Blog #377: Toy Reviews: Transformers Bot Shots 5-Packs Autobot Air Force & Decepticon Fire Assault Team (Quickslinger, Firestrike, Silverbolt, Air Raid, Skydive, Megatron, Shockwave, Starscream, Barricade, Lockdown)

Before I get to the specifics, you can read my thoughts on the Bot Shots concept here, the online video game here, and the new Flip Shot, Spin Shot, and Jump Shot designs for 2013 here.

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Transformers Bot Shots 5-Pack Autobot Air Force (Quickslinger, Firestrike, Silverbolt, Air Raid, Skydive)

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The obvious question is, why didn’t they just call them Aerialbots?  I don’t recall them not having that name available to them.  All are repaints, no remolds here.  This is a decent set, but I can’t for the life of me figure out how they screwed up the colors.  Firestrike (AKA Flireflight) is the red jet and Quickslinger (AKA Slingshot) is white.  They are fine, but the rest all have the color switched around.  Silverbolt is gray, Skydive is black, Air Raid is Black and White.  All they had to do is swap the names, they didn’t even have to alter the toys.  Make the Gray one Skydive and the black one Air Raid.  Sure, that leaves Silverbolt with black and white instead of the an off-white cream color.  I could have lived with that if they didn’t want to use the right color for Silverbolt.  Four out of Five in the right colors and I could have forgiven the fifth.  They didn’t want him to be white since they already had a white one, so okay.  I’m good with that.  It would have taken so little effort to get it right.  It seems that lately sometimes Hasbro is making some really good decisions, and then the go and screw up something simple.  Sigh…

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Transformers Bot Shots 5-Pack Decepticon Fire Assault Team (Megatron, Shockwave, Starscream, Barricade, Lockdown)

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I absolutely LOVE this set, or at least I almost do.  They screwed it up by making Lockdown black.  Why in a set where all the other toys are red and orange would you make the fifth member of the team black?  If they had made him red with orange highlights, or something like that, this would be my favorite Bot Shots set.  As with the above, so close.

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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