Bot Shots Megatron (Super Bot) Toy Review

in 2012, Action Figure Review, Bot Shots, Dark of the Moon, Decepticon

Bot Shots

General Information:
Release Date: July 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 MEGATRON 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 MEGATRON 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 Super Bot 003 MEGATRON. Ages 5 and up.

MegatronBot 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:
Megatron has already seen two separate releases in the Bot Shots line, both being redecos of his tank mode based sculpt. You can check out the review of his "Launcher" version here. This sculpt however is inspired by his "Dark of the Moon" counterpart, so instead of details like tank treads showing in this mode, we see wheels on his arms instead. Aside from his head however, everything else on the sculpt is rather generic. The sides of the torso have sections that angle downward, which is reminscent of "Dark of the Moon" Megatron's body design, but really the body sculpt could be applied to almost anybody. What does make the sculpt distinctive is the head sculpt. The head sculpt is based off the same sculpt as the tank based Bot Shots Megatron complete with its sleek helmet lines that resemble parts of the Decepticon symbol and a face with a bit of a frown on it. However, there is one slight difference. Whereas the Launcher version of the figure has an open mouthed growl expression, this version of Megatron appears to have his mouth closed with a similar expression.

This version of Megatron is a "Chase" figure, meaning he is mostly cast in a translucent color and has distinctive stats for game play. In this case, Megatron is cast mostly in a dark translucent green color with some black plastic used for the wheels. He does have some paint applications on his head, which is a really interesting light metallic green color. It's very light and from a distance looks purely silver, but it definitely has a tinge to it that is very distinctive and looks awesome. His face is painted silver and his eyes are red. That's pretty much it for paint applications on this figure, but don't be shocked if this guy comes out in more "Dark of the Moon" inspired colors later.

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! Megatron's scores break down as follows:

  • Blaster: 450
  • Fist: 285
  • Sword: 870

    When I look at scores like this, I attempt to reconcile the "character" with the scores. Megatron is supposed to be the most powerful Decepticon, the one who laid waste to armies of Autobots single handedly, so some of these scores seem odd to me, especially for a "Chase" figure. The Blaster score is something I can get behind since his firepower in the movie seemed to vary from "tear a hole through things" to "knock a guy down". The "Sword" makes perfect sense since he actually wields one (and it's a relatively high score). However the "Fist" score is really low. I would expect Megatron to at least break 300, but I don't profess to being an expert on gaming mechanics. I'm guessing there's a formula that puts out these numbers and that just wound up being the computed number for Megatron. It just makes him seem rather weak compared to other Transformers in the line. Still, if you use the Sword panel and match up with your opponent, you do stand a good chance of winning as that rating is rather high.

    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 well. On about six different tries it triggered the transformation only "stuck" once when an arm did not swing out automatically. A bit of prodding took care of that.

    Vehicle Mode:
    Continuing the thread of being inspired by the "Dark of the Moon" Megatron, this version of Bot Shots Megatron transforms into a tanker truck. The emphasis here is on the front section of the truck, with several details borrowed from that mode including smokestacks on the sides, a row of lights on top of the cabin section and an extended front end leading to a cage protecting the front of the vehicle. The back section has a small tank on it with weapons sculpted into the sides, reminscent of "Dark of the Moon" Megatron's alternate mode. Overall I dig the "cute" version of "Dark of the Moon" Megatron's vehicle mode a lot.

    In this form, there are no paint details. Instead, the entire truck is translucent dark green except for the wheels, which are cast in black. Normally this wouldn't be acceptable, but in the case of these special "chase figures" it is to be expected. It looks fine, but I can't help but think I would have liked at least some silver on his windows, but it's not a huge deal since this is a short packed variant. I trust the future will see another release of this sculpt in more colors.

    Final Thoughts:
    I found it surprising that the first appearance of a new Megatron sculpt was as a chase figure and not a standalone, regularly painted figure, but either way I'm glad that the designers created more than one Megatron sculpt. With the tank already released twice, it would have been a bit much to see a third release in such a short time period. This guy definitely makes a nice addition to any Bot Shots army!