Bot Shots Autobot Three Pack Toy Review

in 2012, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Bot Shots, Generation One

Bot Shots

General Information:
Release Date: March 2012
fPrice Point: $7.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

Images:

  • In Box
  • Official Image
  • Scan of Box (Front)
  • Scan of Box (Right Side)
  • Scan of Box (Left Side)
  • Scan of Box (Back)

    Pictures with asterisks* and text in italics below are from the Official Transformers web site:
    It’s a game of strength and high-powered collisions with this intense TRANSFORMERS BOT SHOTS Battle Game! Each of these BUMBLEBEE, SENTINEL PRIME and PROWL vehicles has a Sword, Blaster and Fist power. Choose your vehicle and its power, and face off against an opponent. Crash your vehicles by rolling them at each other! If your vehicle converts to robot mode while your opponent’s stays in vehicle mode, you win! If neither vehicle converts, crash them again! If it’s a tie, the vehicle with the highest power wins. Blaster beats Fist, Fist beats Sword and Sword beats Blaster. May the strongest BOT SHOT vehicle win!

    Includes 3 vehicles. Series 1 BP001 BUMBLEBEE Series 1 BP002 SENTINEL PRIME Series 1 BP003 PROWL. Ages 5 and up.

    Bot Shots are a game based expression of the Transformers brand that focuses on interactive game play between figures. Previous attempts at this such as "Attacktix" had relied on missile firing mechanisms and point systems as the primary elements of the gaming system. Bot Shots are much more action oriented and factor the transformation of the toy into the play pattern (which Attacktix did not).

    In general, all Bot Shots figures have a vehicle mode and robot mode. The transformation is triggered by "bashing" the front of the vehicle into another Bash Bot (or a wall, book...any solid surface really) causing a spring loaded feature to activate and transform the figure. This generally means revealing the robot head, arms angled out to the sides and feet along with robot mode details.

    The key to the game system is a three sided hinged mechanism built into the chest. On each side is a sticker with one of three icons: a fist, a sword and a blaster - each representing a different type of combat. Presumably without your opponent seeing your selection, you turn the panel on the chest and then crash the two Bot Shots together and when the robot mode is revealed each player will know what "weapon" the other chose. The way the game works:

    • Blaster beats fist
    • Fist beats sword
    • Sword beats blaster

    In the case of two Bot Shots getting the same icon each icon has a number on it indicating that character's level of that skill. Whoever has the higher number wins. It's a simple and fun system clearly developed for kids who enjoy a game element to their action figures (such as lines like Bakugan).

    While most Bot Shots figures are released as single packs, there are a few multi-packs being released to help fans bolster their collections. It also gives Hasbro the chance to give each figure a new deco and in some cases a new identity. One type of multi-pack has three characters in it. In the case of this Autobot based three pack, the redecos are based on the Barricade, Bumblebee and Sentinel Prime molds. The only change in character identity here is Prowl, who is based on Barricade's sculpt. At the time of this writing, Prowl is only available in this three pack, offering an incentive to pick it up even if you have all three sculpts already. This review will focus on the changes made to the sculpts for this release. Please refer to the original reviews of each sculpt for a more detailed look at the figure.

    Bumblebee Review

    Bumblebee Images:

    BumblebeeRobot Mode:
    This time out Bumblebee is still cast in yellow plastic, but a darker shade than his previous release. On top of that, his plastic has a metallic shine to it that gives it a very different feel than the previous version. In essence, it feels like this iteration of Bumblebee is more influenced by his movie counterpart in color than the G1 version, and it looks really nice. To balance out the yellow plastic, his wheels are now cast in an even grey plastic. Surprisingly, Bumblebee's deco pattern is different than the first version. He still uses silver paint on the face and upper legs, but now the silver is on his fists instead of the upper arms and the torso has silver paint in the middle and on top of the chest. The eyes are painted light blue, staying true to the G1 colors where Autobots had blue eyes while Decepticons had red.

    It's not just colors that have changed. Bumblebee's statistics have been altered as well. His new numbers are:

    • Blaster: 530
    • Fist: 765
    • Sword: 325

    From the looks of it, Bumblebee sacrificed a bit from the Blaster and Sword categories to get a major upgrade on the Fist panel, going from 110 to 765! That definitely gives anyone using Bumblebee a distinct advantage when using that panel (assuming your opponent uses the same one!).

