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Bot Shots Launcher and Track Battle Assortments Update

Posted on 01-22-2013 at 03:54 PM by Sol Fury under Bot Shots
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Site sponsors Robot Kingdom have updated their listings for the Bot Shots 2013 Launcher Assortment and Dragon Track set with clear pictures of the toys in the packaging. This gives us our first look at the Bumblebee launcher set, which features a Jump Shot type Bumblebee (a redeco of the one from the three pack which also features Shockwave and Skyquake). There's a clearer look at the new Optimus Prime launcher set with its new mold "Spin Shot" Optimus Prime, and the Dragon Track set. The new images of the Dragon Track set confirm the second Bot Shot is a new mold of Megatron based on his Transformers Prime design and sporting a purple and orange Galvatron color scheme. The Dragon Track set also comes with approximately two feet of track to launch your Bot Shots down.
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ILoveDinobot
Rodimus, Rodimus, Rodimus, Rodimus....... Rodimus? I need more Roddy in my collection.
Thundershot
I don't like the implication that the arms are up like that all the time....
jestermon
An Ark and Nemesis they could open and launched out of and then close up and look like they were driving out would be awesome.

Could have 2 little rotating guns on the outsides of the ships.
StayingInTheBox
Damn. Just when I thought I was done with BotShots.
Chaos Muffin
Hmmmm
aptkane
Prime looks pretty cool. I don't really know how these things work, I always see them at the store and don't bother looking at them. It sounds like they're kinda cool though.
LamboTwinLove
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Originally Posted by ILoveDinobot View Post
Rodimus, Rodimus, Rodimus, Rodimus....... Rodimus? I need more Roddy in my collection.
This. Along with Sideswipe and Sunstreaker damn it!
ORIO
Wonder if the launcher turns into anything. And I'm actually curious to see what Bumblebees launcher looks like
saberconvoy
i'm still just going to keep my old optimus

i like thinking he is a mini Armada prime
Maximal Dinobot
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Originally Posted by Thundershot View Post
I don't like the implication that the arms are up like that all the time....
I'm worried about that too. Seems that with the wheels on the arms, they flip up when transformed.

Not sure how to feel about this. Still debating on whether to get the first Optimus or pay double for the current launcher that's out. Even though this is labeled as G1, based on the picture I think I like the first Bot Shot Optimus's head more.

Do the targets resemble anything to anyone? If that's what those red and blue things are. At best the blue things are equipment boxes?
Bountyan
Are the arms forced to stay up like that? I don't like it.
RedAlert Rescue
There is a pin in the arms so it might be possible to move them down - and if they are sprung and designed to stay in that scarecrow position you can at least find a way to hold them down in some way.

They should be out very soon anyway so we should soon know one way or the other.

Those launchers look like the ones in the dragon themed track/arena playset to me.

Even if they don't turn into anything they may perhaps still just be useful as decoration to a base bot as little refueling bays or ways to fire things around Micromaster bases and their ramps. They do look like little repair bays.

I will agree the old clamshell Trailer design was better though.

I notice the listing for the toys refer to Jumpshots and Flipshots not as that but as "Stunt 'N' Speed" :

http://www.robotkingdom.com/services...ng=us&CatID=41

Sealed case includes:
STUNT N SPEED BUMBLEBEE x 4
STUNT N SPEED IRONHIDE x 3
SUNSTORM x 2
STUNT N SPEED SHOCKWAVE x 3

Also the 3 packs and 5 packs that just came out in America as well as some we just saw on the Asian Auction site are listed as "In stock" & "Available now" : suggesting they should show up other places real soon ;
http://www.robotkingdom.com/services...ng=us&CatID=41
http://www.robotkingdom.com/services...ng=us&CatID=41

I hope that other Bumblebee isn't what they call "G1 Bumblebee" as he looks more like Bumper to me.

The other thing that is interesting but puzzling to notice is this isn't the same mould as the other G1 Optimus as the other one is not a Spin-shot like the one in this post it's a Flipshot (I think ; Unless it's Jumpshot). But anyway notice the Launchers are the same general sort of design ;

http://www.robotkingdom.com/services...ng=us&CatID=41
Driftx3
I'll bet the spin-shots spin-fight like Beyblades when in robot mode.
RedAlert Rescue
The instructions show they are rotated at the waist and then pushed down to lock them - then when they are pushed and collide with something they rotate at the upper body and knock flying to the side what they have crashed into (namely another botshot or the skittles that come with the launchers).

The idea that might work with a spin shot is to build a pile of Botshots and propel them into it and see how many you can set off.

