"Transformers BotBots" Botarazzi Toy Review
Release Date: July 16, 2019
Price Point: $34.99
Retailer: San Diego Comic-Con 2019 Exclusive
Accessories: Optimus Prime mask (for Coffeemus Prime)
Official images above and text in italics mirrored from Collider.com
Transformers: BotBots Con Crew 10-Pack – Comic-Con-Themed Pack
(Ages 5 and Up/ Approx. Retail Price: $34.99/ Available: 07/18/2019)
Imagine if BOTBOTS took over the halls of Comic-Con! BOTBOTS are mischievous, funny and super silly little TRANSFORMERS robots who came to life after a glowing mist of Energon fell down from the sky and turned everyday objects at Comic-Con to life! This fun convention pack includes ten exciting Comic-Con themed figures known as the CON CREW, a team of Comic-Con experts who are ready to take on the Con!
Within the CON CREW are 3 specialty teams: the celebrity-obsessed MEET N’ GREETS, experts in photo ops and autographs, the energizing FANTASTIC FUELERS, experts in powering through the Con, and the LINE LEAGUE, experts in surviving the many long Comic-Con lines. 3 of the 10 included TRANSFORMERS BOTBOTS figures are also all dressed up in cool cosplay! Ordinary objects like a marker, a to-go coffee cup and a hand-held game become a kaiju, OPTIMUS PRIME, and a super hero! What sort of mischief will these little bots get into at Comic-Con?
The Line League characters are CAPTAIN CARTRIDGE the superhero handheld game, VIGITENTE the tent and CON-PACKTOR the backpack. Fantastic Fuelers include COFEEMUS PRIME the coffee cup dressed as Optimus Prime, CAB O’NATE the energy drink, HAL A. PENO the spicy chips, and SUMTHIN’ FISHY the fish taco. The Meet N’ Greets characters are SCRIBZILLA the marker, BOTARAZZI the camera, and INKY INKERSON the graphic novel. Available exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con International.
The Con Crew comes in a really beautifully made box. The box is thin and rectangular but choc full of details. The front has a big BotBots logo with the "Con Crew" logo under it. The background is the same blue found on the mass release products, but on top are several pieces of artwork that look like screen captures of Instagram posts. The user names are refer to other BotBots including "nr_geez" and "leader_of_the_jam_packed". The photos are really cute and silly including Vigitente having a "Snapchat" style filter over her face making her into a bunny rabbit! Oddly, the sides of the box feature individual artwork of BotBots not in this boxed set but instead they all appear to be from Series 1 and 2.
The back of the box shows off the Con Crew attending a convention, mostly centered around a cosplay contest (and of course getting into all sorts of shenanigans). Flip open the box and the top flap has "panel descriptions" for several of the team members but the layout looks like a convention schedule down to having times assigned to them! The lower part has the BotBots themselves inside a plastic tray set against a cardboard background that looks like an artist's table including a graphic novel with a page ripped out, an inkwell with a pen next to it and even a chair! I absolutely love this packaging. It really does help make this set extra special and it is a fun meta reference to San Diego Comic-Con itself.
One of Hasbro's San Diego Comic-Con 2019 exclusives was a boxed set of BotBots. This set, known as the "Con Crew" introduced three new Tribes: the Line League, the Fantastic Fuelers and the Meet N' Greets. This boxed set had 10 figures, a mixture of new sculpts and redecos. The figures included in the set were:
- Captain Cartridge
- Carb O'Nate
- Coffeemus Prime
- Hal A. Peno
- Inky Inkerson
- Sumthin' Fishy
Botarazzi's name is a combination of two terms: "Bot" and Paparazzi. Botarazzi is a redeco of the Series 2 BotBot Clixx. I have not yet reviewed Clixx at the time of this writing so this will be my first review of this sculpt.
Botarazzi's camera mode looks like an Earth-style camera. It features cool details including a handle grip on the right side, a flash on top, a lens that extends out in front and various buttons on the top of the right side. He's also a fun size. I could easily see him being used by fans as a camera for figures Voyager Class or larger (maybe even some Deluxes).
This figure is cast in silver plastic. Black paint is used for a majority of the details in the front and top. One of the "buttons" on top is red and the flash is painted white. The front of the lens is painted blue. Modern day cameras are all sorts of colors, but the use of silver and black really reminds me of classic cameras I saw my family using when I was a kid.
Transformation to Robot Mode
- Swing the camera lens up and rotate it to the right.
- Pull the left side of the camera (if you were holding it like you were taking a photo) out to form the robot legs.
- Swing the right side out to form the robot mode's right arm.
BotBots has offered some of the most unique Transformers designs that we've seen in years, and Botarazzi reinforces that. He has one giant arm, one "camera lens" arm and a rather thick body, head and feet. This mode shows off the same colors as the robot mode, but the face has the most distinctive detail. The two cartoony eyes have stars in them and his (or her?) mouth is open as if he is astonished by something . This fits the personality of someone who is constantly awestruck and taking pictures of everything and it's cute at the same time.
Botarazzi has four points of articulation. Each leg can swivel out and each arm is on a ball joint.
Botarazzi has an alt-mode that fans will no doubt use as a prop for larger Transformers for years to come so even if you don't dig the robot mode it's still a fun accessory for your larger figures.