"Transformers BotBots" Stinkeye Stapleton 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 "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).
Stinkeye Stapleton is a member of the "Lost Bots", the team of BotBots who reside in the "Lost and Found" section of the mall. Rather than being a pun or some obscure cultural reference, Stinkeye Stapleton's name is a play on a personality trait and his alt-mode, but I still get a chuckle out of it. I love the idea of a normally patient and diplomatic 'bot giving the "stink eye" when he is angry.
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). Stinkeye Stapleton was packaged in a "Toilet Troop" pack which included Waddlepop, Sudsbeard, King Toots and a Shredder Jack. 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 Stinkeye Stapleton 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 Stapleton is technically part of the "Lost Bots", 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).
When I was in Grade School, I had a pencil box that held most of my supplies. Among them was a mini-stapler (that frankly, I never used). Stinkeye's stapler mode reminds me of that stapler (they're about the same size!). Instead of your typical stapler with a long section on top, this one is rather short but it is wide, giving it an almost "super deformed" look. The top section (aka the handle) is curved, leading to the "hammer" section (which would push the fictional staples down along with the handle). Other sculpted details include circles towards the back on either side representing a hinge. There is no base/bottom section however. That's where the robot bits like the arms and legs reside, but you can use your imagination to say the arms and legs represent that section.
Stinkeye is cast in a light blue plastic. Silver paint is used for detailing on the hammer section (and the robot arms which peek out on the sides).
Transformation to Robot Mode
- Swing the back of the stapler out to form the legs.
- Stand the figure up and swing out the arms.
- Rotate the arms down.
Stinkeye Stapleton's robot mode is quite different than the smooth stapler mode with few details. Here, there are plenty of details sculpted into the arms, chest and legs, making him look more robotic. Even better, the way the "hammer" section of the stapler winds up in this mode looks kind of like the visor of a cap on his head.
While the sculpt is cool, it is the deco in this mode that really makes it. Most of the paint details are done in silver and black. There is silver on the arms and feet and black on the chest. However, it is the face that is the best part. Using silver, black and blue, Stinkeye's face is well...giving the stink eye! Looking quite perturbed and cute at the same time, this BotBot does not look like he plans to take any scrap from anyone!
Stinkeye has three points of articulation. The arms can move up and down and his legs can kick forward together since they are one piece.
Stinkeye Stapleton is a fun example of a BotBot who would be right at home in almost any work environment. Sure his alt form is not a pile of cheese nachos but in a work setting who would even notice the stapler? This figure is fun and has a unique alt-mode. Recommended!