"Transformers BotBots" Carb O'Nate 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
Carb O'Nate is a member of the Fantastic Fuelers Tribe who are dedicated to staying energized throughout the convention. He is a redeco of the sculpt used to make Series 1 Nrjeez. His name is a broken up form of "carbonate", which is appropriate since the drink "inside" him is a fizzy one. I have not yet reviewed Nrjeez, so this will be my first review of this sculpt.
Energy Drink Mode
Carb O'Nate's alt-mode is a can of an Energy Drink. The can has a perfect sculpt, complete with a top section that has a rounded edge and a tab to "open" the drink. The bottom also has an edge similar to those on real life soda cans. The sculpt looks fantastic, especially the detailing on the top of the can.
The deco on this mode reminds moe of Bestone Energy Drink, featuring a lightning bolt and a grid graphic in purple. The top and bottom of the can is painted silver while the top half of each can is neon green. The purple lightning bolt sits against a yellow background. It is a very fun, dramatic deco and it fits the theme of an "energy drink" perfectly.
Transformation to Robot Mode
- Pull the top half of the can up gently and swing it back.
- Pull the arms out, then swing them out to the sides.
- Pull the feet down.
Carb O'Nate's deco is really fun. He is mostly made up of purple in this mode with some green details peeking out on his body and of course, the top of the can on his head. The top of his head looks like bubbling soda (or really weird brains) and is painted aqua blue. The feet look like he is wearing a pair of silver sneakers, which is a fun touch. Perhaps my favorite part of the deco is his face. The face is light grey and he has a screaming expression on his face like he is totally over-caffeinated!
There is not much in the way of articulation here. The arms can go out to the sides and down and that's about it. If you want, you can also count the ability of his legs to swing out to the sides but really these are not particularly meaningful points of articulation.
Carb O'Nate has an awesome alt-mode. The robot mode looks great, but it is unfortunate that he barely has any articulation in robot mode.