I suppose it was only a matter of time before Hasbro tried to leverage its
existing properties into the market created by Bakugan, especially since
Monsuno's also trying to get into the game. Bot Shots are a "things pop
open, you compare them to see who won" sort of game, but since the toys
actually transform (unlike Attacktix) I'm not sticking them on the Artifacts
The aesthetic seems to be a blend of G1, movie and Prime, probably more
concerned with trademark preservation than having a coherent storyline
(although there is a "storyline" game at bot-shots.com).
The Game Mechanics
Bolded names got Strongly Recommended, while italic indicates a
rating of neutral or worse.
Waves of five figures each, not blind-packed but with each
wave containing a shortpacked "chase" figure made of clear plastic. $4 price
- Wave 1: Bumblebee (Classics-ish), Starscream
(G1-ish), Optimus Prime (Laser Prime-ish), Barricade (G1-ified movie
character), Sentinel Prime (clear red chase variant, movie vehicle mode but a
more friendly young Sentinel face). Unless you're a rabid completist, get
the redecos in multipacks, and definitely pass on Sentinel Prime, as the
clear treatment does it no justice.
- Wave 2: Mirage (G1 face), Autobot Ratchet (G1 face,
movie body, Prime vehicle), Brawl (movie) and Super Bot Bumblebee (third use
of mold), plus reships. Lack of paint is a problem on all of them, and avoid
the Super Bot.
- Wave 3: Lockdown, Thundercracker (Starscream redeco),
Jetfire (Skyfire face, Classics body), Autobot Topspin (G1-ish face, movie
body), Super Bot Megatron (DotM version, not quite as bad as other Super
- Wave 4: Ironhide (movie colors, G1 face), Powerglide
(G1-ish), Autobot Jazz (G1), Leadfoot (movie, Track Mode), Super Bot Optimus
Prime (light blue).
- Wave 5: Skywarp (face-and-chest-modded version of the
Starscream mold), Roadbuster (movie, Track Mode), Megatron (movie), Bumblebee
(new mold with G1-toy-ish mask), Super Bot Shockwave (purple). Note that
this is probably the last set of new molds before the year 2 Bot Shots, which
use a different style.
- Series 2 Wave 1: New molds brought in, with different
action gimmicks. Ironhide (Spin-shot), Bumblebee (Flip-shot), Shockwave
(Jump-shot), Sunstorm (series 1 Starscream redeco, Super Bot).
- Series 2 Wave 2: Optimus Prime (Jump Shot, Cybertron
version), Scourge (Spin Shot, Cybertron version), Brawl (Flip Shot), Super
Bot Cliffjumper (retool of launcher Bumblebee).
$8 price point, a single Bot Shot with a trailer that
- Wave 1: Optimus Prime and Megatron (truck)
trailers, with tweaked decos of the Shots included. Both are good, but if
you only want to get one, get Optimus.
- Wave 2: Ironhide with insane RV trailer, Starscream
with booster unit. Starscream's slightly better, mainly hurt by color
mismatch between figure and booster.
- Series 2 Wave 1: Series 2 drops the idea of
transforming launchers, and just has no-frills launchers in colors to match
the launch-ee. Optimus Prime Spin-Shot, Bumblebee Jump-Shot. They
come with targets to aim at. The actual Bot Shots are pretty good, but the
sets as a whole are overpriced for what you get and the launchers are
disappointing, hence the italicized warnings.
$10-12 price point, non-random "value" packs. Sometimes on
sale for $7.99.
- Wave 1: Autobots (opaque Sentinel Prime, different
Bumblebee mold, Prowl), shortpacked Decepticons (tank Megatron, redeco
Optimus as Nemesis Prime, transparent green Starscream redeco as Acid Storm).
Acid Storm is the first boss in the storyline game, Prowl is a redeco of
- Wave 2: Jets (Skyquake seeker mold, Jetfire
new color scheme, Powerglide new color scheme), shortpacked tough ground
vehicles (Shockwave, blue Brawl, Super Bot Ironhide).
The first year only really went with redeco sets, like the
Battle for the Matrix set, but year two will have a track set.
- Battle for the Matrix: Redecos of the Optimus Prime and Megatron
launchers, plus redecos of Brawl and Bumblebee, and a Matrix trophy piece. I
passed on this.
- Troop Builders Set 1: Two themed sets of five, part of
series 2 but using all series 1 molds. I bought the Stunticons and took
pictures of the Autobot Polar Assault Team. Stunticons: Motorbreath
(Motormaster, Megatron Truck redeco), Brake-Neck (Wildrider, Topspin redeco),
Breakdown (Roadbuster redeco), Dead End (Leadfoot redeco) and Dragstrip (Jazz
redeco). Autobot Polar Assault Team: All are redecos in blue/white/black
schemes, except Optimus Prime, who is a new-head retool of truck Megatron.
Also includes Ironhide, Bumblebee, Mirage and Jetfire.