Bot Shots Bumblebee (Super Bot) Toy Review

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

Bot Shots

General Information:
Release Date: June 2012
fPrice Point: $3.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

Images:

Bumblebee*Images with asterisks and text below in italics are from the Official Transformers web site:
Dominate the BOT SHOTS game of strength and high-powered collisions with this fierce BUMBLEBEE vehicle! Your vehicle has a Sword, Blaster and Fist power. Choose your vehicle’s power, and face off against an opponent. Now crash your vehicles into 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 both convert, 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 vehicle. Series 1 Super Bot 002 BUMBLEBEE. 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).

No Transformers toy line seems to get developed without Bumblebee figures sprouting up everywhere. Bot Shots is no exception. He was one of the first Bot Shots released and as a follow up he is now a "Super Bot", a translucent "chase" figure that is limited in distribution and features at least one very high stat. This is a direct redeco of the first Bot Shots Bumblebee, so check out that review for a detailed look at the figure. This review will focus on the changes made for this release.

Robot Mode:
This time out, Bumblebee moves away from his traditional yellow color slightly and instead is a deep, translucent yellow color. His wheels are still cast in black however. The orange is reminscent of the deep yellow color used for the character in the live action films. Like most of the "Super Bots", paint detail is scarce on the figure. Here, his face is silver and his eyes are blue - that's it. No retooling was done for this release. I do like the orange color as it is quite a dramatic departure for the character from his normal "black and yellow" combination. It's a cool variant and making it limited helps its appeal.

There is no articulation to really discuss and Bot Shots don't come with any accessories. The main fun in this figure is in the "crashing" play pattern and seeing how many of your friends you can defeat! For those curious, Super Bot Bumblebee's scores break down as follows:

  • Blaster: 460
  • Fist: 910
  • Sword: 270

Of all the stats, the "Fist" rating of 910 is the most impressive. It's also very unexpected since Bumblebee is traditionally weak character in the G1 canon (though in the movies he seems to kick all sorts of skidplate without a problem). The "Blaster" rating is also quite impressive while the "Sword" rating of course balances everything out by being fairly low. Overall I dig the idea of Bumblebee having some major muscle in this "powered up" form.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Swing the car hood on the back over the robot head, this will also cause the arms to swing in.
  2. Swing the robot feet up against the underside of the car.

I had no issues with several (over ten) transformations of this figure. From one mode to the next the trigger mechanism worked very smoothly.

Vehicle Mode:
As with most of the Super Bots so far, the vehicle mode is just one big color, in this case translucent yellow. I do think the Super Bots could use some paint. Perhaps on the windshield or a dash on the headlights, but I'm guessing the Super Bots are meant to be minimalist and not cost too much to produce, especially since they're not as heavily packed as other figures.

Final Thoughts:
If you're going to get a Super Bot, odds are you either love variants or you're looking for a piece with a high number for the game. This figure is more for the hardcore Bot Shots player or collector and not the average joe. Recommended, but with the previous caveats in mind.