Transformers BotBots Series 1 Analysis - How Many Of These Are Duplicates?! And How Many Do You Have To Buy For A Full Set?

BotBots has 61 unique toys comprising series 1, which are divided among single blind packs, and multi packs containing 5 or 8 toys each, representing three price points. Series 1 includes 24 blind packed singles (watch our video where I open every single one of them!) 8 5-packs, and 8 8-packs. We've done the math, and in totality, that's 128 BotBots figures being offered, counting every duplicate in each variation of the multipacks - and yeah, there's a fair bit of duplication in some of these. We hope you like deep dives in to toy data, because that's just what we've got for you here!

We started the process by compiling a spreadsheet with each BotBot and which retail packages it could be found in. Since all of the multi packs have at least two set variations (with the 8-packs having four each) we arbitrarily assigned numbers to each to distinguish them in the absence of any unique identifying language on the packaging. We listed them off in the same order they appeared on the checklist poster, which you can find an image of here if you need some visualization help.

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Clearly the most overlap is happening in the Jock Squad and Greaser Gang 8-packs. Which makes sense since collectively these eight sets contain 64 figures out of a product series that so far only has 61 unique toys. I found it interesting that even with this being the case, there were a few that were fully unique to only a single multi pack out of the whole lot, including Duderoni, Cuddletooth, Sudsbeard, and a few more yet. And on the flip side, a couple figures are available in no fewer than FOUR multi packs! Meanwhile, 16 BotBots are exclusive to the blind packed singles assortment, and another few characters can only be found in the blind pack "extra" space on the multi packs. We'll include a full text listing of the availability data represented in the spreadsheet at the end of this post.

So with enough duplication in effect to get 128 toys out of a 61 toy first wave, the obvious question is, what does it take to get a complete set of these? That was not an easy answer to come up with, and to be honest even though we have a solution that makes sense to us, we can't guarantee a slightly better one might not exist. The short take, and most important, is that it's impossible to achieve without some duplicates making their way in. It's also going to cost. Our solution came out to a total, based on SRP, of $167, before sales tax. It results in 15 duplicates (so about a 25% repeat rate, and assumes you can get 19 specific blind packed singles on the first try without any accidental duplicates sneaking in that way. Here's a list of multi packs required to accomplish this:

Three Greaser Gang packs

Arctic Guzzlerush
Lolly Licks
Hawt Diggity
Cuddletooth (unique to pack)
Duderoni (unique to pack)
Screen Fiend
Stinkeye Stapleton (blind packed "bonus")

Sticky McGee
Venus Frogtrap
Fottle Barts
Goob Tube
Angry Cheese
Sippy Slurps
Clogstopper (blind packed "bonus")

Poo Sham
Point Dexter
Major Lee Screwge
S'up Dawg
Shredder Jack
Fit Ness Monster
Game Over (blind packed "bonus")

Two Techie Team packs

Chilla Gorilla (unique to pack)
Bonz-eye (blind packed "bonus")

Ms. Take
Skillz Punk
Dr. Moggly
Burgertron (blind packed "bonus")

Two Sugar Shocks packs

Nail Byter
The Plop Father
Waddlepop (duplicate)
Slappy Happy (duplicate)
Burgertron (blind packed "bonus") (duplicate)

Point Dexter (duplicate)
Sprinkleberry D'uhnut
Unilla Icequeencone
Game Over (blind packed "bonus") (duplicate)

One Toilet Troop Pack

Shredder Jack (duplicate)
Waddlepop (duplicate)
King Toots
Sudsbeard (unique to pack)
Stinkeye Stapleton (blind packed "bonus") (duplicate)

One Jock Squad pack

Grit Sandwood
Goob Tube (duplicate)
Point Dexter (duplicate)
Laceface (duplicate)
Fottle Barts (duplcate)
Fit Ness Monster (duplicate)
NRJeez (duplicate)
Clogstopper (blind packed "bonus") (duplicate)

Blind Pack Assortment (with number codes)

1 - Stinkasaurus Rex
2 - Sgt Scrubadub
3 - Nobeeoh
4 - Cocoa Crazy
6 - Remorsel
8 - Fomo
9 - S.A. Cheez
11 - Twerple Bubble
12 - Spud Muffin
13 - Rootwing
15 - Fun Gus
16 - Slobber Rock
17 - Frostferatu
18 - Dimlit
19 - Professor Wellread
20 - Snippy Snappy
21 - Totes Magotes
22 - Cranks
24 - Kidd Klobber

That's one road to getting all the Series 1 BotBots, and there are probably others. There's sure to be numerous variations on this approach, and ours started with the multi packs that each contained one or more "one of a kind" characters, and filling in the rest as efficiently as we could manage moving out from that point. It's gonna be a project and quite possibly an adventure no matter what to pull together the entire set. This is indeed a case where community trading might come to play a strong role for those desiring completion, but maybe not wanting to commit to a quest of this magnitude all on their own.

