Bot Shots Jetfire Toy Review

in 2012, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Bot Shots, Generation One

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:

*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 JETFIRE 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 JETFIRE 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 B010 JETFIRE. Ages 5 and up.

Bot 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:
Jetfire's appearance in the "Bot Shots" line is largely based on the Classics version of the character who in turn was based on the animation model used in the Generation One television series. This is worth noting because there were significant differences in the appearance of the television show model and its G1 toy counterpart. The G1 Jetfire toy was based on a Macross VF-1 Valkyrie and had Hasbro continued to use this design there would be all sorts of legal headaches involved. Using the animation model was the best way to go as the basis for this guy. Taking a close look at Jetfire, he has many of the details from that model including:

  • The distinctive head sculpt with a large central crest and a rounded helmet section leading to raised circles on the sides of his head.
  • The torso is sculpted with air intakes on his chest and the top of his chest even looks like it's leading to a cockpit section (though the Blaster/Fist/Sword panel takes its place).
  • His knee armor has a distinctive "notch" in it, similar to the rectangular detail on G1 Skyfire's legs.

Jetfire is cast in white and black plastic. The black plastic is used for his wheels, which are all visible in this form. The white plastic makes up most of the figure, with black, silver, dark blue and light blue paint used for detailing. The dark blue paints the crest on his helmet section while the silver and blue make up his face and eyes respectively. Black is used on the thighs, feet and fists for additional detailing. It looks great and pays proper homage to his G1 counterpart.

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 "bashing" play pattern and seeing how many of your friends you can defeat! For those curious, Jetfire's scores break down as follows:

  • Blaster: 480
  • Fist: 780
  • Sword: 360

The numbers above are quite interesting. Jetfire (or Skyfire as he was known in the G1 series) was a scientist, not a fighter by nature so it kind of makes sense that he wouldn't have huge numbers, but he was portrayed as large and strong so giving him the "Fist" score of 780 makes sense to me. He's not quite as powerful as say, Thundercracker in some respects, but overall he can still present a challenge to your opponents.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Swing the cockpit forward and the arms will collapse into the sides.
  2. Push the feet up and lock all the parts into place.

Vehicle Mode:
Jetfire's vehicle mode is heavily based on his Classics version. Among the more distinctive details are the angled front end with vents in the front, the weapons sculpted into his thruster packs on the top of the vehicle and the small gun ports on either side of the cockpit. I love how intriciately detailed his booster packs are, down to the ridges on the outer edge and inside of the thrusters in the back. While it's been a long time since Jetfire has had a Macross Valkyrie form, some of the core details of that form including the shape of his wings, the thruster packs and his weapon placement all still shine through from that origin point.

A lot of red paint details are used in this form including details on the sides, on the wings and of course, his thruster packs on the top of the vehicle. The cockpit windows are painted blue, staying true to the character's origins. Overall the colors on this figure are distinctive and clean and he looks great.

Jetfire's transformation mechanism and wheels work just fine. I did several "crash tests" and he transformed properly every time.

Final Thoughts:
Jetfire is a wonderful homage piece and it's cool to see more aerial based Transformers entering the Bot Shots line (which is largely dominated by land-based vehicles). Highly recommended!