and black recolor of the earlier figure High Beam, a member of the Go-Bots sub-group possessing free-wheeling axles for Hot Wheels-style play activity. This toy was 1:64 scale. The toy was recolored into the BotCon 1995 exclusive Nightracer, and Robots in Disguise Crosswise.
- Henkei! Henkei! C-02 Deluxe Bumble (2008)
- The Japan release version of Classics Bumblebee by Takara Tomy is predominantly yellow with white side skirts and a gold chrome spoiler
Reveal the Shield
- Reveal the Shield Legends Gold Bumblebee (2010)
- A recolor of the Legends figure in metallic gold with blue robot parts.
- Reveal the Shield Deluxe Bumblebee (2011)
- A recolor of the Classic Deluxe figure in yellow-orange with black stripes.
- Smallest Transformers Bumblebee (2003)
- Among the blind packaged Transformers of the Smallest Transformer line was a tiny version of Generation 1 Bumblebee, standing only 1.75 inches tall. With his official height of 15 feet, this toy has a 1:103 scale.
- Titanium 3-inch Bumblebee (2006)
- After years of not possessing the "Bumblebee" name trademark, Hasbro finally regained the moniker in time to release a 3 inch die-cast non-transforming Bumblebee figure as part of the Transformers: Titanium line in 2006. This figure was very accurate to body style to the Generation 1 toy, but with the animated series head. With the official height of Bumblebee being 15 feet and this figure standing 3 inches tall, this figure is at 1:60 scale.
- This toy was later recolored into Titanium Cliffjumper.
- Titanium 6-inch War Within Bumblebee (unreleased)
- A prototype of a 6 inch tall War Within Bumblebee/Cliffjumper figure was seen at a Hasbro factory tour in 2007. This figure had two different head sculpts, one for Bumblebee and one for Cliffjumper. This figure has yet to be released and seems to have been canceled.
- Transformers The Legacy of Bumblebee Deluxe Bumblebee (2008)
- A Walmart exclusive gift set featuring three Deluxe Bumblebee figures: the 2006 Classics version (repainted with black replacing the white parts), the 2008 movie premium version and the 2008 Animated version.
- United Deluxe Bumblebee (2010)
- A recolor of the Henkei! figure in metallic gold, sold exclusively in Japan by Takara Tomy.
- Universe Legends Bumblebee (2008)
- A new Legends class mold was displayed at SDCC 2008.
- CybCon Bumblebee (2004)
- An exclusive toy available at CybCon 2004, this original molded toy was supposed to represent Bumblebee's Cybertronian form before coming to Earth.
Bumblebee in the 2007 Transformers movie
|Sub-group||Scout, Cyber Slammers, Deluxe Vehicles, Fast Action Battlers, Micro Vehicles, Supreme Vehicles, Human Alliance|
|Function||Guardian (Transformers), Scout (Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon)|
|Partner||Optimus Prime, Arcee, Ratchet, Sam Witwicky, Skids, Mudflap, Sideswipe, Wheeljack, Dino, Ironhide|
|Motto||"Don't worry about the size of the blaster-worry about the sting!"|
|Alternate Modes||Entry mode protoform, 1977 Chevrolet Camaro, 2006 Chevrolet Camaro concept/2009 Chevrolet Camaro / modified vintage 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS|
|Series||Transformers film series
|English voice actor||Mark Ryan (2007 film and 2009 video game),
Bronco D. Jackson and Tony Gialluca II (Cyber Missions),
Fred Tatasciore (2011 video game)
Bumblebee makes an appearance as one of the Autobots in the live-action Transformers film trilogy. He retains some elements from his Generation 1 design, such as the iconic horn-like pieces in his head, which are articulated in the films. The cautious but brave Bumblebee was given a different alternate mode from his original G1 incarnation, instead of a Volkswagen Beetle, he transforms into a rally yellow Chevrolet Camaro (the model year of which is upgraded in the first film). Director Michael Bay states in the special features of DVD 2 of the first film, that the change of Bumblebee's alternate mode was due to the fact that a Volkswagen Beetle reminded him of Herbie. Due to a battle injury, he is rendered effectively mute, and communicates through use of selected playback of radio and television signals. Though his original voice is restored at the end of the first Transformers film, he communicates solely through his radio in Revenge of the Fallen and alternates between his voice and his radio in Dark of the Moon. The biography for the Decepticon Hardtop figure states that he and Bumblebee are old rivals and it was not Megatron who damaged Bumblebee's vocal processor, but a shot from Hardtop's gun. This, however, is in almost direct opposition of the film's prequel.
Bay stated in an early interview that Bumblebee stands about 17.5 feet tall (5.33 m), but the official guide to the Transformers video game says he is 16 feet tall (4.88 m).
In Hot Rod magazine's Nov. 2006 issue, Bumblebee was a feature article. Originally a worn-out 1969 Camaro, producers settled on a 1977 model. It is painted yellow with black stripes, primer and rust patches, riveted hood scoop, Cragar SS wheels up front, Eric Vaughn Real Wheels in the back, marine-grade vinyl seats, and even an eight-track player. The Camaro Concept model was built using a 2005 Holden Monaro by Saleen, with the body built from the same GM R&D molds that were used in the original 2006 Camaro Concept (the Monaro and Camaro share the same Zeta platform). Early photos show that Bumblebee can transform his right arm into a plasma cannon and has missile launchers in his shoulders. In addition to his firearms, in the game Bumblebee can extend an axe-like "stinger" from his wrist, in a similar fashion to how Optimus releases his sword. Bumblebee uses this in close-quarters combat. This weapon was most notable in the video game. The 1977 Camaro movie vehicle was sold on eBay with a winning bid of U.S. $40,100.01.
As a tribute to the original form of Bumblebee, a yellow Volkswagen Beetle appears next to him at the car dealership. Bumblebee damages the Beetle in order to ensure that Sam purchases him. He also has a bee-shaped air freshener attached to his rear view mirror with the words "Bee-otch". The air freshener was the subject of a lawsuit for $850,000 due to its alleged resemblance to another design.
Since his conversion from 1977 Camaro to 2006 Camaro Concept, Bumblebee's alternate mode continues to evolve throughout the film series. In Revenge of the Fallen, he sports a different set of alloy wheels (apparently, in the first two films are actually hubcaps made from composite to look like a set of wheel-disc brake ) and a custom front bumper. For Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Now a Camaro SS), his color changes from yellow to amber with thicker black stripes that run across his hood, roof and trunk. In addition, he will have dark-colored rims and side mirrors, as well as a rear spoiler. Also, in Transformers Dark of the Moon, he has a sort of vehicle battle mode in which he can use his weapons in car mode without fully transforming and still being able to seat a driver and passengers.
IGN described Bumblebee's lubrication of Simmons as one of the worst moments of the Transformers movie.
In Transformers: Defiance #1, back on ancient Cybertron, Bumblebee, and Cliffjumper are tasked to watch over the All Spark at the temple at Simfur. In issue #3, Megatron learns that Optimus has broken into his room and sends Bumblebee, Camshaft, Cliffjumper, Jazz, Prowl, and Smokescreen to arrest Optimus Prime for treason. Optimus demands to speak directly to Megatron, but while en route to Megatron's location, they are ambushed by Barricade, Brawl, Crankcase, Frenzy, Starscream, Skywarp, and Thundercracker, under orders to kill them all. Smokescreen is able to cover Optimus and his group's retreat in the confusion of an explosion. In issue #4, Arcee, Bumblebee, Cliffjumper, Jazz, and Smokescreen ambush Ironhide, who they believed works for Megatron, but Ironhide instead joins Optimus Prime's Autobots. Arcee and Bumblebee later spy on the building of the Decepticon starship Nemesis.
The Transformers: Movie Prequel reveals that in the battle of Tyger Pax, Megatron's forces attack, searching for the All Spark. Bumblebee's squad (which includes Arcee) attempts to hold off the Decepticons, but are eventually overwhelmed. They are captured and tortured by Swindle, with Megatron intervening personally to torture Bumblebee for information. However, they refuse to speak long enough for Prime's secret plan to take effect - launching the All Spark into outer space. Megatron attempts to pursue it, but Bumblebee stops him. An enraged Megatron rips Bumblebee's arms off and crushes his voice capacitor, promising to seize the All Spark for himself eventually. Bumblebee recovers and is repaired, although his voice is damaged beyond repair. Bumblebee then volunteers to head into space to stop Megatron from acquiring the All Spark.
Eventually arriving on Mars in his protoform mode, Bumblebee then proceeds to Earth in 2003, his arrival tracked by the Hubble space telescope.
Upon landing in New York City, Bumblebee assumes the form of a beat-up Chevrolet Camaro, all the while avoiding the agents of the government organization known as Sector 7, who refer to him as NBE-2 (or Non-Biological Extraterrestrial 2). Bumblebee then downloads information on Captain Archibald Witwicky. Arriving at the asylum where he had once been incarcerated, he finds it now a dilapidated ruin. Damaged by a pursuing Barricade, he then finds All Spark-like emissions somewhere in New Mexico - unaware it is a trap set by Sector 7. However, their plan to capture him is thwarted when Starscream, Barricade and Blackout arrive. As the Decepticons shoot Sector 7's trap to pieces, Bumblebee escapes - unaware the Decepticons had let him go so that they could follow him and see what he knew about the All Spark. He is last seen in the series heading for Tranquility, Nevada - home of Captain Witwicky's descendant Sam.
