"Transformers BotBots" Fottle Barts 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. Fottle Barts is available in two "Greaser Gang" 8-Packs and one of the "Jock Squad" 8-Packs. 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.
Fottle Barts' name is a play on two words: Bottle (representing what ketchup is stored in) and Fart (describing the condition where Fottle Barts constantly passes gas).
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).
Ketchup Bottle Mode
Fottle Barts' alt-mode is a bottle of ketchup. Based on the round squeeze bottles found in many restaurants, the bottle is tube shaped with a smaller tube on top. The edge of the top has notches sculpted into it as "grips" for unscrewing the top to refill it (no, it does not actually pop off). I love it when the designers are sure to add in smaller details like the top. Aside from being a bit thick compared to real life ketchup bottles the sculpt looks great.
The bottle is cast in red with black deco on the middle, sides and top.
Transformation to Robot Mode
- Pull out the arms to the sides.
- Swing down the panel in the front.
- Swing the legs on the bottom out.
Most of Fottle Barts' robot mode is just the ketchup bottle mode with arms and feet. However, the deco on his face is what really sells the personality of the character. He is described on the Hasbro web site as constantly stressed out about his flatulence, so his eyes and mouth are painted to look like he is very stressed out about something. Meanwhile his hands are painted black.
There are two points of articulation on this figure: the arms. They can move up and down. Technically his legs swing forward as part of his transformation but I do not really count that.
Fottle Barts is a fun addition to the Greaser Gang. His alt-mode fits the theme of the group and the expression on his face is hilarious. Recommended.