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TOP 5 MARVEL COMICS TRANSFORMERS G1 DECEPTICON LEADERS

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Date: Saturday, October 21st 2017 3:40pm CDT
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Every two weeks, Seibertron.com brings you a Top 5 list related to all things Transformers, written by a fellow Seibertronian. These are our personal opinions (just like movie or game reviews hosted by sites are still just the opinion of one person) so what matters most is what you guys think of the topic or list, and I hope to see your own lists or comments on omissions and ranking. Let's have fun! All previous lists can be found here.


Top 5 Marvel Comics Decepticon Leaders

When it comes to Transformers, leadership is usually fairly straightforward. Optimus Prime leads the Autobots, and Megatron leads the Decepticons. On rare ocassions someone might have to temporarily fill the role for them like Ultra Magnus or Starscream; and back in the 80s cartoon Rodimus Prime and Galvatron got a very long run of it. But in the original Transformers comics by Marvel, straightforward is the last word you could use to describe the seat of command -- deaths, power struggles and plotting behind the scenes were aplenty in both factions; leading to a much more varied and ever-changing selection of faction Leaders for avid fans of the comic. And so today, we're going to count down the Top 5 Leaders of the Decepticons in the Marvel comics. Focusing on the US side of things with only a tinge of UK material, let's dig right in and see on whose shoulder Laserbeak deserves to sit most.


5. Bludgeon

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Bludgeon, admittedly, doesn't get a lot of time in the driver's seat. With the post of Decepticon Leader left an open vacancy after the thrilling epic Edge of Extinction, the new leader only has a handful of issues to prove his worth before the comic's unfortunate end at Issue 80 -- and it's impressive to see how easily Bludgeon throws himself into the role. Immediately appointing a second-in-command and usurping the Autobots' attempts at peace before sneakily taking all the working shuttles off-world, he successfully leads an invasion of an innocent planet and personally chopping down a handful of Grimlock-led Autobots himself. His limited panel-time as leader is what lands him so low on the list, but what he does with that time still impresses me enough to give him a spot.

4. Ratbat

It's very difficult to leave this guy off the table when talking about unique Decepticon Leaders. While usually we see a powerhouse like Straxus or Galvatron take control, it's certainly different to see a small Cassette take command of the main Decepticon forces. Not content with just being unique in stature, Ratbat sees fit to employ a unique command structure as well; focusing all his efforts on saving and conserving energy after deeming the earth-bound Decepticons' fuel consumption to be inefficient. While he usually had to share the role with Shockwave or Scorponok and only got the spotlight to himself for a short time, he nevertheless struck an impact with his unique approach and his characterisation would prove to be inspiring enough to get echoed in the likes of IDW and the Aligned continuity.

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3. Thunderwing

Marvel saw fit to go all-out when it came to unique styles of leadership. From Grimlock's ruthlessness to Ratbat's fuel conservation... to Thunderwing's addiction. While he only steals a small squad of Decepticons rather than assuming control of the entire faction, Thunderwing still proved to be probably the most terrifying Decepticon leader in the comics since Galvatron. Driven by his obsession for the Autobots' sacred Creation Matrix, having the power to back it up and not caring a jot for the units under his command other than a means to an end, the Mega Pretender fought as a one-man army against everyone in his way and winning every time - and actually succeeded where Megatron continually fails in obtaining his coveted Creation Matrix. How better can it be put than the High Councillors who named him leader in the UK comic -- "You exhibited single-mindedness, ruthlessness and fighting prowess! The perfect qualities for leadership!"

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2. Scorponok

On the face of things, Scorponok might seem fairly basic for a Decepticon leader. He's big, he's powerful, he's mean, he's shouty; everything you'd expect from your standard 'con in control. And, in fact, he does start off like that when we first see him on Cybertron - but then we introduce the human factor.

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The Headmaster gimmick is something that is always criticised as being very confusing in both toys and the G1 cartoon, but I will always applaud how the Marvel comics handled it; clearly showing a distinct bond and melding of minds that when focused upon can make for some truly compelling characterisation, especially when Marvel was so good at characterising its humans. And it is Zarak - Scorponok's Headmaster - that really makes this Decepticon Leader work. As the comics go on, we keep seeing subtle little hints that Scorponok's bloodthirstiness is being quelled and reined in by Zarak's more calm and intellectual mind. Forging truces; eventually coming round to seeing Optimus Prime's concerns about Unicron -- and even, finally, making the ultimate sacrifice near the end of the comic. Scorponok is an entertaining Decepticon Leader on his own, but it's the binary bonding that truly lands him a spot so high on this list.

1. Megatron

Megatron, much like Scorponok, seems like just your standard Decepticon leader at first sight. Much like early Scorponok, all the bullet points are there -- he's a lot more ruthless and intelligent than his cartoon counterpart to be sure, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's an incredible character on its own.

So what makes this one stand out from the rest? What nets Megatron the Number 1 spot? His burgeoning insanity. It's clear right from the start, but with each issue we see more and more of Megatron's sick, twisted mind and every major loss and event drives him further and further into a pit of despair. Constant power struggles with Shockwave and blows to his dignity and power in battles with the Autobots contribute to a shattered psyche that finally culminates when his eternal foe, Optimus Prime; dies -- and not at his hands. In Gone But Not Forgotten - a story this user considers to be one of the best of Marvel's Transformers stories - we see the end result of this madness as a space bridge catastrophe orchestrated by Shockwave finally brings death to the babbling madman, brought about by his own crippling insanity.

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Honourable mentions:

Shockwave is usually the one that most minds drift to when someone thinks of alternate Decepticon Leaders in the Marvel comics, so his not being on the list may be surprising. It is, quite simply, because this reader found the 5 on the list to be more entertaining characters -- but that's not to say Shockwave doesn't deserve a mention, far from it. When he takes over from Megatron it turns the Decepticons into a very intimidating and formidable fighting force; a logical, well-oiled and efficient machine committed purely to expanding their forces and their fuel resources before moving on to domination. While later issues wouldn't portray him as solidly, Shockwave's original Decepticon Leadership was still pretty damn impressive.

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Soundwave is a very interesting character when it concerns Decepticon leadership, though moreso when he's pulling the strings and mediating between power struggles rather than assuming full command. He's a constant presence all throughout the comic; always somehow surviving and always taking up a main role among the Decepticons. And, rest assured, he does get his own run of the place in a few UK future timeline stories -- which are absolutely glorious. Soundwave superior!

