Bot Shots Roadbuster Toy Review

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

Bot Shots

General Information:
Release Date: September 2012
fPrice Point: $3.99 (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 ROADBUSTER 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 ROADBUSTER 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 B017 ROADBUSTER Ages 5 and up.

RoadbusterBot 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).

In earlier waves of Bot Shots figures included Topspin and Leadfoot, both figures inspired by the "Dark of the Moon" interpretation of the infamous Autobot "Wreckers" team. This team has undergone many permutations over the years since their introduction in the Generation One comic book. Members have included Autobots such as Springer, Twin Twist and Whirl. One member of the team whose name carried over into "Dark of the Moon" is Roadbuster, and now that iteration of the character has been added to the Bot Shots universe, thus completing the trio of Wreckers from the movie universe!

Robot Mode:
Roadbuster is a new sculpt, which is exciting enough given how many Optimus Primes and Bumblebees the line has, but what makes him fun is how much he sticks to the design of the "Dark of the Moon" version of the character. The most obvious detail carried over from the movie Roadbuster is the head sculpt which has a "helmet" section that features a crest in the center and antennae on the side with a brim over the visor eyes. This gives him the appearance of a robot wearing a cap, which is what the designers were shooting for with "Dark of the Moon" Roadbuster. A look at his chest design also reveals details that look like the front of the vehicle mode flattened against the body to form his torso. Other details are a bit more generic including his oversized fists and details on the sides of the legs including tubes and beveled armor plates.

Roadbuster is cast in green and black plastic. The green is the same dark shade used on the larger versions of this character from "Dark of the Moon". Silver, white and aqua blue are used for paint detailing. The silver is used the most. You'll fin dit on his face, arms and thighs. His eyes are painted aqua blue and the sides of his arms are white. Overall, it's a nice job of taking the character from the movies and making a "cute" version!

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, Starscream's scores break down as follows:

  • Blaster: 695
  • Fist: 320
  • Sword: 605

These stats work out nicely for the figure. I dig the fact that he seems quite proficient in sword and blaster combat with less emphasis on using his fists. It's best not to make the regular Bot Shots figures all-powerful or the game wouldn't be much fun!

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.

I transformed Roadbuster back and forth about six times for this review and every single time everything either opened up or went back into place perfectly!

Vehicle Mode:
The "Dark of the Moon" influence continues with Roadbuster's vehicle mode! Styled after the NASCAR weapon wielding vehicle from "Dark of the Moon", the vehicle sports a stylized spoiler with four vertical fins on it, a big engine is sticking out of the hood and mounted at the front of the vehicle is a machine gun. He also has a missile pod on either side of the spoiler's base area. As an aside, this makes him one of the most heavily armed Autobots in the Bot Shots universe to date!

In this form Roadbuster uses the silver color on his engine and the door panels are painted white. The windows are painted black while the doors are painted white. He's somewhat plain in this mode. I didn't expect tampographs or a huge amount of detail. This is my one reservation however. The white doors are kind of plain looking. Something as simple as just putting a number on it would have helped tremendously.

Final Thoughts:
Roadbuster is a cool little figure. I dig that the designers used his "Dark of the Moon" persona to base this figure on and I'm happy that it's a new sculpt with details of that character carried over. Two of his stats are also not too shabby. Recommended!