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Transformers Rescue Bots Playskool Heroes Hoist the Tow-Bot Figure
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- Convert him from robot to tow truck mode and back
- Push the tow hook up to convert from tow truck to robot mode
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Anything can get done when Transformers Rescue Bots and their friends team up! Help fight fires, floods and crime, or anything in between – the Rescue Bots love adventure and rescue!
This brave Hoist the Tow-Bot figure is just the hero you need for your Rescue Bots adventures! He easily converts from robot mode to vehicle mode and back again. When the mission calls for a rescue, convert him to tow truck mode. But when the rescue mission gets dangerous, push the tow hook up to convert him back to robot mode!Playskool and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
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1. Blades - blades is the only one that has a moving object (propeller) and also is the only non-ground bot, so it's fun to have him a part of any collection to change things up. He's also very easy to transform and his transformation looks good.
2. Heatwave - this was the first one we bought and was a great one to start off with. The way the ladder pulls up to transform is very creative and cool. fire engines are cool and a must for rescuing, so Blades and Heatwave together are really all that's needed to make the perfect rescue. His transformability can be difficult for a young one because the arms don't always want to stay down without holding them both down at once.
3. Hoist - when heatwave pops a tire or gets stuck it's nice to have hoist around to pull him out of trouble. Hoist also looks pretty bad-ass and bulky as a robot. His tranformability is similar to Heatwave.
4. Medic - medic is the only one that has a button that activates the transformation. I think as a robot he looks pretty silly, but he's useful to have when someone gets hurt
5. Chase - not always able to incorporate him in our playing. My son really wanted him, but after getting him he didn't get a whole lot of time with him like he did with the others.
6. Boulder - super easy to transform, which makes it kind of boring but good for a 2 year old. He doesn't really help out much except for pushing things off our coffee table that I keep telling my son to leave alone.
* Dinobot - my son just got the Heatwave dinobot for xmas. It doesn't transform, but my son loves it. It makes noise, which is pretty darn annoying, but it sure entertains him. I didn't think it would be as fun due to not transforming, but it's fun to use as an accessory to our missions.
All in all, every one of these are made very well, will last through lots of toddler abuse, fun to take in the bath, and are entertaining.
Sounds like (cartoon-wise), there are three Autobots (leader Optimus Prime, Bumblebee & High Tide), four main Rescue Bots (less experienced Autobots from what I hear, who are Heatwave, Chase, Blades & Boulder), along with two "recruits" (Salvage & Blurr). The Autobots storybook series also has Hoist the Tow-Bot and Medix the Doc-Bot.
From what I can gather, it appears there've been six toy figure series stemming from them since the beginning of Rescue Bots in 2011. The original line came with a standard red, silver, or white Autobot insignia and detachable collector card that showed the Bot (Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Heatwave, Chase, Boulder & Blades) with their designated human partner. An extended line in 2012 came with a new stylized red Rescue Bot Autobot insignia rather than the standard Autobot symbol, bringing two more characters (Medix & Hoist) along with redecorated Optimus Prime & Heatwave. In 2013 the Energize line came out (the characters mentioned in my first paragraph), and the toys began looking more like how they do in the cartoon than the original books - their stylized Rescue Bot symbol and many paint applications changed to an Energon blue color and their rescue tools were now all translucent light Energon blue. 2014's Roar and Rescue line had the Rescue Bots transforming into Dinobots (Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Heatwave, Chase, Boulder & Blades), and Hasbro began using thinner plastic with the models being @ 2/3 the size of the original figures. Last year (2015), they first came out with a Rescan line that included new alternate modes (Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Heatwave, Chase, Boulder & Blades), while continuing the new smaller size and thinner plastic along with the light Energon blue Rescue Bot symbol and paint applications. Then late last year the Rescue Bots returned to their original alternate forms in new smaller molds (Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Chase, Boulder, Blades, Medix, Salvage & Blurr... they didn't mention Heatwave, which is odd.)
What's shown on this listing is the quality Hoist model (transforms into an tow truck) from that original 2012 extended release, the larger figure (@ 5-1/2"H & W, 2-1/2" thick), so he'll fit right in with the Energize models our grandson already has (had to pay a mint for him though, but so many times that's the case when you're purchasing older models that are no longer readily available at retail. Medix was a lot less expensive, fortunately!) We went ahead and picked up Salvage and Blurr from the new crop, but Salvage is DEFINITELY smaller (i.e. the Salvage model we just received is @ 5"H, 3-1/2"W, 2" thick), the Titan figure of Blurr (which we were stuck with since we couldn't afford the incredible price they were asking for the smaller model on both Amazon and eBay) doesn't even transform (returned it), and the plastic IS noticeably thinner. . After we get a High Tide model, think that'll do it for Rescue Bots... have no interest in pursuing a line when they've made the models smaller and are using thinner plastic. One thing I've learned my lesson about... when we present these to him on his birthday, I won't make the mistake of again saying how "cute" they are. That word is a no-no when it comes to these powerful Rescue Bots!