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Top 5 Best Transformers G1 Pretenders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers G1 Pretenders
Date: Thursday, February 14th 2019 10:52pm CST
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 your fellow editor or a guest star. This week, the list is written by Black Hat!. These are our opinions 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 G1 Pretenders


5. Transformers Super God Masterforce Skullgrin (Dauros)

Skullgrin is pretty grim for a kids’ toy, even by 80s standards. With his shell resembling a monstrous demon with a cow’s skull for a head and horribly necrotic-looking flesh and armour, he looks like he’d fit right at home with Inhumanoids’ D.Compose. His inner robot was derpy for certain but that shell was the stuff of nightmares. Brrrr.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers G1 Pretenders


4. Transformers Super God Masterforce Submarauder (Gilmer)

Another creepy looking Pretender, Submarauder resembles nothing so much as a mixture of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, a classic Kaiju and something out of the late great H.R. Giger’s twisted imagination. The combination of the carapace-like armour design, gribbly pseudo-organic tubes on his chest, strange fin and sucker details and those horrible orange gills in place of a mouth make him look truly alien. His inner robot, whilst abstract like most Pretenders, kinda resembled a horseshoe crab in vehicle mode too.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers G1 Pretenders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers G1 Pretenders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers G1 Pretenders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers G1 Pretenders


3. Transformers Super God Masterforce Cloudburst (Phoenix)

I don’t much care for most of the Autobot Pretenders but Cloudburst is an exception because of how cool his armour design is, even if his inner robot is 200% goofy. The colours are on point, with a nice mix of red and cool grey accented with blue, and the smooth, rounded shapes of the armour are pure late 80s robot goodness, looking like it would be more at home in Bubblegum Crisis or Megazone 23 than Transformers. His whip is a cool accessory too, looking much better than most whips that come with toys.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers G1 Pretenders


2. Transformers G1 1989 Bludgeon

Not much needs to be said about Bludgeon. He’s a skeleton samurai for crying out loud! And on top of that, his inner robot isn’t terrible for a Pretender either, actually making a decent tank and a nice robot mode. However, where he wins over most Pretenders is he actually did stuff in the comics, where he was a total badass and almost beat Megatron in a duel.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers G1 Pretenders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers G1 Pretenders


1. Transformers G1 1989 Thunderwing

Unlike the others on this list, Thunderwing’s shell also had a vehicle mode, and unlike some (poor Crossblades) it actually looked like something. His robot modes were suitably imposing, especially the shell, with its organic, alien designs and sweet colour palette. And like Bludgeon, he was actually important in the comics, being part of a major story arc, being driven mad by the Matrix and having the manifolds to challenge Unicron! What a madbot. Thunderwing is the most fictionally important Pretender by some way, and combined with his unique toy and frankly awesome name he easily lands the #1 spot.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers G1 Pretenders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers G1 Pretenders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers G1 Pretenders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers G1 Pretenders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers G1 Pretenders

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers G1 Pretenders


Honourable mentions: Black Shadow. A retool of Thunderwing, this guy had minimal fictional appearances, but was a very nice looking rework of an already cool toy, had a cool name and also spawned one of the best Leader class molds in Titans Return. Also the Monster Pretenders, who whilst pretty terrible toys had shell designs ranging from adorable to awesome and had very unique backstories.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers G1 Pretenders
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Top 5 Best (non movie) Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best (non movie) Bumblebee Transformers Toys
Date: Sunday, February 3rd 2019 10:58am CST
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 (non movie) Bumblebee Transformers Toys


With the ridiculous abundance of Bumblebee toys released in the past 10 years, it made more sense that for this character I split his top 5 best toys into 2 lists. We got his movie toys list last time, so this week we look at all the other renditions of Bumblebee over the years and the toys that I feel are must haves for any collection. Enjoy!

