Bot Shots Flip Shot Decepticon Brawl Toy Review

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Bot Shots

General Information:
Release Date: February 2013
fPrice Point: $5.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None


*Images with asterisks above and text below in italics are from the Official Transformers Web Site:
Build your collection for more Transformers Bot Shots action with this tricky Flip Shot Decepticon Brawl vehicle! Will your Decepticon Brawl vehicle convert to robot mode to win the game, or will your opponent’s vehicle (other vehicles sold separately) be the winner? Find out when you crash your vehicles together! After you’ve mastered Basic Battle moves, try new tricks. Can your vehicle survive a demolition derby with your friends? Can you make a backward Flip Shot so that the vehicle behind converts? Crash and bash your way to Bot Shots victory!

Choose a power for your Flip Shot Decepticon Brawl vehicle, then crash it into another for Basic Battle! The vehicle that converts to robot mode when the other doesn’t is the winner! (Other vehicles sold separately.) If both 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! Master the Basic Battle, then try tricks like the Flip Shot! Crash to flip!

Includes vehicle. Series 2 B006 Decepticon Brawl. Ages 5 and up. Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

BrawlHot on the heels of a very successful first year for the "Bot Shots", 2013 has seen the introduction of not just new Bot Shots figures, but new sub-groups of the line. Last year Bot Shots had a very standard design but the designers are attempting to shake up the diversity of the line for its second year. Making a return to the line is the character of Decepticon Brawl, who has gotten a lot of representation in various "Transformers" toy lines since 2007's live action movie featured a version of the character.

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. One of the new types of Bot Shots figures are the "Flip Shot" figures. You still press the front of the vehicle and then a panel on the underside of the vehicle swings down and back, causing the figure to "flip".

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:
This version of Decepticon Brawl is not the same sculpt as last year's Brawl figure. Instead, it is a brand new sculpt based on the "Flip Shot" functionality. This design is largely based on the version of the character from the live action movie continuity. The most telling design aspects are his head and legs. The head's "helmet" section design has a "U" shaped crest leading to a beveled piece that wraps around the head. This is similar to the design of the live ation movie's Brawl, but a bit more rectangular and less flattened. The legs have knee armor that comes up to an angle in the center and he has two prominent "toes" sticking out in front, similar to live action movie Brawl's design.

Unlike the live action Brawl this little guy is much more expressive. He has been sculpted with one hand bigger than the other and one leg smaller than the other. The idea is each one has been positioned in the sculpt to make it look like he has one arm forward and one leg back, as if he were charging at his enemy. Even better is the expression on his face with his mouth wide open as if screaming in rage. It goes perfectly with the body language being conveyed in the sculpt. Overall he looks funny and great all at the same time.

Brawl is cast in green and black plastic. Green makes up most of the figure with black used for his wheels. He does have some tread parts, but those are painted gunmetal grey. His face is silver with orange eyes and a bit of silver is used on the waist.

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, Brawl'sscores break down as follows:

  • Blaster: 425
  • Fist: 865
  • Sword: 320

I found Brawl's numbers a bit surprising. I would have expected his "Blaster" rating to have the 865 given his vehicle mode, but it does make sense if you look at the robot mode and realize he basically has no firepower showing but he does look like he's ready to get into a fist fight!

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Push the front of the car down and the arms will push back.
  2. Swing the platform from the back forward and lock it into place.

Brawl's "flipping" mechanism is quite strong and he wound up flipping onto his back and sides a few times. I don't think the design was really made to make sure he lands on his feet every time so I'm fine with this.

Vehicle Mode:
In the live action movie, Brawl transformed into a tank, but not the exact same one as was seen in the "Transformers" film. Instead, this one has a huge plate in front with spikes, a fixed turret with varioius wires, armor plates and lights sculpted onto it and large treads on the sides. There is a bit of influence from the live action movie version in that there are some weapons sculpted into the top of the vehicle such as three launching tubes on the right side of the turret base. It's a very dangerous looking tank and fits the character perfectly.

This mode shows off the tank treads together so you get to see the gunmetal grey all combined and it looks cool, contrasting against the green. The end of his turret is orange. There's a lot of detail on this figure which I found myself wishing there should be some more paint detail to bring out, but overall he looks good for a Bot Shots figure.

Final Thoughts:
Brawl is a cool looking little figure and he amuses me with his big mouth "screaming" and his "running" sculpted pose. He's also a really nicely detailed and tough looking tank that looks great. I really appreciate that Brawl got a new sculpt instead of a re-release of the sculpt from last year as well. Recommended!