"Transformers: BotBots" King Toots Toy Review
Release Date: November 2018
Price Point: $9.99 (depending on retailer, packaged with four other BotBots figures)
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. One such release was the "Toilet Troop", released across a series of three carded sets featuring members of the Toilet Troop mixed in with other team members and a blind packaged member of the "Lost Bots" team. In the promotional images I received from Hasbro this specific pack is listed as #3. BotBots are packed to encourage trading, so this is not the only pack that will come with King Toots, it just happens to be the one I wound up getting when I ordered the pack off Amazon.
King Toots' name is a double reference. First it is a reference to Tutankhamun (aka "King Tut" in pop culture). By extension, the name is a reference to Egyptian Mummies as King Toots' robot mode looks like he is wrapped in bandages, harkening back to films like the 1932 film, "The Mummy". The second reference is the "Toot" portion of the name which is the slang term for passing gas. This is both silly and appropriate since King Toots transforms into a roll of toilet paper!
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). King Toots was available in a 5-pack of figures that included Shredder Jack, Waddlepop and Sudsbeard. 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 Bonz-Eye is the "blind packaged" figure (and part of the "Lost Bots" tribe).
The back of the packaging features the Toilet Troop's group artwork. 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).
Toilet Paper Mode
This may be true for many future BotBots reviews, but this is perhaps one of the strangest alt-modes I have ever had to review for BWTF! King Toots is a roll of toilet paper in his alt-mode. Being part of the "Toilet Troop" this makes perfect sense (but it's still really weird). Let's not dwell too much on the mechanics of how such an alt-mode would work but focus on the amazing amount of detail instead!
King Toots is basically a cylinder shape but there are lots of details unique to his toilet paper mode. First, the surface of the "paper" is quilted (for those unfamiliar with the term, check out Quilted Northern's page). Not only does it have a cross hatch pattern that you would see on real life toilet paper, it also has Autobot symbols! These are sculpted into the figure and cover the surface of this mode in a repeating pattern. This is amusing and slightly disturbing all at the same time. Look on one side of the tube and you will see circles indicating individual layers of toilet paper and the tube in the center that represents the cardboard at the center of a roll of toilet paper! Even more fun? The front of the roll has one sheet of paper already sticking out slightly.
The illusion is broken a bit at the back and the other side since robot parts have to come out from somewhere but overall this is an amazing alt-mode (in a weird, amusing way).
As you'd expect, this mode is entirely white plastic with no other colors.
Transformation to Robot Mode
- There is an obvious hinge on one side. Swing that panel out.
- On the bottom swing the robot legs forward.
- On the sides pull out each arm.
- Above the arms there are two strips that swing out to reveal the eyes.
King Toots looks like a pudgy mummy in robot mode. There are definitely bits of a robot mode peeking out including very cute looking eyes and mechanical bits in the "belt" area. His arms and legs are also rectangular, giving him a more robotic appearance. However the rest of the body has the toilet paper "strips" either overlapping the body or sticking out to the sides and front. Like so many elements of this figure it is wonderfully silly and strange.
King Toots only has two points of articulation: the arms.
King Toots is a wonderful example of just how utterly bizarre the BotBots line can be. I totally get that it will only appeal to a very specific group of fans but I think it's awesome!