5. Transformers G1 1984 Bumblebee (Bumble)

A real classic if there ever was one and probably the second most iconic G1 toy (the first being Broadside, obviously). The transformation is quaint but fun and the car mode is perfect for what it is. I especially like that there is barely no hint that it transforms, with a really nice chasis underneath and that good old diecast. The sticker for the penny racer motor is a nice touch too. This being the toy that started it all for Bumblebee, I am glad it was reissued so that everyone can enjoy this fun toy.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best (non movie) Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best (non movie) Bumblebee Transformers Toys


4. Transformers Classics Bumblebee (Bumble)

It was tough to choose where to place Classics Bumblebee and Robots in Diguise Bumblebee on this list. Both are in it of couse, but while these are very different toys, they end up having the same amount of Pros and Cons each meaning that making any of them surpass the other a disservice the other. In the end, I prsonally placed RID Bee just a little higher than Classics. What's great about Classics Bee is how solid he is. It is a great reinterpretation of the G1 character with a more modern car that still retains the roundness. The mold is aged a bit, especially with the cumbersome arm doors but it's still a nice little package. And the boat accessory is fun. I do really like the inner car detail like the doors, which become pockets in robot mode.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best (non movie) Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best (non movie) Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best (non movie) Bumblebee Transformers Toys

3. Transformers: Robots In Disguise Bumblebee

Robots in Disguise was a great effort to bring Bumblebee and the fun of Transformers to a new audience without sacrificing too much in terms of engineering (looking at you CYberverse!). One of the best thigns I ever read was a Takara designer saying how he made sure that he added the need to rotate the waist 180 degrees during transformation just to give it taht extra dynamic involvement in motion. That's great because it is very easy to imagine a version of this design and toy where the robot body is already properly aligned all under the vehicle. Here are is some more love for this toy from our members:

D-Max: RiD Bee looks so much better than Classics Bee, being more streamlined and the aesthetic is one I like more than the Classics. Plus RiD Bee has the better car mode IMO. But there's the kibble. The back is alright, though I wish the wings were a bit more prominent compared to the trunk lid, and then the whole roof being on the back of the legs can be a bit of a pain sometimes, at least to me

Itscramtastic: I really like RiD Bumblebee. He's fun to toss around, satisfying to transform. While there is kibble, it's less of a problem here than on Classics Bee. Sure, there is the roof calf but I forgot about that, as the figure is just so awesome. I'm also getting used to 'Bee being a muscle car....what the heck. Let's put it this way, I have Hasbro MP21, Takara MP21G, and RiD warrior Bumblebee out to have fun with. The others are in the bin, awaiting their fates!!

Transformers News: Top 5 Best (non movie) Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best (non movie) Bumblebee Transformers Toys


2. Transformers Prime: First Edition Bumblebee

The prime toyline has some of the best Transformers toys ever made. Almost every character they touched resulted in some of their best retail toys these characters ever had (like Cliffjumper and Wheeljack) along with the best transformations schemes we have ever seen (Vehicon). So it's no surprise that Bumblebee would get an excellent toy in this line as well. He actually got two main deluxe molds and while they both have their charm, I really like what they did with the first edition Bumblebee. Like with First Edition Prime, Bulkhead, Cliffjumper and Starscream, you could really feel that Hasbro designers were stepping it up a notch for complexity in a cartoon line and aiming their toys at collectors (they even came with display stands). In many ways, this is as perfect a toy as you get with a great looking and accurate bot and car mode and a satisfying transformation to get you from one form to the next. The design itself is great too with it being a really cool hybrid of Bumblebee's movie look and smoother/curvier G1 look. I can't recommend the Prime line enough (except for that one major stinker) and same goes for this Bumblebee.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best (non movie) Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best (non movie) Bumblebee Transformers Toys


1. Transformers Masterpiece Bumblebee

While the Bumblebee movie may have given us more VW themed toys than ever before, we can't forget that for a long time, the G1 toy was all we had for a Bumblebee turning into a Beetle. So when this Masterpiece came out, it was truly a time to celebrate. Not only did we finally get an actual Bumblebee that turned into a Volkswagen Beetle but it turned into a model Beetle rather than a super deformed version like in G1. And yet the amazing designers still found a way to give us the same look in bot mode as if it did turn into that same alt mode, with the recreation of the full car roof on his torso.

