Bot Shots Decepticon Brawl Toy Review

in 2012, Action Figure Review, Bot Shots, Decepticon, Movie (2007)

Bot Shots

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


*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 DECEPTICON BRAWL 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 B007 DECEPTICON BRAWL. Ages 5 and up.

Decepticon BrawlBot 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 Bot Shot (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).

Robot Mode:
Decepticon Brawl has gotten a bit more attention in recent years than in the past. Once known only as a member of the "Combaticon" team in Generation One, the character name was revived as a stand alone Decepticon in the live action movie universe who transformed into a hulking tank and robot. The character was destroyed in the first film, but that didn't stop him from coming back in the toy line over and over again. This time out he's back in a cuter form as a Bot Shot!

One look at Brawl and you'll know this isn't G1 Brawl at all, but a design based on the movie character. The biggest give away is the head sculpt, which has a blockiness to the helmet section with a raised area above the brow and a central crest. His face has visor eyes and a beveled mouth section with a pronounced chin piece. These resemble the "mouth plate" that the movie Brawl had which included a distinctive chin piece.

Other nicely sculpted details include the arms, which are curved instead of being blocky and the sides of his legs, which feature details such as raised armor panels and wires.

Brawl is cast in beige plastic, with grey wheels. The grey color of the wheels is matched with paint applications that appear on the arms, legs and the face. His eyes are painted red, which gives him a rather ominous look. I found the choice of using the beige first interesting as we're almost assured to get a green redeco down the line to represent both of the primary colors previous toy lines have given the character.

There is no articulation to really discuss. The main fun in the figure itself is in the "crashing" play pattern and seeing how many of your friends you can defeat! For those curious, Decepticon Brawl's scores break down as follows:

  • Blaster: 910
  • Fist: 580
  • Sword: 120

    Brawl's high "Blaster" number makes perfect sense given he is a tank in his alternate form. And given how well he did in hand to hand combat in the movies, the very low rating on "Sword" makes perfect sense to me. Given that he's one of the few characters in the line so far to have offensive weaponry in his vehicle mode, I'd watch out for Brawl's Blaster number if you take him on!

    Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

    1. Swing the vehicle 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 vehicle.

    The transformation/crashing trigger mechanism works great. The front end of the tank is angled, but thanks to the two clawed panels being positioned in a vertical position, the "crashing" play pattern works wonderfully.

    Vehicle Mode:
    For his Bot Shots incarnation, Brawl has maintained his tank vehicle mode based on the Abrams tank. This includes the boxy back end, the sloped front end along with the panels in the front with claws on them. Other details borrowed from the movie model include the missile pods on the sides of the turret and smaller details such as hatches and ladders on the top of the vehicle. It's a really nice sculpt overall.

    The only paint decos in this mode are the treads (which are painted grey on the sides as well) and a bit of red for the four missiles in each missile pod. I do wish there had been a bit more paint, perhaps some grey or silver on the top of the vehicle to give it a slightly "worn" look, but Bot Shots really are meant to look more "cartoony" and not realistic so it fits with the look of the line.

    Final Thoughts:
    Decepticon Brawl is one high powered Bot Shot with a good amount of sculpted detail in both modes. I really like it and definitely recommend adding this to your Decepticon army!