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Top 5 Best Transformers Beast Wars Characters

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Beast Wars Characters
Date: Friday, October 6th 2017 10:35pm CDT
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Every two weeks, Seibertron.com brings you a Top 5 list related to all things Transformers written by me, your fellow editor. These are my opinions (just like movie or game reviews hosted by sites are still just the opinion of one person) so what matters most is what you guys think of the topic or list, and I hope to see your own lists or comments on omissions and ranking. Let's have fun! All previous lists can be found here.


Top 5 Best Beast Wars Characters

I don't know if I will ever have a list of the "Top 5 Transformers TV Shows" because there isn't that much competition and to me the only real discussion point would be why Beast Wars is better than the G1 Sunbow show. That's because if I were to write that list (which I don't plan to at the moment) Beast Wars would trump G1, for sure. So I will cut to the discussion right away and tell you why: the characters. Beast Wars has the best Transformers characters we will ever see on TV and I want to give a breakdown of the ones I like best, so here it goes!


5. DepthCharge/Rampage

I for the two rivals duking it out until their death. I also love the Batman/Joker rivalry and this it is the most prominent and legendary rivalry in all of fiction (anyone dare go against that?) and the Deptcharge/Rampage rivalry seems to take direct inspiration of that. The temperaments of the characters involved in both rivalries is very similar too with an obsessed lone wolf badass hunting down an agent of chaos. It's a fun dynamic and very fun archetypes and I am glad that they were part of Beast Wars.

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4. Rhinox

Part of me wanted to put Rhinox at number 1 just to make a statement. He is by far the best maximal character with all the best attributes you can think of. He is the smartest on the team, while also having brute strength and insane firepower. He has all that it takes to be second in command, which he technically is, and yet we don't think of him that was due to his humility and much gentler side (which is an amazing contrast to his arsenal and size). He is the ultimate support to the team and from beginning to end (especially end). I don't know how much is just coincidence or good planned out writing, but Rhinox also ends up being the only character in the entire show to retain his organic beast mode until the end. It shows how that character was quick to accept this new organic life (a lot like Tigertron) and kept exploring it and welcoming all that it had to bring.

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3. Blackarachnia

As mentioned in the best female characters of all time in the Transformers franchise, she is one of the characters with the most depth in any Transformers fiction. The reason why she is still only third place on this list is because she lacks a certain gravitas that number 1 and 2 have. But please remember that Beast Wars has the best written characters we will ever be given on a screen so being top 3 is just as good as being number 1.

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2. Megatron

It is impossible to express the joy of watching this villain on the screen. He reminds me of Hans Gruber and other villains which just reek of charisma. He knows he is bad and is loving every second of it and that is so infectious to the viewer. I love his assurance too, its very seductive, just ask Ravage. We almost want to see him succeed in his plans and that is the marking of a perfect villain.

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1. Dinobot

Unlike almost every other Transformers character, Dinobot doesn't seem to have a predetermined personality based on his allegiance. That is also what makes Beast Wars such a smart show. We see around the end of the second season that the Predacons are not a simple analogue to the Decepticons. They are another clan with different values and ideals. While Megatron has ambitions similar to the previous bearer of that name, it only makes sense that his lietenants share similar aspirations. However, Dinobot shows us that evil is not a hardcoded trait in this world anymore. I love how he never chooses to be a maximal but simply
Dinobot, to me, is not just the best Beast Wars character, he is the very best character to come out of Transformers.

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Honourable mentions: All of them, with the exception of maybe Scorponok and Tigerhawk who didn't really do much for me as a kid and even less so now.

Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Date: Sunday, September 24th 2017 8:15pm CDT
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Top 5 Best G1 Combiners


Continuing the lists spotlighting combiners, while awaiting their return in Power of the Primes, we now look at G1. It is still very much the golden age of Combiners, when looking at the sheer number alone. They came in all shapes and sizes, some could scramble, some couldn't, some came to the west and some remained in the east. Let's do this! You can view the 2 previous combiner related lists here and here.


5. Transformers G1 1987 Raiden

While Devastator may be far more iconic, Raiden has been by his side in the Diaclone line before the Transformers toyline even existed and it is a real pity we never got this in the west as I personally belive he is just as good as Devastator with a cool train motif. All the trains connecting together, which later train combiners like Six Train fail to do, is a really nice touch too. We often don't get to see the individual bots when speaking of Raiden so I will take the time to show them below. You will see that while they are simplisitc as all G1 combiner components are, they are diverse in their looks, mirroring the diversity of the train cars.

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Transformers G1 1987 Getsuei Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Getsuei Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Kaen Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Kaen Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Shouki Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Shouki Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Yukikaze Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Yukikaze Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Seizan Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Seizan Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Suiken Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era
Transformers G1 1987 Suiken Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era


4. Transformers G1 1985 Devastator (Devastar)

I don’t think I need to say much about this iconic combiner. He was the first afterall. I really like how uniform he is with the green colour and the construction vehicle theme. The only set back this toy has is the large amount of kibble (here meant as the extra pieces) needed to complete the combiner mode, such as the breastplate, the head, the forearms arms and hands, and the hips. What’s fun though is that some of these parts can fit on the construction vehicles for added firepower.
Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era


3. Transformers G1 1986 Defensor (Guardian)

The Scramble City combiner were quite the revolution. While the combiner madness started with Devastator, these guys took it up a notch so that any smaller robot could be either an arm or a leg. Not only that, but they were interchangeable from different sets. Which meant that what served as an arm for Superion could be a leg for Abominus. Kids were encouraged to make their own combination, which is awesome. There were less extra pieces than with Devastator, but you still had to add (and not lose) hands and feet as well as breastplates and the bigger head. While this pic represents the Scramble City concept, Defensor is the better one simply because he had his combiner head was integrated with the larger robot forming the torso (Hotspot). So you wouldn’t lose the most important part of your combiner. Also, I love how Defensor illustrates the goofy and fun concept of these combiners by having a bunch of vehicles from different scales combining together. You have a motorcycle, a helicopter, a police car and an ambulance. And while they looked to be a different size from one another on the show, their robot modes were all the same size and they got even bigger when the combined. We paid it no mind and had fun with it instead by being able to play with an array of different vehicles without having to scramble.
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Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era


2. Transformers Victory Liokaiser

As you might see, the trend on this list is to show how combiners evolved through this era having less extra parts every time. The culmination to this was with the late era combiner Liokaiser, who had only one piece of extraneous kibble you needed to keep: his helmet. The hands and feet were all integrated. This toy also had a really interesting theme. Instead of it being based on the alt modes, it was based on the robot modes which all had animal themed heads/helmets. Sadly, this toy never came out in the west, here’s hoping it gets reissued someday.
Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era


1. Transformers G1 Predaking

F%#K YEAH PREDAKING! Don’t you just hear the heavy metal pounding through your brain at the sight of this guy? This was the biggest combiner of the entire era, as you can see below with him standing next to Devastator. Also, he was made up of robotic versions of beasts found on earth, giving us some of our first (or is it THE first?) Transformers with mammal alt modes. They were really well done too. What I find amazing about these beast modes is that many of them do not reuse their animal limbs for their robot modes, which plagued the Beast Wars line (especially for mammals). These beast modes look amazing too, very solid, and even better than their robot modes (except for Rampage). Using the combiner feet as Tantrum and Headstrong's back-mounted cannons is a great effect and totally works, to the point where this looks to be the accessorie’s primary purpose. The unified and yet varied colours works well together and I just love the extra touch of being able to unclip the eagle wings from Divebomb and attach them to the back of the combined form. It gives him that extra edge, making him look like an avenging angel from hell. Get the reissue while you still can at affordable prices!

