"Transformers BotBots" Burgertron Toy Review
Release Date: November 2018
Price Point: $9.99 (5-Packs), $14.99 (8-Packs)
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. Burgertron was available in the "Sugar Shocks" #2, "Techie Team" #1 and "Jock Squad" #2 multi-packs.
Many of the BotBots names are cultural references or puns. Burgertron's is probably one of the most straightforward. He is a robot who transforms into a hamburger hence "Burgertron"!
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 Burgertron reviewed here was included in a set with Nail Byter, Plop Father, Slappyhappy and Waddlepop. 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 Burgertron is the "blind packaged" figure (and part of the "Lost Bots" tribe).
The back of the packaging features the group artwork. Of course, since Burgertron 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).
True to his name, Burgertron's alt-mode is...a hamburger (yes, that sentence was just as odd for me to type as it is for you to read). The burger mode is mostly made up of the burger bun with a thick top half and a thinner bottom half. The designers sculpted in a lot of small grooves and details to make it look like real bread. In between the buns are the edges of the hamburger patty and lettuce sticking out on the sides. The patty looks great, with lots of small lines giving it visual texture. Under that are lots of curled edges that look like lettuce. The part of the sculpt that breaks the illusion is the back where the hinge for the robot mode legs is found, but that is minor.
Burgertron is cast in a very light, brown color which really does look like bread. The burger patty is painted brown, the lettuce is painted green and the parts of the lettuce towards the back are painted white. The colors look great and I really love the look of this mode.
Transformation to Robot Mode
- Turn the burger over and swing out the robot legs.
- Swing the sides of the burger down to form the robot arms.
Many of the BotBot robot modes are unusual. Some have a very "organic" look while others outright look like animals (such as Waddlepop). In Burgertron's case he has one of the most traditional looking Transformers-style robot modes in the line. His head is large with a "helmet" section around a face with a crest, visor eyes and a mouthplate. In some ways, the design has echoes of Optimus Prime's iconic head design. Part of the burger winds up going over his head like he is wearing a visor.
The chest, arms and legs are also nice and blocky, looking like a traditional Transformers figure. The proportions are what makes this figure look cute. He has very super deformed proportions including a large head, extra long arms and small legs.
The brown and green colors from the burger mode are used for the helmet and eyes respectively. The chest is painted red and the hands are painted brown. Overall, Burgertron looks great!
Burgertron has three points of articulation: the arms and the hips/legs.
Burgertron is a fantastic little figure. I love his alt-mode and the robot mode is a great blend of traditional Transformers aesthetics with the wackiness of the "BotBots" line. Highly recommended!