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Transformers Rescue Bots

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Transformers: Rescue Bots began in 2011 as Hasbro’s most recent, and possibly most earnest attempt at marketing to the 3-5 year-old demographic through their subsidiary, Playskool. The series debuted with an animated TV show on Hasbro and Discovery’s shared network, The Hub. With a coherent story focusing on a few main heroes and their human partners, Rescue Bots has hit on a recipe for success. Rescue Bots are in the same scale and style as Playskool Heroes, which includes other properties such as Star Wars and Spider Man.

The initial Rescue Bots figures focused primarily on one scale, but different types of sets allow them to be marketed at a wide variety of price points. The basic figure sets include a poseable human character in cute proportions, and a Rescue Gear – either a small vehicle with a rescue tool attached or some type of backpack. The Rescue Gear each have a one-step flip change that allows them to be held or mounted on a Deluxe Rescue Bot. The Deluxe Rescue Bots, like the Deluxe class of main-line Transformers, form the backbone of the series. They each have a simple transformation, sometimes only one step, assisted by auto-transforming parts (like Movie’s Automorph). The figures have rolling wheels but no articulation, and have 5mm holes to attach Rescue Gear tools.

The higher price points are occupied by various sized playsets, which typically include a human character and a non-transforming Rescue Bot. These Rescue Bots are rendered as main character vehicles with a large open cockpit for the human partner, and the robot mode is molded and painted on the chassis, not unlike Revenge of the Fallen RPMs or Speed Stars. The playsets often have some transforming feature, as well as things for the Deluxe Rescue Bots and basic figures to interact with. Finally, there are a handful of larger Electronic Rescue Bots, which are articulated non-transforming main characters with electronic voices, lights, and sounds. Activating action features or pushing various buttons elicits different quotations with the figure. Each Electronic figure also includes a slightly redecoed human partner figure. While they are larger in stature than the Deluxes, they still interact with the basic figure humans.

In 2013, the line got a package refresh as Rescue Bots: Energize. The basic figures shifted to a non-articulated human partnered with a small, non-transforming robot reminiscent of Movie’s Robot Replicas. The Deluxe assortment are all redecos using translucent blue for some of the parts, and each coming with an “AllSpark blue” rescue tool.

The subsequent year saw a much more thorough restructuring of the Rescue Bots lineup. 2014 brought Rescan figures, primarily depicting each character with new alternate modes, as well as introducing new charcaters at the same lower price point. Most figures still feature 5mm holes in their hands for holding tools or other accessories. Plasets were re-sized to fit the new scale, and human characters continued to be available in two-packs with non-transforming (but articulated) robots, often depicting the robots’s new bodies.

This formula has been even more successful for the line, judging by its continuation for multiple years. The overall line has gained popularity among children and adults, evidenced by scarce figures topping triple-digit prices on the secondary markets. Furthermore, the line isn’t regularly superceded like the fast-changing main lines targeting older kids. In addition to outlasting the venerable Playskool Go-Bots line, Resuce Bots’ cartoon series spanned 104 episodes, besting Generation 1 as the longest-running Transformers cartoon. With rumors of a sequel television show and continuous relasing of new figures, Rescue Bots is set to become the longest-lasting Transformers franchise overall!

 

Basic Figures

Boulder the Construction-Bot
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Heatwave the Fire-Bot
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High Tide
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Optimus Prime
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Electronic Figures

Bumblebee
Energize
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Chase the Police-Bot
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Heatwave the Fire-Bot
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Heatwave the Rescue Dinobot
Roar and Rescue
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Optimus Primal
Roar and Rescue
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Optimus Prime
Energize
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Epic Figures

Blades the Flight-Bot
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Blurr
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Boulder the Construction-Bot
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Bumblebee
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Chase the Police-Bot
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Heatwave the Fire-Bot
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High Tide
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Optimus Prime
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Quickshadow
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Salvage
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Figure Packs

Blades the Copter-Bot and Dr. Morocco
Energize
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Blades the Flight-Bot and Dani Burns
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Boulder the Construction-Bot and Doc Green
Energize
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Bumblebee and Graham Burns
Energize
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Bumblebee and MorBot
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Bumblebee and Scrapmaster
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Chase the Police Bot and Chief Charlie Burns
Energize
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Heatwave the Fire Bot and Kade Burns
Energize
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Heatwave the Fire-Bot and Cody Burns
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Optimus Prime and Cody Burns
Energize
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Optimus Prime and T-Rex
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Silver Force Optimus Prime and Bumblebee
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Flip Changers

