BeCool Japanese Transformers Bot Shots Website online

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Takara-Tomy have opened a new website for their version of Transformers Bot Shots. Bot Shots are coming to Japan as “BeCool” (a play on the Japanese pronunciation of “vehicle”). At the moment the website includes a character lineup and a selection of video segments.

Of interest here is that BeCool is completely devoid of the Transformers name – both for the line name and also for the individual characters. In the videos instead of saying “TRANSFORM!!” they say “henkei” (meaning transform, but much more commonly used in Japanese media, where a bold shout of transform has always been more of a Transformers thing). The symbols on the chests have also been changed, and in some pictures – but not all – the individual BeCool releases sport eyes on their vehicle modes in the style of Disney & Pixar’s Cars.

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  1. gunthetra's Avatar gunthetra says

    Putting little eyes on the vehicles is actually incredibly brilliant. Almost makes me wonder why Hasbro didn't consider it.

    Still kinda weird that they aren't being marketed as Transformers.I guess they're just trying to see if they merch sells better without the Transformers name.

  2. Bendimus Prime's Avatar Bendimus Prime says

    Maybe I haven't been keeping up with Bot Shot news, but are the Prime Ratchet and G1 Toy Bumblebee heads new?

  3. Shark Jumper's Avatar Shark Jumper says

    So I noticed they have different icons with no stats, did they change gameplay?
    0_o

  4. RedAlert Rescue has no avatar! RedAlert Rescue says

    I didn't even know Henkei meant Transform!. I thought it meant "Classics" and Transform was "Henshin" What does Gettai Gettai mean then or whatever they called Takara Deluxe Skywarp and Thundercracker I recalll they are not called Henkei though?

    Didn't someone find Transformers secreted away on the box in tiny text in Japanese and likewise the logos or was that only one of the test market boxes? I'd like that slightly repainted Bumblebee.

    The tri-logos are a bit random though they seem to denote mood or such and if they can be use for a game it's not an obvious one.

    I hope people keep a close eye on these in case they start doing Japan exclusive chase clear ones and unique repaints ; say for example a red Mirage or Ironhide or a green or Yellow Ratchet.

    This may just be a bridging line and they might push the main spinshots etc.. next year as the main push.

    But i'll certainly want to know if they make any major colour difference beyond the tweaks Prowl or Bumblebee have.

    I love Botshots.... and I'd love to see a ton of repaint - especially if they are transparent, tinted clear, or black.

    That would remind me of things like Black Keychain Minibots, Clear Spychangers, and so on.

  5. Autovolt 127's Avatar Autovolt 127 says

    I still haven't even bought an actual Bot Shot toy yet.

    Cool than Japan is getting them literally in a month from now.

  6. Gryph's Avatar Gryph says

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RedAlert Rescue View Post
    I didn't even know Henkei meant Transform!. I thought it meant "Classics" and Transform was "Henshin" What does Gettai Gettai mean then or whatever they called Takara Deluxe Skywarp and Thundercracker I recalll they are not called Henkei though?

    Didn't someone find Transformers secreted away on the box in tiny text in Japanese and likewise the logos or was that only one of the test market boxes? I'd like that slightly repainted Bumblebee.

    The tri-logos are a bit random though they seem to denote mood or such and if they can be use for a game it's not an obvious one.

    I hope people keep a close eye on these in case they start doing Japan exclusive chase clear ones and unique repaints ; say for example a red Mirage or Ironhide or a green or Yellow Ratchet.

    This may just be a bridging line and they might push the main spinshots etc.. next year as the main push.

    But i'll certainly want to know if they make any major colour difference beyond the tweaks Prowl or Bumblebee have.

    I love Botshots.... and I'd love to see a ton of repaint - especially if they are transparent, tinted clear, or black.

    That would remind me of things like Black Keychain Minibots, Clear Spychangers, and so on.
    They both basically mean "transform", but in different contexts. The best explanation I can find is that Henshin means to "change form," and is used for living beings, while henkei means to "change shape," and is used for machines.
    Both terms do apply to Transformers. In the Japanese Beast Wars shows, they shouted "henshin" instead of "transform."

  7. Fallout's Avatar Fallout says

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Gryph View Post
    They both basically mean "transform", but in different contexts. The best explanation I can find is that Henshin means to "change form," and is used for living beings, while henkei means to "change shape," and is used for machines.
    maybe henshin was used for the ones packed in robot mode and henkei was for the ones packed in vehicle mode?

  8. WheelWave140's Avatar WheelWave140 says

    Gentai means exclusive and is used as a pun on Henkei which DOES mean transform

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