    Vehicle Mode:
    The vehicle mode really gives fans more of a look at the yellow color since it makes up most of the car. I truly do prefer this yellow over the one used on the previous figure, it draws the eye a lot more (at least mine). The windows arepainted black and there is a splash of silver on the front grille. I'm appreciative of the use of extra paint details in vehicle mode and robot mode, which helps swallow buying this figure an "extra" time if you already own it.

    Prowl Images:

    ProwlVehicle Mode:
    Prowl is the only character in this three pack not currently available as a single packed character, thus making him the "incentive" to buy the three pack if you already own all three sculpts. Prowl is a direct redeco of the Barricade sculpt and it's quite appropriate if you consider that both characters transform into police cars. Taking a cue from his G1 incarnation, Prowl is cast mostly in white plastic with black wheels. The top of the vehicle features a lightbar that is painted red on the ends. His windows are painted silver and the sides and front of the vehicle are painted black, in a homage to a similar paint pattern on G1 Prowl. I did find myself wishing however that Prowl had G1 Prowl's black detail on the hood where the paint came to a point in the center, but that's a rather nit picky detail.

    Robot Mode:
    At first I was dubious about using this sculpt without any retooling for Prowl, but the designers somehow made it work with a creative use of deco. Selling Barricade as Prowl is largely fcused in the head, and in this sense the designers did a bang up job. Using red on the four "horns" that stick up on the head, they create a callback to G1 Prowl's head design. Then throw in a silver face and blue eyes and he definitely looks like the logical Autobot of old. A few extra black details help round out that G1 inspired theme including bits on his chest and forearms, both of which are places Prowl had black deco in G1. Very nicely done!

    Prowl's stats work out as follows:

    • Blaster: 255
    • Fist: 540
    • Sword: 835

    Prowl was never a character written as a fierce and powerful warrior (although he was no slouch in combat either). Given that, the way his stats work out are fine by me. Giving him one low stat, one medium and one (very) high stat makes perfect sense and I confess I was relieved when I flipped the panels and saw he had 835 for the Sword, otherwise he wasn't going to be a very useful game piece!

    Sentinel Prime Images:

      Sentinel PrimeVehicle Mode:
      Sentinel Prime's first release was as a "Super Bot" figure. Super Bots are generally all translucent in color with minimal paint details. This three pack gives you the chance to own this sculpt fully painted in solid plastic. This time out, Sentinel Prime has both dark red and black plastic, making him quite unusual as most Bot Shots generally have one color that dominates the sculpt with another color reserved for smaller parts. In vehicle form, this creates a really nice color combination where the front and back of the vehicle are mostly red, but the middle and the sides are mostly black.

      Paint details are done in silver, metallic blue and a solid blue. The silver is found on a panel on the top of the vehicle towards the back. The windows in the front are painted metallic blue and the ends of his lightbar are painted solid blue. Overall the colors look great and having the black break up the red in the middle and sides adds a lot to the visual appeal of the figure.

      Robot Mode:
      The robot mode continues the divide between red and black plastic. Red plastic makes up the head and torso, but his arms and legs are cast in black, giving him a really different look than most Bot Shots figures. His face and hands are painted silver and the eyes are painted blue. The panels on his chest are painted metallic blue, representing the spot where his windshield would go in this form. Overall I really like Sentinel's color scheme and it is a cool alternative to his "Super Bot" version.

      Comparing the stats of Sentinel Prime's previous release with this one is a bit unfair given that his first release was as a "Super Bot", a chase figure cast in translucent plastic with higher than normal stats. Still, given that Sentinel makes out pretty well here. His Blaster rating is respectable and his Fist rating is still higher than say, Prowl's Blaster rating. The 775 for the Sword is also a nice counter balance to the very low 190 for the Sword used on the first release of this figure. I like the way the stats balance out without being too outrageous one way or another.

      • Blaster: 485
      • Fist: 360
      • Sword: 775

      Final Thoughts:
      How much you'll want this three pack largely depends on two things: how badly you want Prowl and how much you like redecos. Personally I think for $7.99 (average price) this three pack is a steal if you consider the regular figures are $3.99 on their own (with one of them being a short packed "Super Bot"). I think it's totally worth it, though here and there I think the decos could have been stronger. Recommended, but only towards a particular audience.