"Transformers: BotBots" Sticky McGee Toy Review
Release Date: December 2018
Price Point: $9.99 (5 Packs), $14.99 (8 Packs)
Retailer: General (Amazon, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
*Special thanks to Hasbro for providing Ben's World of Transformers with a sample of this figure for review.
The initial launch of Transformers: BotBots featured a total of 61 individual figures. They were released in both multi-packs and individual blind packs. One such release was the "Backpack Bunch", released across a series of three carded sets featuring members of one team mixed with another and a blind packaged member of the "Lost Tribe" team. Sticky McGee was available in three packs: Greaser Gang 8-Pack #1, Jock Squad 8-Pack #2 and Toilet Troop 5-Pack #1. The multi-packs use a mixture of team members as a marketing gimmick to encourage trading among fans.
Sticky McGee's name is likely inspired by the term "Sticky Fingers MaGee" defined by Urban Dictionary as someone who asks for something in your hand and winds up taking the whole thing. In this case, Sticky McGee is no thief, but she is super caring to the point where she will wrap someone up in tape so the "sticky" portion of her name still fits!
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).
The back generally features artwork of each respective team. 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).
Tape Dispenser Mode
Sticky McGee's tape dispenser mode is both the despenser and a roll of tape in one. The sides are angular while the middle has a round roll of tape with a portion sticking out in front. The robot mode is slightly given away in the back with the robot face sticking out in the back. The mouth is a bit hidden so it isn't a total give away.
This figure is made up of orange plastic. There are a few colors in this form. Blue appears in the back (they're really the robot eyes) while silver peeks out on the sides thanks to the robot hands. White is used for the roll of tape in the center. Now, your typical office tape dispenser is not this brightly colored, but they're out there and it helps differentiate this figure from some of the other BotBots in terms of color.
Transformation to Robot Mode
- Pull the front of the dispenser forward to form the legs.
- Swing the back section down to form the head.
- Split the tape section and swing it forward to form the arms.
Sticky McGee has one of the more traditional Transformers robot modes among the BotBots. Most of this mode looks like armor panels with plenty of angled corners. Perhaps the two most distinctive features are the head (which features gigantic visor eyes) and the arms, which each feature a half of the tape roll on them. You can imagine her "launching" the tape from her arms.
This mode is still mostly orange in color, but blue and silver are used for deco on the head, torso, arms and legs. A mouth is printed onto the head in black with a big smile which is fitting for a character who generally cares for others. I am surprised by how much deco is used on this figure. It looks great.
Thanks to the transformation, Sticky McGee has three points of articulation: the head and arms. While the head cannot turn side to side, it can look up and down.
Sticky McGee has a very unusual alt-mode, a cool robot mode with a nice deco pattern. Recommended!