"Transformers BotBots" Twerple Burple Toy Review
Release Date: December 2018
Price Point: $2.99 (Single Pack)
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. Twerple Burple is only available as a "blind packaged" figure (he is #11) making him one of the tougher figures to obtain in the series. For a detailed rundown of BotBots and which packages they come in, check out the amazing BotBots listing on the TFWiki.
Twerple Burple's unusual name is likely inspired by the term Purple Nurple, a particularly unpleasant type of gag. Since Twerple is a prankster, this fits her personality. The "Burple" part of her name is a reference to what happens when you drink soda, making her name a bit gross too.
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 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).
"Blind packed" figures such as Twerple Burple are packaged on small cards with a plastic bubble. You tear out a flap on the back of the packaging and push the figure through a paper layer to remove the figure from the packaging.
Twerple Burple is a cup of soda in her alt-mode. She looks like a typical fast food soda cup complete with a cyclinder on the bottom, a lid with an edge that sticks out along the edge. In the middle on top is a bendy straw sticking out in th emiddle. What pile of junk food would be complete without a soda? Twerple looks perfect among the rest of the gang.
Twerple Burple is made up of white plastic. There are two red rings round the cup section and the straw is red. It is a very simple design, but it looks very much like a real life soda you would get from a fast food restaurant.
Transformation to Robot Mode
- Pull the arms out to the sides.
- Swing down the hinged panel.
- Pull the legs down from the bottom of the cup.
Twerple Burple's robot mode pretty much just looks like a cup with arms and tiny legs. What really gives this figure personality is the deco on the face. The eyes look like a pair of black sunglasses. The smile printed on the face gives her an amused look befitting a prankster!
There are two points of articulation in this mode: the arms. Each can swing up and down.
Twerple Burple may not be the most impressive looking BotBot, but she has a cool alt-mode that fits the food theme of the Greaser Gang and I do like the deco on her face.