I really love that Transformation. The legs, for instance, do give homage to the G1 transformation but with added complexity to integrate kibble better and give him a nicer shape. And Takara provides all the articulation you would need.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best (non movie) Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best (non movie) Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best (non movie) Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best (non movie) Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Omega Spreem (Action Master Elite)

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Omega Spreem (Action Master Elite)
Date: Tuesday, January 22nd 2019 9:55am CST
Categories: Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: william-james88

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I recently acquired a complete set of the rarest Transformers fouresome of all time, the Europe and Australasia exclusive Action Master Elites. These were four new molds made in an Action Master subline that actually Transformed, and since they were never released in North America and never redecoed into anything else, they are today the rarest Transformers molds out there released by Hasbro, especially in a complete states since some of them come with several accessories which are made to be removed as part of the transformation.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Omega Spreem

With so little in terms of images out there, especially of the vehicle modes, I thought it would be a good idea to show you these toys, one at a time, and go over each of their modes along with their gimmicks, and finally have a review out there for each.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Omega Spreem

Today we will look at Omega Spreem. Three of the four Action Master Elites are shrunk down versions of towering robots that had already come out and this is an homage to Omega Supreme. He only has one accessory, a gun, so of the four this one is the easiest to get complete. Oddly enough, this specific toy has been homaged in the past, with the headmaster component of Energon Omega Surpeme being based on this toy's robot mode. And his name (being Spreem rather than Supreme) was homaged in Transformers Animated with Omega S.P.R.E.E.M. being the name given to a small scale prototype of Omega Supreme's conterpart in that universe.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Omega Spreem

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Omega Spreem

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Omega Spreem

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Omega Spreem

The robot mode is sleek like all Action Masters, with an even better level of articulation and the height perfectly nestled between that of a contemporary deluxe and legends class figure. The colours are super bright with a very neon yellow and hot pink for the chest and face.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Omega Spreem

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Omega Spreem

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Omega Spreem

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Omega Spreem

Omega Spreem transforms into an excavation vehicle on treads. The transformation for all Action Master Elites is nothing to write home about. In this case you just need to flip his hands so that they become long narrow drill bits, lower the tank treads to the ground and bend him at the waist. While the result is not the greatest, the gimmick really gives the alt mode some credence. By pushing the yellow button in his back, the waist turns rapidly, turning those arm blades into a deadly mixer.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Omega Spreem

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Omega Spreem

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Omega Spreem

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Omega Spreem

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Omega Spreem

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Omega Spreem

Overall, a very nice robot mode, as expected, but a fun alt mode thanks to the gimmick.

Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite)

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master (Action Master Elite)
Date: Monday, January 21st 2019 10:22am CST
Categories: Reviews, Site Articles
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I recently acquired a complete set of the rarest Transformers fouresome of all time, the Europe and Australasia exclusive Action Master Elites. These were four new molds made in an Action Master subline that actually Transformed, and since they were never released in North America and never redecoed into anything else, they are today the rarest Transformers molds out there released by Hasbro, especially in a complete states (since some of them come with several accessories which are made to be removed as part of the transformation).

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

With so little in terms of images out there, especially of the vehicle modes, I thought it would be a good idea to show you these toys, one at a time, and go over each of their modes along with their gimmicks, and finally have a review out there for each.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Today we will look at Turbo Master. Yes, that is his actual name. And while a Turbomaster also reffers to a different Transformers subline, he is not part of that line. Instead he is an Action Master which transforms. Three of the four Action Master Elites are shrunk down versions of towering robots that had already come out and this is an homage to Bruticus. It is a pretty faithful one when it comes to the main body and face, with the limbs streamlined and symmetrical to one another to make it more like an action figure.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