What might be a bit more frightening is how the checklist poster makes a claim of over 190 BotBots for 2019. Presuming Series 1 is included in that number, that'll be indicating two additional Series running about 65 figures each, quite probably distributed very similarly to Series 1 among its price points. It's an ambitious plan, and given what it would take to collect even a substantial number of them if not all... maybe this was the true meaning of the #BotBotsChallenge. Just TRY to collect all of them!

BotBots Series 1 Distribution Breakdown

Blind Pack Assortment Exclusive

Professor Wellread
Snippy Snappy
Totes Magotes
Twerple Bubble
Fun Gus
Slobber Rock
Cocoa Crazy
S.A. Cheez
Stinkosaurus Rex
Sgt Scrubadub

Multi-Pack Blind Pack "Bonus" Exclusive

Game Over - Sugar Shocks, Greaser Gang, Jock Squad
Burgertron - Techie Team, Sugar Shocks, Jock Squad
Bonz-Eye - Toilet Troop, Techie Team, Greaser Gang
Stinkeye Stapleton - Toilet Troop, Greaser Gang, Jock Squad
Clogstopper - Sugar Shocks, Greaser Gang, Jock Squad

Available In Four Multi-Packs

King Toots - Toilet Troop (x2), Jock Squad (x2)
Poo Sham - Toilet Troop, Greaser Gang (x2), Jock Squad

Available In Three Multi-Packs

Point Dexter - Sugar Shocks, Greaser Gang, Jock Squad
Ms. Take - Techie Team, Sugar Shocks, Greaser Gang
Sticky McGee - Toilet Troop, Greaser Gang, Jock Squad
Slappy Happy - Techie Team, Sugar Shocks, Jock Squad
Fottle Barts - Greaser Gang (x2), Jock Squad
Shredder Jack - Toilet Troop, Sugar Shocks, Greaser Gang
Laceface - Sugar Shocks, Jock Squad (x2)
Arctic Guzzlerush - Greaser Gang, Jock Squad (x2)
Fit Ness Monster - Toilet Troop, Greaser Gang, Jock Squad
Pucksie - Techie Team, Greaser Gang, Jock Squad
Lolly Licks - Sugar Shocks, Greaser Gang, Jock Squad
Waddlepop - Toilet Troop, Sugar Shocks, Greaser Gang
Sprinkleberry D'uhnut - Toilet Troop, Sugar Shocks, Jock Squad
Unilla Icequeencone - Toilet Troop, Sugar Shocks, Jock Squad
NRJeez - Techie Team, Greaser Gang, Jock Squad
Frohawk - Toilet Troop (x2), Greaser Gang

Available In Two Multi-Packs

Angry Cheese - Greaser Gang, Jock Squad
Hawt Diggity - Greaser Gang, Jock Squad
Batsby - Greaser Gang, Jock Squad (also in blind pack assortment)
Grit Sandwood - Jock Squad (x2)
Major Lee Screwge - Greaser Gang, Jock Squad
Nail Byter - Sugar Shocks, Jock Squad
Sippy Slurps - Sugar Shocks, Greaser Gang (also in blind pack assortment)
Skillz Punk - Techie Team, Jock Squad (also in blind pack assortment)
Goob Tube - Greaser Gang, Jock Squad
Raddhaxx - Techie Team, Greaser Gang
Screen Fiend - Greaser Gang, Jock Squad

Available In One Multi-Pack

Dimlit - Toilet Troop (blind) (also in blind pack assortment)
S'up Dawg - Greaser Gang (also in blind pack assortment)
Spud Muffin - Greaser Gang (also in blind pack assortment)
Duderoni - Greaser Gang (exclusively)
Kidd Klobber - Jock Squad (also in blind pack assortment)
Venus Frogtrap - Greaser Gang (also in blind pack assortment)
Cuddletooth - Greaser Gang (exclusively)
The Plop Father - Sugar Shocks (exclusively)
Chilla Gorilla - Techie Team (exclusively)
Dr. Moggly - Techie Team (exclusively)
Sudsbeard - Toilet Troop (exclusively)

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