"Transformers BotBots" Duderoni Toy Review
Release Date: December 2018
Price Point: $9.99 (5 Packs), $14.99 (8 Packs)
Retailer: General (Amazon, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
*Special thanks to Hasbro for providing Ben's World of Transformers with a sample of this figure for review.
The initial launch of Transformers: BotBots featured a total of 61 individual figures. They were released in both multi-packs and individual blind packs. The multi-packs featured either 5 or 8 figures and a "Lost Tribe" blind packed figure. Duderoni is one of the most rare figures in Series 1. He is only available in one of the Greaser Gang 8-Packs. The multi-packs use a mixture of team members as a marketing gimmick to encourage trading among fans. For a detailed rundown of BotBots and which packages they come in, check out the amazing BotBots listing on the TFWiki.
Duderoni's name is a mash up of the word "Dude" and the bits of pepperoni on him in "pizza mode". It's a very cute and funny name that fits in perfectly with the BotBots theme.
Taking a cue from brands like Shopkins and The Grossery Gang, the packaging for the Transformers: BotBots features bright colors and a whimsical "BotBots" logo (with the "Transformers" logo de-emphasized above it).
The back generally features artwork of each respective team. The back also has a section you peel off before opening up the bubble to reveal the blind figure. There is a ton of legal information that fills up the card, so instructions and brief bios are printed on a full color set of instructions in the packaging. The other side of the instructions reveals a giant group scene of the BotBots inside an Autobot symbol shaped mall (presumably the one where they came to life). It also serves as a checklist, with check boxes next to each character (61 in total).
Duderoni is a slice of pepperoni pizza in his alt-mode. Now, pizza happens to be one of my favorite foods ever, so that automatically means this figure appeals to me. The slice is a triangular one (not a square or rectangular American Sicilian slice) however he is not a thin slice. Since the robot bits have to go somewhere, he is a rather thick slice of pizza! The back is sculpted with a rounded "crust" section while the rest of the slice has a textured surface on top to give it a more bread-like feel (other than, you know, being hard plastic).
This figure is made up of light beige plastic to make it look like pizza crust. The top has yellow painted on it (representing cheese) and four red circles representing pepperoni. A bit of light grey from the robot mode sticks out in front, but given the nature of the figure I am not too bothered by it.
Transformation to Robot Mode
- Swing the sides near the front of the slice out, then rotate them around to form the legs.
- Swing the sides near the crust section out and rotate them around to form the arms.
- Pull the shoulder joints (with the ball joints on them) out a bit.
Duderoni still mostly looks like a slice of pizza in this form thanks in part to the texture of the "bread" parts on his arms, legs and head. However, he also has some classic robot mode design elements including a crest on the middle of his head and visor eyes. He even has a vent like design in the middle under the torso section.
All the same colors from the alt-mode carry over to this one. The face and waist area are painted grey. Yellow and red is used on the chest and the visor eyes are painted red. His mouth is set in a smirk, fitting in with the idea that he thinks he is "hot stuff".
Duderoni is one of my absolute favorite BotBots in Series 1. Both his alt-mode and robot mode look great and he represents one of my favorite foods. A must have!