"Transformers: BotBots" Pucksie Toy Review
Release Date: November 2018
Price Point: $9.99 (depending on retailer, packaged with four other BotBots figures)
Retailer: General (Amazon, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
The initial launch of Transformers: BotBots featured a total of 61 individual figures. They were released in both multi-packs and individual blind bags. One such release was the "Techie Team", released across a series of three carded sets featuring members of the Techie Team mixed in with other team members and a blind packaged member of the "Lost Tribe" team. In the promotional images I received from Hasbro this specific pack is listed as #2. Pucksie is included with this "Techie Team" pack, but he is really a member of the "Jocks", another team altogether focused on sports oriented alt-modes. The multi-packs use a mixture of team members as a marketing gimmick to encourage trading among fans.
Pucksie's name is one of the more "on the nose" names among the BotBots. He actually transforms into a Hockey Puck so the name makes perfect sense.
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). Slappyhappy is packaged in a "Techie Team" pack that also included Chilla Gorilla, Raddhaxx, Slappyhappy and Bonz-Eye. Cute artwork for the characters is is found on both the card and on the insert. Each package includes a red plastic bubble that hides the "blind packed" figure in each set. In this set Bonz-Eye is the "blind packaged" figure (and part of the "Lost Bots" tribe).
The back of the packaging features the Techie Team's group artwork. 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).
Pucksie's alt-mode is a hockey puck, and there's honestly not a whole lot to say about it. The disc is rather thick and cast in black plastic. I think there is a missed opportunity here to put a "Jocks" faction symbol on the top of the puck mode to give it some bright, contrasting deco.
Transformation to Robot Mode
- Flip the puck over to see most of the robot mode parts.
- Swing the panel behind the legs back.
- Pull the opposite end of the puck up to reveal the head.
- Swing the sides up and down to form the arms.
Pucksie's robot mode is based on the equipment worn by Hockey players. This includes a head with a curved "helmet" section with detailing reminiscent of what you would see on a hockey helmet. The curved parts on the outside of each arm are similar to the shoulder and elbow pads used by hockey players and the most fun detail for me is the design of the feet. Each foot is sculpted to look like Pucksie is riding on ice skates! Overall this robot mode has a really fun sculpt with neat detailing.
The finishing touch on this figure rests on the deco. The face is grey with the eyes and mouth drawn like Pucksie is laughing. The left eye is painted purple, looking like it is bruised. This is a reference to fighting in Ice Hockey, a well known aspect of that sport. The rest of the deco includes yellow on the arms, green on the thighs and even silver on his ice skating blades! I love the way the deco and sculpt come together to make Pucksie look like he belongs on the ice during a game.
Pucksie has two points of articulation: the arms, which can move up and down.
Pucksie is not terribly exciting in his alt-mode, but really I think anyone into Hockey would love to have this character sitting on their desk. I think the robot mode is super fun. Recommended!