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era


Honourable Mentions:

Hasbro has never released Landross while Takara has done so twice (the last time was well over a decade ago) and I feel it is about time the west gets a taste of this beauty. While he is now considered a micromaster , Landcross is a bit more special than the rest. For those who don't know, Landross is a G1 combiner made up of 6 vehicle members. However what makes Landcross so special is that each member can combine with another member to make up to 30 different smaller combiners (check ou all the possible combinations on the back of the box below). It is very similar to what the Energon Powerlinx deluxes and voyagers could do but aside from combining two together for a larger robot, you could also combine all six.
Oh, and the six robot guns can be combined into a large weapon, always a fun bonus.

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Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiner Toys From the G1 Era

Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1
Date: Monday, September 11th 2017 9:35am CDT
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Posted by: william-james88

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Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Post G1

With Hascon taking place during the week-end, we preffered waiting to post a new list after the excitement. The main reveal at the show was indeed combiner related with an new Abominus coming along with a Dinobot combiner and in theme with all this combiner talk, I give you a new list featuring the best combiners we have had so far after G1. Enjoy!

5. Transformers Robots In Disguise Rail Racer (JRX)

The turn of the century Robots in Disguise line brought brought combiners into the new millennia in a big way with two combiners in that line: Landfill and Railracer. While Landfill has his charm, I don’t find him very solid nor fun to play with. That is totally not the case with Rail Racer though who is a stellar design and a fun combiner. He is like the new age Raiden with modern trains that become individual robots along with having a combined form. But you wouldn’t know that from just looking at the trains which look like toy models, with nice detail and smooth surfaces (the Takara version has the bodies fully painted since they are all made in clear plastic to have clear windows, making the paneling even more subtle). You really wouldn’t think these could transform, let alone combine. And he is a sleek combiner too. Not big of course, since it is only three, and the middle bot does not contribute too much, hence why this toy only makes it to 5th place. But the fresh design just overshadows thee complaints. I especially love the combiner head and chest, along with how strong all the connections are. The guns combine as well, which is always a fun feature to show another layer of connectivity among the bots.

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Transformers Robots In Disguise Railspike (J-5) Gallery

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Transformers Robots In Disguise Rapid Run (J-7) Gallery

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Transformers Robots In Disguise Midnight Express (J-4) Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1
Transformers Robots In Disguise Railspike (J-5) Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1
Transformers Robots In Disguise Rapid Run (J-7) Gallery

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Transformers Robots In Disguise Midnight Express (J-4) Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1
Transformers Robots In Disguise Railspike (J-5) Gallery

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Transformers Robots In Disguise Rail Racer (JRX) Gallery

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Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1


4. Transformers Club Exclusive Nexus Prime (Nexus Maximus)

I rarely, if ever, put figures from license holders on lists. It’s because they are usually redecos of toys that are more readily available and that we probably had more experience with. Basically, you guys get to know what I am talking about and share your experience. But I am making an exception with Nexus Prime for a few reasons. Firstly, this is the only toy of the first Transformers Combiner in fiction, one of the 13 Primes. Plus, I wanted to highlight the Energon combiners on this list but there were none that I liked due to all the mold repeats they had. Nexus Prime not only has a stellar deco but also doesn’t repeat molds, showing the variety of all the combining components in the Energon line, which were pretty good for their time. He’s pretty much a “best of” Energon combiner.

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Transformers Club Exclusives Topspin Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1
Transformers Club Exclusives Topspin Gallery

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Transformers Club Exclusives Landquake Gallery

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Transformers Club Exclusives Landquake Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1
Transformers Club Exclusives Breakaway Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1
Transformers Club Exclusives Breakaway Gallery

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Transformers Club Exclusives Heatwave Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1
Transformers Club Exclusives Heatwave Gallery

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Transformers Club Exclusives Skyfall Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1
Transformers Club Exclusives Skyfall Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1
Transformers Convention & Club Exclusives Nexus Prime (Nexus Maximus) Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1
Transformers Convention & Club Exclusives Nexus Prime (Nexus Maximus) Gallery


3. Combiner Wars / Unite Warriors Devastator

This was a dream come true for many, including me and he has incredible presence due to his immense stature. Devastator will always be the most iconic combiner so it is great to finally get a toy that represents his raw power. My only beef with him, and why he ends up in the middle of this list, is because while the Constructicons are as big as voyager, they don’t feel like voyagers and give you more the feel of those upscaled toys we get sometimes. Like they were deluxes and someone made everything bigger, except for the plastic which is very thin. Plus there is a lack of elbows on the Hasbro version which does make a significant difference (to anyone who thinks it doesn't matter that much, tell me, is Scrapper your favourite in the set?). It’s fun to have a giant combiner, but I feel we could have gotten a higher quality, or at least better feeling toy, if everything was made a tad bit smaller. Still awesome though and forever imposing. He is a real joy to build as well.

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Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1


2. Transformers Beast Wars Tripredacus

Yes, I truly believe that Tripedicus is a better toy than the Devastator we got 20 years later. Of practically any combiner ever, I really feel this is the one that has absolutely nothing hindered by the fact that he combines. What I mean is you have great looking diverse beast modes that share the same complexity as any of the other non-combining Beast Wars deluxe when converting to robot mode. And then… they also combine! Unlike his Maximal counterpart Magnaboss (and our previous entry, Railracer), each robot contributes as much to the combiner with one being the legs, the other the chest and the other the arms. And no partsforming. This makes for a well balanced and solid combiner that isn’t back heavy and has a nice colour variation that works really well. The combiner looks complete and like he is a unique form as opposed of being made up of various bits. It’s quite impressive. And the engineering still holds up.

