Blog #1739: Toy Review: Transformers: Rescue Bots and Rescue Bots Academy Rescan Series 4-Pack (Hoist, Hot Shot, Wedge, Whirl)

Transformers: Rescue Bots and Rescue Bots Academy Rescan Series 4-Pack (Hoist, Hot Shot, Wedge, Whirl)


Previous Mold Use: Original Series Hoist, Original Series Amazon Exclusive Optimus Prime, Rescan Series Hoist

So this mold has gone through quite a few iterations. The original version of Hoist and it’s remold as Amazon Exclusive Optimus Prime was then downsized and completely remolded into Rescan Series Hoist. Now it’s been significantly remolded again into Rescue Bots Academy Hoist. He’s now a flat bed truck rather than a tow truck. The remolding is extensive. He now has two sets of rear wheels under the bed and a new grill and bumper. The cab and robot made have also been completely remolded. They gave him a great paintjob.

Hot Shot

Previous Mold Use: Rock Rescue Team Bumblebee, Rescan Series Bumblebee

The first Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot was a larger electronic figure and was an upsized version of the Rock Rescue Bumblebee mold, so this is basically a downsized version of that with no electronics. It’s not a bad looking toy, but the way his arms connect to his body at the waist just looks weird.


Previous Mold Use: Rescan Series Salvage

Much like Hoist, Wedge’s arms also connect at the waist. It’s otherwise a nice looking figure, and his vehicle mode looks great.


Previous Mold Use: Rescan Series Bumblebee, Rescan Series Blades

Whirl got a great new paintjob. And a new head sculpt.

Overall: These toys are fine, but I really don’t get this. The cartoon makes it clear that only Hot Shot has the ability to have multiple forms. Why? If they are going to keep doing different versions of the same characters, then why not put that in the cartoon? I just don’t get it. I don’t think Hasbro does either, they are just making it up as they go along.

Thanks for reading!

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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