Transformers BotBots Sour Wing review

Series 2 of the Transformers BotBots expands the number of factions to a daunting 11 - with more on the way. One of the new tribes are the Spoiled Rottens, the junk that's been tossed into the trash bins on every level of the mall. Today's bot comes from Level 2.

In days gone by, finding an apple in a mall would have been a really weird thing. Pretzel? Cinnabon? Hot dog on a stick? Gallon jug of cooking grease spilled onto a small napkin and called Sbarro? Sure, all those things. But fresh fruit? Madness! Now, however, malls are dying and desperate for tennants, so the odds that you'll see a tiny bodega in an abandonned Things Remembered location are increasing all the time.

This green apple has a raggedy hole in its side, with brown paint airbrushed around it. It's probably supposed to suggest the way an apple will "pucker" around a bite, but it doesn't really look right at all. The stem pokes out the top of the apple, and a little pink worm is hanging halfway out a hole in the back.

BotBots are intended to be simple to convert, but this is a whole new level: split the two halves of the apple. You're done.

Sour Wing is not as sweet as she seems. She is full of plans that seem like good ideas, then turn out to be not so good ideas. She's big on daring other bots to do things. The other bots have learned to think twice, but sometimes they just can't resist.

Sour Wing is a pretty crappy-looking robot. The design of the body says more "T rex" than "dragon," and the purple paint on her head makes it look like she's wearing a mask, rather than looking like natural coloration. The "worm" actually being her tail is a clever touch, but the wings are way too big for the body to support - and why are they coming out of the back of her head instead of the back of her back?

Sour Wing is available in three of the four Spoiled Rottens 8-packs, making this hunk of ass one of the most plentiful BotBots in Series 2. Thanks for absolutely nothing, Hasbro. The Spoiled Rottens may represent trash, but that doesn't mean the toys need to be junk. Sour Wing is quite possibly the worst BotBot toy in the entire line; avoid her if you can.

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7 Responses to Transformers BotBots Sour Wing review

  1. As a Sauron fan, Sour Wing appeals to me. Bio-organic Transformers are a rarity too.

    • yo go re says:

      I think there's a neat idea there - the art, for instance, makes the bit on the apple more directly related to the Bot's mouth - but the execution is WAY lacking. It's like she got approved too early, when she really needed a few more rounds of creative reworking...

  2. Ridureyu says:

    You can easily remove the apple-wings, and then get a cute little Gon-esque dinosaur.

    • yo go re says:

      Which is fine and all, but that doesn't make it a good Transformer. In fact, they should have skipped the apple idea entirely and just made her a discarded clam. That way she could be the ULTIMATE shellformer...

      • Ridureyu says:

        Don't they have a clam by now? I mean, there's the tuna transformer...
        I have a soft spot for the obviously non-mechanical BotBots, though, like this one or the venus flytrap.

        • Ridureyu says:

          For my money, my least favorite are ones like the ruler bots (they don't resemble the object, you just stand them up to transform them), or something like the Maraca guy, who can't stand on his own. But the best is Steve From Accounting.

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