In the comic adaptation of the film, Bumblebee downloads information on the internet about the Concept Camaro car and took on its form instead of driving past in a tunnel, as seen in the film.
He also appears in the official movie sequel comic called The Reign of Starscream.
In Transformers: Alliance, the Autobots aid the human soldiers after the battle in Mission City, destroying the All Spark-powered machines that were created. After Ratchet finishes repairing Bumblebee's legs, a trailer is obtained for Optimus Prime to carry the remains of Jazz. The Autobots then leave Mission City before the Sector 7 personnel arrive to claim the remains of the Decepticons. About a month later, Epps and Lennox contact Optimus Prime, Ratchet and Ironhide about aiding them in escorting the remains of the Decepticons to the naval yard. Unknowingly they are spied on by Barricade, who transmitts the information to Starscream.
Bumblebee appears in Transformers: Tales of the Fallen #1, where Barricade kidnaps Sam in order to flush out Bumblebee and learn where the All Spark fragment is. Bumblebee saves Sam and fights Barricade, who escapes in the process.
Bumblebee appears in Transformers: Nefarious #1, set months after the events of the 2009 film. Bumblebee, Breakaway, Jolt, Knock Out and Dune Runner are sent to investigate spark fragments detected at Kingdom Petrochemicals. Arriving first, Breakaway is warned by Soundwave to leave, but unwilling to give in, the Autobot is swiftly defeated. Bumblebee and his team fire on Soundwave, who escapes.
Note: Events occurring in the alternate universe where Megatron won the battle of Mission City are in italics.
In "Twilight's Last Gleaming Part 3", Bumblebee attempts to take on Megatron in the Sector 7 base. Meanwhile, Mikaela attempts to free Optimus Prime, but she is attacked by Frenzy.
Bumblebee appears in issue #17 of the Titan Transformers Magazine, in a story called "Return to Cybertron Part 1". In this story, he is among the Autobots that go to Cybertron.
Bumblebee returns in issue #22 of the Titan Transformers Magazine series in a story called "The Decepticon who Haunted Himself."
Bumblebee also appears in the prequel novel Transformers: Ghosts of Yesterday. Here, it is revealed he could still communicate with the other Autobots via digital link. Bumblebee is part of Prime's Autobot team searching for the All Spark, and is described as one of the Autobots' best scouts. He is sent after the human vessel Ghost-1 (reverse-engineered from studies of Megatron) to make contact, but is ambushed and forced underground by Starscream. Encountering giant rock-chewing worms, he is saved by Optimus Prime. Heading into the atmosphere once again, he and Ratchet took on Barricade, but are unable to stop Starscream from destroying the human vessel.
According to his extended biography from the Target store exclusive Robo-Vision web site, Hardtop came to Earth and discovered the Witwicky home before any of the other Decepticons, but was unable to attack the Witwickys because Bumblebee found him first and buried him under a hundred tons of rubble in the Rocky Mountains.
Live action films
Bumblebee appears in the 2007 live-action Transformers movie, returning to his role as the friend of the Autobots' human ally - in this case, Sam Witwicky. Sam possesses the glasses of his great-great-grandfather Captain Archibald Witwicky, a famous explorer. Unknown to Sam, the glasses are engraved with the coordinates showing the location of the life-giving All Spark. Bumblebee is assigned to guard Sam from the Decepticons, and poses as a dilapidated 1977 Chevrolet Camaro as Sam and his father are buying a car for Sam. They eventually purchase Bumblebee, due in no small part to Bumblebee damaging every other car at the dealership to ensure his purchase. Later, Bumblebee drives away from Sam's home to summon the Autobots. Sam thinks Bumblebee is being stolen, and chases the car on his bike. Sam then witnesses Bumblebee transforming into robot mode and reports it to the police, who believe he is on drugs. Bumblebee returns to Sam and his crush Mikaela Banes and protects them from an attack by Barricade and Frenzy, earning Sam's trust. When Mikaela criticizes the poor condition of Bumblebee's vehicle mode, he scans a passing Camaro Concept and transforms into the same model. Bumblebee then drives Sam and Mikaela to an alley where they meet the other Autobots. They return to Sam's house and retrieve the glasses, but a secret government organization, Sector 7, arrests Sam and Mikaela. The Autobots attempt to rescue them but Bumblebee is captured and taken by Sector 7. There he is tested/tortured by the Sector 7 scientists using electric shocks that appear to hurt him. Sam eventually negotiates his release. Bumblebee survives the massive battle at the film's climax, although he loses the use of his legs after helping Ironhide deflect missiles from Starscream. With Mikaela's aid, he is able to rejoin the battle supported by a tow truck (later confirmed to be the Autobot Longarm), and destroys Brawl. After the battle, Bumblebee is fully repaired and asks to stay with Sam and is granted permission from both Sam and Optimus Prime. He is later seen alongside Ironhide, Ratchet, and Optimus watching the sunset while Sam and Mikaela recline on his hood at the end of the movie.
Bumblebee is voiced by Mark Ryan in the films, but he mostly speaks with his radio, having had his voice processor damaged (though his actual voice squeaks and whines laboriously through much of the movie). He also speaks with quotes from television shows and movies, in a way similar to Wreck-Gar from the 1986 film and season three of the G1 cartoon series. Screenwriter Roberto Orci explained Bumblebee regained his voice through the regenerative laser Ratchet fires at his neck as they meet, and it eventually works its magic by the end of the film. He agreed this was not made clear. Frenzy is regenerated upon coming into contact with the All Spark, and so it is entirely plausible that Bumblebee's voice, along with his legs, is also healed by the All Spark, though no mention of this is made in the film. It was said that making Bumblebee mute was to show that his bond with Sam went beyond words.
Bumblebee also appears in the film's sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. When a fragment of the All Spark inadvertently turns the kitchen appliances in Sam's home into feral robots, Bumblebee intervenes to save him and his family. In doing so, he nearly destroys their house. He still uses his radio to speak, despite his vocal processors being repaired in the first film. However, he does respond half-way when Sam tells him to get in the garage by saying "whatever." Bumblebee shows excitement at the thought of going with Sam to college, only to be disappointed later when Sam tells him that he can not come. Because of the incident at the Witwickys' he is also forced to leave their garage. Soon after Sam begins his semester at college, Bumblebee follows him and tries to alert him to the Decepticon Pretender (named Alice) that is following Sam. As both Sam and Alice are riding inside Bumblebee, the Autobot attempts to warn Sam through his radio. Having failed at this, Bumblebee intentionally brakes hard multiple times and throws Alice around the interior in an attempt to damage the Pretender. Bumblebee then proceeds to spray lubricant over Alice, thereby embarrassing Sam and forcing Alice to flee.
Soon after Megatron and Scalpel begin to torture Sam, Bumblebee arrives alongside Optimus Prime to fight Megatron, Starscream and Grindor. After Optimus dies, Bumblebee arrives with Sideswipe, Ironhide and Ratchet to cover Sam's escape. As they mourn for Optimus, Sam tells Bumblebee that he has failed the Autobots, but Bumblebee tells Sam through his radio,..."You are the person I care for most in my life, and if there is anything you need I won't be far away..." After taking Sam, Mikaela, Leo and Simmons to the Smithsonian museum to reawaken Jetfire, Bumblebee then travels with the humans through a Space Bridge to Egypt (caused by Jetfire) along with Jetfire, the Twins Skids and Mudflap, and Wheelie to find the Matrix of Leadership. While the twins have a sibling argument (resulting in a fist fight) inside the ruins of Petra (which supposedly houses the Matrix when everyone thinks it is a dead end), Bumblebee breaks them up and tosses them out before seeing their fight. But once seeing the Tomb's entrance after the Twins' brawl reveals it, Bumblebee helps the humans enter it by blasting the rest of the wall off.
During the final confrontational battle, Sam and Mikaela inadvertently spring a trap set by Rampage (who uses Sam's parents as the bait). Bumblebee stays hidden from Rampage's sight, allowing Sam to put Rampage in a spot where Bumblebee can initiate a surprise attack. During the subsequent fight Ravage attacks him from behind and jumps on his back. After a brief struggle, Bumblebee gets a hold of Ravage and literally tears him apart with his hands, allowing him to finish off and kill Rampage. With Sam's parents free, Sam tells Bumblebee to take care of them, thus removing him from most of the final fight. After Sam is killed by Megatron, Bumblebee arrives with Sam's parents and sees Sam's body on the ground, he is heartbroken, overcome with sadness and stricken with sorrow, believing that he has failed in his duty to protect Sam, but is overjoyed to see him return. Bumblebee is among the remaining Autobots at the end of the film.
