Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys

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Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys

Postby TF-fan kev777 » Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:08 pm

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Top 5 Botbots Series 1 Toys


This toyline grabbed me right from the start, not only for my own kooky tastes, but especially as a line they me and my youngest daughter could enjoy together. And boy has it been a hit with her as well. Our current collection stands at the complete Series 1-3 and SDCC exclusive set, with Series 4 and the elusive for the US series 1.5 in progress. This list will cover just the first series. Even just using Series 1, picking a top 5 out of 61 candidates was no easy task. So when making this list, I considered things like the transformation, articulation, kibble, alt modes, compatibility with other TF’s and yes, even cuteness. So let’s get onto the list.

5. Transformers Botbots Nobeeoh

Nobeeoh is my daughter’s pick, so I had to include her favorite as her love of this figure in particular is what lead me to go all in on this line. And I actually don’t disagree with her choice either. Every time we play, she makes me put on some “deodorant” and cackles like a madwoman, and really it makes for an amusing gag photo opportunity with any of your TF’s with hands big enough to use it like Primus/Unicron or the CW and PotP combiners. There are visible legs in alt mode, but everything else is covered up pretty well. For bot mode, Nobeeoh has good arm articulation, and only a little bit of alt mode kibble hanging off the back. He is pretty balanced and easy to stand up, which isn’t the case with all the Botbots. The eyes in bot mode have a slightly menacing look which I like as well. But I won’t lie, my daughter’s love of this figure is the biggest reason we included him on the list.

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4. Transformers Botbots Sudsbeard

It’s a soap pumper, its a pirate, its Sudsbeard!!! This one I feel is the best of all the first series. They really put together an excellent pirate bot mode complete with hook hand and wooden leg, and use a great red and black color scheme. I like how the transformation uses the curve of the pirate hat to become the side of the soap pumper. The arms have good articulation including being able to move the pumper handle/hook. He is pretty easy to stand up and pose. There are visible robot parts in the alt mode, but the bot mode is what really puts this figure on the list. I also think this original deco is the best of any of the future re-uses of this mold.

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3. Transformers Botbots Clogstopper

The alt mode of a plunger? I’m in! If deodorant makes for a fun enough gag with your transformer figures, then pairing up Clogstopper and King Toots (toilet paper) certainly takes things up a notch. (Or would that be down?) Anyway, I put Clogstopper here because I find him grossly adorable and fun to play around with. Gross because it’s a plunger, but that bot mode is adorable and gives me sort of a Dark Helmet from Spaceballs vibe with the huge helmet for a tiny little guy. He is pretty easy to stand in robot mode and has good arm articulation. The split waist/legs lets you lean him slightly forward or backward if needed when posing his arms. The transformation is a bit unique in that his waist and legs split in half front to back to form the bottom of the plunger and help hide the rest of the bot in plunger mode. The rest of the robot conceals pretty well in plunger mode. I feel the biggest missed opportunity in this entire line is that they did not make the handle 5 mm so it would be compatible with most other transformers (it is a little too big). As it is, he can easily be handled by most and other transformers with opening hands.

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2. Transformers Botbots Hawt Diggity

I thought the inclusion of food items was one of the best ideas for this line as it makes for some great accessories for your regular transformers, and I think Hawt Diggity is the best of the group for the greaser gang. He can be held one handed by most bigger bots with opening hands like the planet bots or combiners, but is a little too small to scale with the titans. Smaller bots can even hold him 2-handed if you can balance things right. In hot dog mode he hides the robot completely. In bot mode, the kibble is minimal with a couple panels that hang off behind his head, and a couple that are attached to his arms. The arms have good articulation and he even has ankle tilts! Okay, well sort of, the way his feet transform basically gives you ankle tilts, and although the legs don’t move, you can use the ankle tilts to let him lead slightly left or right by over rotating one ankle and under rotating the other.

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1. Transformers Botbots Unilla Ice Queen Cone

Here we are, at the top of the list, and this was no easy task. I choose Unilla Ice Queen Cone, the best of the sweets. Her only real negative is that her alt mode doesn’t really work that well with your other transformers, as the Sunday is just a little too big for most bots to be able to hold one handed. However, she makes up for it by having the ability to take micromasters for a ride in flying unicorn mode. Yep, your heard that right, Flying Unicorn Mode!!! She will slay you with the power of her cuteness, or gore you with her horn, depends on how she’s feeling that day. The unicorn mode is outstanding with zero kibble since the sundae dish becomes her wings and the sundae with cone becomes her head. She has 4 articulated legs, and articulated wings offering you a bunch of options for posing, which includes being able to rear up on her hind legs if you balance the wings right. Plus, she is simply adorable, how can anyone tell that cute little face that she is not number 1?

