Construct-Bots (sometimes erroneously called “Construct-A-Bots”) were introduced in 2013 for the Transformers brand to take part in the “buildable action figure” segment of boys' toys. The sets debuted at a number of price points, with a relatively large advertising push.
Construct-Bots are each built around a standard “skeleton”, to which all the defining features of the character are attached. The skeleton is highly articulated with rubberized ball-and-socket joints and ratcheting clip joints. The skeleton (and the figure built around it) is capable of a standard transformation scheme, which only varies for the Predaking figure. All other features of the transformation are made unique by the pieces that attach to it, although land vehicles and air vehicles are relatively self-consistent. Armor, weapons, wheels or wings, and a uniquely sculpted head define each figure. Higher price points indicate more accessories: Scouts include only the bare minimum of armor, one or two small weapons, and a set of wheels or pair of wings; Elite figures add shoulder-mounted weapons, shoulder pads, and fenders or fins; and Triple-Changers add a second set of accessories to form a completely different alternate mode. The armor generally attaches with 5mm posts, and sometimes feature sockets or bars for attaching accessories directly to the armor.
Hasbro's primary selling point for the series was customization. Due to the standard skeleton, any accessory can be used with literally any other toy in the series. The use of 5mm posts means many regular toys' weapons can be used, and the rubberized ball-and-sockets are fully compatible with those used in Kre-O sets. Furthermore, many of the 5mm pegs are hollow, effectively making them usable Mini-Con ports. Because the transformation scheme of the skeleton is standard, vehicular modes can be customized as well, and customized figures can transform like by-the-book builds.
Like Bot Shots, Contruct-Bots toys come with a code that can be entered online to unlock virtual content. The toyline features online components heavily, and there are games, videos, and other features linked with the toyline.
At the time of writing, there are more unreleased Construct-Bots sets being listed on Hasbro's official websites. The fate of the series is uncertain, though development has slowed, and the standardized platform for figures is not well-suited to a high volume of new toys.