"Transformers BotBots" Angry Cheese 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. The multi-packs featured either 5 or 8 figures and a "Lost Tribe" blind packed figure. Angry Cheese is available in both a "Greaser Gang" 8-Pack and a "Jock Squad" 8-Pack. The multi-packs use a mixture of team members as a marketing gimmick to encourage trading among fans. For a detailed rundown of BotBots and which packages they come in, check out the amazing BotBots listing on the TFWiki.
Angry Cheese is an apt description. This character is constantly angry, likely due to the fact that she is lactose intolerant but partly made up of cheese. That said, she has the ability to melt items into melty cheese so it's not all bad.
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 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).
Angry Cheese is a grilled cheese sandwich in his alt-mode. She is shaped with a curved section on top and then more angled sections on the bottom, similar to how many types of bread are shaped. The texturing on the figure is fantastic. The outer edges are shaped like "crust" and the inside has a rough texture that looks like the inside section of bread. Running along the top and side edges are bits of melted cheese sculpted to look like they are dripping out of the sandwich. It's a fantastic sculpt and one of my favorites in Series 1.
Angry Cheese is made up of a light beige plastic, resembling the color of a loaf of bread. The inside of the bread is painted a light yellow color. The "cheese" on the edges are painted yellow. The only thing I would have added to the deco would have been a light bit of brown on some parts of the bread to make it look "toasted".
Transformation to Robot Mode
- Swing the panels on the lower part of the sandwich out.
- Swing the panel covering the face down.
- Slide the robot legs down.
Angry Cheese's robot mode looks like a robot with a giant head and wings on her back. A large portion of the sandwich forms a "helmet" over the head area and the panel that forms the torso looks like it has raised buttons on it. The only disappointing aspect of the design are the arms. Each is connected to a ball joint, but if you move them around at certain angles they pop off. Sure they snap right back on, but it is awkward to have to constantly replace them.
All the sandwich mode colors carry over here, but this time you get to see her face. Designed in black and white, she is clearly meant to be yelling as if she is upset, but she actually looks more like she is laughing at something (or someone!).
Angry Cheese has one of my favorite alt-modes in series one. My only reservation with this figure is the design of the arms. Normally I love the use of ball joints but here they do not hold tight enough to keep the arms on. That said, I still dig this figure quite a bit if only for the alt-mode.