Rescue Bots - five years and counting

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  1. griffin-of-oz

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    It might surprise some people to realise that the Rescue Bots toyline started in 2011, and is now five years old (and is now the longest running Transformers cartoon, ever)... so to commemorate the fifth anniversary, here is a photo review of their toyline.
    Share your thoughts, even if you don't collect them or watch the cartoon.

    First up, some basics you need to know about Rescue Bots...
    - the cartoon is supposed to be set in the TFPrime/RID universe.
    - there are no Decepticons in Rescue Bots.
    - the cartoon is based around a core team of just four Autobots (Chase the policecar, Heatwave the firetruck, Boulder the bulldozer, Blades the helicopter), and has two regular guests (Optimus Prime, Bumblebee), plus some added guests in the 3rd & 4th seasons of the cartoon (High Tide, Blurr, Salvage, Servo, Quickshadow and RID Sideswipe).
    - the main humans in the cartoon are the Burns family, who are all members of an existing rescue team before the Autobots had arrived. They are Kade, Cody, Dani, Graham, the father Charlie, and his brother Woodrow.
    - the cartoon is set in the (small, yet busy for disasters) island town of Griffin Rock, and the Autobots are known by the residents as being alien robots, by the start of the fourth season.
    - some notable voice actors for the cartoon include,Levar Burton (from Star Trek), Mark Hamill (from Star Wars), Alex Kingston (from Dr Who), Michael Bell (from the 1980s Transformers cartoon), Maurice Lamarche (from the 1980s Transformers cartoon), Tim Curry (veteran movie star), Bill Mumy (from the original Lost in Space tv show), and Jim Cummings (from the 1980s Transformers cartoon).

    Chase.
    Here is a group shot of the first five years of the Chase toys (except the Beam Box Chase figurine, which was not released due to a technical flaw in the game).
    Note that in the first year, before the cartoon started, Chase was actually black... but would have been changed to blue to match the cartoon, which must have been done to look more kid-friendly on the TV.
    The first form for Chase was a police car, but later he would take on a Stegasaurus mode and an SUV mode.
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    Boulder.
    This is one of the four main characters, but got the smallest number of toys over the five years, even less than Optimus and Bumblebee who showed up in less than 10% of the episodes. We did get a new transforming bulldozer toy this year for the newer smaller size class, but it looks to be the only new Boulder toy for 2016.
    The nine toys/figurines in the photos here, are the first two large transforming bulldozers, the recent small transforming bulldozer, last year's dumptruck, the Epic figure, the tiny dino, a regular figurine, a gimmick figurine, and the beambox figure.
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    Blades.
    Blades seemed to get the least amount of toys of the four main Bots... including just one last year and no new ones so far planned for this year.
    So here we have the two versions of the first Blades (helicopter) transforming toy, the latest smaller transforming (helicopter) toy from 2015, the transforming mini dinosaur toy, the transforming jet toy from 2014, two figurines of his helicopter form (one has slightly different paint apps), one figurine of his jet form, the beambox figurine, and the 12-inch epic figure.
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    Heatwave.
    The fourth of the original Rescue Bots team, Heatwave currently has the most toys of all of the Rescue Bots characters at 16.
    Heatwave started out as a firetruck, and was the first to take on a new alt-mode, as a boat. He also had a dinosaur mode, and an ambulance as an Amazon exclusive toy last year.
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    Now that the main four members of the cartoon cast are done, here is a group photo of the toys for the four original team members - Heatwave, Boulder, Blades, Chase.
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    Continuing the commemoration of the 5th anniversary of Rescue Bots, we now delve into the other characters of the cartoon and toyline that didn't make up the original team of four Rescue Bots.