In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Bumblebee no longer lives with Sam and goes on other missions with the Autobots such as dismantling a secret nuclear facility in the Middle East. This is the first time the stealth force upgrade is shown in the movie. When Sam arrives with Carly, Wheelie and Brains, Bumblebee saves them from the soldiers taking them captive. Bumblebee is reassigned to protect Sam and moves back in with him. Bumblebee later teams up with Sideswipe Dino/Mirage to take out Hatchet.While Dino/Mirage clings on to hatchet with his grapplers bumblebee and sideswipe shoot their stealth force weapons. while trying to protect Sentinel Prime who later attacks him and the other Autobots. After Sentinel forces the Autobots' exile from Earth, Bumblebee sadly says goodbye to Sam and reunites with him in Chicago where he helps him rescue Carly and kill Laserbeak. After Sam kills Starscream, Bumblebee saves him and Lennox from a great fall. Bumblebee is captured by Soundwave and is nearly executed in front of Sam (telling Sam "We gave them a hell of a run") after Barricade executes Que before Wheelie and Brains save him at the cost of their own lives, allowing him to break free and attack Soundwave. Bumblebee battles Soundwave while the other Autobots fight the other Decepticons and proves more than a match for the Decepticon spy-master, even managing to kill another Decepticon during the fight. Finally Bumblebee knocks Soundwave off-balance with a shot to the leg, knocks his gun from his hand and uppercuts his cannon into his chest, firing at the same time, destroying Soundwave's head and killing him. Bumblebee fights Sentinel alongside the other Autobots and humans but is no match for him, but avoids injury. After Sam kills Dylan Gould, Bumblebee destroys the Control Pillar by crashing through it, shutting off the Space Bridge and destroying Cybertron and the remaining Decepticons. Bumblebee survives the battle and gives Sam a bunch of gaskets to use as rings while playing wedding music after Sam and Carly admit they love each other. Though Sam says to Bumblebee that he's thinking too fast. He replies by 'saying', "I'm just trying to help out." Ratchet compliments Bumblebee for his bravery.
A fourth film is in the works, which producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura reveals that he's sure that Bumblebee and Optimus Prime will return. Some recent reports have revealed that Bumblebee will ride a Pteranodon (possibly the Dinobot Swoop) into battle through Hong Kong. He is also taken the vehicle form of a modified 1967 Chevy Camaro SS.
In Cyber Missions 1, Bumblebee and Ironhide are protecting NEST Command when two Decepticons, Soundwave and Bludgeon invade the area. Ironhide goes outside to deal with Bludgeon, while Soundwave ambushes Bumblebee from inside. Bumblebee is easily thrown down by Soundwave. Bumblebee tries to fire a shot from his shoulder gun, but Soundwave redirects the acoustic energy back at him. Bumblebee deduces that he cannot deflect several rounds at once, and begins rapidly firing at Soundwave. The Decepticon is not able to take in so much, and finally falls. Later, Bumblebee traps Soundwave in a magnetically sealed bubble in Cyber Missions 2.
Bumblebee is a playable character, and is the most-used character in the Autobot campaign, where the character uses Bumblebee in nine missions in the Autobot campaign, out of the total 18. He is playable in both the old and new Camaro cars. Bumblebee also appears as a boss in the Decepticon campaign, with a radial blast attack.
Bumblebee is among the playable characters in the 2009 Revenge of the Fallen video game by Activision.
The film version of Bumblebee is playable in Hasbro's Net Jet Transformers fighting game Transformers Battle Universe. Although other playable Transformers in the game have several incarnations featured, no other versions of Bumblebee are playable.
Bumblebee is among the characters who appear in the TRANSFORMERS CIBERVERSE Battle Builder Game.
Bumblebee appears among the characters in Re-Unification, the 2010 TFCon voice actor play prelude comic.
Bumblebee is one of the Autobots featured in Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios theme parks. In the ride, Bumblebee disembodies Ravage while Evac escapes from the Decepticon attack on N.E.S.T. headquarters. Towards the end of the ride, Bumblebee saves Evac from falling off a building after Evac kills Megatron with the AllSpark shard.
Bumblebee appears in the episode of Robot Chicken called "Tell My Mom", voiced by Seth Green. Sam Witwicky finds Bumblebee in Bobby Bolivia's used car lot and they go on an adventure, while Scooter is the only thing cheap in the lot. Bumblebee is portrayed as a fifth-generation Camaro.
All toys of this character are officially licensed from General Motors.
- Transformers 3D Battle Card Game Bumblebee (2007)
- Bumblebee is among the characters which appeared in the first wave of the Transformers 3D Battle Card Game by Wizards of the Coast.
- Transformers Jollibee Bumblebee (2007)
- A kids meal toy promotional item available at Jollibee restaurants in the Philippines from June to July 2007. This toy was a slightly enlarged and simplified version of the Movie Legends mold.
- Transformers Legends Bumblebee (2007)
- Released as part of the first wave of Movie Legends toys, this 8 centimeter long Classic Camaro is 1/64 scale to the real vehicle.
- Transformers EZ Collection Bumblebee Scanning Version (2007)
- A Japanese exclusive bundled with the September 2007 issue of Hyper Hobby magazine, this version of Legends Bumblebee is molded in transparent yellow, depicting him in scanning mode before being formatted into his alternate mode.
- Transformers EZ Collection Bumblebee Metallic Version (2007)
- A limited Japanese exclusive release that was available with pre-orders of the Transformers movie DVD at Tsutaya Records.
- Transformers Cyber Slammers Bumblebee (Classic Camaro) (2007)
- A Deluxe Class toy designed for younger children, with a very simple transformation and a pull-back motor. The upper portion of the vehicle pops up into robot mode when it hits an object.
- Transformers Cyber Slammers Bumblebee (Camaro Concept) (2007)
- Similar to the first version of Bumblebee, only with the new Camaro design.
- Transformers Fast Action Battlers Plasma Punch Bumblebee (Camaro Concept) (2007)
- A Deluxe Class transforming toy with simplified transformation for younger children. Features launching plasma bolt projectile.
- Transformers Fast Action Battlers Rally Rocket Bumblebee (Camaro Concept) (2007)
- A redeco of the Fast Action Battlers figure with a black hood and roof and "BB" race decals on the hood and doors.
- Transformers Deluxe Class Bumblebee (Classic Camaro) (2007)
- A Deluxe class toy with a detailed transformation and Automorph technology. Aside from black stripes, Bumblebee is decorated with burn marks all over, signifying battle damage rather than his dirty, rusted-up condition depicted in the film. The Japanese version released by Takara Tomy comes with clear blue plastic windows and projectiles. This toy is 14 centimeters long in vehicle mode. This toy was designed by Alex Kubalsky.
- Transformers Deluxe Class Metallic Bumblebee (Classic Camaro) (2007)
- A Lawson exclusive in Japan. This Deluxe figure is repainted in metallic gold with black stripes. Available only to those who purchased a movie ticket through Lawson.
- Transformers Deluxe Class Bumblebee vs. Barricade: First Encounter (2007)
- Transformers Deluxe Class Bumblebee (Camaro Concept) (2007)
- Like the Classic Camaro version, this Deluxe toy features Automorph technology and a complex transformation. Comes with a laser cannon that opens to become a clear blue blade. This toy is about 14 centimetres (5.5 in) long in vehicle mode. With a real Concept Camaro being 473 cm (15.5 ft) long, this toy has a scale of about 1/32. With the toy standing 16 cm (6.3 in) tall in robot mode, the real robot would stand about 18 feet tall (5.49 m).
- Also released in red as Cliffjumper.
- Transformers Deluxe Class Bumblebee: Evolution of a Hero (2007)
- A Target exclusive, featuring both versions of Deluxe Bumblebee. The Camaro Concept in this package is a "battle damaged" repaint.
- Transformers Screen Battles: Capture of Bumblebee Deluxe Class set (2007)
- Deluxe Bumblebee (Camaro Concept) comes packaged in this mini-diorama with figurines of Agent Simmons and two Sector 7 operatives. Unlike the regular packaged version, this version of Bumblebee has his limbs molded in gray instead of black, and his mouth has been painted silver as well.
- Transformers Ultimate Bumblebee (2007)
- The largest - and effectively, the most expensive - toy incarnation of Bumblebee in the market. This represents Bumblebee's New Camaro form, and it also has eyes that light up, creates sounds (robotic transformations and voices), and stands up to more than 12 inches (30.5 cm) in height. The arms and door "wings" also move at the push of a button. Plays more than 17 different sounds and nine samples of songs, including "Whip It" by Devo. Oddly enough, this version of Bumblebee is less accurate than the Movie Deluxe Bumblebee (Camaro Concept). The toy is mistransformed in the package, and all promo photos of the figure made the same mistake, presenting the car hood as a solid block resting on Bumblebee's chest. In reality, it splits up into five separate pieces to fold and collapse into a more movie-like appearance.
- A WalMart exclusive version was bundled with Deluxe Class Decepticon Brawl and Scorponok.
