It's been a while since we've been able to do any Transformers BotBots reviews, so we're coming back with something special.
Series 4 of the BotBots started to trickle out before the world shut down and we all became hermits banned from going toy shopping. The first releases were big fancy multipacks designed to cater to kids' love of unboxings: one meant to be a claw machine, the other a gatcha machine.
The box is 10" wide and 10" tall, with the upper edge designed to curve. A clear window in the front allows you to see the capsules within, while the art on the sides (and around the back!) makes it look like there are dozens more balls inside there.
What's really awesome though? The box actually functions like a real gumball machine! The slot where you'd insert a coin is just a graphic, obviously, but the door where you'd retrieve your prize is perforated so it can open. And how, pray tell, does the prize get from the display at the top of the box to the door at the bottom? There's a sliding tray built into the packaging: push it to the right, and a single capsule drops in; slide it back to the left, and the capsule drops down again. Holy crap, whoever engineered this thing is amazing!!
There are two different versions of the Gumball Machine Surprise Unboxing, each with different exclusives, so completists will need to buy both. Since some unnamed designer put a ton of work into this packaging, we're going to honor them by playing with it the way it was intended; sure, we could just cut the tape on the top and get all the balls out at once that way, but we're going to drop them out one at a time, with no clue what's coming. This is going to be a fun review!
Click onward to the next page to see what's in our first orange capsule...