So, like, there's this Target-exclusive subline of Transformers called "Buzzworthy Bumblebee," right? Mostly it's recycled old Bumblebee and Bumblebee-adjacent stuff, like some repackaged Studio Series Bumblebees and giant electronic Bumblebee Movie stuff. It's not really advertised by Hasbro at all. It just sort of exists, and when stuff appears, it appears. There was one new toy developed for it, a Core Class-sized Bumblebee that transformed into Bumper's car mode and came with a small Witwicky, and that was sorta neat.
But now there's a second new toy developed for it, "Origins" Bumblebee. It's a brand new War For Cybertron-scaled Deluxe Class Bumblebee that transforms into the flying saucer altmode seen in the very first scene of the very first Transformers cartoon episode. It comes with five of the fuel rods he and Wheeljack are seen stealing from the Decepticons in that scene, plus a rocketpack and a blaster. What the what.
Anyway, yes, it attempts to transform Bumblebee's cartoon robot mode, which obviously looks like it transforms into some kind of superdeformed Volkswagen Beetle, into the flying saucer altmode. And it's... generally successful? I mean, okay, it's got some large panels hanging off his back and legs, but stuff folds up pretty cleanly, that stuff has to go somewhere, and while most of Bumblebee's robot mode is tucked underneath his unfolding spaceship kibble, it does keep some robot mode parts in vehicle mode. The chest transforms into the very front of the spaceship, just like the animation shows us, which is pretty impressive, and also Bumblebee's crotch forms part of the, aheh, rear. For a store exclusive, it's a pretty rad amount of effort, honestly.
The only really annoying part is that he doesn't hold his fuel rods very well. They're not 5mm compatible or anything, and so you kinda have to try wedging them in between his arms and torso, and keeping them supported there is always more luck-based than skill-based. Otherwise they kind of just sit there on the ground.
Origins Bumblebee is just starting to hit Targets now. He's 8 solid to a case, so there shouldn't be too much trouble tracking him down.
It's pretty weird that this is coming out two years after the line specifically about Transformers with Cybertronian altmodes.