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Knockoff Spotlight: Enter the Bumblebots

by Anthony Brucale

Blue Bumbles

Bumblehead One of the more interesting knockoffs I've come across in recent months have been this series of Spychanger knockoffs with G1 Bumblebee heads, affectcionately called "Bumblebots." Sold on cards at stores like National Wholesale Liquidators for $1.99 for a 2-pack of the same figure. So far, I have found 9 different Bumblebots; 3 military styled, 3 red styles and 3 blue styles. The figures come with no accessories, however, most of the figures have pre-applied stickers. They are manufactured by Way Out Toys, though their website has no listing for them.

Generally, the toys are based on 2 of the G2 Gobots/Spy Changer molds; the Porche (used for Blowout, Gobots Megatron, Gobot Frenzy, Clear Artfire, Robots In Disguise Hot Shot, and KB Clear Hot Shot) and the Pickup Truck (used for Motormouth, Go-Bot Ironhide, Clear Ox, Robots In Disguise Ironhide, and KB Clear Ironhide). Of the 9, four are based on the porche mold, four are directly based on the pickup truck, and the last, a hummer, is loosely based on the pickup truck. Among the remolds are the afforementioned hummer, a fire truck (featuring a poorly crafted rooftop light that fell off from the one in the picture below), and a cop car. The backer card also shows a yellow pickup truck, but I have yet to find any of these figures in yellow.

The Hummer
Hummer Robot
Hummer Vehicle
Robot Mode
Vehicle Mode

 

The Fire Truck
Fire Truck Robot
Fire Truck Vehicle
Robot Mode
Vehicle Mode

 

The Cop Car
Cop Car Robot
Cop Car Vehicle
Robot Mode
Vehicle Mode

 

The Military Porche
Military Porche Robot
Military Porche Vehicle
Robot Mode
Vehicle Mode

 

The Blue Porche
Blue Porche Robot
Blue Porche Vehicle
Robot Mode
Vehicle Mode

 

The Red Porche
Red Porche Robot
Red Porche Vehicle
Robot Mode
Vehicle Mode

 

The Military Pickup
Military Pickup Robot
Military Pickup Vehicle
Robot Mode
Vehicle Mode

 

The Blue Pickup
Blue Pickup Robot
Blue Pickup Vehicle
Robot Mode
Vehicle Mode

 

The Red Pickup
Red Pickup Robot
Red Pickup Vehicle
Robot Mode
Vehicle Mode

Card Back

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