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Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper
Date: Saturday, March 28th 2020 10:07pm CDT
Categories: Movie Related News, Toy News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: william-james88

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Fellow Seibertronian Actar found Transformers Studio Series Sentinel Prime and Scrapper at the BHG Bugis outlet in Singapore. He was even kind enough to take some images and make a write a review for us, which you can find right here:

Here's my review for Sentinel in the event anyone's interested!

Ooh boy. This one's going to be a tough review! To preface it, I'm going to come clean and say that I'm absolutely in love with the DOTM Leader Class figure from way, way back. It's one of the last few great Transformers toys with a transformation scheme that rivals the now-legendary ROTF Leader Prime. The way the windshield just collapses into his chest? That's a slice of fried gold right there.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper

That's not to say that it didn't have its fair share of issues. As biased as I am, I'm not delusional. For one, it suffered from a rather severe backpack thanks to the batteries that were required for his electronic lights and sounds, there were a ton more panels hanging off his back than just his cape, and his non-faux chest is way too large.

All these years later, we finally have a new Sentinel figure in the SS line. Can the SS figure topple the Leader and take its place as the definitive Sentinel figure? Let's find out.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper

Since we're here, let's start off with robot mode. The SS figure does indeed address and fix a number of the problems with the Leader Class figure. Without a battery box, the backpack is drastically reduced. However, the other fixes do come with their own compromises. Firstly, the chest. Yes, it is far, far more accurate and proportional, but you lose the amazing bit of transformation engineering and all of that kibble gets relegated to his butt. Credit where credit is due, it's worthy to note that they at least placed the real windows behind the faux ones ala the Beast Wars MPs and their animal heads. Secondly, they were able to minimize the number of superfluous panels by turning a couple of them into his swords. Rather ingenious idea, but the swords end up really wonky looking from one side and they cannot be stored in robot mode.

All in all, however, bot mode is great. Proportion-wise, it's spot on. (Boxy chest from some angles aside) he looks far more accurate than any Sentinel Prime figure before him with the only real, obvious kibble being the butt windshield the ladders on the side of the legs. The amount of molded detail is also insane. While paint would have gone a long, long way in bringing out all of that detail, it's also rather unfortunate that he's mainly cast in a all black plastic. It's not as dark as what most pictures will have you believe, the black plastic does mask a ton of that detail. It's also really unfortunate that while the Studio Series line excels in terms of molded detail, it lacks in terms of transformation detail. In my opinion, there are way too few transformation steps that are purely for the sake of maintaining accuracy. One obvious example would be the two wheels on the insides of Sentinel's legs instead of just the one.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper

In terms of articulation, there are problems. His head articulation is horrendous with minimal ability to look even left and right. The ankles don't move side to side either. The waist joint can indeed rotate somewhat, but it can come undone way too easily. At least the transformation joint at the waist can be used as a means to achieve a crazy waist twist. The only other thing that gets in the way of the posing is the fact that his chest is angled downwards due to the transformation. What this means is that if you want him to stand straight with his chest held high, he'll be constantly looking upwards at an awkward angle.

Still, the figure is articulated enough to pretty much pull of almost any pose you want him in.

The last major complaint relating to his poses is that, yes, his shield is missing. One of the most iconic aspects of his character... gone. Urgh. Perhaps they wanted to reduce the cost or perhaps they weren't able to find a way for him to store it in vehicle mode, like how the Leader could. Regardless, this severely limits his posing potential.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper

Speaking of vehicle mode, the transformation process to it borrows heavily from the Leader but is streamlined to make it more simple but yet almost just as satisfying. The only really annoying part is the fact that the back of the vehicle mode takes a ton of effort to stay pegged together. I'm not sure if it's because the pegs lack friction or that the tolerances aren't as precise as they should have been, but it takes a ton of massaging on my copy to get those back panels to stay together.

As for the vehicle mode itself, it's a boxy firetruck. The only nitpick that I have is the fact that, compared to the Leader figure, it appears to be way too long and thin. I'm not 100% sure which figure is more accurate, but the Leader figure's vehicle mode does seem to be better proportioned.

IN CONCLUSION!

