For a collector, there is nothing quite like being surprised when browsing your local toy store. So much of hunting is knowing which case assortments have been sighted across the country or tracking down that one specific figure to finish your collection in vain. But to stumble across a new line you didn’t even know existed? It is like being a kid all over again!
Robots and humans saving the day, working together the Rescue Bots way! No matter what emergency strikes, never fear – team up with the Rescue Bots and their extra tough energized gear!
The Transformers Rescue Bots feels a lot like the continuation of the Robot Heroes line, but with more of a focus on making toys and not a bunch of characters that haven’t been seen in 25 years. Similar to the Marvel Playskool Adventure Heroes, I wasn’t expecting to be interested in this line – especially since the first debut included awkward transforming toys and weird two-packs that didn’t include a Transformer. But now that has all changed!
Rescue Bot Energize Optimus Prime is what Robot Heroes should have been. Talking about his look is pretty clear: he’s clearly inspired by the classic Optimus Prime look. Standing almost four inches tall and just as wide, Optimus is much bigger than a Robot Heroes figure, but it works so well.
The design is slightly updated with some odd design choices, like the blue markings on his wrist or the smokestacks being attached to his back. The head is squat and looks slightly off, but no more than any of the other dozen Optimus toys that have come out since the movies.
Optimus’s left hand has been replaced with a giant buzz saw, which is a nice throwback to his Energon Axe-hand. The paint isn’t anything great, but you aren’t buying a figure like this for the paint. It is more than sufficient, though most of his color comes from the color of plastic he’s cast in. Either way, it works.
What I didn’t expect from this figure though is the articulation. I was expecting maybe a swivel head and rotating shoulders, but Optimus has a swivel neck, swivel and hinge shoulders, a cut right wrist and hinged hips (that are connected to each other). It’s a great amount of articulation, especially for this style of figure. Another oddity is that his legs are hollow, but that probably keeps the figure from weighing a ton.
The other figure included in this set is more like an accessory, Cody Burns! Evidently one of the human companions in Rescue Bots, Cody probably stands in as a cipher for kids watching the show. Either way, he looks oddly like Luke Skywalker on Hoth. His height makes him fit in with Imaginext and Playskool Heroes with ease.
The figure is unarticulated, but otherwise is fine. The paint is passable with bland colors that actually work. As a kid, I loved playing with Z-Bots and M.U.S.C.L.E. Men but never had any regular civilians outside of LEGO, so while Cody Burns is a character, he is also a perfect civilian. But some articulation would have really helped.
This two pack retails for $7 or $8 depending on the store, but if you’re looking for an Optimus Prime who is more in-scale and in-style with the Super Hero Squad or Playskool Heroes, he’s perfect. My only complaint about this line right now is that there are only four robots available – and none of them are Decepticons! I would love to get a Megatron in this style for Optimus to battle…