- Ultimate Bumblebee was among the toys chosen as "12 Best toys of 2007" by Parija B. Kavilanz, senior writer at CNNMoney.com.
- Transformers Micro IR Bumblebee (Camaro Concept) (2007)
- A RadioShack exclusive. This micro radio-controlled car moves forward and back, and features simple transformation to robot mode. The gun-shaped controller doubles as a ball-point pen.
- Transformers Legends Class Battle Damage Bumblebee (2008)
- A repaint of Legends Bumblebee with battle damage effects. Comes in a 2-pack with Legends Class Scorponok.
- Transformers Deluxe Class Bumblebee Allspark Power (Camaro Concept) (2008)
- A Target exclusive, packaged in robot mode and inside a clear, cylindrical package. Features light blue highlights on parts of the robot's body to simulate the Allspark's effects.
- Transformers Premium Deluxe Class Bumblebee (Camaro Concept) (2008)
- Similar to the Deluxe Bumblebee released a year prior, but with notable differences. First, the head is sculpted in Armored mode. Second, the car mode is in a metallic yellow finish with more detailed black stripes. And third, the limbs and Plasma Cannon are molded in gray instead of black.
- Transformers Deluxe Class Stealth Bumblebee (Camaro Concept)(2008)
- Similar to Premium Deluxe Bumblebee, but with the yellow and black colors reversed.
- Transformers Deluxe Class The Legacy of Bumblebee (2008)
- A gift pack featuring Premium Deluxe Bumblebee, Classics Bumblebee and Animated Bumblebee.
- Transformers Trans-Scanning TS-02 Bumblebee (2008)
- A Deluxe-sized figure sold only in Japan and Asian markets by Takara Tomy. The package consists of a highly-poseable skeletal frame called a Core Body, along with parts to assemble the Core Body to either a Protoform mode or robot mode. In Protoform, the figure can transform into an atmospheric Entry Mode. The figure with robot parts is able to fully transform into Camaro Concept mode.
- Revenge of the Fallen Legends Class Bumblebee (2009)
- An all-new mold of Legends Bumblebee in current Camaro mode. Also bundled with Legends Decepticon Shadow Striker.
- Revenge of the Fallen Legends Class Recon Bumblebee (2009)
- A redeco of Legends Bumblebee with black decals on the door panels.
- Revenge of the Fallen Legends Class Stealth Bumblebee (2009)
- A reverse black/yellow redeco of Legends Bumblebee.
- Revenge of the Fallen Legends Class Clear Bumblebee (2009)
- A clear yellow remold of Legends Bumblebee, sold exclusively in Japan with the purchase of the Bumblebee case version of the movie DVD.
- Revenge of the Fallen Deluxe Class Preview Bumblebee (2009)
- One of the preview figures for the second film. It is essentially the Deluxe Class figure from the first film retooled with a new front end, new wheels, a larger head and a right arm that fires a projectile, replacing the laser cannon/blade weapon of the original toy. Unlike majority of the other Deluxe Class figures in the line, this Bumblebee is packaged in robot mode.
- Revenge of the Fallen Fast Action Battlers Pulse Blast Bumblebee (2009)
- A re-release of the Fast Action Battlers figure from the first movie line, with visual modifications to resemble Bumblebee's current design.
- Revenge of the Fallen Fast Action Battlers Sand Attack Bumblebee (2009)
- A redeco of the Fast Action Battlers figure with sand effects on the body panels.
- Revenge of the Fallen Gravity Bots Bumblebee (2009)
- A toy car that instantly transforms into robot mode when tilted upward.
- Revenge of the Fallen Gravity Bots Bolt Bumblebee (2009)
- A reverse black/yellow redeco of the Gravity Bots toy.
- Revenge of the Fallen Deluxe Class Cannon Bumblebee (2009)
- Like the Preview Bumblebee, this figure is a remold of the 2007 film toy, but with new parts from the front end to the roof. The figure features cannons that pop out of the front fenders. Unlike the Preview figure, the front end of Cannon Bumblebee does not split into three pieces in robot mode.
- Revenge of the Fallen Human Alliance Bumblebee with Sam Witwicky (2009)
- A voyager-sized figure with a 2-inch tall figure of Sam, which can fit on the seats in car mode or man Bumblebee's auxiliary weapons in robot mode. Bumblebee's right arm cannon has a spring-loaded missile launcher while the head comes with a retractable battle mask.
- Revenge of the Fallen Ultimate Battle Charged Bumblebee (2009)
- A re-release of Ultimate Bumblebee from the first film with a new front end, wheels and retractable battle mask. Plays newer sound effects and a sample of "The Touch" by Stan Bush, as well as Optimus Prime famous "Autobots, transform and roll out!" line (as voiced by Peter Cullen).
- Revenge of the Fallen Deluxe Class Alliance Bumblebee (2010)
- A slight redeco of Deluxe Preview Bumblebee with black stripes on the roof and doors. N.E.S.T. badges also decorate the doors as well.
- Revenge of the Fallen Deluxe Class Battlefield Bumblebee (2010)
- A version of Deluxe Cannon Bumblebee with red fender cannons and a head molded with the battle faceplate. Bundled with Deluxe Infiltrator Soundwave.
- Revenge of the Fallen Voyager Class Optimus Prime and Deluxe Class Bumblebee (2010)
- A gift set that includes the 2009 Voyager Class Optimus Prime and the 2008 Premium Deluxe Class Bumblebee figures.
- Transformers: RPMs Battle Chargers Bumblebee (2010)
- A toy car with pull-back action. When it hits an object, the top portion pops open and transforms into the robot's upper torso.
- Transformers: RPMs Battle Chargers Stealth Bumblebee (2010)
- A reverse-color redeco of Battle Chargers Bumblebee.
- Transformers Legends Class Cyberfire Bumblebee (2010)
- A slight redeco of the Legends Class figure from the 2009 line with tattoo prints on the car panels.
- Transformers Deluxe Class Battle Blade Bumblebee (2010)
- A complete redesign of the Deluxe class movie figure with film-accurate proportions and design cues taken from the Human Alliance figure. The left arm comes with a spring-loaded clear blue energy axe while the right arm transforms into a plasma cannon. The head comes with a retractable battle mask. Packaged in robot mode. While the car mode is exactly the same size as the original 2007 movie figure, the robot mode is significantly taller.
- Transformers Battle Ops Bumblebee (2010)
- A larger-sized (between Leader Class and Ultimate Bumblebee) figure that features light and sound effects, as well as an auto-transforming cannon arm.
- A metallic gold redeco was released in late-2010 as a Costco exclusive. This set includes a metallic gold redeco of the Legends Bumblebee figure and a Legends Mudflap figure.
- Transformers Activators Bumblebee (2010)
- A Deluxe-sized toy designed for younger children that features instant transformation at the push of a button. This sub-line replaces both the Fast Action Battlers and Gravity Bots from the movie toy lines.
- Transformers Human Alliance Bumblebee with Sam Witwicky (2010)
- A re-release of the Human Alliance figure with the Sam figure wearing a white shirt instead of a black one. The Sam figure is a complete remold, lacking the upper torso articulation of the previous mold.
- Transformers Lucky Draw Deluxe Battle Blade Bumblebee (2010)
- An Animation-Comic-Game Hong Kong (ACGHK) convention exclusive gold chrome remold of the 2010 Deluxe figure. Only one example of this variant was made and given to one guest who spent the most on merchandise at the Hasbro booth over the weekend of the convention.
- Transformers Bombing Run Battle Deluxe Bumblebee (2010)
- A gift set featuring a yellow/green redeco of Deluxe Cannon Bumblebee and a tan camouflage redeco of Legends Grindor.
- Transformers Rampage Among the Ruins Deluxe Bumblebee (2010)
- A Toys "R" Us exclusive gift set featuring a redeco of Deluxe Cannon Bumblebee, a red/gold redeco of Deluxe Rampage and a silver/black redeco of Deluxe Ravage.
- Transformers Activators Rally Rumble Bumblebee (2010)
- A redeco of the Activators toy with the hood painted entirely in black and the numbers "02" on the door panels.
- Masterpiece MP-M02 Bumblebee (2010)
- The Battle Ops Bumblebee figure is released in Japan by Takara Tomy as part of the Masterpiece series. First displayed at the 2010 Cybertron Con in Shanghai, China. Changes from the Hasbro version include chrome painted rims, a clear and uncolored right hand and additional paint applications.
- Dark of the Moon Burger King Flip Out Bumblebee (2011)
- A BK Kids meal toy available at Burger King restaurants in the U.S. The toy consists of a detailed head that opens to reveal a small robot body, giving the overall figure a Bobblehead look.
- Dark of the Moon McDonald's Transforming Bumblebee (2011)
- A Happy Set toy available at McDonald's restaurants in Japan, which is essentially a smaller version of the Revenge of the Fallen Gravity Bots toy.
- Dark of the Moon Robo Power Activators Bumblebee (2011)
- A small transforming toy of Bumblebee aimed at younger children. Designed similarly to the Revenge of the Fallen Gravity Bots toy, this toy automatically transforms from car to robot when placed upright, as a button on the rear end deploys the robot parts when pressed against a flat surface.