If you're a fan of Sentinel Prime and want a version of him to scale with your other SS figures and are okay with all the (admittedly relatively minor) issues I noted, there's really no reason not to pick this guy up. There're no deal-breaking QC or design flaws and they genuinely did a really decent job of representing the character in the SS line even with all the constraints that come with it. Of course, that might be due to his inherently shellformerish design, but he fairs far better than some of the Deluxes with their entire roofs hanging off their back.

Coming back to the question that I posed at the beginning of the review. Is he a replacement for the DOTM Leader figure?

...not by a long shot! (^o^)

No review (yet), but some images of Scrapper as well!

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Studio Series Sentinel Prime + Singaporean Sighting of him and Scrapper

Top 5 Beast Wars Transformers Toys of Show Characters

Transformers News: Top 5 Beast Wars Transformers Toys of Show Characters
Date: Saturday, March 28th 2020 9:22am 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 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 Beast Wars Toys of Show Characters

I did a list of non show characters before, and even a list for the best Beast Machine toys, but there was one list just waiting to happen. That being of the Beast Wars toys for the characters found in the CG show that lasted for three seasons. Well, here it is!

5. Transformers Beast Wars Transmetal II Megatron (Dragon Megatron)

Hasbro and Takara went all out on this toy. Design wise, I just adore the asymetry that you obviously see in the robot mode with the arms and that is also found more subtly in the dragon mode with the differences on each side of the wings. The deco with the chrome is absolutely lovely and I love all the extra gimmicks like the missiles for a firebreathing effect, the flapping wings that can also remain openned, and the long dragon neck that can be puppeteered. And I always loved the dynamic transformation of Beast Wars megatron where the toy has to be flipped into a different axis.

Transformers News: Top 5 Beast Wars Toys of Show Characters

Transformers News: Top 5 Beast Wars Toys of Show Characters

Transformers News: Top 5 Beast Wars Toys of Show Characters


4. Transformers Beast Wars Transmetals Rampage

I was always impressed with how a robot mode that looks to be so back heavy can actually stand. Rampage pulls it off here and it gives him this very intimidating look. Which is odd when the he doesn't have an alt mode that you'd think would strike much fear. But the designers make you fear that crab by giving him the biggest pincers you could imagine. Also, of all the Transmetal toys, I feel he pulls off that third mode best, especially since it has a nice set of treads dedicated to it. And these treads actually work.

Transformers News: Top 5 Beast Wars Toys of Show Characters

Transformers News: Top 5 Beast Wars Toys of Show Characters

Transformers News: Top 5 Beast Wars Toys of Show Characters

Transformers News: Top 5 Beast Wars Toys of Show Characters


3. Transformers Beast Wars Transmetals Depth Charge

I know, not very original to have this guy right after his sworn enemy but its not my fault Hasbro gave these two rivals excellent toys. Once again, the manta ray is not an obvious alt mode a kid would think of in a show about robots turning into animals but the designers really sell it. The colours are excellent and the chrome is a beautiful touch. They also do something here that I find fun with the chest conversion. In terms of the fiction, the manta ray head morphs to be smaller for his chest and they recreate that by having a smaller manta ray head under the bigger one in the alt mode, which I find to be a nice compromise for a sleeker look. His arsenal is awesome with his chest firing disks, a drone shark which becomes a cannon and his tail becoming a sword.

Transformers News: Top 5 Beast Wars Toys of Show Characters

Transformers News: Top 5 Beast Wars Toys of Show Characters

Transformers News: Top 5 Beast Wars Toys of Show Characters


2. Transformers Beast Wars Fusors Silverbolt

What I truly love here is how they pulled off such a particular design. The flying wolf mode looks really good and feels like its own creature rather than simply adding wings on a wolf. And then from that you get a great looking robot. I especially like all the new robot details, like the chest and skirt, that are nowhere to be found in the flying wolf mode. And those feather missiles have a great dual as both batons and a cool firing feature, along with being well incorporated into the alt mode. You know, I do miss the days when we had absolutely perfect toys that were original and simply wowed us.

