"Transformers: BotBots" Slappyhappy 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. Slappyhappy is included with this "Techie Team" pack, but he (or she?) is really a member of the "Backpack Bunch", another team altogether. The multi-packs use a mixture of team members as a marketing gimmick to encourage trading among fans.
Slappyhappy's name is likely a reference to the term "Slaphappy" which refers to a person who is sleep deprived and giddy as a result. The alt-mode of a ruler may also be a play on the trope of having a teacher (or other authority figure in school) using a ruler to slap someone. This was actually turned into a memorable scene in the film "Blues Brothers" in the 80's. Like so many of the names in BotBots Slapphappy is a fun pun.
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, Pucksie 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 ona 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).
Slappyhappy is a ruler in this alt-mode. However, this is not just a flat piece of plastic. This actually looks more like a combination pencil case and ruler that I remember seeing in school when I was a kid. Of course, this is in part to give the figure the bulk it needs to have an alternate form. The result is a figure that looks like a box with ruler hatch marks on top. In all honestly, if you colored it differently this could easily be an eraser too.
This figure is cast in pink plastic. The hatch marks on top are printed in black. There is a white stripe painted down the middle.
Transformation to Robot Mode
- Raise the two panels on the top of the ruler.
- Stand the figure up.
- Raise the arms.
Slappyhappy has a really interesting robot mode in that it looks more like Slappyhappy transforms into a television set. The head looks like a giant viewscreen with control panel like details on the torso. The parts that swing out to the back look almost like some type of rocket boosters or something and they add a kind of "anime" feel to the figure's design.
The deco looks great on this figure. Blue is painted on the head/eyes and chest. There are ruler-like hatch marks painted above the eye that wind up looking like eyelashes, which is a fun detail. Add in the wide smile under the "screen eyes" and Slappyhappy definitely looks...well...happy. White is used to paint the hands, completing a very cool deco for such a small figure.
There are four points of articulation on this figure. The arms can move up and down and the panels on the back are connected via ball joints.
Slappyhappy may not have one of the most exciting alt-modes, but it is a fun figure and I really dig the robot mode! Recommended.