"Transformers BotBots" Vigitente Toy Review
Release Date: July 17, 2019
Price Point: $34.99
Retailer: San Diego Comic-Con 2019 Exclusive
Accessories: Optimus Prime mask (for Coffeemus Prime)
Official images above and text in italics mirrored from Collider.com
Transformers: BotBots Con Crew 10-Pack – Comic-Con-Themed Pack
(Ages 5 and Up/ Approx. Retail Price: $34.99/ Available: 07/18/2019)
Imagine if BOTBOTS took over the halls of Comic-Con! BOTBOTS are mischievous, funny and super silly little TRANSFORMERS robots who came to life after a glowing mist of Energon fell down from the sky and turned everyday objects at Comic-Con to life! This fun convention pack includes ten exciting Comic-Con themed figures known as the CON CREW, a team of Comic-Con experts who are ready to take on the Con!
Within the CON CREW are 3 specialty teams: the celebrity-obsessed MEET N’ GREETS, experts in photo ops and autographs, the energizing FANTASTIC FUELERS, experts in powering through the Con, and the LINE LEAGUE, experts in surviving the many long Comic-Con lines. 3 of the 10 included TRANSFORMERS BOTBOTS figures are also all dressed up in cool cosplay! Ordinary objects like a marker, a to-go coffee cup and a hand-held game become a kaiju, OPTIMUS PRIME, and a super hero! What sort of mischief will these little bots get into at Comic-Con?
The Line League characters are CAPTAIN CARTRIDGE the superhero handheld game, VIGITENTE the tent and CON-PACKTOR the backpack. Fantastic Fuelers include COFEEMUS PRIME the coffee cup dressed as Optimus Prime, CAB O’NATE the energy drink, HAL A. PENO the spicy chips, and SUMTHIN’ FISHY the fish taco. The Meet N’ Greets characters are SCRIBZILLA the marker, BOTARAZZI the camera, and INKY INKERSON the graphic novel. Available exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con International.
The Con Crew comes in a really beautifully made box. The box is thin and rectangular but choc full of details. The front has a big BotBots logo with the "Con Crew" logo under it. The background is the same blue found on the mass release products, but on top are several pieces of artwork that look like screen captures of Instagram posts. The user names are refer to other BotBots including "nr_geez" and "leader_of_the_jam_packed". The photos are really cute and silly including Vigitente having a "Snapchat" style filter over her face making her into a bunny rabbit! Oddly, the sides of the box feature individual artwork of BotBots not in this boxed set but instead they all appear to be from Series 1 and 2.
The back of the box shows off the Con Crew attending a convention, mostly centered around a cosplay contest (and of course getting into all sorts of shenanigans). Flip open the box and the top flap has "panel descriptions" for several of the team members but the layout looks like a convention schedule down to having times assigned to them! The lower part has the BotBots themselves inside a plastic tray set against a cardboard background that looks like an artist's table including a graphic novel with a page ripped out, an inkwell with a pen next to it and even a chair! I absolutely love this packaging. It really does help make this set extra special and it is a fun meta reference to San Diego Comic-Con itself.
One of Hasbro's San Diego Comic-Con 2019 exclusives was a boxed set of BotBots. This set, known as the "Con Crew" introduced three new Tribes: the Line League, the Fantastic Fuelers and the Meet N' Greets. This boxed set had 10 figures, a mixture of new sculpts and redecos. The figures included in the set were:
- Captain Cartridge
- Carb O'Nate
- Coffeemus Prime
- Hal A. Peno
- Inky Inkerson
- Sumthin' Fishy
Vigitente gets major points for having one of the more unusual names and alt-modes among the BotBots. This is the first use of this sculpt (though I have no doubt it will be used again). Her name is a combination of "Vigilante" and "Tent", which is weird and fun all at the same time.
Vigitente's alt-mode is a tent. What does a tent have to do with conventions? Well, sometimes when fans line up for events overnight (or they expect almost a day's wait) they will sometimes set up tents to sleep in. It is not quite as common as it used to be, but it has happened in the past.
This tent mode looks like a little house, but it has some nice details. The top has a screen so you can get a view of the sky when you're sleeping inside. The entrance has two flaps that look like the entrance to a tent that you can zip up. One of my favorite touches are four spikes, one on each corner that would be used to hold the tent down after setting it up. This is a fun little sculpt and I like it a lot.
Vigitente is cast in green and black plastic. The black makes up the top while the green makes up the bottom. A bit of black and silver paint are used to fill in details.
Transformation to Robot Mode
- Split the top of the tent in half and swing it back.
- Swing the arms out and rotate them around.
- Swing the legs down.
Vigitente's robot mode fascinates me because of two details. First, the tent top panels form what appear to be rocket launchers. Then on top of that, her head design evokes the head design of Megatron! Interestingly, there is no mention of Megatron or even the rocket launchers in her profile. It is rare for the BotBots to have any outright weapons or references to "main line" Transformers characters so this was very interesting to see.
This mode mostly shows off green plastic with the black in the back. The face is white with orange eyes and a wide, almost evil looking smile. The chest has black and orange details on it. While this may not have been intentional, the combination of green, black and orange bring back memories of Generation 2 Megatron.
Vigitente has two main points of articulation: the arms. Her legs can swing back and forth as well if you want to count that.
Vigitente is a really interesting member of the Con Crew. In a way, the Megatron-esque design is a nice complement to Coffeemus Prime in this set.