Valandar wrote:And the entire Classics / Universe / Generations / Reveal the Shield classic line can't be beat. They managed to make characters with their classic (or updated in some cases) alt modes, and well proportioned, articulated robot modes inspired by basically animators "cheating" to make some of the most popular (among collectors at least) figures in many years.
I have to agree that what Hasbro / Takara are producing with the whole of the Classics to RtS are the best Transformers toys we've ever seen. Low(ish) priced, highly detailed TF's on a deluxe scale with great looks in both modes, but with especial and obvious love for the G1 comics and cartoon. Like Valander, I am simply amazed by the way the designers have used the animation models (which really were 'cheated' and unrealistic re-imaginations of the original G1 bricks toys) as the base for creating REAL, pose-able toys. Who'd ever have imagined, back in the '80's, that one day people would be able to recreate the amazing G1 box art pictures or the heroic poses from the cartoon, with actual physical toys!
This of course also applies to the live action movie Transformers toys, with RotF Optimus as the 'prime' example of taking screen imaginations to a relatively small scale toy and recreating it almost perfectly. Same goes for a lot of the other movie line toys, of course: I don't own RotF OP myself but I do enjoy the intricacies of Ice Cream Mudflap and Skids, Bumblebee and Sideswipe.
Most of all, I guess every TF toy line has its own stars. Some have been targeted more at display value, some have been targeted more at play. For me personally however, my best TF toy will probably always be G1 Scorponok.