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Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1


1. Unite Warriors Grand Galvatron and Combiner Wars/Unite Warriors Computron

Of course Combiner Wars was going to be the top pick. Those toys brought back the hay day of combiners for a whole new generation and are without a doubt the very best combiners we have ever had (although revisiting that Tripredicus above did give them a run for their money, at least for me). They improved over G1 in terms of their size, poseablity, integrated combiner head, transformations, and port technology which means they can finally have differently shaped heads. Now most of these were not sold together in the Hasbro line and there was ths whole idea of official configurations from Hasbro being different from the configurations from g1 since they were adding new characters and all sorts of stuff. So Combiner Wars is the number 1 pick, but what from it? So to make this number 1 pick comply with the others, I went for Combiners that had a clear idea of which components made up the combiner and I picked the ones that I feel are truly the best examples of what this line had to offer. Computron will go down in history as one of the most different offerings between Hasbro and Takara. Usually, between the two versions, you could get some differences in the paintjob or even the molding. But here, it was practically two different toys where only one of the 5 was the same mold. Takara went completely in one direction and Hasbro in the other. And you know what? I think we all win with that. Either way you go you have something the other side doesn't have. Both had unique molds and distinctive decos. Takara might have had new heads but Hasbro's had new feet and hands as well as more accompanying toys. And both were made up of a variety of molds, giving you a very good look at the breadth of the line, while also being unified in theme and deco (to an extent).

And while Computron is hard to beat, there was another offering that just keeps amazing me: Grand Galvatron. This one was only from Takara but all of the molds (except for some of the heads) are available from Hasbro in one way or another so the new mixture of molds can be recreated. And that's the whole idea behind this combiner, that he is completely random (aside from being made up of zombies, mostly). He is something completely new, made up of characters that never combined before, from different fictions, using a few molds that on the Hasbro side of things were for new characters. He really encompasses the play value of the line perfectly. And he looks incredible. Easily the combiner with the best deco in either line, bar none.

For fans of combiners, we are truly living in its golden age.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Combiners Toys Post G1


Honourable Mentions: PCC Grimstone

Grimstone came out the best he possibly could given what the Power Core Combiner line was all about. He pulls off the automorph drone combination better than any other toy due to how good he looks in both his individual Dinosaur modes and his combined mode, which has a very unified look thanks to the colour scheme.

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Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors
Date: Friday, August 25th 2017 10:43pm CDT
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Every two weeks, Seibertron.com brings you a Top 5 list related to all things Transformers written by me, your fellow editor. These are my opinions (just like movie or game reviews hosted by sites are still just the opinion of one person) so what matters most is what you guys think of the topic or list, and I hope to see your own lists or comments on omissions and ranking. Let's have fun! All previous lists can be found here.

Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors

Let's face it, Combiner Wars brought in a new golden era for Transformers fans. The G1 combiners were brought back in a bold new way with toys that were stylish, well articulated and had fun conversions. It kept the nice G1 tradition of Scramble City where you had bigger bots which became torsos (this time with the Combiner head being integrated within the toy rather than an add on) and the smaller bots could become either an arm or a leg to fit to the torso. And you could mix and match them as you please. Not only did we get several of the original G1 combiners but we also got some new characters (hello Alpha Bravo) and new versions of classic characters which could now also combine. With Power of the Primes right around the corner and bringing back the combiner concept and compatibility, I wanted to have a quick look back on the combiner components (limbs and torsos) we got under the Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors line (that latter one is the Takara line where these same toys were released). The way I did it is I broke it down to the different molds used in the lines and separated them by their idiosyncratic body molds. So pretty much I looked at all the different molds, not counting the head, and these are my top 5.


5. Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Dragstrip Gallery/Mirage

This was the first Combiner component I held in this line and I knew then and there that this line would kick ass. It had a similar engineering and quality to one of my favourite toys of all time, Cybertron Hotshot. It's an efficient design that maximizes distinction between vehicle and robot mode while reusing the same parts to thus has no extraneous kibble. With the 10 plus years since Hot Shot the engineering advancements mean we get that smart transformation with the added bonus that the figure combines. As a combining component, this mold has the cool ability to alter it's length so you could give your combiner longer legs if you would like. It's also awesome that this time around it is Dragstip who is the main use of the mold with Mirage being secondary (unlike the previous classics rendition of these characters). And I just really love Hasbro's take on Dragstrip's face.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors
Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Dragstrip (Drag Strip) Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors
Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Mirage Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors
Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Dragstrip (Drag Strip) Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors
Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Dragstrip (Drag Strip) Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors
Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Menasor Gallery


4. Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Onslaught

This toys had a lot going against it. The character already had a wonderful classics toy (which still holds up) and it was based the Hotpsot mold with seemingly not enough retooling since it still had the emergency lights. And I had really found Hot Spot to feel cheap with that squishy plastic and pieces popping off. But man, this Onslaught answered the call and gave us an incredible new rendition of the character, faithful to his G1 self, with a sleeker physique than the previous Universe toy, but with some new additions such as a better looking military truck mode than his very long and flat G1 self. The torso transformation is just as good and inventive as Hot Spot's but he feels far more solid. You also have the choice of how to finalize the torso transformation to give it different looks and I personally really love the colour Hasbro chose for the Bruticus head.

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Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Onslaught Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors
Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Bruticus Gallery


3. Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Air Raid/Unite Warriors Curse Armada Thrust/Guy Hawk

In a very G1 fashion, all the combiner jets transform pretty much the same way (and the same way as Offroad and First Aid). But the Air Raid mold mixes things up by having the wings swing around. This small extra brings a lot since it adds to the ways you can distinguish this limb from others depending on the combination you want. It also adds a step to the transformation and makes for a cooler looking backpack. And I don't know if it's this mold that makes the characters that use it look so good or vice versa but the best looking combiner components end up using it. Like Guy hawk in Liokaiser, easily the best individual Liokaiser figure, and Armada thrust, a toy which the Takara designers and whoever chooses the deco poured their hearts into. That deco is incredible and the headsculpts on both Guy Hawk and Thrust are some of the best in a line filled with awesome headsculpts.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors
Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Air Raid Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors
Transformers Unite Warriors Curse Armada Thrust Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors
Transformers Unite Warriors Curse Armada Thrust Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors


2. Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Swindle/Hound

The Rook mold was good and I feel the Swindle/Hound retool just takes it up a notch. It ends up with a more manageable backpack which means these end up looking better as arms than the initial mold (and they still look great as legs). I love the sculpting work too, which is more minute than one may assume. They even sculpt in a steering wheel. Plus, we finally have standard hands to go with this fun mold, so we can get all the standard posing with weapons. I also really love how this works so well for both Swindle and Hound and it allows you to add a shoulder mounted gun to further distinguish Hound from Swindle, aside from the terrific headsculpts of course. This was always a solid mold and now we get two awesome G1 characters with it in a great jeep alt mode.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors
Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Swindle Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors
Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Hound Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors
Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Swindle Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors
Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Hound Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors
Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Hound Gallery


