"Transformers: BotBots" Shredder Jack 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.)
Official Artwork and Bios are from Hasbro's BotBots Site
Role: Tubular nacho surfer dude
Shredder Jack always hangs a perfect 10 on the cheese wave. There's nothing more epic than catching a wave of gnarly gouda or far-out feta. Chowabunga, dudes!
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 "Greaser", released across a series of carded sets featuring members of the Toilet Troop mixed in with other team members and a blind packaged member of the "Lost Bots" team. In the promotional images I received from Hasbro this specific pack is listed as #3. Even though Shredder Jack is technically a member of the Greaser Gang, he was mixed into this five pack to encourage trading (and of course to sell more multi packs for completists).
Shredder Jack's name is a play on the name of a cheese blend "Cheddar-Jack". This is a reference to the melted cheese on top of the nacho chips that make up the top of the figure. This makes him a perfect BotBot to be part of the Greaser Gang. At the same time, the "Shredder" part of his name refers to the sports term.
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). Shredder Jack was packaged in a "Toilet Troop" pack which included Waddlepop, Sudsbeard, King Toots and a "blind boxed" figure. 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 Toilet Troop's group artwork. Of course, since Shredder Jack is technically part of the Greaser Gang, he does not appear in the illustration. 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).
Container of Nachos Mode
You read that right, Shredder Jack's alt mode is a box of nachos (yes, you read that right). The bottom part is a wide box, then sticking out on top is a pile of nachos with cheese melted on top. You can see the arms on the sides and the legs on the back but thanks to those parts all being white the blend in nicely with the rest of the container.
The figure is mostly cast in white plastic. This plastic is not the same kind used on mainline Transformers figures. Instead it is a softer one similar to the plastic used for the Tiny Turbo Changers. In the front there are red lines painted on the top and bottom edges. The nachos and cheese on top are painted two different shades of yellow.
Overall this mode is fun and looks great at the same time.
Transformation to Robot Mode
- Swing the legs out from the back.
- Swing the arms out to the sides and rotate them around.
- Swing the front panel down to reveal the robot face.
Most of Shredder Jack's body is formed from the container, including the head and torso. The arms, legs and face are the newly revealed parts. The result is absolutely cute and silly looking at the same time. Since the nachos are on top of the robot mode, it winds up looking like a bizarre head of hair (made of nachos). The face design has one giant eye, a smaller one and a small smile. His robot arms and legs are fairly standard looking and blocky limbs. Overall the sculpt looks great
Most of the colors from the alt-mode carry over to here. The newly revealed colors are on the face. The face is yellow with a slightly darker yellow used for the eyes. The larger eye has silver around the edges and the mouth is painted black. Thanks to the yellow on the nachos and the red stripes there's plenty of color when you see the figure from the front.
Shredder Jack has three points of articulation. The arms can move up and down and the legs can swing back and forth.
Shredder Jack is a really fun figure and the nachos are very nicely sculpted (complete with melted cheese on top!). The face design is whimsical and cute at the same time. Recommended!