Rescue Bots Medix the Doc-Bot Toy Review

in 2012, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Rescue Bots
Rescue Bots

General Information: Release Date: October 2012 Price Point: $12.99 (varies depending on retailer) Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.) Accessories: None

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*Images with asterisks and text in italics from Transformers.com: Anything can get done when TRANSFORMERS Rescue Bots and their friends team up! Help fight fires, floods and crime, or anything in between – the Rescue Bots love adventure and rescue!

This brave MEDIX THE DOC-BOT figure is just the hero you need for your RESCUE BOTS adventures! He easily converts from robot mode to vehicle mode and back again. When the mission calls for a rescue, pull him apart to convert him to ambulance mode. But when the rescue mission gets dangerous, push the siren to convert him back to robot mode!

MEDIX THE DOC-BOT figure converts easily! Convert him from robot to ambulance mode and back! Push the siren to convert him from ambulance mode to robot mode! Includes figure. Ages 3 to 6 years.

As long as Transformers have been around, there have always been sub-lines of toys dedicated to a younger age group than the main toy line. In 2011, the "Rescue Bots" line takes this role. Focusing around Transformers working with humans on rescue missions using equipment ranging from helicopters to rocket packs. Unlike previous attempts such as "1-2-3 Transformers" and "Go-Go-Gobots" however, this line actually includes Generation One inspired characters in it. This line is firmly aimed at the younger set (ages 3-6 according to the packaging), so I'll say right away that older collectors may find it a bit lacking by their standards.

After about a year with no new robot figures, the Rescue Bots line has bolstered the Autobot ranks with Medix the Doc-Bot. While the first wave of figures focused heavily on "action" oriented vehicles, Medix is an ambulance in vehicle form, something that I've felt was sorely needed in the line to truly make it a "rescue" team.

Robot Mode: Medix the Doc-Bot has a very traditional Transformers robot design. The cabin section of the vehicle mode winds up becoming the torso, the rear of the vehicle transforms into the legs and the sides of the vehicle become his arms. This simple format works for the figure as the legs are large and very stable while the upper body parts are chunky and fit right in with the aesthetic of the toy line.There's actually quite a bit of detail on the figure for one that is meant for younger fans including raised and beveled details on his feet, circular impressions on his chest and line details etched into the arms.

At the risk of projecting a bit too much personality into this figure, I have to say my favorite part of the sculpt is the head design. Doctors (or Doc-Bots) generally should have a good "bedside manner" in my book, and it looks like they gave him a face to match that expectation. His eyes are big and wide and he has a huge open mouthed smile on his face. It's a super friendly expression that will surely make children smile (okay, not just children). The head isn't all about smiles however. It uses a very traditional format of a "helmet section with a face", but the helmet section looks great with ridges on top formed from the vehicle mode grille that wind up going down to his crest. On the sides are raised circles with small antennae sweeping back at an angle. It's a really nice sculpt with good detailing (whether or not you're into his big ol' smile).

Medix is cast in white, grey and black plastic. not the most inpsiring colors when you read it, but really, these are good base colors for an ambulance. Most of his armor is white, with some smaller parts such as his feet and thighs cast in grey. The black is used for the wheels which come more into play in the vehicle mode. These rather plain colors provide a canvas for the paint details which are done in red, orange, light blue, grey and white. The orange color is the most heavily used, with orange parts runnning down the sides and on the ridged sections of his helmet. Red is used for smaller details like the lights on his legs and the front of his feet. You'll also find red on his chest as an Autobot symbol inside the "Rescue Bots" style shield. The white paint is mostly used on sections of his head including the outline around the ridges on top and his antennae. Light blue is used for his eyes and his mouth is painted yellow. The entire palette of this toy is very bright and cheerful looking, which fits the tone of the toy line and the cartoon series. It also matches nicely with the colors and tone of Blades, forming a stronger team association. Overall he looks great!

There is no articulation to speak of on Rescue Bots figures. Instead, any "action" is done via the accessories you can buy with the various human characters. He has holes in both hands to allow you to attach one of these vehicles/tools so functionality will vary depending on which vehicle/tool you attach.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode: Holding the arms in with one hand, press the two legs together and then push the legs up. The head will automatically go in. To transform him back to robot mode, press the big orange button on the top of the cabin section.

This simple type of transformation has a lot to do with the design philosphy behind the Rescue Bots. The idea of each of these figures is to have a child focus on using a certain set of motor skills, but not overly complicated to the point where they're folding panels around and swinging limbs left and right. Here, the motion being emphasized is pushing, and then a simple button press to go back into robot mode, which almost makes the toy look like it's transforming "by itself", something that I imagine would be delightful for kids (okay, not just kids!).

Vehicle Mode: In recent years, Autobot Ratchet from the live action films has changed the notion that all ambulance based Transformers have to become boxy vans with sirens on top. Much like his on screen cousin, Medix transforms into an ambulance, but one that is based on a truck or SUV styled vehicle. The front end looks almost like a tractor trailer truck cab, with an extended nose in front, a cabin section towards the middle and a grille right in the center. The back section looks like it could have been borrowed from a Humvee. It's blocky, big and you believe that a "patient" could fit back there with ease. Combined with big wheels and a formidable looking cage attached to the front, Medix looks like he's able to crash past barriers to get to his patients and save them! It gives him a much more powerful appearance while maintaining the chunky styling of the Rescue Bots toys.

Adding to his connection with the on screen version of Ratchet is a "life line" drawn along the sides of the vehicle in orange paint. The pattern continues to the front section over the wheel wells and even to the grille. This even continues to his back doors, which also have light blue windows, providing more color continuity between the windshield and the eyes in robot mode. Red is found on the lights above the windshield which go along with the orange button to serve as a "lightbar" substitute. A bit of yellow paint is applied to the headlights in front and white paint is used on the grey cage piece in front. Surprisingly, the sides of his wheels are painted orange. This is a detail that is left out of so many Transformers nowadays it's a surprise when I see it!

Final Thoughts: Medix is a cute yet formidable looking character and it's fun to have a medic/ambulance in the mix now. Again, don't hold this figure to the same standards as say, the current crop of "Transformers Prime" toys or even last year's "Dark of the Moon" toys. This is meant for a specific audience, but I believe it's one that older fans can appreciate as well. Recommended!