Bot Shots Ironhide Toy Review

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

Bot Shots

General Information:
Release Date: August 2012
fPrice Point: $5.99 (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:
Crash and bash your way to victory in the TRANSFORMERS BOT SHOTS Battle Game! Will your IRONHIDE 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 IRONHIDE 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 B012 IRONHIDE. Ages 5 and up.

IronhideBot 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, a shoe...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:
Ironhide is a mash up of live action movie and G1 inspired elements working together to form a new version of the character. The live action movie details win out here. This is perhaps most noticable on his chest, which has deails representing two halves of the vehicle mode's front end (complete with grille and headlight details) split in the middle and angling upwards, just like the movie version of the character. He also has gears sculpted right under the chest section and his arms have the angled armor appearance of live action movie Transformers instead of the more blocky, G1 Ironhide. The detail that is borrowed form G1 is his head design, which is a simple rounded helmet with a large crest in the center and a raised circle on either side of the head. his facial expression is somewhat neutral, but with his mouth open a bit, I can't help but think old Ironhide is grumbling about something. Overall, the sculpt is a cool mash up of elements from G1 and the movies.

Ironhide is cast in black and grey plastic. The black is used for the body while the grey is used for the wheels. The black is inspired by his live action movie roots as that was the main color of the character in the movies. Silver paint is used on the face, arms and legs to provide detail, and I'm glad as the black could easily look dull otherwise. His eyes are painted blue (another G1 inspiration) and provide a nice bright color into the mix.

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! Ironhide's scores break down as follows:

  • Blaster: 670
  • Fist: 500
  • Sword: 450

    These numbers just about align with a version of Ironhide that includes movie elements. While G1 Ironhide was definitely good with his fists (making the 500 number about right) the movie Ironhide definitely had a lot of firepoewr (making 670 about right). I can't help but feel the numbers should be atad higher overall, but he still makes for a formidable game piece.

    Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

    1. Swing the front of the vehicle 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. After about five tries the only trouble I had one time involved his feet not sticking when going back into vehicle mode, but a transform back into robot mode then back into vehicle mode solved that.

    Vehicle Mode:
    While the robot mode incorporated G1 and live action movie elements, the vehicle mode is all inspired by the movies. Ironhide transforms into a very blocky looking pickup truck complete with a high front end and a large grille, smokestacks in the middle area of the vehicle and a truck bed in the back. You won't be able to store anything there as it is a bit "super deformed" in proportion and it has a big spoiler sticking out the back. The front of the vehicle is painted silver while the windows are painted gold (again, two colors inspired by the movie version of the character). Being a homage to the movie Ironhide, this sculpt and paint job works really nicely, though I can't help but think we're going to see this sculpt in red eventually!

    Final Thoughts:
    Ironhide definitely isn't the highest scoring robot around in terms of value to the game, so if you're looking for someone powerful you may want to look elsewhere. If you want a good "regular" piece or just a neat mash up of G1 and movie Ironhide, then this guy is for you!