    Bumblebee.
    This character only showed up in just five episodes so far, but has more toys than the main characters of Chase, Boulder and Blades. I guess he's the face of the entire Transformers Brand at the moment, so more parents are likely to buy a toy of a character that THEY recognise, over one that their young kids are watching every episode. (after all, if the sales prove this to be true, why fill the shelves with the main characters which don't sell as fast)
    (The new Epic Bumblebee toy arrived after this photo, and has been included in the final photo of this posting.)
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    Optimus Prime.
    Another rare cameo character is the Autobot leader who would occasionally drop in on the Rescue Bots team. But just like with Bumblebee, this character only showed up in a handful of the 104 episodes of the cartoon, but has more toys than most of the regular cast robots, and also has the biggest toy from the toyline. It is also one of the biggest Transformers toys ever made from Hasbro.
    (The new reissue Optimus with Trailer toy arrived after this photo, and has been included in the final photo of this posting.)
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    The new recruits.
    Next up are the toys of the new recruits from the Transformers Rescue Bots cartoon.
    Salvage the garbage truck.
    Blurr the race car.
    High Tide the cargo ship & submarine.
    Servo the dog.
    Missing is Quickshadow the car, as the toy has only just been released in America in the last few weeks, so I haven't got it yet.
    (at the time of this photo, Sideswipe had not yet appeared in the cartoon, so is included in a later group photo)
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    The villains.
    Even though the series doesn't have Decepticons, it still has some "naughty" people, and their creations, for the Autobots to deal with.
    And fortunately, Hasbro has given us toys of some of them, including the most recent one - a transforming Morbot. Not the Morbots of the first season (which we got a figurine of), but a new race-car Morbot that transforms just like Blurr.
    The other villain toys here are Dr Morocco (both releases), Morbot figurine (both releases), Scrapmaster, a generic robber (from one of the playsets), and Trex... who later became a loyal pet for the Rescue Bots.
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    Humans.
    At the back of this next photo are the various non-cartoon figurines that came with the toys in the first year. Not only did they all have names, but each time one was re-released with a different robot or playset, it had something altered on its colour scheme.
    Unfortunately, most of the first year packaging didn't have the names of the humans printed on it, so many would come from official toy listings or the Hasbro website.
    Two of the humans had names that would end up in the cartoon - Chief Charlie Burns (blue) and Cody Burns (the four red guys), while the other four first year guys had names that I don't think ever showed up in the cartoon - Axel Frazier (yellow), Walker Cleveland (green), Sawyer Storm (orange), and Jack Tracker (black), Each colour matched the six main bots in the first year of toys - Optimus, Bumblebee, Heatwave, Chase (who was black in year one), Boulder and Blades.
    The humans at the front of the photo were figurines released in years 2-5, to match the characters on the cartoon, including the main Burns family members and Doc Green. (plus we got Doctor Morocco, with was in the previous photo with the villains)
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    Non-cartoon robot toys.
    Most of the human toys haven't been in the cartoon (above), but here are the robot toys that haven't appeared in the cartoon (as of when this photo was taken - since then, Sideswipe actually has appeared in an episode).
    We have Medix the ambulance (first and fifth year toys), Sideswipe the red racecar (from this year), and Hoist the towtruck (first year toy - I don't yet have the fifth year toy that was just released this month).
    Plus the robo-pets - Drake the red dragon/water cannon, Growl the blue dog/bike, and Fireplug the white dog/water cannon. Valor the blue lion has just been released this month as well, but I don't have it yet.
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    Playsets and vehicle accessories.
    The first Series had the huge firehouse playset that could "transform" into the face of Optimus, while the yellow garage playset could "transform" into the face of Bumblebee.
    Series 1.5 (technically year 2, but there was only half a dozen toys during 2012) had the bank/prison playset, and the firetruck playset (appearing in just one episode I think). Plus, the single packed figurines during this time each had a convertible accessory, which are on the second shelf from the top.
    Series 2 (Energize) had the unreleased 3D pop-up playset, which ended up being released two years later in South Korea, plus the Optimus with Trailer.
    Series 3 saw the Beam Box, which was actually a computer game for the TV, but interacted with certain figurines, and had a cameo on the cartoon.
    Series 4 (last year) gave us a couple of vehicles (a drill & shark sub), and HighTide as a playset (which was in the HighTide photo posting).
    Then this year, we have a return to proper playsets like in the first year, with two small playsets (garage & police station), plus a giant sized Headquarters that replicates much of the one on the cartoon... including the new spacebridge introduced to this year's episodes.
    And rounding out this big fifth year, we have four more trailers - one each for Heatwave and Chase, plus a racing trailer for Optimus, and a re-release of the Energize Optimus trailer that didn't come with any stickers this time.
    Speaking of which, the second photo actually shows the three releases of that particular Optimus toy - the Energize version with blue Energize paint details and stickers, the Megabot version from this year (without a trailer) in the middle, and the re-release of the Energize version without the blue Energize paint details.
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    2016 toys yet to be obtained or released.
    These are the toys from this year that didn't make it in this photo review-commemoration of the first five years, either because they haven't been released yet, or were just released in the last few weeks and I haven't been able to get them yet.
    Epic HighTide, Valor, Hoist, Quickshadow, (redeco) Megabot Night Rescue Heatwave, and the Mr Potato Heads of Heatwave, Boulder, High Tide, Optimus (proposed re-release, but rebadged as Rescue Bots) and Bumblebee (proposed re-release, but rebadged as Rescue Bots). Plus, there might also be a new transforming Hightide submarine and Salvage garbage truck as well, but they might come out right at the end of the year.
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    Well that's it.
    That's everything from the first five years of Rescue Bots.
    And just to see what it all looks like together in one photo, here you go...
    (with two easter eggs, of two Rescue Bots characters that were released in other toylines - Angry Birds and Timelines)
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    Feel free to post comments about the toyline and cartoon in its first five years if you collect them, or even if you don't.
     
