Bot Shots Lockdown Toy Review

in 2012, Action Figure Review, Animated, Bot Shots, Decepticon

Bot Shots

General Information:
Release Date: June 2012
fPrice Point: $5.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None


*Images above 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 LOCKDOWN 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 LOCKDOWN 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 B008 LOCKDOWN Ages 5 and up.

LockdownBot 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, 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:
Lockdown was a character first introduced in the "Transformers Animated" series, and he obviously made an impression on the Transformers designers. The character would later be resurrected as part of the "Revenge of the Fallen" toy line and in the "Speed Stars" line. Now he is back in "Bot Shots" form! Staying true to his "Animated" appearance, Lockdown's most distinctive features revolve around the spikes on his body. Here, they are mostly found on his head, where he has two spikes sticking out on either side of his head down to the neck. Another distinctive feature is his mouth, which has a pronounced lower jaw that looks like it was made to munch metal! Perhaps my favorite detail on his head are his eyes, with one squinting slightly as if in disdain, fitting the character's rather unpleasant personality perfectly. He also has spikes on his shoulder area, adding to his distinctive aesthetic. The only detail I was slightly disappointed to see was that he has two hands sculpted in the arms instead of one hand and a hook as he had on the "Animated" television show. Hardly a deal breaker, and the original Lockdown figure did have two hands, I'm just being fanboy picky!

Lockdown is cast in black plastic, appropriate since that was the dominant color of the character on "Animated". Paint applications are done up in silver, green and red. The silver is used on part of his face and his fists. The green is found on the crest on the top of his head and knee armor. The red is used for the eyes, making them stand out nicely against the black plastic. These colors were all found on the original Lockdown as well, making this a really nice homage to that character.

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, Lockdown's scores break down as follows:

  • Blaster: 275
  • Fist: 445
  • Sword: 895

    I really dig the idea that Lockdown's greatest "strength" is the "Sword" display. Part of his character involved gathering weapons from others and storing them for his own use. While the blaster would have been equally applicable here, I think the use of the sword, something that can be stolen from an enemy quite easily (as opposed to integrated blasters, which many Transformers seem to have nowadays) makes perfect sense. It's also worth noting that a rating of 895 on any of the scores above is quite distinctive, making him quite formidable.

    Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

    1. Swing the car 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 car.

    The transformation/crashing trigger mechanism works great. On about five different tries it triggered the transformation perfectly.

    Vehicle Mode:
    The robot mode isn't the only form where Lockdown borrows heavily from his previous appearances. In vehicle mode he shares several features with his "Animated" counterpart including:

    • The front of the vehicle has a "cowcatcher" of sorts, a bladed ramming mechanism with distinctive "teeth' sculpted into it.
    • The hood has an engine sticking out of it in the middle.
    • The top of the cabin section has spikes sticking out of the top.
    • The spoiler in the back is raised high and even includes some raised details similar to those found on the robot mode head.

    The same paint colors used in robot mode are found here, but in much larger amounts. His front "cowcatcher" and engine are painted silver. The windows are painted red and a big patch of green is found on the top of the cabin section. These colors all correspond to similar details on other versions of Lockdown and they look great!

    Final Thoughts:
    Lockdown is a fantastic homage to his namesakes and he provides a nice entry into the Bot Shots universe that is neither live action movie or Generation One inspired. I hope to see more of these types of homages if the line is successful. highly recommended!