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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Snippy Snappy (Botbots)

Snippy Snappy is a member of the Backpack Bunch group of Botbots and one of my favorites of the line so far! A pair of scissors isn't exactly what I thought would be the most traditional looking Transformer of the line, but here it is the most traditional looking Transformer of the line I've found so far. A few simple steps and the scissors turn into a satisfying little robot that just screams G1! Part of me hopes for a lot of uses of this mold with different colored handles. Red, orange, blue, pink, whatever. I don't think I could ever get tired of the mold.

Transformers and Gobots Christmas news report (1984)

The kid talking about all the fun shapes you could make...

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Great Value BotCon 2019 Optimus Prime?

The news of this leak has been making the rounds in the past few hours with most speculating that this will be one of the Walmart G1 reissues for 2019 (since we now know Astrotrain won the fan vote for 2020). Some folks are debating that it's a custom based on the rounded corners and what not, but I'm thinking it's a pretty good possibility. Mainly due to the type of ties holding Optimus to his insert that can be seen, the P.E.T plastic logo visible, multi-lingual text, and the legal info on the back of the box.

I mean, sure it could be fake, but it's real enough looking to be plausible. So with that discussed, I'll just go with the 'what if it is real' and speculate from here. I've really enjoyed the Walmart reissue line and obviously Optimus would be a good choice. I mean... duh. The sticking point a lot are pointing out is the lack of trailer. I would assume this would be a cost cutting measure making Optimus priced similar to Hot Rod as with the trailer he'd probably skew higher than what Walmart would want to put on that shelf. Devastator was pricey, but that was a gift set. This is one bot, $35 for Starscream was probably pushing it, so I can understand why it's be just a cab only release.

Honestly it doesn't bother me as the slight differences in these Walmart reissues have held a certain novelty charm for me. I'm upfront that it's not the original release I just bought, so having an exact replica isn't an issue for me. I like the small differences between releases, it's a weird little checkbox that's nice to have checked. Not to mention, good grief how many G1 Optimus Primes do I have? I got a trailer or billion to stick on him if I really wanted to. Back to that small differences thing, having a cab only Optimus in a vintage style box is neat. It's just neat to have a new version presented as an old thing. I hope his colors are slightly different. Like a hue off or so. I just dig that man. I wonder who else is slated for Great Value Botcon 2019?

Frostferatu (Botbots)

Frostferatu is a member of the Lost Bots Botbots groups and a VAMPIRE RED VELVET CUPCAKE. Do you just feel your face melting with amazement, because mine did and I'm forever living with a melted face. Absolutely the stand out star of Botbots, Frostferatu is amazingly clever and great looking. I never would have conceived of such a thing, but now I cannot look at cupcakes the same way! Since my wife buys a lot of Shopkins, I find myself grabbing several of the holiday themed sets for her and man I sure hope they do holiday Botbots! Because this is pure Halloween perfection!

Kentucky Fired Chicken Japanese Christmas (1989)

I'm a little jealous over the soup options.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Bonz-Eye (Botbots)

Bonze-Eye is a member of the Lost Bots group of Botbots and a banzai tree! In her robot mode she's chunky samurai themed robot with very solid proportions. I don't see a lot of samurai in her design and more big tough soldier. So I wonder if a future use of the mold will be something along those lines. I really like the heft of the figure. Really adds something to such a small toy.

Buy a Christmas Tree from Food Lion

You know, that's not a bad deal.