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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!

 

Electronic Figures

Bumblebee
Energize

Chase the Police-Bot

Heatwave the Fire-Bot

Heatwave the Rescue Dinobot
Roar and Rescue

Optimus Primal
Roar and Rescue

Optimus Prime
Energize

Epic Figures

Blades the Flight-Bot

Blurr

Boulder the Construction-Bot

Bumblebee

Chase the Police-Bot

Heatwave the Fire-Bot

High Tide

Optimus Prime

Quickshadow

Salvage

Figure Packs

Blades the Copter-Bot and Dr. Morocco
Energize

Blades the Flight-Bot and Dani Burns

Boulder the Construction-Bot and Doc Green
Energize

Bumblebee and Graham Burns
Energize

Bumblebee and MorBot

Bumblebee and Scrapmaster

Chase the Police-Bot and Chief Charlie Burns
Energize

Heatwave the Fire-Bot and Cody Burns

Heatwave the Fire-Bot and Kade Burns
Energize

Optimus Prime and Cody Burns
Energize

Optimus Prime and T-Rex

Silver Force Optimus Prime and Bumblebee
Target Exclusive

Flip Changers

Chase the Police-Bot

Heatwave the Fire-Bot

Flip Racers

Airport Blast Off Blades

Blurr

Bumblebee Quick Launch Garage

Chase the Police-Bot

Griffin Rock Construction Team

Griffin Rock Racing Team

Griffin Rock Stunt Team

Heatwave the Fire-Bot

Hoist the Tow-Bot

Medix the Doc-Bot

Optimus Prime

Sideswipe

Human Allies

Axel Frazier and Microcopter

Chief Charlie Burns and Rescue Cutter

Cody Burns and Rescue Axe

Cody Burns and Rescue Hose

Jack Tracker/Billy Blastoff and Jet Pack

Sawyer Storm and Rescue Winch

Walker Cleveland and Jackhammer

Walker Cleveland and Rescue Saw

Megabots

Copter Crane Blades

Deep Water Rescue High Tide

Elite Rescue Heatwave

Knight Watch Bumblebee

Night Rescue Heatwave

Optimus Prime

Mini Dinos

Blades the Rescue Dinobot
Roar and Rescue

Boulder the Rescue Dinobot
Roar and Rescue

Chase the Rescue Dinobot
Roar and Rescue

Heatwave the Rescue Dinobot
Roar and Rescue

Mini Scene Packs

Shark Sub Capture

Tunnel Rescue Drill

Mini-Cons

Drake the Dragon-Bot

Fireplug

Sequoia

Servo

Silverback the Gorilla-Bot

Swift the Cheetah-Bot

Valor the Lion-Bot

Mixable, Mashable Heroes!

Mr. Potato Head as Boulder the Construction-Bot

Mr. Potato Head as Bumblebee

Mr. Potato Head as Grimlock

Mr. Potato Head as Heatwave the Fire-Bot

Mr. Potato Head as Hightide

Mr. Potato Head as Optimus Prime

Mr. Potato Head as Optimus Prime (with truck)

Mr. Potato Head as Optimus Prime and Grimlock

Mr. Potato Head as Starscream

Playsets

Bots and Robbers Police Headquarters

Bumblebee Rescue Garage

Bumblebee Rescue Repair Station
Asia Exclusive

Chomp & Stomp Raceway

Fire Station Prime

Griffin Rock Firehouse Headquarters

Griffin Rock Garage

Griffin Rock Police Station

High Tide Rescue Rig

Mobile Headquarters with Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime Race Track Trailer

Optimus Prime Racing Trailer

Optimus Prime Rescue Trailer
Energize

Rescan

Blades the Flight-Bot

Blades the Flight-Bot

Blurr

Boulder the Construction-Bot

Boulder the Construction-Bot

Boulder the Construction-Bot (Dump Truck)

Brushfire

Bumblebee

Bumblebee
Roar and Rescue

Bumblebee (Motorcycle)

Bumblebee (Raptor)

Bumblebee (Rescue Jet)

Chase the Dino Protector

Chase the Police-Bot

Chase the Police-Bot (Rescue SUV)

Heatwave the Fire-Bot

Heatwave the Fire-Bot (Dragon)

Heatwave the Fire-Bot (Fireboat)

Hoist the Tow-Bot

Medix the Doc-Bot

MorBot

Optimus Prime
Roar and Rescue

Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime (Monster Truck)

Optimus Prime (T-Rex)

Quickshadow

Salvage

Rescue Rigs

Capture Claw Chase

Hook & Ladder Heatwave

Rescue Teams

Arcitc Rescue Boulder

Bumblebee Rock Rescue Team

Superchargers

Bumblebee

Sideswipe

Transformable Rescue Bots

Blades the Copter-Bot
Energize

Blades the Copter-Bot

Boulder the Construction-Bot

Boulder the Construction-Bot
Energize

Bumblebee

Bumblebee
Energize

Chase the Police Bot
Energize

Chase the Police-Bot

Heatwave the Fire-Bot
Energize

Heatwave the Fire-Bot

Heatwave the Fire-Bot
Amazon Exclusive

Hoist the Tow-Bot

Medix the Doc-Bot

Optimus Prime
Amazon Exclusive

Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime
Energize