Transformers BotBots Gumball Machine Surprise Unboxing review

Series 4 of the Transformers BotBots may have stopped giving us most of the original art with these toys - no mall scene, no character art on the website, nothing but the faction shots on the back of the cards - but that doesn't mean they've stopped being creative. Series 4 introduces eight new tribes of bots, with only three being holdovers from previous series! New factions like Los Deliciosos!

Invented in either Tampa or Key West, a Cubano is a ham and cheese sandwich for people who think holding a strong opinion about food is a substitute for a personality. It's best known for being the centerpiece of a Jon Favreau movie that reads like "Sideways, but sandwiches instead of wine" on the surface, and is a metaphor about Iron Man when you look beneath the surface. It's served on what is functionally half a loaf of French or Italian bread, but squashed in a panini press. So this sandwich is flat on one end and curved on the other, and there are deep ridges angled across both the top and bottom of the loaf. There's some brown and white paint on the sides - presumably meant to be meat and cheese?

Along with the art, Series 4 has also dropped the instruction sheets. How does this BotBot convert? All we can do is guess! Well, "open the four panels," but do the top two stick out to the sides or fold behind him? You get to decide!

When it comes to sandwiches, King Cubano has seen them all... except one. He's on a mission to find the legendary triple-decker frog butt sandwich with pickles and roasted fire ants, smothered in horse cheese. It's the one sandwich that has always eluded him, and stands in the way of his total sandwich mastery.

...okay, moving on. King Cubano has a great robot design, with a botty body and paint that makes him look like he's wearing a short-sleeved shirt. He's even sculpted with tiny suspenders! Between the fedora and the mustache, he reminds me of LaBamba from Conan. Where's his tiny robot trumpet, Hasbro?

With a super cute robot design, a problem-free conversion, and no assembly issues (not to mention the power of "supreme sandwich knowledge"), King Cubano is the definite highlight of this set.

Click through to see what's in our first green capsule.

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3 Responses to Transformers BotBots Gumball Machine Surprise Unboxing review

  1. Ronnie says:

    I don't know about carts, but I do know failing hard drives are often put in the freezer by people who really need the info but not badly enough to attempt Data Recovery.

  2. BBShockwave says:

    I am pretty sure Fancy Flutter's pink middle is the mouth or just tech greebles. The black eyelashes on the sides inside the macaron are the eyes! So to me, the official stock photo is correct, the tail is meant to be angled above the body so the tech detail is visible

  3. BBShockwave says:

    Pretty sure the cracker top halves are supposed to be Smore'N'More's arms. The marshmallows inside are just too small to be arms. You can lock the top halves on her back, but they are not that great looking.

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