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Playskool Mega Mighties Bumblebee review

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As an avid Transformers fan, I was looking for a robust and impressive robot for my son. The Playskool Bumblebee, inspired by the Transformers Rescue Bots Academy TV series, turned out to be just that.

Playskool Bumblebee Robot

Large and robust, you can't go wrong with that. That's why this robot is aimed at the little ones.

Best big and tall toy robot
Playskool Mega Mighties Bumblebee
Product image
8.5
Toy score
Play value
3.9
Replayability
4.1
Sustainability
4.8
Best for
  • The sturdy material can take a beating
  • At 10 inches (25 cm) in size, it is perfectly sized for small hands
Less good
  • For many Transformers fans, the lack of the ability to transform may be a disappointment

This 10-inch (25 cm) Mega Mighties Bumblebee is a real eye-catcher. It's clear that the emphasis is on durability and size, perfect for small hands and active play.

With three points of articulation - the head, arms and waist - kids can still move the Bumblebee figure a bit, but it's clearly just about being able to set it down easily.

A play figure for little ones who can't handle small parts yet.

Playskool Bumblebee moving arm

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Is the Playskool Bumblebee a robot toy or not?

Although the Bumblebee figure cannot transform, it still offers plenty of play opportunities. This may be a disappointment to some parents, but it's important to remember that the emphasis is on safety and durability for younger children.

“I know it said action figure, but I assumed that a transformer also transforms,” as Elizabeth, the parent of a 3-year-old, aptly put it in a review.

Not being able to transform a robot named transformer is indeed somewhat unfortunate.

And while some parents may see the figure more as a decoration than a toy, as Wilhelm said in his review, there are countless others who appreciate the durability and attractiveness of these toys.

For example, Joshua Hudson from the US said it's the perfect size for his 3-year-old and he appreciates the fact that it doesn't come apart like other Bumblebee toys do.

Robin Pickersgill from Canada noticed that their child took the Bumblebee figure everywhere. So it's clear that this toy robot despite its non-transforming nature, can still capture a special place in the hearts of children.

Our experience

In the beginning our son didn't really know what to do with it, perhaps also because he doesn't transform. For a while it had been in the closet with other toys until he suddenly started playing with it.

This robot now almost always participates in fantasy play where adventure is sought. The robot is sometimes the hero, and sometimes the strong enemy to be defeated.

Playskool Bumblebee pretend play

The favorite move is that figures have to go underneath it quickly, which is also very easy because of the size.

So it took us some time to make it one of our favorite toys.

Age appropriateness

The manufacturer indicates that it's suitable from 3 years and up. This is because something could come loose, for example the head when pulled or hit extremely hard. We have not succeeded in doing this in the more than 2 years that we have been playing with it.

Due to its size, it can be played with from the age of 2, although parental supervision is wise if you do.

Our son has played with it from age 3 to age 5. After that he didn't really play with it anymore. This makes the robot most suitable for ages 3 to 5.

Best big and tall toy robot

PlayskoolMega Mighties Bumblebee

This 10-inch (25 cm) Bumblebee is a real eye-catcher. It is clear that the emphasis is on durability and size, perfect for small hands and active play.

8.5
Toy score
Product image

Conclusion

The Playskool Bumblebee is a great first play robot for little kids, but don't assume it can transform despite its name.

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child he came into contact with everything related to games when his mother started the Tinnen Soldaat in Ede. Now he and his team create helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.