"Transformers BotBots" Inky Inkerson 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
Inky Inkerson is the figure based on one of the more heavily used sculpts in the BotBots line. Prior to this release it was already released as Professor Wellread in Series 1, Reci P. Cooker in Series 1.5 and more recently as Bogus Pocus in Series 2! I have not reviewed any of those yet so this will be my first review of this sculpt.
Inky Inkerson's book mode is basically a rectangle, but there are some nice details worked into this figure. Look at it from one side and you'll see individual "pages" sculpted into the side. This is a slightly fancier book so there is a strap that goes over the pages to the front of the book to a (non functioning) locking mechanism. With a design this basic, it is no surprise this sculpt has been used so many times.
This sculpt has been blue, red and white, so this time out it is mostly black. The pages are painted white. The coolest detail is the cover, which features an "explosion" graphic with an Autobot symbol and Decepticon symbol printed on it with "VS" in between them. This is one of the few acknowledgements of traditional Transformers iconography on a BotBot and it looks cool.
Transformation to Robot Mode
- Swing the top and bottom halves of the book back.
- Pull the robot feet down and this will reveal the robot body.
The sculpt in robot mode is one of the ones with a ton of personality. Inky has a huge head with eyeglasses sculpted into it and "hair" on top of the head. His torso and arms have distinctive clothing details including a belt and lines of a shirt on his forearms. It is a very fun and unique sculpt for a Transformers character and I think it is super cute.
The beauty of the head sculpt is that you can paint pretty much any expression on the eyes. In this case his face is white the glasses outline is black. His light blue eyes are thin, almost like he is grumpy about something. His small mouth is set in a frown, giving him the appearance of a very upset Anime character. His torso and arms have blue and white paint on them respectively.
There are two points of articulation on this figure: the arms. While the official photos show the halves of the book covers facing back, I tend to do it the other way for better balance.
Inky is a cool BotBot and I think it has a lot of personality. I kind of dig the idea of eventually having several versions of this sculpt representing different kinds of books.