"Transformers BotBots" Hawt Diggity Toy Review
Release Date: December 2018
Price Point: $2.99 (Single Pack), $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. Hawt Diggity was available in two 8-Packs. One was the Greaser Gang pack with Arctic Guzzlerush, Dr. Moggly, Duderoni, Frohawk, Cuddletooth, Lolly Licks and Stinkeye Stapleton. He was also available in a Jock Squad 8-Pack with Arctic Guzzlerush, Batsby, Sprinkleberry D'uhnut, King Toots, Major Lee Screwage, Slappyhappy and Game Over. 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.
Hawt Diggity's name comes from an old expression that was also in a 1956 song. This expression is sometimes used when someone is excited about something. Of course, being a BotBot name it also has another meaning: it serves as a reference to his alt-mode, a hot dog!
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).
Hot Dog Mode
Hawt Diggity's alt-mode is a hot dog. Let's not think too hard about the implications of a Transformer changing into organic food (I mean, there's a whole Tribe of them). The sculpt is fantastic. The middle is the hot dog itself, the sides have a "bun" sculpted into it and the bottom has a "wrapper" section. Even better? On top there is a swirl of "mustard" sculpted onto the top. If it weren't for some obvious ball joints on the sides and seams in between panels, it would be easy to see this as a fake hot dog for display as part of a doll house or something similar.
This figure is made up of a pinkish red plastic that looks like the color of a real life hot dog. Light brown paint is used on the side to paint the "bun". The "mustard" on top is painted yellow while the bottom "wrapper" is painted white. The deco is spot on and looks great.
Transformation to Robot Mode
- Split the panels that form the "wrapper" and swing them outward.
- Rotate the panels that were covering the robot head around so they are behind it now.
- Split the bottom of the figure and swing the halves to the sides to form the legs.
While Hawt Diggity's alt-mode looks like food, this mode has many parts that are purely robotic looking. His head has a "helmet" section with a crest in the center. The deco on his face shows large yellow visor eyes and a mouth. His arms have some panel lines on them while the torso and legs all have angled details that look like armor or bits of machinery. This mode is a heavy contrast to the alt-mode and I really appreciate that.
This mode is almost all red except for the face. The eyes are orange, the mouth is a black line and the face is grey. Unfortunately the (relatively) large amount of paint applications in the alt-mode means this mode sacrifices deco. The inner arms, legs and torso are all unpainted.
Hawt Diggity has two points of articulation: the arms. Since they are on all joints the range of motion is pretty good.
Hawt Diggity is a great addition to the Greaser Gang. The alt-mode is fun and looks great. The robot mode could use a tad bit more deco, but I appreciate how robotic it looks in contrast to the alt-mode.