Bot Shots Optimus Prime Toy Review

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

Bot Shots

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

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Optimus PrimeBot Shots are a new 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:
Having a "Transformers" toy line without an Optimus Prime is a rarity nowadays. The character has been represented in many lines of Transformers figures (especially the Movie toys) and for the first wave of "Bot Shots", he has joined the fray in a new (and cute!) form. Like other figures in this line his Bot Shots form is inspired by the Movie version of the character but has elements adopted from the G1 iteration of the character. In robot mode, the details borrowed from the live action movie version are much more dominant than the G1 elements. These include:

  • The chest design has the familiar "windows" but they're set apart with a grille like section under them on the torso.
  • The knee armor looks like flat pieces that are thin and rise up above the knees slightly.
  • Both feet have two segmented "toe" sections.

In terms of G1 elements, the head design appears much more based on the G1 version of the character with a thicker, bolder design on his helmet section and a face that doesn't have vents on the sides of the mouthplate. I like this combination of G1 and Movie elements creating a very familiar looking character to different generations of fans.

Optimus Prime is cast in silver and black plastic. The silver makes up most of the body with the black used for the wheels. His paint colors won't surprise you: metallic blue, red, silver and yellow. The blue is used on his legs and the helmet section of his head. The red is used on the chest section around the windows. His crest is painted silver and the eyes are yellow. The use of yellow for his eyes in particular is interesting since that color was used for the original Optimus Prime from G1 and not later incarnations. It's a nice deco on such a small figure.

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, Optimus' scores break down as follows:

  • Blaster: 850
  • Fist: 410
  • Sword: 370

    I really was surprised to see Prime's scores weren't higher. Not that 850 isn't a high score for the Blaster, but his Sword and Fist ratings are only on par with guys like Barricade and Bumblebee. I thought on each category he'd be at least a 500. My guess is that they didn't want to make Prime too super powered and make the game unfair, but he just seems a bit underpowered to me.

    Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
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  • Swing the car hood on the back over the robot head, this will also cause the arms to swing in.
  • Swing the robot feet up against the underside of the car.

    Vehicle Mode:
    It can be argued that Optimus' vehicle mode is entirely based on his appearance in "Dark of the Moon" but in fact the trailer used in "Dark of the Moon" was itself based on G1 Optimus Prime's. Let's look at the front cab section first. There he is a longnose truck, albeit one with a squat, wide front end. The grille in front has many of Movie Prime's features including the wide bumper plate in front, the small Autobot symbol right in the center and the dual headlights on either side. Towards the back the trailer has a strip that runs down the middle, angles up and then back - inspired by G1 Prime's design. However, the line details on the trailer are vertical rather than horizontal as they were on G1 Prime.


    The colors here are what you'd expect. The front end is painted red and the wheel well sections on the sides are metallic blue. I kind of wished the stripe on the sides was painted but it isn't. Not a deal breaker by any means, it would have just been nice to have.

    Optimus Prime can roll on four of the six wheels on the figure. His "crashing" mechanism works well and despite having a trailer, he's not significantly bulkier than the other Bot Shots in this wave, making the "crashing" play pattern work nicely.

    Final Thoughts:
    Optimus Prime is a cool Bot Shots figure. I like the sculpt and deco in robot mode a lot. The vehicle mode is cool, but it could have used a bit more deco in vehicle mode, but it's not bad at all. Recommended!