His colours are more flamboyant than even G2 Bruticus with lilac and pink all across the toy. He has the most accessories out there and thus is the hardest to get complete. Not only does he have double blade weapon (which become wings in alt mode), he also has two rotors which clip to his shoulders in robot mode. He also has two rotating tail fins at his feet which are removable pieces.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Each of his fists have 3 small holes, one above, one below and one front and centre (to be used in alt mode). This allows you to either give him a sword in each hand or make a double blade weapon. There are two gimmicks associated to his wrists and they work in both modes. Simply by moving one arm up or down, both wrists will turn. Also, by pressing the yellow button in his back, cleverly disguised as one of Bruticus' two back cannons, both wrists will rotate furiously. Any enemy near him would be cut to bits in seconds, like the henchman Indy fights by the plane in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Of course, the four accessories are interchangeable so you could give him rotor fists if you wanted to.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

For any IDW fans out there, he had a tiny appearance in MTMTE 12 where he fights against Ultra Magnus (he is in the background on the right):

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Turbo Master transforms into a vertical take-off, Osrpey type, vehicle with wings. The transformation for all Action master Elites is nothing to write home about. In this case you just need to rotate the tail fins, turn his head, bend his knees and point his arms up. Then you attach the wings and rotors where they should be. Below you will see images of him with and without the wings attached, since the Osprey alt mode works better without the wings. Personally though, I much preffer with wings since it just makes it look so much more bonkers. The part of the transformation I find particularly clever is the head turning around since the window details in back of the head line up perfectly with the alt mode details already present in the vehicle mode chest so that the front looks uninterrupted. Pushing the yellow button in alt mode will make the rotors spin.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Turbo Master

The robot mode is clearly the star this time, especially with all the display and equipment options, while we have had some non combining Bruticus components in the past, it is really unique to see what looks like a combiner design (Bruticus in this case) Transforming from a full combined robot mode into one alt mode.

Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Windmill

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Windmill
Date: Sunday, January 20th 2019 1:49pm CST
Categories: Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: william-james88

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I recently acquired a complete set of the rarest Transformers fouresome of all time, the Europe and Australasia exclusive Action Master Elites. These were four new molds made in an Action Master subline that actually Transformed, and since they were never released in North America and never redecoed into anything else, they are today the rarest Transformers molds out there released by Hasbro, especially in a complete states since some of them come with several accessories which are made to be removed as part of the transformation.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Windmill

With so little in terms of images out there, especially of the vehicle modes, I thought it would be a good idea to show you these toys, one at a time, and go over each of their modes along with their gimmicks, and finally have a review out there for each.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Windmill

Today we will look at Windmill. Three of the four Action Master Elites are shrunk down versions of towering robots that had already come out but Windmill is the only fully original design.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Windmill

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Windmill

The robot mode has a nice asymmetry going on in the limbs, with only one foot and one hand, which you don't see on Action Masters. He is also not as neon as the others, with a more traditional blue, reminds me a bit of Slugslinger's G1 toy, with the visor. While he is more original than all the others, that means I don't really have anything to compare him to. He comes with two rotor blades which combine to form one rotor for his alt mode.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Windmill

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Windmill

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Windmill

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Windmill

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Windmill

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Windmill

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Windmill

While he has the most complex transformation than any of the four Action Master Elites, since it deals with changing his axis of orientation, the result isn't better. It might be worse. He becomes a very gappy helicopter. It can look good at some angles, but you will see the illusion fade below.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Windmill

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Windmill

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Windmill

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Windmill

His gimmick is that the rotor rotates when you press the yellow button. While the kibble he had instead of a right foot in robot mode works now in vehicle mode, that big laser canon he has for a hand makes no sense here. It looks like the helicopter has a giant zit.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Windmill

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Windmill

While he has the most interesting transformation of all four, this is my least favourite. It's like they were being too ambitious with the transforming Action master concept that they tried too much and it just didn't land.

Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Double Punch

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Double Punch
Date: Saturday, January 19th 2019 9:40pm CST
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I recently acquired a complete set of the rarest Transformers foursome of all time, the Europe and Australasia exclusive Action Master Elites. These were four new molds made in an Action Master subline that actually Transformed, and since they were never released in North America and never redecoed into anything else, they are today the rarest Transformers molds out there released by Hasbro, especially in a complete state since some of them come with several accessories which are made to be removed as part of the transformation.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Double Punch

With so little in terms of images out there, especially of the alt modes, I thought it would be a good idea to show you these toys, one at a time, and go over each of their modes along with their gimmicks, and finally have a review out there for each, even if it took 28 years.

Today we will look at Double Punch. Three of the four Action Master Elites are shrunk down versions of towering robots that had already come out and this is an homage to Black Zarak (a Japanese redeco of Scorponok). He has two accessories, his scorpion legs, which detach and reattach for different configurations in robot mode and alt mode. Of course, you can keep them in the same spot for conversion if you are not a partsforming fan.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Double Punch

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Double Punch

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Double Punch

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Double Punch

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Double Punch

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Double Punch

The robot mode is very nice with some vibrant neon colours that work well against the black. The gimmick is that his claw hands move when you push the yellow button and while it makes more sense in alt mode, you can do it in robot mode as well. The head is much better proportioned than that of the giant Scorponok toy.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Double Punch

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Double Punch

The transformation is different than the giant Scorponok mold since instead of having one tail, the two robot mode legs become two scorpion tails. Neon pink stingers fold out of each tail. Attaching the scorpion legs finishes the transformation. The scorpion head is much nicer here than on Scorponok or Black Zarak since it actually has its own distinctive look, with two venom-like eyes. That little bit of detail really helps sell this mode as an actual alt mode rather than a robot lying down with his legs up in the air.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Double Punch

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Double Punch

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Double Punch

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Double Punch

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of G1 Region Exclusive Double Punch

And the gimmick is fun. Overall, this is my favourite of the four since the colours works well and it's an interesting take on a G1 Scorponok transformation. A simple transformation seems better suited on a smaller toy that favours the robot mode, like this one.

Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys
Date: Saturday, January 19th 2019 11:36am CST
Categories: Movie Related News, 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 Movie Bumblebee Toys

Bumblebee has so many movie verse toys out there that making one general Best Bumblebee list including all his incarnations was impossible. So, two lists were done, the best movie toys and everything else. This week we look at the best movie toys, which was a rather hard list to do since so many of his toys are mere improvements from one to the next. Of course, there were plenty that making a top 5 proved more than feasible. Let's get to it!


5. Transformers Dark of the Moon Cyberfire Bumblebee (MurderBee)

First of all, the base mold is pretty good and one of the best deluxe class movie Bumblebee toys we ever got. It's better than any other deluxe we got since (spoilers for the rest of this list) and it was the mold chosen by Takara to commemorate the best of the best for the movie lines (twice even). The Cyberfire redeco brings all that up an extra notch and it being such a striking CyberHellfire deco, especially with the light piping, that he was nicknamed Murder Bee. With such a singular deco, it means that no matter how many Bees they keep releasing it will always have a place in one's collection.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys


4. Transformers Hunt For The Decepticons Battle Ops Bumblebee (Costco)

Speaking of striking decos, we have this gorgeous gold redeco of the awesome Battle Op Optimus mold (which was released as a literal Masterpiece in Japan). While Bumblebee is a smaller character, him being so present in toylines and marketing means he has a lot of larger toys too and out of all the leader (or larger) sized movie Bee toys, this is the best mold we got. It had cool gimmicks that came with the size such as the ability to change from guardian to warrior mode in robot mode, which would give him different weapons and sound effects. Speaking of sound effects, pressing down on the front left end of the vehicle three times will play the first verse of the original Transformers theme song, and pressing it three more times will play the second verse. Plus he looks just plain awesome, and even better covered in that gold paint.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys


