Transformers Movie (2007) Spyshot 6 Review

in 2007, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Movie (2007), Real Gear Robots

Transformers Live Action<br />
Movie

General Information:
Release Year: May 2007
Retailer: General release (Wal-Mart, Target, Toys 'R' Us etc.)
Price: $6.99 (Depending on retailer)
Accessories: None

Images:

Tech Specs:
SPY SHOT 6 doesn't talk a lot, preferring to remain in camera mode as an observer in the background. It's probably from years of spying on the DECEPTICONS. He's got a perfect memory, able to produce a description of anything he's ever seen or heard. He prefers not to fight, but when it comes down to it, he can fire focused beams of laser-intensity light through his lens.

Strength: 6  Intelligence:Speed:Endurance: 7
Rank: 6  Courage: 10  Firepower: 7  Skill: 8


Packaging:
Spy Shot 6 is a carded figure, with the "Real Gear Robots" logo in a semi-circle around the edge of the bubble interior. Like all Real Gear figures, he has three words naming the function of the character. In this case his function is to: "Shoot. Save. Protect.". A small note on the front indicates "Not a working camera". The background uses the silver, metal look of the movie logo with an Autobot symbol behind it. There is no package art, just a photo of the figure. On the back right above the tech specs is the following text: "Congratulations on purchasing this fine Real Gear Robots product! You've uncovered one of the most closely held secrets on Earth, known only to very few humans. The power of the Allspark has been unleashed, and machines all over the world have come alive. Unlock their secrets and join the battle!" It's kind of neat since tis is akin to the type of message you would find in a manual when you purchase an electronic device (minus the stuff about your device coming to life of course).

Spy Shot 6 is a descendent of an original Transformer of sorts. During the original release of the Generation One line, three Decepticons could combine into one alternate form: a camera. This was a reflection of something that began to disappear over the course of the Transformers line: Transformers whose alternate forms were everyday objects instead of vehicles or animals. Now in the form of a 21st century digital camera, Spy Shot 6 carries on this tradition.

Camera mode:
Spy Shot 6's camera mode represents a modern digital camera of the small, pocket size variety. The front side has a couple layers of sculpted detail. The lens is a rounded one that extends out from the camera itself. Off to the left side is a rectangle with vertical line detail representing where the flash would be. Right off the middle towards the right is a small circular section with a rectangle inside representing the front end of the viewfinder. On the top towards the right side is the button to press when snapping a pretend picture. It makes a rather satisfying click as you press the button too, a nice little touch.

The back of the camera mode has plenty of detail. On the upper left side is a raised, oval piece with the letters W and T on it, representing the button to go "Wide" or "Tight" on the focus of the camera. In the center is an LCD screen with a sticker inside. The sticker has a graphic of Cybertron Ransack on it, which should get fans into lots of discussions about continuity since technically this is a figure based in the live action movie universe. Overlaid on Ransack's picture are various graphics that are often found on digital camera menus. This includes the time (set to 7:47, a reference to the release date of the movie in the US), a zoom indicator, a battery level indicator and a flash symbol crossed out indicating spy Shot 6's flash is set to being off.

Underneath the LCD display are two arros, one pointing left, the other right. On the right side is a circular thumbpad with arrows pointing up, down, left and right, presumably to navigate around onscreen menus.

Spy Shot 6 is cast in dark, silver plastic. Other parts are cast in black such as the lens scope and the buttons on the back. Translucent plastic is used on the lens itself and on the viewfinder. Silver and black paint are used for details. The silver details are mostly found on the front around the lens section. The name "Spyshot 6" (written as two words instead of three as it is on the packaging) is printed in black next to an Autobot symbol on the front. This seems almost silly for disguise purposes, but it actually looks a lot like the name is mean tto be the brand of camera.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. With the front of the camera facing you, swing out the right side.
  2. Swing up the top section of the camera.
  3. Swing the top and bottom halves of the camera's left side out.
  4. Swivel the waist section and both legs down.
  5. Split the waist section and swing each half out a bit until it clicks into place.
  6. Turn the lower legs around so the parts with the red circles face forward.
  7. Swing out the black foot piece on the left leg.
  8. Swing the right arm down.
  9. Move the robot head to the right to center it.
  10. Swing the left arm up a bit until it locks into place.
  11. Turn the lower arms around so the elbow joints can bend forward.

Robot mode:
There is no doubt what Spy shot 6's alternate mode is in this form thanks to the camera lens section making up most of his main body. His head design is really different than most Transformer head designs. He has a high forehead with vertical line details on it. His eyes are are translucent red circles and he has a circle on either side of his head, not too far from where his neck would be. These details give an almost Frankenstein like appearance to his head.

The arms are asymmetrical since they are formed from different sections of the camera. The lower arms each have different line details both inset and raised. Instead of having regular hands, Spy Shot 6 has claws, each with raised sections inside presumably so he can grip objects without dropping them. His legs each have circular details on them that look almost like speakers on a radio. His feet are rather large and wide, allowing for plenty of stability in robot mode.

The newly revealed color in this form is dark green, used on the head, shoulders, claws and upper legs. This dark tone works well with the dark silver color used for most of his body. His eyes are translucent red plastic, allowing for a nice "light piping" effect. Most of the paint applications wind up on the legs and head. The hed has a red horizontal line painted on the forehead with a silver face. His legs also have red and silver painted on them, filling in the rectangular and circular details.

spy Shot 6 has seventeen points of articulation, mostly using double joints and ball joints - so he has a good range of motion. This also includes the ability for each claw to move up and down. The head is also on a ball joint so he can look up as well as side to side.

Final Thoughts:
Spy Shot 6 is a fun little toy. It's not just his transformation that's fun, it's also the details the designers paid attention to such as the sculpted buttons and graphics on his LCD screen. His posability and sculpt are also quite unique, making him a must have for any Transformers fans who are into Transformers that become every day objects. Highly recommended.