"Transformers BotBots" Spud Muffin 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. Spud Muffin was only available either as a single "blind packed" figure (#12) or in an 8-Pack with Fottle Barts, Ms. Take, Nrjeez, Poo Sham, Pucksie, Raddhaxx, and Bonz-Eye. 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.
Spud Muffin's name is a fun play on a couple of terms. First, "spud" is another term for potatoes, and since his alt-mode is an order of french fries it makes a silly kind of sense. Next up, the name "Spud Muffin" is a play on the term "stud muffin", referring to an attractive man. Given Spud Muffin's propensity for working out and being popular, the name suits him.
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).
French Fries Mode
Spud Muffin's alt-mode is an order of fries. The bottom part is meant to simulate a cardboard container while the top half represents the french fries themselves. The bottom section is not entirely convincing as it has some gaps in the sculpt. The top however looks great, with designs and cuts that resemble thick cut fries. The fries are all uneven both on the sides and the top. I love this aspect of the design as it makes it look more realistic since not all french fries in an order are the same exact size and shape.
This figure is made up of yellow plastic on top and white on the bottom. Red paint is used for detailing in robot mode, but it is clearly visible here.
Transformation to Robot Mode
- Swing the robot legs forward.
- Pull the arms out to the sides.
- Swing the panel on the back up, then swing the "french fries" portion back to reveal the robot face.
Spud Muffin's robot mode is one of the most "robotic" looking among the Greaser Gang. The "fries" form a "helmet" on top of the head, but to me it actually looks like he has a head of blonde hair with the panel on the back forming a type of ponytail! The chest, arms and legs are all blocky in shape. The result is a robot mode that does not immediately give away the alt-mode.
The "hair/helmet" on the head is yellow while the rest of the body is white plastic. Grey, black, white and blue are used to paint the face. The body has red details painted onto it and the inner arms are light grey.
There are two points of articulation in this mode: the arms. Each can swing up and down.
Spud Muffin is a cool looking figure with a cool design, but I feel like the gaps in the french fries mode could have been avoided with some modification on the design.