Bot Shots Topspin Toy Review

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

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:

TopspinBot 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:
The name Topspin has been in Transformers lore since Generation One. Now known as "Autobot Topspin" for trademark purposes, the name was recently reintroduced as part of the "Wreckers" in the "Dark of the Moon" toy line. This version of Topspin is based on that character, not his G1 namesake. I admit this would be pretty hard to tell just by looking at the body of the figure, which is fairly generic in form with most of the torso dedicated to the flipping feature for his various "scores". Instead, it's the head sculpt which really pays homage to "Dark of the Moon" Topspin. It has the distinct "visor" eyes that character had and his helmet section is sculpted with ridged details reminscent of the "hair" like details sculpted into "Dark of the Moon" Topspin. That aspect has been played down quite a bit here (some folks complained it made fun of NASCAR fans since it resembled a mullet) so what we get instead is a more robotic looking head complete with raised circles and rectangles on the sides. Since G1 Topspin had "visor" eyes and regular face wit a nose and mouth I could also see this head design being a partial homage to that version of the character as well, but that's stretching things quite a bit.

Topsin is cas tin blue, the primary color of both G1 and "Dark of the Moon" Topspin. His paint colors are silver, neon green and metallic blue. The green is found on his torso, painting the panels near the shoulders. Silver is used on his arms, painting the entire insides of the arms from the shoulder to the fists. His face is also painted silver where the visor eyes are metallic blue. The shad eof blue used is a bit dark, so these bright, metallic colors really pop and look bright and appealing.

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, Topspin's scores break down as follows:

  • Blaster: 470
  • Fist: 660
  • Sword: 490

    I found the number distribution in this figure to be interesting. I woul dhave thought his highest rating would have been for the "blaster" instead of the "fist" since he has so many weapons in vehicle mode (and other versions of the figure have him fairly heavily armed in robot mode). However, given the design of this figure (no blasters present in robot mode) and the fact that he is a "Wrecker", the scores do make sense in the context of Topspin being every bit as much of a brawler as a guy willing to blast the competition away!

    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.

    The transformation/crashing trigger mechanism works great. On about five different tries it triggered the transformation perfectly.

    Vehicle Mode:
    I was extremely fond of the "Wrecker" vehicle mode designs from "Dark of the Moon" with their weapons bristling all over the length of the cars. It was like they each had mod kits to end all mod kits and Topspin is no different. His vehicle mode is loosely based on the form shown in "Dark of the Moon" with its distinctive, beveled curved front section and the hood split open to reveal an engine and machinery underneath. It even has the distinctive headlights which stick out in the front slightly. Of course, his most distinctive features are the array of weapons mounted on the vehicle. Here he has two machine guns in the middle and two blasters out to the sides with an angled spoiler high above in the back. With all these detailed parts, he looks every bit as much the part of a "Wrecker" as his live action movie counterpart.

    The same colors used in robot mode are found here. The silver is used for the engine section in the front and metallic blue is used to paint his windshield (but disapppointingly, not the side windows). Neon green is found on the doors, giving him some nice garish NASCAR style coloring without using the actual NASCAR logo. An extra color has been added on in this form: gunmetal grey, found on the weapons array on the top of the vehicle, giving them a very industrial feel that I love.

    Final Thoughts:
    Autobot Topspin is an awesome little Bot Shot. I love the use of his "Dark of the Moon" inspired design elements and I think he has one of the most distinctive looking vehicle modes of the line so far. Highly recommended!