- Dark of the Moon Robo Power Activators Recon Bumblebee (2011)
- A reverse redeco of the Robo Power Activators toy in black with yellow stripes, similar to the Stealth Bumblebee paint scheme of past toy lines.
- Dark of the Moon Cyberverse Legion Class Bumblebee (2011)
- An all-new Legion Class (formerly Legends) mold of Bumblebee.
- Dark of the Moon Cyberverse Legion Class Bumblebee with Mobile Battle Bunker (2011)
- A gift set that includes Legion Class Bumblebee and an armored truck with car carrier trailer and mini stealth bomber. The trailer can fold behind the truck to become a gun turret, and the truck can transform into a mobile command center, with the stealth bomber becoming Bumblebee's jet pack.
- Dark of the Moon Mech Tech Deluxe Class Bumblebee (2011)
- A smaller remold of the Deluxe Battle Blade Bumblebee figure from the 2010 toy line with new front and rear spoilers, as well as hood pins, window nets and a different paint job. The doors have retractable windows, but they do not fit alongside the nets in car mode; they are mainly to display on robot mode. Many robot parts have been revised from the original mold, such as a new abdomen piece from the front end, smaller hands and less parts on the feet. The head is a new sculpt without the retractable battle mask. The forearms do not come with the retractable battle axe and plasma cannon; instead, the figure comes with a special Mech Tech weapon that mounts on the roof in car mode or on either forearm in robot mode. The weapon features retractable gun barrel and telescope that spring out at the press of a lever.
- The figure was repackaged in 2012 for Universal Studios theme parks to promote Transformers: The Ride.
- Dark of the Moon Mech Tech Deluxe Class Bumblebee with Mech Tech Holder (2011)
- A Japan-exclusive release of the Deluxe figure with a Mech Tech Holder, which is used to display the enclosed collectible card.
- Dark of the Moon Mech Tech Deluxe Class Neoscanning Bumblebee (2011)
- A Tokyo Motor Show 2011 exclusive redeco of the Deluxe figure in Bumblebee's colors from the first film.
- Dark of the Moon The Scan Series Deluxe Class Bumblebee (2011)
- A Toys "R" Us exclusive remold of the Revenge of the Fallen Deluxe Preview figure (itself a retool of the 2007 Deluxe Camaro Concept figure) with light blue highlights in the middle before fading into clear plastic, simulating the effect of vehicle scanning.
- Dark of the Moon Deluxe Class Bumblebee (2011)
- A Target exclusive clear yellow remold of the Revenge of the Fallen Deluxe Cannon Bumblebee figure with Cybertronian markings on the body panels. Bundled with an exclusive mini comic book.
- Dark of the Moon Deluxe Class Rally Bumblebee (2011)
- A Walmart exclusive redeco of the 2007 Deluxe Bumblebee Camaro Concept figure with racing decals.
- Dark of the Moon Autobot Daredevil Squad Deluxe Class Bumblebee with Human Alliance Basic Backfire and Sam Witwicky (2011)
- A Kmart exclusive gray redeco of the Revenge of the Fallen Deluxe Cannon Bumblebee, bundled with Human Alliance Basic Backfire and Sam Witwicky.
- Dark of the Moon Mech Tech Deluxe Class Cyberfire Bumblebee (2011)
- A redeco of the 2011 Deluxe figure in black with yellow flames.
- Dark of the Moon Mech Tech Deluxe Class Nitro Bumblebee (2011)
- An all-new Deluxe mold of Bumblebee with a different transformation. The car mode is depicted in its armored form, with rocket boosters sticking out of the rear end. The Mech Tech weapon (similar to Skids' weapon, but in a different mold) is a boost engine that transforms into a plasma cannon. The figure itself has a total of seven ports to mount other Mech Tech weapons. In addition, his license plate has changed from "4NZ454" on previous incarnations to "900 STRA".
- Dark of the Moon Leader Class Bumblebee (2011)
- A new Leader Class mold of Bumblebee, featuring more detail and articulation than the 2007 Ultimate Bumblebee and 2010 Battle Ops Bumblebee figures. In car mode, he can transform into Stealth Force mode, with the arms sticking out of the passenger section and the front end splitting into three parts to reveal additional weapons. His Mech Tech weapon is a backpack with pop-up weapons and light and sound effects. Bumblebee is the only movie Leader Class figure with no internal electronics. Like the Deluxe Nitro figure, his license plate has changed from "4NZ454" on previous incarnations to "900 STRA".
- Dark of the Moon Human Alliance Bumblebee with Sam Witwicky (2011)
- A redeco of the Revenge of the Fallen Human Alliance Bumblebee figure in reverse black/yellow colors, similar to the Stealth Bumblebee paint scheme.
- Movie Trilogy' Mech Tech Deluxe Bumblebee (Takara Tomy) (2012)
- A Japan-exclusive redeco of the Dark of the Moon Deluxe figure with smaller stripes.
- Transformers Cyber Stompin' Bumblebee (2007)
- This is a large action figure than can create sound effects and play a sample of the original Transformers theme song.
- Transformers Robot Replicas Bumblebee (2007)
- An poseable action figure that comes with a Plasma Cannon that can be attached on either arm.
- Transformers Robot Replicas Bumblebee Screen Battle: Final Stand (2007)
- A legless version of Robot Replicas Bumblebee comes packaged in this mini-diorama with Deluxe Class Longarm (which is decorated with "Mike's Towing" labels as seen on the film instead of "Orson's Towing" on the regular packaged version). In addition, Longarm has a Mikaela figurine inside the driver's compartment.
- Transformers Unleashed Bumblebee (2007)
- A fully detailed sculpture featuring Bumblebee in an action pose. A Kmart exclusive version includes Issue #1 of the movie prequel comic book.
- Transformers 2-in-1 Beamers Bumblebee (2007)
- A fully detailed sculpt of Bumblebee's head that doubles as an LED flashlight and night light. Also emits sound effects at the push of a button.
- Transformers Beatmix Bumblebee (2007)
- A large figure that can be connected to an iPod or other MP3 player. He dances, lights up, plays the music in the player, and can add Transformers movie sound effects to said music.
- Transformers XMODS Evolution Bumblebee (Camaro Concept) (2007)
- A RadioShack exclusive. This Radio-controlled car is part of the XMODS line, featuring digital proportional steering and upgradeable parts. A weapons & light kit is also available, featuring a hood-mounted machine gun and door-mounted missile launchers.
- Transformers ZipZaps Micro RC Bumblebee (Camaro Concept) (2007)
- A RadioShack exclusive. Part of the ZipZaps line, this is a micro Radio-controlled car that runs on a rechargeable battery (the controller doubles as the charger).
- Revenge of the Fallen Power Bots Bumblebee (2009)
- A large action figure designed for younger children. Features push-button light and sound effects. The Power Bots line replaces the Cyber Stompin' line of the first film.
- Revenge of the Fallen Power Bots Stealth Bumblebee (2009)
- A black/yellow redeco of the Power Bots toy.
- Revenge of the Fallen Bumblebee Voice Mixer Helmet (2009)
- A plastic helmet designed to resemble Bumblebee's head. Emits various sound effects and enables the user to change their voice to six different music styles.
- Revenge of the Fallen Bumblebee Plasma Cannon (2009)
- A toy weapon worn over the user's hand. Features quick transformation to cannon mode with sound effects. Plays a sample of "The Touch" by Stan Bush (a song originally from The Transformers: The Movie).
- Revenge of the Fallen RPMs Speed Series Bumblebee (2009)
- A diecast toy of Sideswipe in car mode in the same size as Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars. An illustration of his robot mode is molded on the underside of the car.
- Revenge of the Fallen RoboQ Bumblebee (2009)
- A radio-controlled micro-robot sold exclusively in Japan by Takara Tomy. Much like the RadioShack ZipZaps Micro RC, this toy uses its controller as a charging base.
- Transformers Mighty Muggs Movie Bumblebee (2010)
- A Mighty Muggs doll painted to resemble movie Bumblebee.
- Transformers Speed Stars Lights & Sounds Bumblebee (2010)
- A non-transformable toy car with pull-back action and electronic light and sound effects. Like the diecast line, it has a molded illustration of his robot mode on their undercarriage. Available in small or large sizes.
- Transformers Speed Stars Metal Heroes Bumblebee (2010)
- A re-release of the RPMs diecast car, minus some paint applications.
- Transformers Speed Stars N.E.S.T. Global Alliance Bumblebee (2010)
- A redeco with N.E.S.T. logos on the doors.
- Transformers Speed Stars Cyberhunt Bumblebee (2010)
- A redeco with a silhouette of his robot mode on the side panels.
- Transformers Speed Stars Stunticons Bumblebee (2010)
- A redeco with black/yellow wheels and Cybertronian hieroglyphics on the hood.
- Transformers Speed Stars Revealers Bumblebee (2010)
- This diecast car is molded with robot parts exposed, giving the illusion of transforming while in motion.