Chase the Police-Bot
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Heatwave the Fire-Bot
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Flip Racers

Airport Blast Off Blades
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Blurr
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Bumblebee Quick Launch Garage
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Chase the Police-Bot
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Griffin Rock Construction Team
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Griffin Rock Racing Team
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Griffin Rock Stunt Team
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Heatwave the Fire-Bot
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Hoist the Tow-Bot
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Medix the Doc-Bot
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Optimus Prime
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Sideswipe
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Human Allies

Axel Frazier and Microcopter
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Chief Charlie Burns and Rescue Cutter
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Cody Burns and Rescue Axe
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Cody Burns and Rescue Hose
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Jack Tracker/Billy Blastoff and Jet Pack
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Sawyer Storm and Rescue Winch
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Walker Cleveland and Jackhammer
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Walker Cleveland and Rescue Saw
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Megabots

Copter Crane Blades
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Knight Watch Bumblebee
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Night Rescue Heatwave
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Mini Dinos

Blades the Rescue Dinobot
Roar and Rescue
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Boulder the Rescue Dinobot
Roar and Rescue
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Chase the Rescue Dinobot
Roar and Rescue
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Heatwave the Rescue Dinobot
Roar and Rescue
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Mini Scene Packs

Shark Sub Capture
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Tunnel Rescue Drill
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Mini-Cons

Drake the Dragon-Bot
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Fireplug
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Sequoia
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Servo
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Silverback the Gorilla-Bot
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Swift the Cheetah-Bot
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Valor the Lion-Bot
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Mixable, Mashable Heroes!

Mr. Potato Head as Boulder the Construction-Bot
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Mr. Potato Head as Bumblebee
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Mr. Potato Head as Grimlock
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Mr. Potato Head as Heatwave the Fire-Bot
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Mr. Potato Head as Hightide
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Mr. Potato Head as Optimus Prime
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Mr. Potato Head as Optimus Prime (with truck)
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Mr. Potato Head as Optimus Prime and Grimlock
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Mr. Potato Head as Starscream
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Playsets

Bots and Robbers Police Headquarters
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Bumblebee Rescue Garage
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Bumblebee Rescue Repair Station
Asia Exclusive
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Chomp & Stomp Raceway
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Fire Station Prime
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Griffin Rock Firehouse Headquarters
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Griffin Rock Garage
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Griffin Rock Police Station
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High Tide Rescue Rig
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Mobile Headquarters with Optimus Prime
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Optimus Prime Race Track Trailer
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Optimus Prime Racing Trailer
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Optimus Prime Rescue Trailer
Energize
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Rescan

Blades the Flight-Bot
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Blurr
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Boulder the Construction-Bot
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Boulder the Construction-Bot
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Boulder the Construction-Bot
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Brushfire
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Bumblebee
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Bumblebee
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Bumblebee (Raptor)
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Bumblebee (Rescue Jet)
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Chase the Dino Protector
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Chase the Police-Bot
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Chase the Police-Bot
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Heatwave the Fire-Bot
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Heatwave the Fire-Bot (Dragon)
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Hoist the Tow-Bot
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Medix the Doc-Bot
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MorBot
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Optimus Prime
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Optimus Prime
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Optimus Prime
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Optimus Prime (T-Rex)
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Quickshadow
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Salvage
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Rescue Rigs

Capture Claw Chase
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Hook & Ladder Heatwave
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Rescue Teams

Arcitc Rescue Boulder
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Bumblebee Rock Rescue Team
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Superchargers

Bumblebee
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Sideswipe
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Transformable Rescue Bots

Blades
Energize
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Blades the Copter-Bot
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Blades the Flight-Bot
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Boulder
Energize
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Boulder the Construction-Bot
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Bumblebee
Roar and Rescue
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Bumblebee
Energize
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Bumblebee
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Chase the Police Bot
Energize
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Chase the Police-Bot
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Deep Water Rescue High Tide
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Elite Rescue Heatwave
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Heatwave the Fire Bot
Energize
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Heatwave the Fire-Bot
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Heatwave the Fire-Bot
Amazon Exclusive
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Hoist the Tow-Bot
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Medix the Doc-Bot
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Optimus Prime
Roar and Rescue
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Optimus Prime
Energize
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Optimus Prime
Amazon Exclusive
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Optimus Prime
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Optimus Prime
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