Blog #138: Toy Review: Botcon 2012 Treadshot

Treadshot is a Botcon 2012 Invasion Box Set Exclusive.

Botcon Universe: Shattered Glass

Mold Used: Transformers 2012 Deluxe Jazz (With a New Head.)

Name Origin: Treadshot was a Transformers Universe toy (from the Battle in a Box Set with Ultra Magnus).

I previously reviewed this toy based on the pictures released on the Botcon web site.  You can read that blog here.

I get what they tried to do here.  They wanted to do an homage to Armada Sideswipe, but they already did a Shattered Glass Evil Autobot Sideswipe.  Instead they did a Shattered Glass Heroic Decepticon Treadshot.  Problem is, he doesn’t look like either Treadshot or Sideswipe.  Armada Sideswipe is a darker blue, and Universe Treadshot is maroon, if he’s supposed to be Shattered Glass Treadshot, then he should have been in Sideswipe’s dark blue.  The head is a second Hasbro head and not truly a new head designed just for the convention (more below on that).  It doesn’t look anything like the Universe Treadshot mold.  So it’s best to say this is an attempt at an homage more than an actual one.  Not a terrible toy, but I’m not a huge fan of the mold to begin with.  It’s lost some points since it doesn’t really have a new head that looks like it’s supposed to.

It’s also important to note, that Fun Publications stating that this toy “has a new head” is at best disingenuous.  They charge more for toys with new heads, but this is not a new head they designed, this was already part of the mold and shouldn’t add any additional cost to the toy.  I think it’s an important distinction, since they make it sound like you are getting something new, and all you’re really getting is something Hasbro hasn’t used yet.  In fairness, they haven’t hidden this, the info is out there, but when they talk about toys having new heads, they should be more clear on the difference between a head they had made (Punch/Counterpunch, Kick-Over, Gigatron, G2 Breakdown, etc.) and one they had sculpted specifically for Botcon.

Grade: C-

Thanks for reading!

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About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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