Hot Rod & Brawn with Product Card

These two one of a kind Bot Shots customs Hot Rod and Brawn have been spoken for and are headed to their future owners. To celebrate the toy and the original packaging I’ve drawn and printed out Display Cards for each figure. Each card includes a custom drawing of the figure in robot and vehicle mode, along with its’ battle stats, product logos, and signed/numbered.

Toy packaging plays a big role in how you react to a toy in the store. Good packaging can make any toy look amazing and something you might want to buy.

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Huffer – Bot Shots custom

The latest Bot Shots custom is Huffer! He is a repaint of Optimus Prime with much tweak. This turned out really nice for many reasons which I’ll walk you through. The paint job and re-sculpt is themed after the G1 figure. As you probably notice from the below image Optimus’ head has been shaved down to reveal Huffer’s head. 

Check out the image above, notice Optimus’ mini trailer is removed and added is a spoiler so in robot mode he will stand up(barely). That spoiler is taken from Sentinel Prime’s spoiler and trimmed down to fit its’ new location.
Which is the baddest truck on the road?
Little Huffer can hold his own, he works with the Optimus Prime launcher.

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Smokescreen – Bot Shots custom

This is Smokescreen a Bot Shots customs of Prowl with minor tweaks to remove the siren and spoiler. I love the way the paint job turned out. The last touch I need to put on is his number 38 on both doors. I’m either going to put it on with number stickers or print out decal. I’ll have an update when I get that on.


If you like my Bot Shots customs check out Hot Rod for auction on Ebay. It ends 7/24. Check it out!

Comparison shot of G1 Smokescreen with Bot Shots custom.

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Bluestreak – Bot Shots custom

Bluestreak is a repaint of Bot Shots Prowl with minor tweaks to remove the siren and spoiler. He is painted after the G1 toy. The original G1 toy is a repaint of the diaclone figure which was blue. They didn’t bother to change the name or the drawing on the box art causing some confusion. Read more about it here.


If you like my Bot Shots customs check out Hot Rod and Brawn up for auction on Ebay. They end 7/23 and 7/24. Check them out!

Here is a comparison shot with the reissue Anime version of Bluestreak.

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Bot Shots Series 2 – Spring 2013

I’m sure you’re probably curious on where Hasbro is going to take the Bot Shots toyline. Well at SDCC 2012 they revealed it’s direction for the rest of the year as I noted in the Wave 5 post and Bot Shots series 2 which will be releasing Spring of 2013! I know that seems like a long ways away so here are some screenshots to keep you satisfied.

From what I understand with Bot Shots Series 2 they will come with new gimmicks that make smashing Bot Shots together more interesting. As shown below there are four new actions which happen upon impact; flip, jump, spin, and blitz.

How many Bumblebees do we need? Flip is where when the bot collides it flips in the air and lands on its’ feet.Series 1 ends with a Shockwave and Series 2 starts with a Shockwave, not well planned. Jump means when it collides the bot will jump. I wonder if it will land on its’ feet too?Finally a G1 red Ironhide! Upon collide it will spin. Somehow I don’t think Ironhide does any spinning ever.The seeker collection keeps growing! Blitz seems like something that might happen on the way to impact and could be a pull back and release go action. Or it could just be what they are calling the normal push it with your hands. Seems odd if when it collided it had an extra force to blitz forward more.

Here is detailed shots of the flipping Bumblebee. The robot mode looks a little generic with the bunched up arms, but I really like the car mode. Looks like it is influnced by Transformers Prime design.

Just in case you want to see the paint design from every single angle here is a shot of Bumblebee. Prime fans will be very happy.I’m a big fan of toy packaging and here is a shot of Bot Shots Series 2 Bumblebee. Notice the detail about his gimmick and the other bots in Series 2 on the back.

Overall I am pretty excited about series 2. The gimmicks I could see coming as to keep the toyline fresh. I believe these gimmicks are not necessary though and seem like a year too early. They could have easily gone another year of doing other characters like Sideswipe, Wheeljack, Hot Rod, Ultra Magnus, Soundwave (TFA), Cliffjumper before redoing the same characters with new gimmicks. What I’m hoping series 2 will bring us is new vehicle molds and head sculpts of our favorite G1 characters. Including characters from combiner sets.

