Bot Shots Megatron (Truck) Toy Review

in 2012, Action Figure Review, Bot Shots, Dark of the Moon, Decepticon

Bot Shots

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

Images:

*Images with asterisks and text below in italics are from the Official Transformers web site:
Crash and bash your way to victory in the TRANSFORMERS BOT SHOTS Battle Game! Will your MEGATRON vehicle convert to robot mode and make you the winner? Find out when you crash your vehicles together! Crash and bash your way to BOT SHOTS victory!

Choose your MEGATRON vehicle’s power, then crash into battle with your opponent. Two ways to win when you crash your vehicles together! If your vehicle converts to robot mode when your opponent’s doesn’t, you’re the winner! If both of your vehicles convert, the vehicle with the highest power wins! Blaster beats Fist, Fist beats Sword and Sword beats Blaster. If neither vehicle converts, crash them all over again!

Includes vehicle. Series 1 B018 MEGATRON. Ages 5 and up.

MegatronBot 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).

This iteration of Bot Shots Megatron is a redeco of the Super Bot version. Unlike the first Megatron release, this guy's a tanker truck, based upon his appearance in the "Dark of the Moon" live action movies. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release, so check out those reviews for details on the sculpt itself.

Robot Mode:
I noted in my Super Bot Megatron review that this sculpt was largely inspired by the character's appearance in the "Dark of the Moon" film. This becomes quite apparent with the use of a dark green toned color for the majority of the plastic on Megatron. The wheels are cast in black, but he really evokes that kind of dirty, worn out look Megatron had in the film. Paint applications are done in a few colors: metallic green, silver and red. The metallic green is a beautiful color, and quite unusual looking. It does however give off a shine that resembles the tone of Megatron in the movies. This color is used on his head and his hands. Silver is used to paint his chest. The eyes are painted red, which really contrasts wonderfully with the metallic green color.

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! Megatron's scores break down as follows:

  • Blaster: 520
  • Fist: 800
  • Sword: 300

    Megatron's great power is being represented with the "Fist" rating here, but I was also happy to see such a high rating for his "Blaster" even though this is not a "Super Bot" figure. If you kind of average it out, this figure is almost as powerful as his "Super Bot" incarnation. Of all the characters, he should have high numbers and this guy fits the bill!

    Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

    1. Swing the truck 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 truck.

    The transformation/crashing trigger mechanism works well. On about six different tries I had no problem at all.

    Vehicle Mode:
    Megatron is still mostly the dark greenish color in this mode, but a lot of the metallic green paint is used to paint the back section of the truck. The front grille is painted in a solid, dark brown color that also echoes the general color scheme of the character from the movies. What is unfortunately left unpainted is the windshield, and considering how nice the other colors on this figure look, it almost looks like a deco was just left out. It's perhaps the only part of the color scheme that I don't like.

    Final Thoughts:
    This version of Megatron looks great in robot mode and mostly looks cool in vehicle mode. From a gaming perspective, if you already have the Super Bot, there's really no reason to get this one, but if you can't find the Super Bot, this is a worthy substitute. Only hardcore completists should bother getting both. Recommended, but I still wish that window was painted!