Welcome to the Ultimate Bumblebee Transformer Gift Guide. In anticipation of the Bumblebee movie arriving December 21, 2018, Fred Meyer has stocked up on a fabulous Hasbro Transformers toy, merchandise and apparel line available for even the biggest Bumblebee Transformer fans.
If you are here because your son, daughter, brother, sister or even your spouse loves everything Transformer, you have come to the right place.
With the holidays quickly approaching, my hope is to make shopping a bit easier for you by reviewing Bumblebee gift ideas. Make sure to follow the link for the 25% off coupon I’m offering to you as well.
Ultimate Bumblebee Transformer Gift Guide
In cooperation with Hasbro and Fred Meyer, I bring you the ultimate Bumblebee Transformer gift guide. This is a sponsored post and products were provided. As always, this is my own honest experience with the products. I am particular about partnering with brands I know, enjoy and trust.
Bumblebee Transformer Toy Review
Transformers Bumblebee Volkswagon Beetle by Hasbro – We have to start this gift guide with our hero, Bumblebee. This toy comes with the “core reactor” energon ignitor (not pictured).
The core fits in the engine compartment of the larger toy and propels the Volkswagon Beetle version of this Autobot forward. The core snaps onto the back of the smaller car to make it move.
This Bumblebee transformer takes 9 steps to go from car to robot. There are two different sizes available for the VW Bumblebee.
To assure a sturdy vehicle , there are certain pieces kids will need to snap together tightly. This helps in both function and visual appeal. Some kids may need assistance with this process until they learn the feel.
There are instructions on the back of the box to make the transformation happen. My son (age 7) initially studied the box while he transformed Bumblebee. It didn’t take long before he could do it independently. This is true of each of the Transformer characters listed here.
The toy is listed for kids age 6+. I agree that younger kids might need more help transforming the characters.
For those parents unfamiliar with Bumblebee, he is the robot who is always trying to prove his worth to the other Autobots, especially Optimus Prime, his leader.
He is a risk taker, skilled at adapting, has high visual acuteness and is a great spy and messenger. Bumblebee is often the most beloved character because of his humor, energy and enduring characteristics.
Transformers Bumblebee Chevrolet Camaro Toy – Bumblebee has always been synonymous with a muscle car. He is typically a Chevrolet Camaro with black stripes. In the new movie, Bumblebee will go back to its cartoon and comic book roots as a VW Beetle.
The Chevrolet Camaro Bumblebee is another Transformer toy that can be found at Fred Meyer. It also comes in two sizes. This transformation, according to the back of the box, takes 6 steps. It also comes with a core reactor.
My son loved zooming this muscle car around and transformed it with ease.
Transformers Barricade by Hasbro – Meet Barricade. Barricade is the rival of Bumblebee. He is the scout for the Decepticons, who are the villains in the Transformer movies, comics and cartoons. For Barricade, having his vehicle be a police cruiser is quite the disguise for an evil character.
This Transformer toy also comes with core reactor to make it move (pictured in the engine compartment of Barricade’s police cruiser).
Also pictured is the smaller version of Barricade.
As with all these toys, they are rated at 6+, and I agree with the rating. Barricade changes from car to robot in 10 steps.
Transformers Hot Rod by Hasbro – Hot Rod is the orange and gray car. He is also known as “Rodimus Prime” or Bumblebee’s right hand Autobot. He has been known as a character that is full of energy but also has a head strong and confident personality.
Hot Rod is designed for kids 6+ and transforms in four simple steps. It also is part of the energon igniters series so comes with a core reactor.
Transformers Dropkick by Hasbro – Dropkick is another Decepticon. He doesn’t have a huge desire to be on earth. That said, he does like to blow things up, which makes him a fun character to watch.
Dropkick is for ages 6+ and transforms in only four steps. He also comes core rector.
Transformers Megatron by Hasbro – Megatron is the evil and heartless leader of the Decepticons. In other words, he is a real bad guy. He is Optimus Primes’ rival and in the cartoons and movies can take on the form of a jet or tank. This toy is a tank.
Megatron converts from tank to robot in 9 steps.
Transformers Optimus Prime by Hasbro – Optimus Prime is the leader of the Autobots. He is a brave leader who is filled understanding and compassion. He has sworn an oath to protect earth from the evil Decepticons.
This is a smaller version, pictured here with two of the core reactors. Again, this means that the vehicles can propel forward.
The small Optimus Prime transforms in six steps and was designed for kids age six and older.
Bumblebee Transformer Apparel for 2018
Looking for the perfect gift for your Bumblebee Transformer fans this 2018? Beyond toys, clothing is a wonderful gift idea.
I love the design of each one of these t-shirts.
My seven year old son is flexing in his new black and yellow Bumblebee t-shirt, size 8/10. It fits him perfectly.
My nine year old daughter is also wearing a size 8/10 t-shirt. This gray shirt has colorful Transformer characters on the front.
I’m a pretty true size 8 and am wearing this great dark gray t-shirt with a cool graphic Transformers print. This comfortable t-shirt is size large. After washing it, I think it will fit nicely, although the medium probably would have worked too.
My 6’2″ husband has a 34″ inseam and is often hard to fit in length. Both the size medium pajama pants and the super cool Transformers adult onesie fit him perfectly. I’m not sure if the length will shorten after washed.
The child sized Bumblebee Transformer pajamas are size 8/10. They are pretty true to size, fitting my seven year old a little too big and my 9 year old a little too small.
Bumblebee Transformer Merchandise
The 2018 Bumblebee movie hits right before Christmas. Hasbro has anticipated this by providing some amazing Transformers merchandise. Get your shopping done early so the holiday season can be filled with more relaxing memories.
Mugs, water bottles, lunch boxes and bags are a few things you will find for your Bumblebee Transformers fan. There is quite the variety of quality merchandise that should thrill anyone – from the casual fan to the Transformer collector.
Where do I find Bumblebee toys, apparel and merchandise?
Visit your local Fred Meyer store to find all your Bumblebee Transformer toys, merchandise and clothing. You will find a display that will house much of the products discussed.
Head over to the toy section to satisfy the kid in all of us.
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Bumblebee Transformer Experience
It was the best day. My son was having two friends over to play. That is happy enough, but it was only about to get better. After school, we walked up to the door to discover a huge box marked Hasbro on the side. I knew what was to come. He didn’t.
The box was opened. The products were revealed. Boom. Instant engagement. It hasn’t stopped.
The boys were initially consumed with figuring out the mechanics of the Autobots. How do I change these Transformers from the robot into the car? There are instructions either on the back of the box or in a small instruction manual.
After figuring out the mechanics, the imaginative play could begin. With the classic battle of good vs. evil, it wasn’t hard for the boys to start in on their scenarios. Add in the cool car and core reactor movement, and you have a victory.
The boys didn’t say, “We’re bored,” or ask to play video games once.
You know you have a winning toy when dad comes home, doesn’t change out of his work clothes and starts playing right away.
These Transformer toys engage the mind and therefore were appealing to everyone in the family, both the adults and the kids. My son was captivated more in the creative play with the characters. The rest of us especially enjoyed switching the Autobots from robot to car.
I hope my Ultimate Bumblebee Transformer Gift Guide helps as you enter into the holiday season with your own Transformer fans in mind. Fred Meyer has everything to keep you covered.