Jumpshots are charged by pressing them down and then jump straight up when they hit something. I suspect the way you play with them is to impact two on opposite factions and then when they land you automatically loose if they don't land on their feet.

Flipshots back flip away from what they have struck. it demonstrates a fun way to play in the instructions that shows Bumblebee hitting another botshot causing it to back flip over the one placed behind it the idea being to make the one in the middle flip without activating the one at the back of the queue.

I think the springs in them work a bit like the ones inside some Masters of the Universe figures. I don't think that Spin shots really spin so much as quickly rotate just once or twice when acctivated. they certainly are not spinning tops as they are only activated by a spring.

It may be possible to use a more elaborate charged spring mechanism and have them actually forcefully rotate repeatedly but I don't think they actually do that and it's not really safe if they did do that.

Perhaps they might make a subcatagory of them with pull back motors in that work more like a jumpstarter's motor then they could be more forceful than they are.

I wonder if it's possible to get a Jumpshot to be propelled down a ramp cross a little cardboard speed bump you could make then leap into the air (while moving) and come crashing down onto their enemy - rather than just bumping into them and dragon punching them. (Note Shockwave even has a huge fist suggesting that is the idea).
Hollywood Hoist
In package pics on robot kingdoms website

robotkingdom.com -- Online Toys Company

more pics of the dragon botshots track.

http://www.robotkingdom.com/services...s&CatID=41_306
Maximal Dinobot
With pictures, I can safely say I'll probably pass on the track unless some video review reveals some crazy gimmick that makes it worthwhile. The Optimus and Megatron (If the box didn't say who he was, I'd have no idea) just aren't doing it for me.

I will pick up the G1 Optimus though just for the fact that his vehicle mode has a trailer too and he's supposed to be completely G1-based. Just don't like his big feet... Is it just me or do they seriously look bigger than the first Optimus's?

Bumblebee's vehicle mode is barely G1. I'll pass on him and his pissed off face. Those red targets are now known as Cyber Pins!

Interesting that the Sunstorm chase is 2 per case. I guess I'd want him and Shockwave from that wave.

I like that the back of the boxes show both modes of every guy included. It was something I felt the previous 3-packs needed.
Hollywood Hoist
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Originally Posted by Maximal Dinobot View Post
Bumblebee's vehicle mode is barely G1. I'll pass on him and his pissed off face. Those red targets are now known as Cyber Pins!

It's pretty much movie Bumblebee without the stripes. So I guess that means we have a striped version to look forward to.
RedAlert Rescue
Told you he looked more like Bumper.

Those Cyberpins are interesting though.

I wonder if that "Megatron" is a spoiler for the Beast Hunters Megatron's reformatted form ? (or at least his colours). Or if he's just inspired by Cybertron Megatron ?
I AM UNICRON
i don't know about y'all but the dragon track seems kool and a lot more fun to play with. i think i'm going to have to pic it up at retail
red00wolf
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Told you he looked more like Bumper.

Those Cyberpins are interesting though.

I wonder if that "Megatron" is a spoiler for the Beast Hunters Megatron's reformatted form ? (or at least his colours). Or if he's just inspired by Cybertron Megatron ?
seems like galvatron to me.
JDK
Prime Galvatron pictured with Predaking? This is a good sign, I think.
Atomatron
yeah i cant keep up with these bot shots and kreos, bot shots going on evil bay...
spartan 3764
That Megatron design looks awefully new..............
CrockAlley
I'm a Bot Shots completest, but I don't know if I can go all in with this new stuff. I'd feel silly buying that track. There's no way I can pass that off as a disply piece. And the Spin and Jump Shots break the aesthetic of Bot Shots. They're all nice, but this feels like a good end point. Of course, I'll still probably buy them all.
charsdc2
These guys are pretty neat! Too bad I don't have the funds for everything!
Protoman
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Originally Posted by ILoveDinobot View Post
Rodimus, Rodimus, Rodimus, Rodimus....... Rodimus? I need more Roddy in my collection.
One more would be nice =p
Dinobot Nuva
Sooo the Dragon Track Prime is a flip-shot and the Launcher Prime is the spin-shot? New moldssss.
Pale Horse
Botshots has really surprised me. Lots of G1 designs and now a new Megatron.


