"Transformers: BotBots" Raddhaxx 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 "Techie Team", released across a series of three carded sets featuring members of the Techie Team mixed in with other team members and a blind packaged member of the "Lost Tribe" team. Raddhaxx's name is of course a play on the (rather retro) term "rad" and computer "hacking". Perfect for a Transformer who becomes a laptop! In the promotional images I received from Hasbro this specific pack is listed as #2.
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). Raddhaxx is packaged in a "Techie Team" pack that also included Chilla Gorilla, Slapphappy, Pucksie and Bonz-Eye. 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 Techie Team'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 ona 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).
Many modern day laptops are extremely thin devices, some hovering around the .7 inches (about 1.7 centimeters) however this figure has to transform into a robot so it is rather thick, making it more akin to thicker laptops such as the Dell Latitude Rugged line.
With the monitor down Raddhaxx just looks like a rectangular box, but once you swing it open there are plenty of fun details. Raddhaxx's face is a big, cute looking one on the screen. He has huge eyes and oddly appears to be sweating (perhaps he is nervous when he hacks?). Along the top edge of the monitor is a small circle which is where a webcam would be located on a real laptop. The other half features a panel with a keyboard sculpted into it. I was slightly disappointed to see no touchpad in the center, but there are a couple indentations on the sides that could serve that purpose.
Raddhaxx is cast in dark grey plastic. The "face" on the screen is a blue, white and black sticker. The keyboard is painted black and details above it are painted red.
Transformation to Robot Mode
- Swing the laptop monitor half all the way back.
- On the monitor half, swing up the antennae out to the sides.
- Swing out the feet from the back.
- Pull out the sides of the keyboard section to form the arms.
Thanks to his alt-mode, Raddhaxx winds up being one of the biggest BotBots in the set. Also thanks to his alt-mode he is one of the more "traditional" looking Transformers in the set complete with "antennae" on the sides of his head and a "crest" in the center, blocky arms and legs. Of course, his proportions (and face design) are rather cute so he's not exactly going to be mistaken for a "Generations" figure!
Most of Raddhaxx's deco can be seen in laptop mode. The robot mode adds in some black on the arms and blue on the legs.
Raddhaxx has two main points of articulation: the arms. However, you could swing the feet in and out and his "antennae" can move up and down as well. Due to the rather flat design, Raddhax does not balance well with his arms to the side. I had to fiddle with the arms being up slightly in order to get the figure standing up straight. This is probably the only flaw in an otherwise super cool figure.
On a visual level Raddhaxx is easily one of my favorite BotBots in this set. I love the idea of a Transformers character disguised as a piece of technology we see every day. I also love the more "cute" aspects like the face design. That said, Raddhaxx gets a couple points knocked off for the balance issues in robot mode. Recommended!