"Transformers BotBots" Scribzilla Toy Review
Release Date: July 17, 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
Scribzilla is one of the new sculpts introduced in this boxed set complete with a cosplay costume intended to represent a Kaiju (hence the "zilla" part of the name).
I confess at first I did not quite get what Scribzilla was meant to be in this alt mode. However, after seeing the description as a marker it made sense. This seems to be meant to be more of a broad, highlighter style marker instead of say, a Sharpie. You can feel the flat writing/drawing/highlighting end on top under his cosplay costume. I was a bit worried about removing the cloth costume piece all the way since the chin piece is very thin cloth and I did not want it to tear. That said, I can almost guarantee some future series will redeco this sculpt without the costume in another color so the detail will be more obvious at that time.
TThis figure is cast in grey plastic. This mode shows off blue paint at an angle and the tip of the marker is also blue.
Transformation to Robot Mode
- Swing open the panels in the front.
- Swing the legs down.
- Raise the arms.
Scribzilla's robot mode is a pretty standard one. Most of it is very "generic robot bits and a control panel on the torso", but throw the "Kaiju" costume on top and suddenly it looks cute and silly all at the same time. The costume has pointed ears on top and a tail in the back. That said, this robot mode sans costume will be perfectly cool on its own when released as another character (you just know they're going to).
The grey gives way to a lot of blue, pink and silver in robot mode. His face is set in a snarl that is part of his act for the cosplay contest.
Scribzilla is not my favorite figure in the set, but it is a cool one. I like the idea of a marker BotBot is fun and the costume is adorable.