I'll buy the track. Because after the long years of collecting, I have no shame as to what I'll be seen buying in public, lol.
RedAlert Rescue
Looking at the new toys in detail and how the Dragon Track works I think many of the new toys (especially Flipshots and Spinshots) might allow the robot mode to continue to roll after they have Transformers (Well if they are on a smooth surface anyway). Which means they might slide around the track a bit after Transforming and not automatically just fly off into oblivion right away. (I hope people have enough sense to play on carpet) I don't think Botshots and hard flooring are a good mix at all - I can attest to this after accidentally breaking a shelf diving Sentinel Prime he fell about 3 foot and his arm snapped clean off !

1. Coloured like Megatron he maybe but he's listed as Flipshot Megatron on the Dragon Track box. The name Dragon Track and the use of Predacon's head suggest this is a version partially or completely based on Prime Megatron.
2. The two respective G1 style Optimus' are not the same mould - the one in the boxed set is a FLIPSHOT. the one in the launcher carded release is a different toy and is a SPINSHOT.
3. The Launcher Bumblebee has a front grill and engine block suggestive of the Prime Universe Bumblebee of last year.

The front page says the two new Botshots Optimus are repaints this is not the case and likewise there are also two brand new Bumblebee's both a Flipshot (The single carded version) and a Jumpshot (like what is with the Launcher).

And thought the pictures are not good enough yet I think this may also be the case with Shockwave too.

So it seems Shockwave will have an example of each kind of Botshot. (I'd not say the same for Optimus yet as the previous 2012 Optimus is a long nose more Movie or G2 like Optimus).
KaguyaHouraisan
I wonder how much is the track set going to cost?
And i am probably getting those flip/jumpshots if they hit the shelves in finland.
trebleshot
Robot Kingdom also has pics of wave one of the 2013 single packs listed:

robotkingdom.com -- Online Toys Company

I think the pic of single-packed Flipshot Bumblebee is new.

EDIT: Definitely all-new molds for Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron and Shockwave. None of them are redecos/remolds of previous Bot Shots. Personally, I'm looking forward to at least trying out the new gimmicks, and I will probably buy the track set too. Mostly likely, I'll keep it in the box until I have room for a proper display, though.

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Originally Posted by ORIO View Post
Wonder if the launcher turns into anything. And I'm actually curious to see what Bumblebees launcher looks like
Looks like they are straight-up launch platforms and nothing else.
Diamondback
Anyone see the two new 3-packs listed at Hasbro? One's Flipshots Cliffjumper and Brawl with a Super of Dirt Boss (trans-purple Ironhide redeco), the other's Jumpshots Shockwave and Bumblebee with a Super trans-dark-green redeco Skyquake.

So, here's what we know so far...
2B001 Bumblebee (Flipshot)
2B002 Ironhide (Spinshot, G1 colors)
2B003 Shockwave (Jumpshot)
2BP001 Cliffjumper (3pk #1, Flipshot)
2BP002 Brawl (3pk #1, Flipshot)
2BP003 Shockwave (3pk #2, Jumpshot)
2BP004 Bumblebee (3pk #2, Jumpshot)
2SB001 Sunstorm (Wave 1, Blitzshot)
2SB005 Dirt Boss (3pk #1, Blitzshot)
2SB006 Skyquake (3pk #2, Blitzshot)
2BL001 Spinshot G1 Optimus Prime Launcher
2BL002 Jumpshot Bumblebee Launcher
2T011-015 "Autobot Air Force" 5-pack (Blitzshots, Jetfire/Screamer/Powerglide redecos, Aerialbots in all but name)
2T016-020 Decepticon Fire Assault Team (Blitzshots, flame-theme redecos of Tank Megs, Shocky, Screamer, Barricade and Lockdown)
numbers unknown:
-Dragon Track Flipshot Optimus Prime (G1 style)
-Dragon Track Flipshot Megatron

Extrapolations:
1. We can probably expect to see each wave be one each Flipshot, Jumpshot, Spinshot and Super Bot.
2. Given that the SB's in the 3-packs tend to start after the last single SB for numbering, that implies we can expect to see only four waves this year. Either that or Wave 2 is only First Half 2013 with Wave 3 coming Second Half...

Musings:
1. I, too, am disappointed at the end of the Trailer Launchers, though I think the Wave 1 Launchers were a missed opportunity--if they'd been designed a little smarter they'd have had room to store a Bot Shot inside, which would make a lot more convenient storage.

2. Bases like Metroplex, Fort Max, Trypticon and Scorponok could be interesting, but before working up to those I'd like to see Hasbro work things out on a smaller scale, with something like the bases the Micromasters had. (Maybe give the Seekers their own aircraft-carrier like what's-his-name the purple F-4 Phantom Micromaster and the Autobots an Ultra Magnus with altmode Bot-carrier trailer?)

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