- Transformers Speed Stars Double Siders Bumblebee (2010)
- This diecast car has oversized wheels so it can roll on either side, either right-side-up or upside down with the robot illustration facing up.
- Transformers Speed Stars Robot Riders Bumblebee (2010)
- A diecast of Bumblebee in robot mode on wheels in a running pose.
- Transformers Speed Stars Stealth Force Bumblebee (2010)
- A non-transforming Chevrolet Camaro that mechanically opens its panels and reveals hidden weapons at the pull of the rear bumper.
- Dark of the Moon Speed Stars Stealth Force Bumblebee (2011)
- A redeco of the 2010 Stealth Force car with tribal stripes and Bumblebee's name printed on the sides, as well as an Autobot symbol on the hood.
- Dark of the Moon Stealth Force Bumblebee (2011)
- A 1/18 scale toy car with a battery-operated mechanism that reveals its weapons at the push of a button. The top of Bumblebee's head also pops up when the hood panel opens.
- Dark of the Moon Talking Soft Toy Bumblebee (not yet released)
- A plush doll of Bumblebee with his battle mask on. Features sound effects.
- Dark of the Moon McDonald's Awaking Bumblebee (2011)
- A Happy Set toy available at McDonald's restaurants in Japan. The non-poseable figure comes with a remote control that activates the lights on his chest.
- Dark of the Moon DMK-02 1/35 Scale Bumblebee Dual Model Kit (2011)
- A non-transforming model kit of Bumblebee by Takara Tomy. The kit comes with a pre-assembled inner frame that features a high rate of poseability similar to Master Grade Gundam model kits.
Bumblebee in animated form
|Sub-group||Activators, Deluxe Vehicles, Micro Vehicles|
|Rank||6 (Hasbro), 5 (Takara)|
|Partner||Optimus Prime, Bulkhead, Grimlock|
|Motto||"Enough talk. It's time for action!"
"I'm so hot it hurts!" (Elite Guard)
"I'm the fastest thing on wheels!" (Bumper Battlers)
|Alternate Modes||Cybertronian car, Police modified Chevrolet Beat|
|English voice actor||Bumper Robinson|
|Japanese voice actor||Daisuke Kishio|
Bumblebee appears in the Transformers Animated series in 2008 as a yellow Supermini police car (scanned from a vehicle driven by Detroit Police Captain Fanzone). The character of Bumblebee in Animated is described as a hot headed racing young Autobot who likes video games, making him more akin to Armada Hot Shot than the original Bumblebee. He does however retain the traditional warm-heartedness and human-friendly attitude of the original due to his friendship with Sari Sumdac and Bulkhead. Although considered childish and self-centered by many of his fellow Autobots, Bumblebee shows a loyal and caring side for his friends, and can be considered protective of Sari Sumdac, to the extent of blocking shots, blasts,and missiles from harming her. This was first shown in "Transform and Roll Out! Part 3" when he deflected a shot from Starscream that was aimed at Sari. The blast rendered him unconscious until Sari healed him with her Key. He is the kid-friendly character of the show.
Bumblebee has a retractable face plate he uses when he goes into combat and a retractable weapon (called "energy stingers") in both hands. He can use the wheels on his feet in robot mode as motorized roller blades.
In the Japanese translation of Transformers Animated, the story has been changed to make it a prequel to the 2007 Transformers live-action film. This makes this version of Bumblebee an earlier version of the film character.
In the episode "Autoboot Camp", Bumblebee has flashbacks to his days as an Autobot trainee. During training, he met Bulkhead, Longarm, Ironhide, and Wasp. The group was under the command of Drill sergeant Sentinel Minor, who gave Bumblebee his name (after calling him a "bumbler"). Bumblebee would often say or do the wrong thing, resulting in the entire platoon receiving Transformation push-ups as a result, which made him unpopular with Wasp and Ironhide. One day, Bumblebee heard someone communicating with Megatron. Believing the traitor to be Wasp, Bumblebee (with help from Longarm) discovered evidence in Wasp's locker. For discovering the traitor, Sentinel was prepared to give Bumblebee Elite Guard membership. However, Bumblebee gave up that chance by taking the rap for Bulkhead, who had previously knocked a building onto Sentinel, and was about to be removed from training, joining his new friend as a Space Bridge technician. Bulkhead and Bumblebee were assigned to a Space Bridge repair ship under the command of Optimus Prime, along with Ratchet. Both he and Bulkhead were the first to encounter Prowl before he joins their group.
In the episode "Transform & Roll Out" the repair crew stumbled across the legendary Allspark, and were attacked by Megatron and his Decepticons. They barely escaped the Decepticons, but ended up crashing on Earth. Bumblebee and his fellow Autobots were stranded on Earth and he adopted an Earth car alternate mode. He met and became friends with the young human Sari Sumdac.
In episode five, "Total Meltdown", Bumblebee is coerced by Prometheus Black into fighting a bio-enhanced human, Cyrus "The Colossus" Rhodes. During the battle, some of his hydraulic fluid is spilled. Black experiments on the fluid, but accidentally spills it and breathes in the fumes, transforming him into the corrosive Meltdown.
In the episode "Nanosec", Bumblebee's self-proclaimed title as "fastest thing on wheels" is threatened by Nanosec, a super speedster crook on a deadly mission that could destroy all of Detroit. Bumblebee defeats him using new jet boosters, and some forward thinking.
In the episode "Along Came a Spider", Bumblebee is attacked by the Decepticon Blackarachnia, who absorbs his stinger powers for a brief period. (Also, in one of the Halloween scenes where Bulkhead and Bumblebee first see Halloween night, a boy can be seen walking in the far left-hand side wearing a Bumblebee costume.)
In episode 14, "Nature Calls", Prowl, Bumblebee and Sari get more than they bargained for when they head out to the remote woods to investigate a mysterious Cybertronian energy signal. The signal comes from some mutant space barnacles latched on to Megatron's body. Before the barnacles are defeated, they infect Prowl, turning him into a zombie-like Transformer. Prowl ends up scratching Bumblebee somehow and infecting him with the barnacles as well. They are both saved by Sari using a hot water hose.
In the season finale, "Megatron Rising", Bumblebee gets a serious lashing out from Optimus and runs away to find Sari, but not before telling Prime that he is not much of a good leader, then disobeying Optimus to take on Starscream alone. He is overpowered even when Megatron uses a mechanical arm to throw Starscream outside. Starscream hits Bumblebee with a laser and sends him hanging for his life. Bumblebee is rescued by his fellow Autobots, and in the subsequent battle with the Decepticons, uses his greatest weapon - his obnoxiousness - to trick Blitzwing into changing into tank mode in mid-air, causing him to fall into Lake Erie.
In episode 20, "Garbage In, Garbage Out", Bumblebee and Sari get stuck with the job of helping Ratchet act nicer to people, and eventually run into a couple who a bear a strong resemblance to Spike and Carly Witwicky from G1 season 3, and Wreck-Gar, who Bumblebee thought was actually an Autobot.
In the episode after, "Velocity", Bumblebee participates in underground races in hopes of beating a mysterious blue race car. When the Decepticon Blitzwing arrives to recover an Allspark fragment, Bumblebee is assisted by the Blue racer.
In episode 22, "Rise of the Constructicons", he is grabbed by Mixmaster, who threatens the Autobots that if they ever want Bumblebee back 'online', the Autobots must give them (Mixmaster and Scrapper) the fragments of the Allspark. Bulkhead complies, after which they throw Bumblebee on the ground, have a drink of oil, and run off. However, Bulkhead had given them explosive oil, and the Constructicons lost their memories. They ran off after Bulkhead threatened them, after which the Autbots retrieved the Allspark fragments.
In the episode "SUV: Society of Ultimate Villainy", Bumblebee attempts to apprehend Detroit's new crime society, and the Decepticon Swindle by himself. When Swindle betrays the Society and freezes all technology in Detroit, Bumblebee is forced to team up with the criminals to stop him.
During "Autoboot Camp", he and Bulkhead try to find the source of a scrambled transmission sent by Issac Sumdac and nail Megatron and the double agent on Cybertron, whom Bumblebee thinks is Wasp. While searching, Bumblebee and Bulkhead have a fight, but they eventually make up later, even though they were close to Megatron's hideout. Then Bumblebee chats with Longarm about the transmission and is assured that Wasp would be found. However, in the "A Bridge Too Close" two-parter when the Autobots are captured by the Decepticons, Longarm reveals that he is actually the real double agent, assuming his true form while taunting Bumblebee with the realisation that Wasp was innocent, and therefore imprisoned for nothing. He also finds out that the blue race car in "Velocity" was actually an Autobot Elite Guard intelligence agent, Blurr, who was sent to keep watch on him and the rest of Optimus' crew.