1. Transformers Generations Combiner Wars/Unite Warriors Cyclonus

I will admit, I did not pick this mold up at first. I had Silverbolt and while it was an amazing torso, I didn't care for a retool, especially one that wasn't originally a scramble city combiner. But then things changed. Firstly, I really got into the goal of this line which was to bring back a G1 concept but for a new audience. There were no restrictions (not that there ever were) and the point was to have fun. So this was a torso which begged for you to have fun and come up with your own combinations. What really sold me was when Takara, who was usually very G1 oriented, used this torso as an opportunity to show just how much fun one could have and gave us the most bat shit crazy combiner yet, Grand Galvatron (a Galvatron II combiner made from Zombies and Roller ?!). When I finally picked him up, I fell in love. Cyclonus, in both version (which I own) is a thing of beauty. His alt mode is the closest we have ever gotten to his spaceship mode and does look better than the previous Universe one. The alt mode just has so much style, it oozes sexy! He feels super sturdy too. I love the detachable wing tips that become daggers and while the whole robot under a jet didn't look great for Silverbolt, I didn't mind it as much for a cybertronian vehicle where the robot wasn't trying to conceal itself. And we also finally got a voyager Cylonus which works great in anyone's Lost Light or G1 Season 3, or Movie collection. And might I remind you, this is based on the best Combiner Wars torso mold. The combined mode looks amazing with a great headsculpt (better looking than the next Galvatron we got) and a fun transformation. All around a great use of the best torso mold inspiring us all to find our inner child and have fun with combiners. I can't ask for more.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors
Transformers Unite Warriors Tactician Cyclonus Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors
Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Cyclonus Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors
Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Cyclonus Gallery


Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors
Transformers Unite Warriors Tactician Cyclonus Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Combiner Components (Limbs / Torsos) from Transformers Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors
Transformers Unite Warriors Grand Galvatron Gallery

Leader vs Voyager: Which is the Better Megatron Figure from Transformers: The Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the Better Megatron Figure from Transformers: The Last Knight
Date: Sunday, August 13th 2017 9:09am CDT
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In the previous movie toyline, Age of Extinction, the debate was on which was the better Grimlock since he was the only character with two new toys in the collector oriented line in two different classes. However, both were mediocre so it was more of a question of which wasn't as bad. But now with The Last Knight's Megatron, it's the reverse with two really awesome looking toys. But which is best?

I will break it down through categories and pick a winner, based on what I feel and read online from you guys, and then we will all say our preference in the forums. Sound good?

Jet Mode:

The leader definitely wins by having some kibble free wings in jet mode. Having those flame effects in the back is a really nice touch too. it is quite an imposing jet. The back of the jet is also cleaner than the voyager which has the robot shoulders there looking asymmetrical. The fact that the wings on the leader have no kibble underneath them really makes the jet look sleek and adds to the alt mode's distinctiveness from the robot mode. The alt mode of TLK Megatron is a gorgeous jet design and the leader is a better representation of it.

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight
Leader

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight
Voyager

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight
Leader

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight
Voyager

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight



Robot Mode:

This one is a toss up with the leader edging out the voyager by just a bit. The leader has more dedicated parts for the robot mode with the jet kibble relegated to the back and on the arm cannon while the voyager has some fuselage doubling (unconvincingly) as part of the knight skirt and jet wings wrapped around the robot legs. But that also means he has a cleaner back, more alt mode integration (which I can't be mad about) and a cannon that looks fully dedicated to the robot mode. The arms on the voyager are better since the forearms are sleeker. The leader's standard arm pose gives you gorilla arms but you can adjust that with the wrist swivel, which gives you a giant hole and unseemly wide forearms.

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight


Speaking of articulation, both give you a decent range. The leader even has double jointed knees if you use a transformation hinge but after seeing the images below you might not use it for the robot mode. The leader does something else that I did not notice until having him in hand, the sleekness of the torso, as it tapers down, is hampered by the backpack. Meaning that you don't get that nice shape at the midsection and instead it looks like those u convincing Power Rangers zords where they draw a sleeker body on a rectangle and make the collector/child pretend it's not there. Also, the leader ends up with a crotch hole ala MP 10, which the voyager does not have. With all these knocks against the leader, you would think the voyager would win this easily but I really like how good the leader's robot mode looks with the face mask and how clean the robot mode is. Point goes to the leader.

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Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight
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Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight



Gimmicks:

The leader clearly has more gimmicks than the voyager. All the voyager has is light piping (eyes and "gills"), which is something absent in the leader figure and actually works well enough on the voyager. You get a cool evil look with it. Now the leader's gimmicks are both its pro and con. Yes, the facemask is really cool but for that to work you end up with a really derpy looking mouth when the mask isn't deployed. You also get a weak spring loaded feature for the front of the jet to come undone and it is as annoying as Leader Optimus' spring loaded swords. Sometimes too much is like not enough and I would rather not get a gimmick than a poorly executed one. The face mask is still cool but the fact that I hesitate to transform the leader just because of how annoying that bit will be means I prefer the voyager for keeping things 100.

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight



Facesculpt:

As just said, the retracted chin on the leader doesn't look good and makes him look more derpy than menacing. Almost reminds me of Sloth from the Goonies. Voyager wins this one.

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Voyager

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight
Leader

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight


Paint/Deco:

The voyager wins here by a landslide. Both toys go for a very different look with the silver deco and I fail to understand why. The voyager uses the silver as a way to subtly add to the layering of the armour. Its a nice effect that seems to only work on the naked eye. What is baffling is that the leader uses silver paint to instead give a weathered or battle damaged look. It is blotchy and not uniform and looks random.

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Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight
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Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight
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Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight
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Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight
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Arm Cannon:

Oddly enough, I find the voyager's a tad bit too small. It's maybe movie accurate but it doesn't look very threatening. The Leader's is way too big. The fire effect is super cool and I am able to pose him the right way so that the weight is evenly carried across the toy, but it still looks very big. I give both of them major props for avoiding the partsforming route.

In the end, the Voyager wins here but not by much.

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight



Transformation:

This is the big one. I much prefer the Voyager's transformation since I much prefer unfolding panels instead of the panel forming and massaging you have to do with the leader (in the back portion of the jet). There is more of a shell aspect with the leader which the voyager doesn't have since almost every part of the robot mode is reused for the jet mode. Also, the first step they give you for the leader is to transform the nosecone from the cannon which is a terrible idea. It will surely keep getting undone as you keep transforming since it is spring loaded. The voyager is really a joy to convert from one mode to the next. Nothing gets in the way too much and there isn't anything annoying. It is also far more intuitive and there is no need to exert pressure anywhere. My leader already has some stretch marks where the nosecone tabs into the forearms.

