"Transformers BotBots" Con-Packtor 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
Con-Packtor is a member of the Line League Tribe. I can speak from personal experience to say that a backpack is a critical piece of equipment as you make your way through a convention. While I report for Ben's World of Transformers that's where all my gear gets stored. You also stow away snacks and drinks to help you keep going, so having a backpack as part of the Con Crew makes perfect sense!
Con-Packtor's backpack mode is really full of cool details that you will find on actual real-life backpacks. The side that would face outward has straps, buckles and even side pockets! Turn it around and you'll see straps and even a section with a cross hatch pattern that is meant to represent parts of back packs that allow for air flow. I actually found myself thinking "If this were a real life backpack I'd buy it!".
Con-Packtor is cast in yellow plastic. Black paint is used for the top section and smaller details in the middle. Red stripes run down the areas with straps. It's a cool color scheme that really stands out among the other BotBots in this crew.
Transformation to Robot Mode
- Pull the arms out to the sides.
- Swing the robot legs down.
- Swing the sections with the red stripes on them back.
Con-Packtor has a very traditional Transformers "helmet" design, complete with a crest in the center and panels that point up the sides. His body is wide, looking rather powerful. He kind of has "super-deformed" proportions, with a giant head, large arms, a thick torso and then tiny legs. It's kind of cute and funny at the same time.
This mode shows off the same colors as the previous one, but now we get to see his white face and light blue eyes. Green is used on the crest.
There are two points of articulation on this figure: the arms. That's not a lot but it is fairly standard for a BotBot.
Con-Packtor is one of my favorite figures in this set. He looks great in both modes and the deco is nice and bright.