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  2. ssjkazer

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    5 years old and my son has loved every moment
     
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    Just wanted to say thanks for all the swell pics! I've never even seen half of these toys, just the random ones that run up Kmart etc.
    Very cool to see so many of them together.

    The only one I will buy at some point is that crazy Truckasaurus.
    Because I like Prime and Grimlock and Simpsons.

    a.k.a.
    Convoy Dino.
    Dino Convoy Deluxe.
    Primelock GrimTruck.
     
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    there are 3 different Megabot Primes? The Salvage and High Tide you speak of are rumored to be Amazon.com exclusives Salvage being a complete new mold if I read correctly. I have yet to see pics of them anywhere. There is also Swift The Cheetah Targetmaster that has not been released
     
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    no I just love making up silly names.

    Such as "Space Convoy Zombie" a.k.a. Optimus in S3/4 post '86 movie.
     
  6. griffin-of-oz

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    It's actually been a fun few weeks for me too, posting up on facebook sporadically in eleven separate posts, as my way of commemorating five years of Rescue Bots, and I now see that TFW have done up a commemoration as well, to coincide with the 100th episode of the cartoon (which is a recommended read if you are a fan of the series).
     
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    ??? I was referring to the pictures of the 3 Megabot Prime toys standing side by side in the pic
     
  8. griffin-of-oz

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    Yep, three different Megabot Primes now, with two being very similar (I posted up something a few weeks back in the News section somewhere when I first found it at retail)... and only just bought it last week.
    I remember the cheetah from the New York Toyfair, but hadn't seen or heard anything of it since, or its name, so wasn't sure what to call it, so just left it out. Since Valor came out on its own last week at Amazon, I figured that it was either dropped, or will come out later, which might end up being next year anyway.
     
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    so whats the story with the Salvage and High Tide?
     
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    I don't watch Rescue bots enough, I can be a bit crap at trying to keep up with shows, but I've enjoyed everything I have seen of it. I'm sure some people dismiss it as another mindless show for toddlers but it is waaay above that.
    If it keeps going for a few more years I'd love it if we eventually saw Generations versions of the Rescue Bots. Imagine High Tide getting the Titan treatment!
     
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    I still don't understand why we don't have Generations Deluxes of the main 4 with their standard alt modes. It's not like those are difficult to engineer and they'd probably sell well at this point.
     
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    That's a pretty comprehensive collection man. At one point, I tried to collect a few of the Rescue Bot figures, but sort of backed out when I realized how poorly they fit in with my collection. I gave the majority of my figures to my 2 year old daughter (who's become quite the Transformers fan recently because of Rescue Bots). I did hold on to the first iterations of Chase, Medix, Hoist, and Blades though. I just thought those in particular looked cool.

    My daughter, at this point, has the first wave Boulder, Heatwave, Bumblebee, and Prime. She also has the Blades giant robot, Chase SUV mode, Bumblebee pullback drag racer, one of the Bumblee garage playsets, and a couple of the non-transforming vehicles. Been thinking about picking up some of the dinosaur Rescue Bots since she really likes dinosaurs.
     
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    Man, it's impressive that this series has gone on for 5 years.

    I remember when I was dismissing it as a show that would last a season or two at most, since obviously Transformers without Decepticons wouldn't do at well. I was clearly wrong, and I'm glad to admit it. My little cousin has a few of the smaller figures (the Main cast that was included in a box set), and I really enjoy the Blades that it came with. I also like the Medix figures, and that High Tide looks really cool. I do wish we got full Generations versions, though.
     
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    I was actually talking about that possiblity the other day. Heck, I'd be okay with some combiner wars retools. The cw protectobots molds would work pretty well here.
     
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    What do you mean? The toys, or their role in the cartoon?
     
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    salvage and hightide

    salvage turned up with blurr, salvage is a tinker he likes to build things and hes good in a pinch, blurr is a speedster there isnt much more to salvage then that he likes to keep to himself.

    Hightide was sent to earth to teach the other rescue bots some leasons for out at sea and he has kinda stuck around servo his pup has been seen more oftern as he is like a minicon hell ill call him a minicon hes a robotic dog that transforms into tools for the bigger bots to use.

    there is also quickshadow fearly new likes to do things by her self and is still learning alot about team work.


    If you havent watched this show i would give it a go after the first half of the first season it kicks it up with more interesting epesodes some things are just rediclous, i myself watch it for the sole purpose of its entertainment value and im always surpised and what nods they make to other series and what adult jokes they get away with
     
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    The 2 unreleased toys, they are listed as amazon.com exclusives. Yet i havent heard or seen any other info about them
     
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    This was the first I had heard about them being Amazon exclusives... so I can't shed any light on that I'm afraid.
     
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    Hi, newbie here. I kind of collect these toys for my son as well. I have seen some episodes on netflix because coz he watches this show. I am still looking to buy Salvage, Hightide and Sideswipe but haven't really had the urge to buy it.