In "Transwarped," Bumblebee is first seen traveling back to the plant, then going back to the mines to find some space bridge parts. After finding the plasma dynamic thruster, Bumblebee is sent to a dark part of some galaxy, then to a lighter part where meteor like aliens live, and one eats him. After he gets back to Earth, he and the other Autobots try to control a teenage Sari after she loses control of her new form. In an attempt to save her, he gets stabbed, but thankfully, she missed his spark chamber, but he gets severely damaged anyway. After a while, Ratchet gets him back on his feet. After that, Omega Supreme comes to Earth, under the control of Megatron. During the battle, Ratchet upgrades his stingers back to battle grade level to fight Megatron and Starscream. He then gets a boost from Bulkhead and using his boosters, gets the plasma dynamic thruster to Optimus and send Omega on a trip to several parts of space.
In "Where is Thy Sting?", Bumblebee is ambushed by Wasp, who ignores his explanation of why he thought he was the spy as he swaps their helmets, paint jobs, and voice synthesizers. When the Elite Guard arrive on earth, they try to arrest Bumblebee, believing him to be Wasp. However, Bumblebee is able to convince them of the truth, by playing against Wasp at a game of Ninja Gladiator, forcing Wasp to retreat. In "Predacons Rising", after losing Wasp when Swoop snatches him, Optimus explains to Bumblebee that he as responsible for Wasp as Shockwave is. Later, when the two Autobots arrive with Bumblebee crashing into the reformatted Waspinator, Bumblebee managed to apologize for his actions, though Waspinator yells he has no intention of ever forgiving him and attempts to kill him before he suffers the side effects of his evolution. Bumblebee and the rest of the Autobots abandoned Blackarachnia's lab when Waspinator's transwarp energies grew to critical excess mass, seemingly expunging him and Blackarachnia.
In "Human Error", the Autobots celebrate Christmas Eve by drinking some oil-nog before going into stasis sleep. When they wake up, they discover that they have become humans. Bumblebee takes the form of a dark-skinned pre-teen boy. It is discovered later on the episode that this is an elaborate plot by Soundwave, Laserbeak and Ratbat to trap the Autobots into a virtual reality world and brainwash them to obey his command.
In the series finale, during a rescue mission to save Arcee, who was on the moon, Bumblebee manages to settle the score with Shockwave before he and Bulkhead put him under arrest. After the Autobots learn of Prowl's ultimate sacrifice, they take the sparkless body of Prowl and the captured Megatron, Lugnut, and Shockwave to Cybertron. On their arrival home, they are greeted and cheered on by the other Autobots for their victory over the evil and malevolent leader of the Decepticons.
Bumblebee appeared in the 2008 BotCon voice actor play "Bee in the City", voiced by Bumper Robinson. In this story Professor Sumdac attempted to create a teleportation system to get the Autobots to Cybertron, but an interaction with Sari's key ended up transporting Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Sari to Transtech Cybertron, where they met Flareup and his friends were detained by Shockwave while he was deemed not a threat. Bumblebee teamed up with transformer named "Joe" to help him and Flareup get their friends. But after Joe exposed himself as a Megatron and uses Sari's key to create an army to begin a reign of terror, Bumblebee pointed out the world's bureaucratic nature that resulted in a mutiny. Afterwards the Autobots and Sari returned to their own dimension.
Set shortly after the events of "Total Meltdown" is the Transformers: Animated comic issue #2 by IDW Publishing. In it, Bumblebee and Prowl apprehend the Angry Archer as the villain attempts to steal money from a used car salesman. In doing so, they reveal the holographic trickery of the Detroit super hero known as The Wraith. With the secret of his power revealed, The Wraith loses much of the respect he used to command in Detroit. The Wraith attempts to stop Cyrus "The Colossus" Rhodes from escaping prison, but is unable to fool the villain now that the secret is public, forcing the Autobots to stop Rhodes and making The Wraith look foolish. The Wraith then attempts to discredit Bumblebee at a college football game by trapping the Autobot with a car boot and using his holograms to make a fake Bumblebee attack the stadium. Bumblebee eventually escapes and the other Autobots help capture The Wraith before having him placed in a mental institution.
- Animated McDonald's Bumblebee (2008)
- Animated Bumper Battlers Bumblebee (2008)
- A toy car designed for younger children. Features sound effects and a pull-back motor. Upon hitting an object, the top portion of the body pops open to reveal the robot form and says various phrases.
- Animated Power Bots Cyber Speed Bumblebee (2008)
- A large, non-transforming figure designed for younger children. Features push-button light and sound effects. The figure can also lie on its back for "speed mode", using the wheels on the limbs for locomotion, as seen in a few episodes of the series.
- Animated Power Bots Street Patrol Bumblebee (2008)
- A repaint of the Cyber Speed Bumblebee figure in neon yellow with blue and red stripes.
- Universe Legends Animated Bumblebee (2008)
- A Legends class toy released in the Universe Legends line.
- This figure, along with Legends Optimus Prime, was also bundled with Deluxe Stealth Lockdown.
- Bundled in Japan as part of the "Super Collection Vol. 2" gift set with Activators Bulkhead (Ironhide in Japan), Grimlock and Starscream.
- Animated Activators Bumblebee (2008)
- A Scout-sized figure with near-instant transformation at the touch of a button. A special Toys "R" Us value pack of Leader Bulkhead comes with Animated Activators Bumblebee as a bonus.
- Animated Activators Patrol Bumblebee (2008)
- A redeco of the Activators figure in black in white police car colors.
- Animated Deluxe Bumblebee (2008)
- The toy comes with two removable rocket boosters which can be attached in either robot or vehicle mode, as first seen in the episode "Nanosec". This toy's transformation causes the black stripe to switch from the left side of the vehicle mode to the right side of the robot mode. The current animation model maintains this stripe on Bumblebee's left side, regardless of current transformation.
- An actual Chevy Beat is 138 inches (3.51 m) long, while this toy is 4.25 inches (10.8 cm) long. This means the toy is about 1/32 scale. It also means the toy standing 5.5 inches (14.0 cm) tall in robot mode would indicate that Bumblebee stands about 14 feet 8 inches (4.47 m) tall.
- Transformers The Legacy of Bumblebee Deluxe Bumblebee (2008)
- A Walmart exclusive gift set featuring three Deluxe Bumblebee figures: the 2006 Classics version, the 2008 movie premium version and the 2008 Animated version.
- Animated Deluxe Elite Guard Bumblebee (2008)
- This is a repaint of the original Deluxe-class figure. While the majority of him is now black, there are equal highlights of yellow and metallic gold across both modes. The eyes are now a plain transparent-blue (as opposed to the original's light blue). The retractable Energy Stinger weapons and removable boosters are still included, though now in the newer plain transparent blue; the boosters have no paint this time, while the Stingers now use gold highlights. His mouth is still painted silver, and there are silver Autobot Elite Guard symbols printed onto his forearms and chest. Though this variation does not appear in the animated series, the summary on the back of box says that after getting close to the Elite Guard he wanted to become part of the Elite Guard, so he had Sari borrow some of her dad's spray painting robots.
- With the exception of the blue and silver, this mostly-black repaint more closely matches the natural coloring of a real bumblebee- mostly black with yellow highlights along its body.
- Animated Activators Battlefield Bumblebee (2009)
- A redeco of the Activators figure in yellow and silver.
- Animated TA-02 Deluxe Bumblebee (Takara Tomy) (2010)
- The 2010 Japan release by Takara Tomy features a metallic golden yellow finish, as opposed to the original's matte yellow finish.
- Also bundled with TA-07 Voyager Starscream.
- Animated DiaBlock Bumblebee (Kawada) (2010)
- Animated TA-31 Deluxe Elite Guard Bumblebee (Takara Tomy) (2010)
- The Japanese version of Deluxe Elite Guard Bumblebee sports a metallic golden yellow head as opposed to a black one on the Hasbro version. In addition, all Autobot Elite Guard emblems are painted red. Released on July 2010.
- Animated EZ Collection Translucent Bumblebee (Takara Tomy) (2010)
- A Japan-exclusive remold of Universe Legends Bumblebee in clear yellow plastic. Offered at Ito-Yokado stores with the purchase 3,000 yen worth of Animated merchandise.
- Animated EZ Collection Elite Guard Bumblebee (Takara Tomy) (2010)
- A Japan-exclusive black/gold redeco of Universe Legends Bumblebee.
- Animated TA-39 Voyager Jetpack Bumblebee (Takara Tomy) (2010)
- Jetpack Bumblebee is a smaller, more show-accurate version of the character that comes with a large jet pack accessory that he can combine with in vehicle mode to become a flying car. As with nearly all Japanese Animated figures, this figure is painted in a metallic finish.
- The figure was first previewed in the U.S. as Hydrodive Bumblebee, but the release status in North America is currently unknown.
- Animated TA-02 Lucky Draw Bumblebee (Takara Tomy) (2010)
- A Japan-exclusive chrome silver remold of the Deluxe figure. As part of Takara Tomy's Lucky Draw campaign, fans who purchase over 3,000 yen of Transformers merchandise at participating stores from September 18 to October 31, 2010 are entitled to one raffle coupon for a chance to win this figure.