3. Transformers Human Alliance Revenge of the Fallen Bumblebee

This was the closest we got to a Masterpiece Movie Bumblebee in the right scale until we actually got one. It was even heralded as one of the best toys of the decade and I can see why. The impressive aspect here is that while it has a very accurate robot mode, the car mode has the extra accuracy of having an interior with seats. Even the later Masterpiece toy did away with that idea using the extra available space in car mode to store more robot parts. The fact that you can actually use this toy as a model car that can also seat figures inside is a true achievement in Transformers engineering and really sets it apart from anything that came before or since.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys


2. Transformers Hunt For The Decepticons Battle Blade Bumblebee

Easily the best deluxe Bumblebee toy and quite possibly the best value you ever got for your money. For the price of a deluxe, you get a toy with a very tall robot mode (so tall, it was repackaged as a voyager later) with integrated weapons and battle mask. Plus both modes looks great with a very accurate vehicle mode. While it is a rather complex toy, it is very solidly built, with tabs connecting well, unlike more annoying releases of movie Bumblebee that came out recently.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys


1. Transformers Masterpiece Movie Series MPM 03 Bumblebee

For a character that has so many movie toys, it is surprising how few stand out (aside from deco) and are actually good or worthy of a top 5 list. They feel like the transformers equivalent of the Call of Duty franchise where each one is slightly different than the previous one, with minor technical improvements, and little effort is put into making it truly amazing since it will sell regardless. Masterpiece MPM3 Bumblebee truly stands out though. A fully new mold, and the most accurate yet. I especially love how the feet come together and how the entire car shell collapses. I always love when a figure gives a hint of what is actually happening in the film, where the bot's insides are the car and vice-versa. You see where everything goes and that fascinates me. Lots and lots of smart designs here, like the tiny back wings, and well worth its name.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys


Honourable Mentions: MPM Volkswagen Bumblebee. It's a very good toy and far better than any other Bumblebee toy that came out in 2018, the year he got his own film. You can tell that Hasbro really wanted to give its best output possible, it's just too bad that the CG model they used was so inaccruate. In the years to come, when Hasbro will have released more accurate looking toys, this will always remain a decent, yet expensive, toy that doesn't really represent a specific version of the character well enough (a lot like Legendary Optimus Prime).

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Movie Bumblebee Transformers Toys

Pub Talk: Pose for the Camera

Transformers News: Pub Talk: Pose for the Camera
Date: Friday, January 11th 2019 4:24am CST
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G'day all! I know we have many lurkers out there and quite a few Facebook followers out there that don't join us on the forums. We're more than just a place for all your Transformers news, our forums are full of many vibrant discussions and it's time we started to highlight some of them!

One of the hottest discussions is the Awesome Pictures and Poses Thread, it's a place for you to share all your wonderful Transformer related photos.

At over 400 pages long, you could lose yourself in each page, in fact, it's a great way to see how a number of our photographers have improved over time!

So don't be shy, pop in, say hi, or even share some of your own photographs, we'd love to see them!

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A Rundown of all Known Optimus Prime Releases of 2019

Transformers News: A Rundown of all Known Optimus Prime Releases of 2019
Date: Monday, January 7th 2019 10:51pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Site Articles
Posted by: william-james88

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2019 will prove to be THE year for Optimus Prime toys. We are getting a record number of releases of this character with a G1 theme throughout most of them. It will indeed be his 35th Birthday and as you will see below, Hasbro and Takara are making sure this milestone is well celebrated.

Since there will be several Optimus Prime toys, often within the same line, I wanted to break them all down for you. Just so we get all our facts straight, I did not include anything outside Hasbro/Takara and nothing from Resue Bots, just the main lines and collector oriented toys. Also, it may be that we have more than these coming out this year.

Siege Voyager Optimus Prime: While this toy did come out in the US and Canada at the tail end of 2018, Siege is 2019's Generations line and Optimus Prime is one of the best toys from wave 1. Many countries have yet to get this line but it should be found soon.

Transformers News: A Rundown of all Known Optimus Prime Releases of 2019

Siege Leader Optimus Prime: Even though we are getting a voyager already, we know that a leader class Optimus will be coming too. It will be a retool of Ultra Magnus, as you can see in the art below. It will be a voyager sized Prime with a Cybertron/Galaxy Force themed cab. We do not know yet what the armoured version will look like, nor how his trailer looks like and how different it will be from Ultra Magnus.