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Honourable Mentions: I’ll be doing these a little differently, more of a bullet point list pointing out a few other botbots that I wanted to give a shout out for a specific reason.
Lolly Licks gets a spot here for being the only food bot that can fit down Trypticon’s throat and into his stomach.
Burgertron gets a spot here for hitting all the right nostalgia buttons from the old McDonald’s toys from my youth.
Laceface gets a spot here because I like football and he allows your other transformers put a game together.
Chilla Gorilla gets a spot here for being able to fit on Cybertron Primus’ and a few combiners’ heads.
The Toilet Troop tribe in general gets a mention here as brilliantly silly and a great set of items in general.
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys

Postby william-james88 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:31 am

Awesome list. Most of these are my faves too, though I think I would replace clogstopper with the doughnut on my list.
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys

Postby f-primus-unicron » Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:15 am

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i would replace sudsbeard with poosham
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys

Postby TF-fan kev777 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:23 am

william-james88 wrote:Awesome list. Most of these are my faves too, though I think I would replace clogstopper with the doughnut on my list.


Yeah, Sprinkleberry D'uhnut was really close. The main thing keeping him off my list are his legs. I have 2 of them and on both the legs aren't stong enough to stay extended under the weight of he rest of the bot. Same thing goes for Sheriff Sugarfeet in Series 3 and Goldenberry D'uhnut in Series 4 so far. I have 4 of the mold and none of them can stand very well. Still awesomely adorable and fun though.
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys

Postby AcademyofDrX » Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:55 am

I love this list! Looking forward to more Botbots recognition. Looking forward to Series 2 and/or 2019 lists, or themed ones around accessories, bot or alt modes, or other criteria.
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys

Postby Flashwave » Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:32 am

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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys

Postby william-james88 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:20 pm

I just realized I forgot about king toots, he'd be on my list as well.
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys

Postby Death-Ray Charles » Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:33 pm

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I agree with a lot of these, but I'm surprised at the lack of love for Rootwing! I love the heck outta the fella. Looks cool in both modes and loaded with articulation, even if the wings are a little wonky. Duderoni is also worthy of note, but I can see how his shoulders can bother people since they're easy to pull off when extending them fully.
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys

Postby TF-fan kev777 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:55 pm

AcademyofDrX wrote:I love this list! Looking forward to more Botbots recognition. Looking forward to Series 2 and/or 2019 lists, or themed ones around accessories, bot or alt modes, or other criteria.


Thanks! I'm definitely working on a list for each series and like the idea using some other criteria to get comparisons across the whole line as well. You should definitely see some more Botbots love in the top 5 lists in the future along with everything else Will has in the works.

Also, I have to thank Will for the opportunity to contribute. It was really fun going through the whole first series again.
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys

Postby Zeedust » Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:50 pm

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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys

Postby TF-fan kev777 » Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:20 am

Death-Ray Charles wrote:I agree with a lot of these, but I'm surprised at the lack of love for Rootwing! I love the heck outta the fella. Looks cool in both modes and loaded with articulation, even if the wings are a little wonky. Duderoni is also worthy of note, but I can see how his shoulders can bother people since they're easy to pull off when extending them fully.


Rootwing is pretty nice, but for whatever reason just didn't grab me like the others. Duderoni is solid, my ony beef with him is having so much bot exposed in pizza mode, granted on the bottom, but just a little flap to cover it up and he likely make the list or honorable mentions.

Zeedust wrote:Nice list, but no love for Cuddletooth?


He is adorable and I love the heart eyes. I wish they would have given him a little better handle in chainsaw mode to make it easier for more transformers to hold him.

I actually have a bunch of love for pretty much all of Series 1. There really only were a few stinkers (ahem, Goob Tube). With 61 to choose from and only 5 spots and maybe 5 more honorable mentions, I found trying to narrow them down really difficult and there were plenty of good ones that just didn't rise all the way to the top for me. But I love all the feedback on other's favorites. Give me an excuse to check them out again.
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys

Postby william-james88 » Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:50 pm

TF-fan kev777 wrote:
Also, I have to thank Will for the opportunity to contribute. It was really fun going through the whole first series again.


And I thank you for this list, really glad to have found someone who has this much passion about the line.
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys

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