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight



While the voyager wins out most of the categories it is still a tough call when the ones the leader wins is when it comes to the best looking modes. In the end, its all about what you want best. If you will be transforming these often, the voyager is the way to go. But if you just want to pose him, the leader works better since he is far more screen accurate. However, you wouldn't be able to pose him with anyone since the only other toy in his scale in this line is the inaccurate Optimus Prime leader. Still, I can't say this pic below isn't awesome and I don't regret getting both.

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Transformers News: Leader vs Voyager: Which is the better Megatron Figure from Transformers the Last Knight

Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations
Date: Saturday, August 12th 2017 8:14am CDT
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Every two weeks, Seibertron.com brings you a Top 5 list related to all things Transformers written by me, your fellow editor. These are my opinions (just like movie or game reviews hosted by sites are still just the opinion of one person) so what matters most is what you guys think of the topic or list, and I hope to see your own lists or comments on omissions and ranking. Let's have fun! All previous lists can be found here.

Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations

While many fans loved the complexity of the Revenge of the Fallen line, parents were not as enthused and eventually, the Age of Extinction Toyline came with a publicized push by Hasbro to simplify the transformation process of Transformers toys. They claimed it was both to bring it back to the brand’s basics and to be more appealing to kids and this idea of toys being simpler has stuck in he current collector landscape. While I love my complex transformations as much as the next fan, I actually thought this was all smoke and no fire. Not simply because complex and articulated Transformers didn’t disappear, and not just because we’ve had one step Transformers since G1’s Twintwist and Topspin, but because I believe easier Transformers can sometimes yield great designs that are just as hard to pull off as more complex transformations. An easy transformation doesn’t necessarily mean that the engineering is lacking and sometimes overcomplicating a transformer can yield terrible results (which is what the majority thinks of Universe Galvatron). All I want to show with this list is that there can be great style and a lot of fun resulting from easy transformations and I wanted to give the best examples of that. My only rule here is that it had to be less than 5 main steps (not including posing) to see the robot mode. This isn't necessarily about simplified toys or one steps, that could be another list of its own. Here, I was looking for awesome toys that you could transform extremely fast that even a young fan with a small attention span would appreciate and marvel at.

5. Transformers Animated Activators Seekers

These are one step transformers, for the most part, and are a lot of fun. The seeker mold has the best robot mode of this class, which makes up for the sub par jet mode, and it is loaded with articulation for that size. It really reminds me of the spring loaded Best Wars Basics which had just as much articulation as the deluxes. With all the lovely ball joints, this seeker mold even puts more recent attempts at Legends sized seekers to shame in terms of the amount of articulation and poseability.

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4. Transformers G1 1984 Optimus Prime (Convoy)

When Hasbro said they were taking the property back to basics, I thought of what that meant and looked at my G1s. I could totally see what they meant. Transformer toys of the past were far easier than what they became in the ROTF line (hyperbole, right? But that’s the point) but I think they still look great in their own way. I grew up with the beautifully articulated Beast Wars figures and yet I can still see the great style of G1 and appreciate them as the fun toys they are. Blocky maybe, but it really sells the robot esthetic and even better, the robot in disguise aesthetic with the great alt mode integration of the early licensed diaclone toys. Optimus Prime (Battle Convoy) is the best example of this, and he transforms in just 4 steps (which includes part forming).

1.Bring down the legs and feet
2.Pull out the arms and shoulders
3.Flip the head
4. Plug in some fists (if you still have them)
And voila!

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations

It’s simple but really smart, especially the arms taking part of the front of the truck with them, giving Optimus a slimmer figure in the abdominal area that lines up with where the legs begin. And while he looks like a blocky robot, the alt mode is impeccable with no notion of robot kibble (it helps that his hands are just accessories). Also, let me reiterate, less than 5 steps!


3. Transformers Beast Wars Terrorsaur

To be frank, I could have picked any of the basic beast wars figures since they are all as good and as smart, so feel free to substitute this entry with your favourite of the basic spring loaded beast wars one step figures. Terrorsaur is a tad more special than the others to me since he was my first Transformer and, along with Rattrap, this was the only class to have a toy of the show character. And while I did complain about the size as a kid, I didn’t complain about the transformation (and no one complained about the show accuracy in the beast wars line, it wasn’t part of the fandom’s lexicon yet and I was just glad my Terrorsaur didn’t have a mutant head). The transformation was actually pretty smart and I believe it even beats the more recent Pretodactyle mold we got, Age of Extinction’s Strafe. Unlike Strafe, Terrorsaur’s head isn’t visible in Beast Mode even if you flip him to see the undercarriage, and the robot hands are hidden as well, transforming into the beast mode feet. I still find that hand transformation ingenious to this day. It’s so simple how the beast mode feet are panels that just flip onto the forearms and disappear in robot mode. You can count that as a step if you are so inclined, since it’s a great step, but he is principally a one step transformer since the entire robot mode comes to view once you unhook the beast mode head and let the spring do the work.
And voila:

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations
Transformers Beast Wars Iguanus (Crazybolt) Gallery


2. Transformers Beast Wars Cybershark

He was my favourite to transform as a kid because I marveled at how fast it was to go from these two totally distinct beast and robot modes. Unlike Terrorsaur above, there wasn’t a spring involved, this was a deluxe, and neither his arms nor legs appeared in robot mode. His fully articulated limbs only appear in robot mode and you get there in just 3 steps once you remove his tail (which you also must do with the three step Robots in Disguise Grimlock).
1.Open the shark’s underbelly/shell
2.Flip the newly revealed legs to the front end of the toy
3.Flip the shark head down
And voila:
Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations

A beautiful robot mode with some decent alt mode integration (the shark’s head!) with one of the best headsculpts and decos of the beast era. He is also full of weapons and hidden projectiles (the sharks’s head!). This is by no means a design that lacks engineering, or inventiveness, especially considering that the beast mode is a realistic shark that has no arms or legs. And yet it’s super simple and fun to transform. I didn’t feel cheated then and I sure don’t feel it now. For a simple comparison, the Transmetal II version was made far more complicated to transform and the result doesn’t hold a candle to the initial cybershark who is far more sleek, giving him the look of the swift, sharp and skilled killer he is (or was in my imagination).