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Bot Shots Launchers – Ironhide and Starscream

With the release of the Bot Shots launchers Optimus Prime and Megatron I’ve been pretty excited now that we have a device to shoot our Bot Shots from. But recently I’ve been wondering when will they follow up with a wave two? On the wiki it is stated that wave 2 will consist of Ironhide and at one time Ratchet was listed as a wave 3. At Botcon 2012 it was noted on display that the Ironhide launcher would hit stores in June. We’ll June has past and still no new launchers. I recently found an image from Hasbro’s site leaking a shot of the Starscream launcher shown below. That is clearly the Seeker Jet mold at the front.

At SDCC 2012 there was a packaged Starscream launcher at the Bot Shots display.

In the Hasbro Toyline panel they showed more info about the Fall 2012 Bot Shots line and in that they showed more detailed pictures of the Starscream launcher. This also confirms that Starscream will be in a wave 3.

Additionally in the Bot Shots online game there is a Starscream Bot Shot that you can unlock with an item number similar to other Bot Shot launchers. This Starscream is a darker gray matching the toy panel information.
I don’t see any dates on when these are coming out so we’ll just have to wait it out and hope these guys will hit stores soon.

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Bot Shots Wave 5 – Shockwave Chase, Megatron Truck, Roadbuster, drawings of Skywarp and Armored Mask Bumblebee

Hey Bot Shot fans,

At SDCC 2012 Hasbro confirmed what figures will be in Bot Shots wave 5 with detailed pictures. Additionally I wanted to share some images I’ve found from Hasbro on up coming toys for Wave 5.

As noted on the wiki for a while it has listed the figures up to wave 5 and recently Hasbro has confirmed images on those figures for wave 5.

Shockwave is the same model as the Shockwave in the recently released 3 pack, but his plastic is the Chase transparent in purple. His chest stats will most likely be new. The Shockwave mold is a great double barreled tank form and I love the transparent purple. It will quickly be my new favorite Chase figure.
On package to the left you can see the drawing of Skywarp, G1 fans will be in suspense to finally complete their G1 Seeker collection, Starscream, Thundercracker, and Skywarp.

I’m not a big fan of the Movie themed Bot Shots yet the fact that they choose to do all of the Wreckers this is pretty cool and DOTM fans should be rejoicing. The Wreckers are a small  commando unit of Autobots originally created by writer Simon Furman and have been in other Transformer Universe comics. Roadbuster will be the third and most likely last DOTM Wrecker to be released as a Bot Shot.
On the packaging to the left you can see the drawing of Armored Mask Bumblebee. It will most likely bee the car mold of wave 1 Bumblebee with a new chest/head mold. A cheap attempt at delivering a new figure while reusing a mold, but I know there are Bumblebee fans out there and will do anything to get this guy. The Megatron Truck Chase figure was a better attempt at reusing and making a new figure as it had a new chest/head mold and the back half of the truck mode was new.

 

Speaking of the Megatron Truck here he is again but with a solid paint approach. As you see in image above it is great to finally see this guy fully painted but it looks on the plain side. I would have liked to see some silver detail on the legs and arms which is pretty standard on most Bot Shots and additionally paint detail on the truck windows and back trailer part.

Wave 5 will most likely be the last wave from series 1 Bot Shots. I could see a wave 6 in December but no information on that. The Bot Shots release schedule has been a new wave every other month, wave 3 was in June, wave 4 is looking like August, so that most likely means wave 5 will hit in October.

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Transformers Bot Shots Customs – Hot Rod

Bot Shots custom of Hot Rod. Below are detailed pictures including a comparison with G1 toy. This item is going up for bid on ebay! Auction starts 7/17 6pm PDT
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Figure is a repaint of Bot Shots Lockdown with Jetfire’s head/chest piece, and Chase Megatron’s chest stats. Item still flips up upon impact.



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Transformers Bot Shots Customs – Brawn

Bot Shots custom of Brawn. Below are detailed pictures including a comparison with G1 toy. This item is going up for bid on ebay! Auction starts 7/16 6pm PDT
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Figure is a repaint of Bot Shots Ratchet with Mirage’s head/chest piece, and 3-pack Bumblebee’s chest stats. Item still flips up upon impact.

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Transformers Bot Shots Customs – Cliffjumper with black wheels

Bot Shots custom of Cliffjumper updated with black wheels. Below are detailed pictures including a comparison with G1 toy. This item is up for bid on ebay.com put your bid down!
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Figure is a repaint of Bot Shots 3-pack Bumblebee with Lockdown’s chest stats and still flips up upon impact.








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