- Animated Mini EZ Collection Bumblebee (Takara Tomy) (2010)
- A new mold that stands at 60 mm tall, shorter than the regular Legends/EZ Collection figures.
Transformers: Timelimes (Shattered Glass)
Generations Bumblebee toy.
|Sub-group||Deluxe Vehicles, Team Prime, Rescue Bots (briefly).|
|Function||Autobot Scout, Intelligence Specialist|
|Partner||Arcee, Bulkhead, Raf Esquivel, Jack Darby, Miko Nakadai, Cody Burns, Blades, Optimus Prime.|
|Alternate Modes||Cybertronian car, Urbana 500 (fictional Earth muscle car)|
Transformers: War for Cybertron
Transformers: Rescue Bots
|English voice actor||Johnny Yong Bosch (Video Game)|
Bumblebee is younger than most of the Autobots, and lost his voice box thanks to Megatron during the Great War. Bumblebee remains more playful than the other Autobots despite his lack of voice, and has come to rely on his speed as his most valuable asset in battle. Bumblebee is extremely similar to his movie counterpart, sharing similar vehicle and robot forms, the same lack of voice, and his close relationship to a human boy.
Bumblebee appears in the novels Transformers: Exodus and Transformers: Exiles.
Bumblebee appears as a playable character in the 2010 video game Transformers: War for Cybertron. In the Autobot campaign, he is first seen racing across the war-torn streets of Iacon in search of Optimus. Upon rendezvousing with Optimus, he relays the message of Zeta Prime's death at the hands of Megatron; after which, he joins Optimus and Ratchet in their resistance against the Decepticons on the planet.
In Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, the sequel to War for Cybertron, players start as Bumblebee in the first level. He appears throughout the game as well.
Bumblebee appears in the pilot episode of the series responding too late to a call for help from Cliffjumper, who is captured by the Decepticons and killed. Bumblebee soon is assigned to be Raf Esquivel's guardian. They grow close, partly thanks to the fact Raf can somehow understand Bumblebee's language of beeping, and when Megatron nearly kills the boy, Bumblebee is enraged, but is able to help save the boy's life via a transfusion of Energon. In the Operation: Bumblebee two-parter, Bumblebee loses his transformation cog, robbing him of his ability to transform and his speed. Bumblebee eventually retrieves the cog from human terrorist group M.E.C.H. and Starscream. In "New Recruit", he goes with Optimus, Ratchet and Arcee to investigate a Decepticon pod landing on Earth and the group met Smokescreen, whom later saves them as they are attacked by an Apex-Armor-wielding Starscream. Following the destruction of the Autobot Base Bumblebee inverted his paint becoming primarily black to avoid capture from the Decepticons.
In Project Predacon, it is revealed that Bumblebee has the qualifications to be a warrior, but chooses to remain as a scout in the hopes that he can graduate to that class on a revived Cybertron.
Transformers: Rescue Bots
Bumblebee appears in the episode "Bumblebee to the Rescue", where he helps the Rescue Bots and their human partners investigate a fallen meteor. Optimus Prime briefly assigns Bumblebee to observe how the Rescue Bots and the Burns family work together. Cody and the rest of the Burns family are unable to understand Bumblebee and requires one of the Rescue Bots to translate. The Rescue Bot Blades also happens to be a big fan of Bumblebee (who is said to be a legendary scout and war hero by the Rescue Bots). When Heatwave, Boulder, and Chase are infected by a substance contained in the meteor, Bumblebee, Blades, and the Burns family work together to destroy the meteor and obtain a sample in a hope to find a cure. Bumblebee and Blades successfully destroy the meteor and retrieve the sample, but at the cost of being infected as well, but thankfully the Burns use an analyzes of the meteor sample to find a cure in the Autobots database, curing Bumblebee and the Rescue Bots. At the end of the episode, Cody is revealed to have learned how to understand Bumblebee. Before leaving Bumblebee asks the Burns (with Cody acting as interpreter) if they can take a picture of him and Blades.
Bumblebee returns with Optimus Prime in "It's a Bot Time" and "Bots to the Future", where they go back in time to save the Rescue Bots from Dr. Morocco. They return to an alternate present with Dr. Morocco ruling Griffin Rock. They fight Morbots, while the Rescue Bots go into the city. They find out they left Dilther behind, which is how the Morbot army exists. They go back in time to take him back to the present, which is then changed back to the regular timeline.
- Generations Deluxe Class Bumblebee (2010)
- A new mold, based on his appearance in the War for Cybertron video game.
- Also repainted in red with a different head sculpt as Cliffjumper.
- United UN02 Deluxe Bumblebee Cybertron Mode (2010)
- Prime Cyberverse Legion Bumblebee (2012)
- A new Legion mold of Bumblebee, tentatively set for release in 2012.
- Prime First Edition Deluxe Bumblebee (2011)
- An all-new Deluxe mold of Bumblebee from the Prime animated series.
- Prime First Edition Deluxe Bumblebee (Takara Tomy) (2011)
- The Japanese version of Deluxe Bumblebee by Takara Tomy is repainted in a metallic finish.
- Prime First Edition Deluxe Bumblebee and Arcee with Raf Esquivel and Jack Darby (2011)
- A New York Comic Con 2011 exclusive gift set, featuring Deluxe Bumblebee in a New York taxicab redeco. Also packaged are a pink-and-white redeco of Deluxe Arcee and figurines of Raf Esquivel and Jack Darby.
- Prime Robots in Disguise Revealers Deluxe Bumblebee (2012)
- A different sculpt of Prime Deluxe Bumblebee that is smaller than the First Edition release. Features an Automorph gimmick, which automatically moves the head up when the arms are extended during transformation to robot mode.
- Prime Robots in Disguise Revealers Deluxe Bumblebee (Takara Tomy) (not yet released)
- As with all Prime toy releases in Japan, this figure is repainted in a metallic finish.
- Prime Robots in Disguise Leader Weaponizer Bumblebee (2012)
- A new Leader Class mold of Bumblebee with pop-up cannons that emit light and sound effects, as well as easier transformation for younger collectors.
- Prime Robots in Disguise Revealers Deluxe Bumblebee vs. Deluxe Starscream Entertainment Pack (2012)
- A gift set featuring redecos of First Edition Bumblebee (with blue stripes instead of black) and Starscream (with more shades of purple). The bundle also comes with two figurines of Silas and a MECH soldier, as well as a DVD featuring three episodes of the series.
- Prime Revealers Deluxe Bumblebee (Dark Energon) (not yet released)
- A darker redeco of the Deluxe Revealers Bumblebee figure.
- Prime: Beast Hunters Cyberverse Legion Bumblebee w/ Eagleshot Bow (2013; not yet released)
- Prime: Beast Hunters Deluxe Class Bumblebee w/ Hawkbow (2012)
- A new mold for the Bumblebee toy. It features spikes and a simple transformation.
- Prime: Beast Hunters Weaponizer Class Bumblebee (2013)
- Prime: Beast Hunters Deluxe Class Nova Blast Bumblebee (2013)
- Prime: Beast Hunters Cyberverse Bumblebee with Autobot Driller (2013)
|Function||Heroic Autobot Warrior|
|Alternate Modes||Sports car|
Bumblebee is an Autobot warrior, and is based on the Generation 1 version of the character.
'Sup? I'm Bumblebee, and I'm just about the coolest KREON character you'll ever meet. When I'm not punking the other AUTOBOTS, I like to spend my time cruising the freeway at top speed, hunting for the ultimate source of ENERGON.
Hobbies: Pranking PROWL and speeding!
Favorite Hangout: Anywhere there are lots of humans and loud music!Big Plan: To form a block-rockin' band. And also learn how to brick-surf.
Kreon Bumblebee appeared in the animated short "Last Bot Standing."
Kre-O Bumblebee appeared in the animated short "Bot Stars."
Kre-O Bumblebee appeared in the animated short "My Ride is Better Than Your Ride."
Kre-O Bumblebee appeared in the animated short "The Big Race".
Kre-O Bumblebee appeared in the animated short "A Gift For Megatron."
Both Kre-O and Kreon Bumbelbees appeared in the animated short "Megatron's Revenge."
Kreon Bumblebee appeared in the animated short "Quest for Energon, Part 1".
Kre-O Bumblebee appears in the flash video game Kre-O Transformers Konquest. In this game Kreon Optimus Prime attempts to avoid bombs and collect parts to rebuild Kre-O Ratchet, Mirage, Prowl, Oprimus Prime and Bumblebee.
- Kre-O Transformers Bumblebee (2011)
- A Lego-like building block kit of Bumblebee with 75 pieces to assemble in either car or robot mode.
- Kre-O Transformers Bumblebee (2011)
- A Lego-like building block kit of Bumblebee with 335 pieces to assemble in either car or robot mode. Comes with 3 Kreon figures of Bumblebee, Red Alert and a human.
- Kre-O Transformers Stealth Bumblebee (2012)
- A Lego-like building block kit of Bumblebee with 257 pieces to assemble in either car or robot mode. Comes with 4 Kreon figures of Bumblebee and 3 humans.
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