Bot Shots Bumblebee (Flip Shot) 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:
Choose a power for your Flip Shot BUMBLEBEE 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 B001 BUMBLEBEE. Ages 5 and up.

BumblebeeHot 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.

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 new design for Bot Shots is about the same size as last year's figures, but the way the robot mode is sculpted makes them seem larger. This time out, Bumblebee retains a lot of his iconic features. This includes the horns on his head, a smile on his face with wide eyes and crest on the top of his head. His chest is sculpted to reflect the grille from the front of the vehicle mode. He has his arms set in a position where they're bent at the elbow with his fists ready for a fight. The arms are not mirror images of each other however, the right arm is extended a tad bit more than the left (which is more accurate to how a boxer would pose in a fight). His legs are also sculpted to look like he's in a pose ready for action. The right leg is straight while the left leg is bent slightly at the knee, as if he were about to charge forward. It's a great pose and really enhances the figure since it doesn't really have any posability to speak of.

As you'd expect, Bumblebee is mostly yellow plastic with his wheels and the "flipping" platform cast in dark grey. Bumblebee's paint details are done in silver and blue. The silver paints his face, chest and thighs, breaking up the yellow color nicely. His eyes are painted blue, The paint job is just as good if not better than any other Bot Shot.

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, Bumblebee's scores break down as follows:

  • Blaster: 705
  • Fist: 160
  • Sword: 740

    Bumblebee's stats remain consistent with the portrayal of the character as one with low physical strength since his "Fist" rating is only 160. His other two numbers are respectable, but other Bumblebee Bot Shots figures have stats that are either comparable or exceed these numbers. It seems the designers are aiming to keep the stats on these figures somewhat level with last year's, not wanting the second year's worth of figures to overwhelm the first in sheer power.

    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.

    I've transformed Bumblebee back and forth five times and the vehicle mold holds together nicely and the spring works very well.

    Vehicle Mode:
    Bumblebee's vehicle mode seems largely inspired by that of his "Transformers Prime" counterpart. The shape of the vehicle is almost rectangular, though the edges are smooth. His engine sticks out in the center of the vehicle's front end and the grille has the layers of horizontal lines similar to "Transformers Prime" Bumblebee. Where he differs is the design of the headlights, which are round with a set of fog lights underneath. It's a cool looking car mode and more aggressive than the one he had most of last year. I like the use of "Transformers Prime" influence as well.

    Most of the vehicle is yellow as you'd expect, but the dark grey platform the figure has underneath winds up wrapping around the sides too, giving him the unexpected appearance of having some type of dark grey paint design running along the sides. His headlights and grille sections are painted silver and the windows are painted blue. The rear window is not painted however. Overall it's a respectable deco, but I would have liked the engine to be painted silver and the rear window painted as well.

    Final Thoughts:
    I think the idea of adding variety to the Bot Shots toy line is a fantastic one and I really look forward to seeing more of them. I also like the design of the robot mode a lot. Having an "action pose" instead of a static one really enhances the figure. The only weakness are the missing paint applications in vehicle form, but other than that this figure is recommended for any Bot Shots fan!