Transformers BotBots Heat Freak review

Most of the Home Rangers come from a homegoods store. Presumably. Their faction was introduced to the Transformers BotBots line too late to have info or maps any more, but we can guess. Today's, however, seems to come from the same store where you'd buy a typewriter, rotary phone, audio cassette, fax machine, or buggy whip.

Wow, an iron! How... '80s? Like, when was the last time anyone needed to use an iron for something? This isn't interwar period Britain. Between modern fabrics, modern production methods, and modern cleaning processes, wrinkles are barely even a thing any more, and even if they were, who would care? Irons are something your parents or grandparents would use, and even then it's likely only because their parents started the habit for them. I actually remember the last time I used an iron: got new drapes and they'd been folded in the package; my mother was bothered by it for some reason, so she went to Walmart, bought an iron, smoothed them out, then returned it. Personally, I was aware that the folds would relax themselves away soon enough, but hey: moms, right? That was like 15 years ago.

BotBots are easy to convert. Here, you fold down a flap from the rear of the iron to create the robot's face, pull the arms out to the side and rotate them down, and bring the legs down so he can stand up.

For a neat bot like Heat Freak, the site [sic] of a wrinkled pair of pants or a crumpled sweater really gets him steamed up. He may be a hot head, but once he's had a chance to smooth things out, he's not so burned up about it anymore.

Puns, cute. Modern irons all have a way to stand up so they can be set down without burning everything, so you may have already seen the flat front of Heat Freak's forehead - or rather, not flat, since there's a big hollow in the middle (which would render a real iron fairly useless) to save plastic. There are some steam holes sculpted on here, though, so that's a nice touch. The eyes are just a single green visor, and his mouth looks like an angry grumble. The iron's plug becomes a tail that helps him stand, though it's balljointed if you want to move it around.

Heat Freak is available in a Home Rangers 5-pack, a Movie Moguls 8-pack, or a Wilderness Troop 8-pack.

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9 Responses to Transformers BotBots Heat Freak review

  1. Snemei says:

    Used to work as an usher last year. Did have to iron the button down white shirt for uniform. Only did like once a month or so but still. Irons aren't totally obsolete yet

  2. Stormtrooper53 says:

    I use an iron almost on a daily basis. Please link me to these clothes where wrinkles are a thing of the past.

  3. Scott says:

    I know a lot of people (mostly mothers) will slap you about for that comment about irons since they spend at least a couple hours each week ironing shirts and trousers and such, particularly uniforms and suits. And most of them hate having to do it. But get it done anyways. And yeah I got a few shirts that don't just uncrease themselves either.

  4. yo go re says:

    Is everybody just wadding their clothes up in a ball after they wash them or what? Normal things get folded and put in a drawer, fancy things get hung up, everything is fine when it's time to get it out and wear it. If you still feel something is too wrinkly at that point, run hot water in the tub, hang the garment in the bathroom, close the door, and let the steamy air take care of things with no effort... 😀

    • Ai Muhao says:

      Wait, you'd run a hot bath just to get wrinkles out of your clothes?! I can see that being a time saver if you were planning to take a nice soak anyway, but that's a lot of water wasted compared to using an iron.

      Plus you'd actually need a bathtub.

      Still, I think I'll bear that in mind next time I travel and think I need to get some wrinkles out of my clothes.

  5. Soundwinder says:

    Eh, depends on the job. The thing is, if you have to wear "nice" clothing every day... well, it becomes a part of life.

    Back when I worked for the Senate, I was secret Santa'd an iron in a not-too-subtle hint that my clothes were too wrinkly.

    ... that said, I kinda dig this guy because the iron mode kinda looks like a baller capital starship.

    • Ai Muhao says:

      I work as a teacher in a tropical country where the work attire for male teachers is the shirt + tie combo, so I get where you're coming from. It doesn't help that I also have to move around a lot (e.g. between classes, on patrol), so it's inevitable that my clothes get wrinkly.

      That said, if I notice my clothes happen to be wrinkle-free on a particular day, I just hang them up and wear them again the next day.

  6. Neo Hartless says:

    First world reviews.

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