Transformers News: A Rundown of all Known Optimus Prime Releases of 2019

Studio Series Voyager Movie 1 Optimus Prime: The Studio Series will also be releasing several Optimus Primes. This one is a very heavy retool of the first Studio Series Prime with different Transformations steps. This Prime can combine with upcoming Studio Series Leader Jetfire, the previous Optimus cannot.

Transformers News: A Rundown of all Known Optimus Prime Releases of 2019

Studio Series Voyager Bumblebee Movie Optimus Prime: Fans really liked the G1 themed design of Optimus Prime in the Bumblebee movie and Hasbro will be releasing a voyager class toy of that design.

Transformers News: A Rundown of all Known Optimus Prime Releases of 2019

Studio Series Leader Dark of the Moon Optimus Prime: All we know about this toy is that it will be coming out this year. We do not know if the fact that it is a leader means it will be a big toy or if that means it will be a voyager with a trailer (such as with the Siege Leader). The images below are just for reference of the character's design and what we got in the past.

Transformers News: A Rundown of all Known Optimus Prime Releases of 2019

Transformers News: A Rundown of all Known Optimus Prime Releases of 2019

Masterpiece Ver 3: This is the third Masterpiece Optimus Prime, the one with the very high MSRP that made the fandom nearly faint. It will come with a trailer and a bunch of accessories, which you can see in the image below. It will also have a Japanese voice chip and Hasbro has confirmed to us by e-mail that even though they are importing it to be sold in the US, they will not be changing anything. Meaning their release will also be speaking Japanese.

Transformers News: A Rundown of all Known Optimus Prime Releases of 2019

Cyberverse Ultra Optimus Prime: It can be very confusing seeing all these similar looking Cyberverse Primes. While we had a leader class toy last year, this one is a voyager sized toy. It will have a Autobot Insignia shield gimmick.

Transformers News: A Rundown of all Known Optimus Prime Releases of 2019

Cyberverse 1 step Optimus Prime (new mold): They will be releasing a new one step as well with an energon axe gimmick. The previous one step didn't have any gimmick aside from transforming in just one step.

Transformers News: A Rundown of all Known Optimus Prime Releases of 2019

G1 Reissue without trailer: 2019 is bringing us lots of G1 reissues, one being none other than G1 Optimus. This figure has already been spotted at retail.

Transformers News: A Rundown of all Known Optimus Prime Releases of 2019

G-Shock Optimus Prime: Part of the big Prime anniversary is a cross over with G-Shock watched where the watch base can transform into Optimus Prime. This is Japanese exclusive.

Transformers News: A Rundown of all Known Optimus Prime Releases of 2019

Top 5 Best Cliffjumper Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Cliffjumper Transformers Toys
Date: Saturday, January 5th 2019 10:01pm CST
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 our opinions 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 Cliffjumper toys

With Cliffjumper having a surprise appearance in the Bumblebee movie I figured we were due for a rundown of the best Cliffjumper toys in the past. What's funny about Cliff is that due to also turning into a small car and having a similar look to Bumblebee in robot mode (horn helmet), they usually share the same mold. It even happened in the Bumblebee film where his body was the same as Bumblebee's on Cybertron. Sometimes it works and it's awesome and sometimes he has a totally different mold and it's even more awesome. Since there have been great toys attributed to Cliffjumper in the past, some of these toys were already discussed in the past and thus certain entries will feel familiar.