1. Transformers Cybertron Hot Shot (Excellion)

This figure is astounding compared to today's toys in terms of heft, deco and sculpting. It's a deluxe class figure with an excellent amount of articulation, but do you know how many steps it takes to transform it? Only four. Five if you have to turn his head for it to face the right direction.
1. Pull the rear of the car back.
2. Flip the rear vents up to form the robot feet.
3. Swing the sides of the car out while pulling them down, splitting the front of the car.
4. Rotate the cockpit, and accompanying top of the car, 180.
(5. Turn the robot head around if it's not facing the right way)
And voila!

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations

This can be performed in 10 seconds, with no hyperbole. And that's it. The transformation is so simplistic and elementary, yet results in an impressively articulated figure with some fun non-inhibiting gimmick features. The simplicity in the toy is a result of the robot mode using the very same parts from the alt mode but in a way that the kibble is no longer visible, giving way to a robot mode with detail that was never found before.
Just look at how little of the alt mode shows up in the robot mode:

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations
Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations

And yet, the robot mode uses parts from the car mode, making him still sleek with a nice amount of bulk and heft. This toy simply amazes me. I love the alt mode being a Cybertronian Lambourghini. Design is two fold; it is the look of the figure as well as its engineering. And this guy works that way. The simple engineering means you can have a swift conversion from 2 modes that look nothing like one another. Think about it guys, this is what Hasbro is trying to hard to achieve right now with simplistic transformation. But this is it done right. It is truly a figure for all ages (it's my 11 year old cousin's favourite toy, she usually finds transformers too complicated).
And the style of the figure is something to behold. Speaking of head sculpts, this is probably one of my all time favourites, there is so much detail and sculpting. You have four colours playing off one another on this head design with different kinds of plastic as well, giving it a unique look while also hearkening back to a very old school robot look. And speaking of hearkening back, his gimmick is that he becomes an homage to Hotrod.

Sure, he isn't perfect. He has a big buttflap, the doors don't retract across his arms and the legs are quite bulky but to me this is just part of the design and intention to make him quick to convert while using as much as the kibble as possible in the robot mode (ie the legs ad doors).
This was the last line before the movie happened, and the very last states side line which used Takara for design and not just engineering. It was like a last hurrah for the classic transformer design, yet flipped on its head (or upside down, as is the case with this toy). It's just great.

And once again, check out that headsculpt!

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations
Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Toys with Easy Transformations

Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage
Date: Saturday, July 29th 2017 9:09am CDT
Categories: Site Articles, Editorials, Top Lists
Posted by: william-james88

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Every two weeks, Seibertron.com brings you a Top 5 list related to all things Transformers written by me, your fellow editor. These are my opinions (just like movie or game reviews hosted by sites are still just the opinion of one person) so what matters most is what you guys think of the topic or list, and I hope to see your own lists or comments on omissions and ranking. Let's have fun! All previous lists can be found here.


Top 5 Transformers with best weapon storage

The title is pretty self explanatory. Sadly, as you might guess, there are no G1s on this list.


5. Transformers Generations Arcee


It's a good thing I got the Takara version simply because its instructions showed how to store the weapons in alt mode. You had to guess for the Hasbro version, since they didn't say. And that's a pity since the weapons storage is really smart. Arcee comes with several weapons for a deluxe figure, including two guns of different shapes and sizes. They can both be stored at specific spots under the car mode but the best part of this is that the smaller gun also helps you tab the hands so that everything is solid under there.

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage
Transformers Legends Arcee Gallery


4. Transformers Cybertron Vector Prime

Vector Prime is a Transformer toy that just keeps giving and giving. Never mind him having an intricate design and excellent paint, and being a great toy all around, he also has really awesome weapon storage. His minicon is also a spaceship/blaster and there is a perfectly shaped indentation on his vehicle mode to store him. The best part though is the sword. It is big and can be stored on the side of the spaceship. The little detail that just brings it over the top is how his sword has a nice artisinal hilt to drive home the ancient theme and it sticks out of the side of the ship when the sword is lokcked in. For this not to look out of place, there is a molded in hilt detail sticking out on the other side of the ship, completing the uniform look and totally hiding the sword since that extra hilt detail now becomes a detail of the ship.

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage


3. Transformers Generations Scourge

Scourge is known for his big wings and Hasbro gave them a lot more functionality with this toy, by having them open up to store his two weapons. I also like how you have to transform the weapons a bit to have them fit properly within his wings. It looks even cooler on the translucent versions of this mold where you can see the guns there as if he is passing through an airport scanner.

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage


2. Transformers Beast Wars Rhinox

I had this toy as a kid and the weapon storage was the best part of Rhinox. I loved how it makes you become a mini MacGyver taking random bits from here and there and then putting them together to give him a chaingun of doom. It was even more fun than actually transforming the figure. Plus his tail became a weapon as well.

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage


1. Transformers Beast Wars Optimus Primal (Beast Convoy)

This monkey the Boss when it comes to weapon storage, bar none. He's got two swords stored in his back, heightwise, and two springloaded shoulder cannons that spring out from his backside. These cannons have missiles, which are also stored inside the figure's back behind his head. But that's not all, he has more weapons up his sleeves, literally. One of his forearms has a springloaded double barreled blaster and his other forearm stores a mace shaped like a skull! This Maximal leader is a one man army all on his own and if he gave in to his Gorilla Warefare side we all know the Predacons would have been history and the beast Wars would have been over quite early on.

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Toys With Best Weapon Storage


Honourable Mentions: Lots of Beast Wars; Dinobot, cheetor, all do it very well but it's nothing compared to Rhinox and Optimus Primal

Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1
Date: Saturday, July 15th 2017 2:03pm CDT
Categories: Site Articles, Editorials, Top Lists
Posted by: william-james88

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Every two weeks, Seibertron.com brings you a Top 5 list related to all things Transformers written by me, your fellow editor. These are my opinions (just like movie or game reviews hosted by sites are still just the opinion of one person) so what matters most is what you guys think of the topic or list, and I hope to see your own lists or comments on omissions and ranking. Let's have fun! All previous lists can be found here.

Top 5 best Targetmasters since G1

While it was a bit hard to wrap one's head around the headmaster concept, and the differeing interpretation in the fiction, Target Maaters have always been more to the point. It's a simple and fun idea of a robot turning into a weapon that another robot can use. While there was a whole subgroup fo them in the 80s, they were rather similar one to the next so what I would like to focus on is what we have gotten since that era and how that concept kept being brought back to the brand, with a different take everytime. And with Titanmasters making a huge comeback this year, thanks to Takara, I thought it would be the perfect time to look back on what we have gotten in the post-G1 era. The criteria is simple, it has to be a small robot that turns into a weapon to be weilded by someone else and released after the G1 era. Let's get to it!

