"Transformers BotBots" Coffeemus Prime Toy Review
Release Date: July 16, 2019
Price Point: $34.99
Retailer: San Diego Comic-Con 2019 Exclusive
Accessories: Optimus Prime mask (for Coffeemus Prime)
Official images above and text in italics mirrored from Collider.com
Transformers: BotBots Con Crew 10-Pack – Comic-Con-Themed Pack
(Ages 5 and Up/ Approx. Retail Price: $34.99/ Available: 07/18/2019)
Imagine if BOTBOTS took over the halls of Comic-Con! BOTBOTS are mischievous, funny and super silly little TRANSFORMERS robots who came to life after a glowing mist of Energon fell down from the sky and turned everyday objects at Comic-Con to life! This fun convention pack includes ten exciting Comic-Con themed figures known as the CON CREW, a team of Comic-Con experts who are ready to take on the Con!
Within the CON CREW are 3 specialty teams: the celebrity-obsessed MEET N’ GREETS, experts in photo ops and autographs, the energizing FANTASTIC FUELERS, experts in powering through the Con, and the LINE LEAGUE, experts in surviving the many long Comic-Con lines. 3 of the 10 included TRANSFORMERS BOTBOTS figures are also all dressed up in cool cosplay! Ordinary objects like a marker, a to-go coffee cup and a hand-held game become a kaiju, OPTIMUS PRIME, and a super hero! What sort of mischief will these little bots get into at Comic-Con?
The Line League characters are CAPTAIN CARTRIDGE the superhero handheld game, VIGITENTE the tent and CON-PACKTOR the backpack. Fantastic Fuelers include COFEEMUS PRIME the coffee cup dressed as Optimus Prime, CAB O’NATE the energy drink, HAL A. PENO the spicy chips, and SUMTHIN’ FISHY the fish taco. The Meet N’ Greets characters are SCRIBZILLA the marker, BOTARAZZI the camera, and INKY INKERSON the graphic novel. Available exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con International.
The Con Crew comes in a really beautifully made box. The box is thin and rectangular but choc full of details. The front has a big BotBots logo with the "Con Crew" logo under it. The background is the same blue found on the mass release products, but on top are several pieces of artwork that look like screen captures of Instagram posts. The user names are refer to other BotBots including "nr_geez" and "leader_of_the_jam_packed". The photos are really cute and silly including Vigitente having a "Snapchat" style filter over her face making her into a bunny rabbit! Oddly, the sides of the box feature individual artwork of BotBots not in this boxed set but instead they all appear to be from Series 1 and 2.
The back of the box shows off the Con Crew attending a convention, mostly centered around a cosplay contest (and of course getting into all sorts of shenanigans). Flip open the box and the top flap has "panel descriptions" for several of the team members but the layout looks like a convention schedule down to having times assigned to them! The lower part has the BotBots themselves inside a plastic tray set against a cardboard background that looks like an artist's table including a graphic novel with a page ripped out, an inkwell with a pen next to it and even a chair! I absolutely love this packaging. It really does help make this set extra special and it is a fun meta reference to San Diego Comic-Con itself.
One of Hasbro's San Diego Comic-Con 2019 exclusives was a boxed set of BotBots. This set, known as the "Con Crew" introduced three new Tribes: the Line League, the Fantastic Fuelers and the Meet N' Greets. This boxed set had 10 figures, a mixture of new sculpts and redecos. The figures included in the set were:
- Captain Cartridge
- Carb O'Nate
- Coffeemus Prime
- Hal A. Peno
- Inky Inkerson
- Sumthin' Fishy
Coffeemus Prime is a BotBot cosplaying as Optimus Prime, making him one of the more unique BotBots since BotBots generally do not reference Transformers characters outside the BotBots line.
I'm a big coffee drinker so having a BotBot transform into a cup of coffee is an extraordinary and highly amusing thing to me. The cup mode looks like something you would get at Starbucks. The cup portion has no labeling on it (more on that in a second) along with a "lid" on top that has a lip on the sides and even a small hole partially sculpted on top of the lid indicating where you would drink out of if this was a real cup of coffee. Perhaps my favorite detail in this mode is a small piece of cardboard that wraps around the cup. This is meant to be the cardboard protector to keep you from burning your hand on the hot coffee. This piece is printed in brown with small coffee beans printed on it. I love this little touch. It is funny and shows the attention to detail the designers incorporated into this line.
Coffeemus is cast in brown. The top section is painted white. The cardboard holder adds a splash of lighter brown color. While this does not sound particularly exciting, it is perfect for a coffee cup!
Transformation to Robot Mode
- Remove the cardboard ring and set it aside for now.
- Swing the top of the cup back.
li>Pull the arms out to the sides.
- Swing the chest panel down.
- Swing the legs out from the bottom of the cup.
- The cardboard ring can be reversed and put it over the face.
Coffeemus Prime is a very unusual BotBot in that his robot mode directly references a Generation One Transformers character. Specifically, Coffeemus is cosplaying as Optimus Prime, so his chest has the "chest windows" on it. The middle of the torso has a thin "grille" on it and his legs are blocky with the vent-like designs on the lower legs. Add on the mask and it really does look like some bizarro world's Optimus Prime!
The face on this figure is white with blue eyes and teeth set in a clenched position. Red, blue and silver are used to paint in the details used on the torso and legs, adding on to the Optimus Prime appearance. I think this figure looks super cool and I love the idea of a BotBot cosplaying as a larger Transformers character.
Coffeemus Prime has two points of articulation: the arms. They can move up and down.
Coffeemus is one of my favorite (if not the favorite) BotBot in this set. I love the idea of a BotBot cosplaying as Optimus Prime and the use of the cardboard ring is absolutely brilliant!