5. Transformers G1 1984 Cliffjumper (Cliff)

I just love how cute it is. Transformers was doing super deformed before it was cool (granted, it all came from Japan, so it makes sense) and G1 Cliffjumper is a perfect example of that notion done right with an adorable Porshe. As someone who did not grow up with G1, I had assumed that Cliffjumper was always a similar mold to Bumblebee (since that is what he has become since) but with the G1 toy, we can see the individuality of the design, especially in the cute car mode. - William-James88

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Cliffjumper toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Cliffjumper toys


4. Transformers (2007) Cliffjumper

The 2007 Camaro Concept figure is actually a masterpiece in its own right. It also happens to be the only Movie Deluxe Cliffjumper we have up to now. Robot mode has a lot of articulation, and while it may feel like a caveman compared to the future incarnations of Bee, it is still a stand up figure. The Gun/Blade that Cliffjumper wields almost makes Mechtech look like its ancestor. The gaudy teal of the Allspark Battles looks far from tacky on Cliffjumper, instead highlighting some of his aesthetics and adding a bit more flare to his colour scheme.Bottom line, it's the movie-verse. There are explosions, big guns, and Decepticons flying everywhere as plot-armor Autobots blow them into pieces. And this is Cliffjumper. The bot who has got enough weaponry to make explosions and blow up plot-armor Decepticons to bits.
- Blurrz (originally published here)

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Cliffjumper toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Cliffjumper toys


3. Transformers Prime: Cyberverse Cliffjumper

Would you believe that the best legion figure of all time happens to be of Cliffjumper? Well it is.
I think many Legion/Legends aficionados would agree that this mold takes the cake. A bitchin' muscle car alt mode, a mind blowing transformation, and the best articulated robot mode there is in this size class. The way the arms fold up into the hood, using the arms points of articulation is a stroke of micro-engineering genius. Then there are the feet. Not only do they have forward and back rocking motion, but the have ANKLE TILT! If this figure had hip and head swivel the world of Transformers might just implode on itself.
- Cobotron

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Cliffjumper toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Cliffjumper toys


2.Transformers Classics Cliffjumper


Classics Cliffjumper is both a great toy and an important Cliffjumper for me. He's important because of his role in one of my favorite Fictional Universes ever: Shattered Glass. It was the Classics Cliff that made it into the story, and served as a great character and source of entertainment for the duration of the story.

Now as for the toy, it is something special and unique to me. For one thing, that alt mode is very bouncy and fun, yet the no windows with actual seat backs and wave rider trailer make for a really cool look, like he intends to have some fun and take care of some business. The opening hood effect thanks to his transformation is neat, and he is a good looking hatchback, I like it. The transformation itself is very fun, standing him up yet pulling in some nice design cues, such as how the arms work and the chest flipping down from the rest of the hatchback. I also like how the seats become knee pads. Robot mode is fun, very sort of inflated in a good way. The red and silver are very nice, and even though he doesn't have a Cliffjumper only head design, it's still good and works for him. The waverider trailer is kinda lame, but still fun, and I enjoy the jetpack idea with him. I also enjoy rolling him around, since he does have those wheels in his heels. Classics gave us a great figure, and I will be keeping him into the foreseeable future. He is too much fun not to love.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Cliffjumper toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Cliffjumper toys


1. Transformers Prime: First Edition Cliffjumper mold in all his iterations!

That feeling of transforming this toy for the first time and seeing how all the parts came together is a feeling I only ever had since when dealing with Masterpiece toys. And this toy was a toy made for mass retail (he only cost some fans $5 in the States). You look at the image and wonder how the front of the awesome looking 70s Charger type vehicle could end up right under the windshield, considering how long the car's front it, and yet it comes together perfectly in that very last step. The other Prime Cliffjumper deluxe couldn't be bothers and just has a fake chest. But that is not all, as mentioned you have the sweet looking car mode with the bull horns in the front both referencing the bot mode head and the Brahma Bull himself who provided the voice. And the you have the brilliant gun hand transformation mimicking what we see on the show and you got yourself a true winner. Who would have thought of all characters, it would be Cliffjumper to be given such an amazing treatment in Prime with a new design (nothing resembling Bumblebee) and such a stellar toy. - William-James88

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Cliffjumper toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Cliffjumper toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Cliffjumper toys


Honourable mentions: Animated Cliffjumper, I just find his mug so darn adorable!

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