Editor's Note: This list was written earlier in 2017

5. Robots in Disguise Minicon Weaponizer Tricerashot

Even the most enthusiastic Robots in Disguise fan had a tough time warming up to the new Robots in Disguise Minicons. They didn't have the original Minicon Ports and the only ports they did have only fit with either simpler toys collectors were not getting, or Takara Exclusive toys (like their Supreme Class Optimus toys which never got released through Hasbro). To add insult to injury, the only way to really play with them was to spend money on simplified transforming toys called Deployers and you needed three different Deployers to be able to deploy all the differently shaped minicons.

But then, Hasbro had the brilliant idea of bringing back the Targetmasters concept with the next itiration of these RID Minicons. And it was fleshed out well in the cartoon with these little guys really adding firepower to their friends (just as Grimlock). It also solved the problem of having to buy additional toys we didnt need just to do the gimick since anyone in the line (from one-steps and up) could use these. The real standout of these new Targetmaster-like Minicons was Tricerashot. He is a good looking triceratops that becomes a cool three barrelled lazer cannon. It wasn't a perfect rendition of the show model, but a great effort none the less at replicating the three barrels. Plus you have the option to customize him with extra clear plastic accessories in either mode. It's too bad this toy still hasn't appeared in the US as of this article's publication.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1


4. Cybertron Vector Prime's Safeguard (Roots)

This guy is a cross of a lot of concepts since while he is a little robot that turns into a gun but it's a gun that is also spliced with a spaceship altmode. He also has a minicon port and has a special slot just for him to complete Vector Prime's full spaceship mode. And he accomplishes everything perfectly. I love how detailed this little guy is in both modes with a very sleek bot mode. And his lower arms are on balljoints just to give that extra premium feel from a golden era we are now way past.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1


3. Transformers Power Core Combiners Bomb-Burst/Chainclaw

My problem with a lot of Targetmasters is how one of the modes is usually sacrificed for the other. You might have a great gun but a brick for a robot or you will get a nice robot that doesn't look that much like a convincing weapon. Well enter the Chainclaw/Bomburst mold. Firstly, it's a nice identifiable robot, with lots of poseability for a bot that size (about as much as a Legion class figure). I also love the use of clear plastic, the deco on both of these is fun. And then you get to the best part: the weapon mode. Out of seemingly nowhere you get these two huge missile launchers that now seem completely unavoidable. Its a fun trick of the designers to have the most obvious weapon detail hidden under the robot's feet. And unlike other Targetmasters, this ends up being principally for the bigger bot's vehicle mode and becomes where it becomes a centerpiece of death and mayhem.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1


2. Transformers Universe - Classics 2.0 Nightstick

This is just a great update to the G1 Targetmasters. It's just nice to see a classic Targetmaster brought back and improved in every way. That gun mode is so much more convincing than the G1 version and offers more transformation steps with parts dedicated just to that mode.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1


1. Transformers Arms Micron Bulkhead Knuckle

I think you have to own him to know why this guy deserves this spot. He was never released by Hasbro, as is the case with most Arms Micron microns, so I don't expect you all to have him. He's also really hard to search for online because this isn't Arms Micron Bulkhead (meaning Bulkhead from that line), nor is it the micron that comes with Bulkhead but instead this is just Bulkhead as a micron. These were available as single releases in those gashapon machines in Japan where you put in a coin and get a small capsule. All this to say that I am sorry if you cannot bask in the awesomeness that is this Bulkhead micron and I hope my words and pics will help. So here's the deal: he is a small Prime Bulkhead that turns into a literal Hulk Hand. He becomes a big green fist. I got him in a pack of microns and didn't really understand what he was even looking at the picture because he was next to a bunch of swords and guns and a disembodied fist isn't as distinguishable (as you can see here).

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1

But then I inserted him onto a deluxe figure and bam, I saw it. It's such a perfect fit too, I don't know how Takara did it. The 5 mm peg is positioned at the perfect spot so that making any figure hold him really gives him convincing Hulk hands. It even looks better than pegging combiner fists on toys because not only is it the fist but the forearm too, making it look kinds like Hellboy or a that moment when you use a super punch in a video game. It becomes part of the figure and makes every figure you put it on look so much more badass. Extra props for being smart and finding a simple way to make him both left handed and right handed if need be. This is a very unique weapon to turn into and it could not have been done better.

Here are a couple images I found on the internet (some done by me, FireofOrodruin, Code XCDM and others) to help sell my point:

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1


Honourable Mentions:

Transformers Generations Eclipse, Payload, Flanker

The Target Master concept came back in full force in the Generations line's Legends Class (which was basically the new name for the scout class). Each robot came with a smaller robot which could turn into a weapon. Interestingly, each of these smaller robots actually had 3 modes. An alt mode, a robot mode and a weapon mode. The two I thought were particularly well done were the Payload and Eclipse mold, the two space shuttles. I thought the robot mode on Eclipse was particularly detailed, especially the tiny face sculpt and both have fun weapon modes that actually look like weapons. You just have to love that double barrel Payload gun!

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Targetmasters Post-G1

NC State Professor's Autonomous Systems Research Inspired by Transformers

Transformers News: NC State Professor's Autonomous Systems Research Inspired by Transformers
Date: Sunday, July 9th 2017 11:19am CDT
Category: Editorials
Posted by: ScottyP | Credit(s): NC State University, Dr. Edgar Lobaton

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For some more upbeat news on your Sunday, check out this article available in NC State University's News Blog's "Research Matters" series. Written by Associate Professor Dr. Edgar Lobaton from their Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the article talks about how our favorite "Robots in Disguise" inspired him from a young age to pursue a career in machine learning:

Dr. Edgar Lobaton wrote:My passion for machine learning and autonomous systems started when I was a little kid.

I was in my first year of elementary student in Peru, waiting diligently every weekend in front of the TV in order to catch an episode of the Transformers animated series. Sitting on my parents’ couch, hearing the classic tune describing the robots as “more than meets the eye,” the same thought would keep going around and around in my head: “I’ve got to have one.”

Growing up in a third-world country, my parents could not afford to buy Transformers toys for me. As a resourceful kid, I did the next best thing: I decided to build my own. With the limited resources I had, I started to build my own robots. At age five, I started by drawing my first Transformers on a piece of paper, cutting them out with my bright red training scissors, and then folding legs and arms in order to convert them into little squares. Not the most useful Transformers, but it was a first attempt.

Transformers News: NC State Professor's Autonomous Systems Research Inspired by Transformers
Seen here: Not quite what they're working on

Check out the full text of the article here to learn about some of his work that was inspired by Transformers. Insecticons, anyone? We hope you enjoy this unconventional news, and let us know by replying to this post if Transformers have inspired any of your life's work.

Oh yeah, by the way - Go Wolfpack!

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