"Transformers BotBots" S'up Dawg Toy Review

in 2018, Action Figure Review, BotBots, Greaser Gang

Transformers: BotBots

General Information:
Release Date: December 2018
Price Point: $2.99 (Single Pack), $14.99 (8 Packs)
Retailer: General (Amazon, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

*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. S'Up Dawg was only available either as a single packed "blind box" figure (he is #10) or in a Greaser Gang 8-Pack with Fit Ness Monster, Major Lee Screwge, Point Dexter, Poo Sham, Shredder Jack, Waddlepop, 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.

S'up Dawg's name comes from a variation on the term "What's up dog?" when greeting someone. Of course, the name adds an extra corny layer to the phrase since S'up Dawg is a corndog in his alt-mode.

Packaging:
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).

Corndog Mode
S'up Dawg's corndog mode is not really meant to be a realistic sculpt. Instead, it is more of a super deformed style, with the top part being rather short and thick and the stick at the bottom being relatively thick compared to the real thing. From a distance, I would not blame someone if they mistook this for a chicken wing. That said, there is a big swirl of ketchup sculpted onto one side to really emphasize that this is intended to be a corndog.

S'up Dawg is made up of light beige plastic. The "stick" portion is painted brown while the ketchup is painted red. The back exposes several robot mode bits which are red, but I'll focus more on that in the robot mode review.

Transformation to Robot Mode

  1. Split the stick portion and swing them out to the sides to form the legs.
  2. Swing the panel above the robot mode chest up to reveal the face.
  3. Pull the sides out to form the arms.

Robot Mode:
Like most BotBots, S'up Dawg has super deformed proportions. His head is huge but his legs are relatively skinny and his arms look like they have giant armor panels on the sides. His head has a "helmet" section around the face and his chest has designs that remind me of the classic G1 Autobot symbol. Overall it's a cute and unusual looking robot mode.

The deco from the corndog mode carries over to this mode, especially the red torso section with yellow details on it. The eyes are painted blue with black outlines. His toothy smile is printed in black and white. S'up Dawg is definitely one of the happier looking BotBots!

This figure has two points of articulation: the arms. They can move up and down.

Final Thoughts:
S'up Dawg is a really fun and cute figure. The corndog mode is just silly while the robot mode combines traditional Transformers design with some really goofy details. Recommended!