A kitbasher with the suggestive handle of Viagra Prime was so inspired by the digital Botch renders at Iacon City that he decided to build a real, size-accurate, transforming version of it. He would want me to remind you that he's still awaiting some stickers to finish it up, but yo, here are the preliminary pics:
Is that insane or what? I love the mandibles! It even fits in Soundwave!
No, I didn't request or commission this. In fact, I only found out about it when autobotguy dropped me an email pointing me to a forum post. Viagra Prime didn't want to announce his project until he saw how it turned out, even to me.
The sensation upon reading this early morning email — Hey look! Somebody scratch-built a real version of your personal Transformer character! — was, to say the least, weird. But very fun! And flattering.
Anyway, I was unable to cajole the craftsman into sculpting a second cassette crustacean for me due in part to the unexpected strain he suffered in working on something so complex yet so small, thus I must content myself with the knowledge that at least one real Botch is out there. However, I've asked him to send me more photos, especially when finished, that I will be putting up on Botch's page.
I still hope that one day I will own a production-quality Botch toy of my own. :)