Bot Shots Spin Shot Scourge Toy Review

in 2013, Action Figure Review, Bot Shots, Cybertron, Decepticon

Bot Shots

General Information:
Release Date: February 2013
fPrice Point: $5.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

Images:

*Images with asterisks above and text below in italics are from the Official Transformers Web Site:
Build your collection for more TRANSFORMERS BOT SHOTS Battle Game action with this speedy Spin Shot Scourge vehicle! Will your Scourge vehicle convert to robot mode to win the game, or will your opponent’s vehicle (other vehicles sold separately) be the winner? Find out when you crash your vehicles together! After you’ve mastered Basic Battle moves, try new tricks. Can your vehicle survive a demolition derby with your friends? Can you do a Spin Shot at a Cyber Pin (sold separately) so that it crashes into another vehicle and makes it convert? Crash and bash your way to Bot Shots victory!

Choose a power for your Spin Shot Scourge vehicle, then crash it into another for Basic Battle! The vehicle that converts to robot mode when the other doesn’t is the winner! (Other vehicles sold separately.) If both 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! Master the Basic Battle, then try tricks like the Spin Shot! Crash to spin!

Includes vehicle. Series 2 B005 Scourge. Ages 5 and up. Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

ScourgeHot on the heels of a very successful first year for the "Bot Shots", 2013 has seen the introduction of not just new Bot Shots figures, but new sub-groups of the line. Last year Bot Shots had a very standard design but the designers are attempting to shake up the diversity of the line for its second year.

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. One of the new types of Bot Shots figures are the "Spin Shot" figures. When you "crash" the front end of the vehicle, it opens up to transform and the upper body of the robot spins around with its arms out, as if punching or swiping at everyone around it!

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:
Following the surprise homage of Jump Shot Optimus Prime to his "Cybertron" namesake, the Decepticons get a character on their side also from that series: Scourge! Originally introduced as the somewhat-bad-guy leader of the "Beast Planet", Scourge went on to become one of the key players in that series. He isn't one of those characters that pops up in every line so it was cool to see him return in this one.

Like "Jump Shot" Optimus Prime, this Scourge shares details with his "Cybertron" counterpart including:

  • His head design is taken directly from "Cybertron" Scourge, complete with the large central crest and a mouth with fangs on it.
  • His chest has designs on either side of his "points" that look like horns, resembling the horns on the dragon head that formed the chest of Cybertron Scourge.
  • Scourge's legs have diamond shaped, pointed designs that echo armor seen on Cybertron Scourge.
  • Like Cybertron Scourge, this one has claws on the ends of his feet.

Scourge is cast in a metallic brown plastic with smaller parts done in orange. The orange is a nice call back to "Cybertron" Scourge, who used that as his primary color. Orange, silver and yellow paint are used for detailing on the figure. Orange is the most heavily used color, found on the head, arms and legs. The silver is found on the face and the claws on his feet. His eyes are painted yellow. While not a detailed clone of Cybertron Scourge in color, he does carry over enough of the visuals of that character via the sculpt and orange colors to get the point across as to who he is meant to be a homage to.

There is no articulation to really discuss and Bot Shots don't come with any accessories. I don't really count the waist turning/spin feature as articulation here though it is fun to spin him around a bit manually. 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, Scourge's scores break down as follows:

  • Blaster: 815
  • Fist: 265
  • Sword: 540

I found it interesting Scourge's "Blaster" score was the highest. He was shown as more of a brute strength type guy (though he did have firepower of course). Even his signature weapon was an axe instead of a blaster. Still, the level matches how powerful he was. Without being a Super Bot, 800+ is pretty great.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Push the feet up and hold them in place.
  2. Push the top of the vehicle mode over the back/head of the robot, holding it down.
  3. Now push the arms in and they'll help lock the vehicle together.

Unlike my "Spin Shot" Ironhide who seemed to be inconsistent with his transformation, Scourge transformed perfectly on each try (I did this about six times) when popping back into robot mode. He also held together without issue when going from robot to vehicle form.

Vehicle Mode:
One of the big changes in the "Bot Shots" toy line in 2013 was the inclusion of "beasts" as vehicles. Scourge's vehicle mode is best described as a four wheeled vehicle with dragon-based design embelishments all over it. He's definitely a vehicle with four wheels, a grille in the center at the front of the vehicle and even a section in the back that looks like an engine with a rectangular section in the middle with pipes coming out the sides.

There are some really great "beast" details all over the vehicle in addition to the vehicle mode bits. The biggest feature is a large dragon head on top complete with a beak at the end of the snout and horns that sweep back. The front end of the vehicle has claws where the headlights would be and running along the sides are details that look like the spikes that Cybertron Scourge had on his front arms.

Again, the brown color dominates the vehicle. All the same paint colors show up. The orange is used on the head and the "spikes" on the sides while silver is used for the claws in front. His eyes are painted yellow. The orange and brown contrast heavily in this form and it looks cool.

There's something wonderfully goofy about this vehicle design. Even though the dragon head has a very serious expression it's kind of shortened and a bit cute looking. His small claws in front look more like tiny paws on an animal than a threatening creature and to me, this is a huge part of the figures' appeal.

Final Thoughts:
Scourge is one of my favorite Bot Shots out this year. I love the fusion of beast and vehicle elements and the homage to an unlikely character is really welcome over say, another Bumblebee. Highly recommended!