Transformers News: Top 5 Beast Wars Toys of Show Characters

Transformers News: Top 5 Beast Wars Toys of Show Characters

Transformers News: Top 5 Beast Wars Toys of Show Characters

Transformers News: Top 5 Beast Wars Toys of Show Characters


1. Transformers Beast Wars Megatron

Yes this is one of my all time favourite toys but that doesn't cloud my judgement in the least because him being the best toy from the original line was also why he was my favourite. I mean, think about it, it's the mid 90s and you get a big beautiful T-Rex toy that also transforms into a badass robot. And one of his hands is the T-Rex head, which can spray water when you open the T-Rex mouth. Which kid would not put this at the top of their Christmas list? I always found the transformation rather inspired with many shifts in axis. Even the MP, while offering more detail, folds and articulation, follows the same transformation steps. I guess if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Transformers News: Top 5 Beast Wars Toys of Show Characters

Transformers News: Top 5 Beast Wars Toys of Show Characters

Transformers News: Top 5 Beast Wars Toys of Show Characters

Transformers News: Top 5 Beast Wars Toys of Show Characters


Honourable Mention: There is one toy that I don't know where to put so I will leave him here. Tripredicus is awesome and I give this combiner his due whenever I can. It was the better of two beast combiners with a very nice mix of components each contributing equal part to the combiner. The reason I leave him here is because these are characters on the show but they looked nothing like this toy.

Transformers News: Top 5 Beast Wars Toys of Show Characters
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Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer
Date: Thursday, March 26th 2020 3:58pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Reviews, Site Articles
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The Walmart exclusive Netflix Series voyager three packs are out in Canada and your fellow news editor found them while getting some milk today. Since these are all simply redecos, I felt in hand images would be all that was needed for a review since all of these molds have already been released multiple times.

This review will be for Megatron with Battlemasters Captive Lionizer & Captive Pinpointer (yes, that is their names, Megatron has imprisoned these guys).

Firstly, as a multipack, I much preferred this one over Hotlink's simply due to wanting all these toys. Lionizer is the orange redeco we always wanted. It is a perfect G1 homage to the bot that came with action master Rad. And while Pinpointer does feels cheap, with the barrel detaching rather easily, I do like that we are getting the targetmaster that goes with Crosshairs.

Now onto Megatron, while I still don't fully get what Hasbro is going for with the spray paint effect, I do prefer him much more than the other versions of this mold. For one, they fixed something with the ankles. I can't tell for sure what it is mechanically, since it does still look the same, but there's no longer the idea of locking and unlocking his ankles. And once unlocked, they don't feel loose. It results in a more satisfying time posing him with ankle pivot.

While the paint seemed to be the biggest difference at first glance (especially due to cameras picking up that silver in an oddly lighted room), I find the change in plastic itself to be more significant to the overall look. It is leagues better than on the original, now that I have them to compare. The "black" plastic on the original had a rust/brown tinge to it but here, it is actually black. It looks especially great on his legs since it created the perfect contrasting look to that spray painted silver on the front, which gives it a G1 toy homage. This adds to the G1 homage that was already on the original toy, with those red highlights in the joint areas and sword, and of course that silver paint and darker grey plastic all add to that theme.

This makes this particular version of Megatron truly shine (ha!) as a more specific homage compared to the original version which was more of an amalgamation. Also, he fact that the inner tank treads are unpainted on this new version makes them less obvious and easier to ignore. You instead get a more Megatron-like silhouette created through the colour contrast of the two different plastic colours.

The spray paint scheme is purposefully uneven, though I don't really know why (this is the case for all these Netflix series redecos). You end up with half his helmet painted. It actually reminds me a lot of that Friends episode where Ross gets a spray tan and through some mishap only gets the spray done on one side of his body. But as you can tell from the images, it still makes for a decent look. It actually ends up emphasizing effectiveness more so creating a cell shaded effect naturally.

The only thing I actually have against this deco is that they just could not resist putting that battle damage splatter somewhere. It has been greatly reduced from the original toy, but it's all focused on his crotch. It would be nice to go one year without attention being given to Meg's crotch (for a recap: MP 36 and 36+ had octo crotch, and last year we got several shots of Beast Wars Meg's broken crotch).

On that fine note, I give you all these images, enjoy!

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Netflix Series Toys Megatron with Lionizer & Pinpointer

Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Hotlink with Battlemasters Heatstroke & Heartburn from Netflix Series

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Exclusive Transformers Hotlink with Battlemasters Heatstroke & Heartburn from Netflix Series
Date: Wednesday, March 25th 2020 9:38pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Reviews, Site Articles
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The Walmart exclusive Netflix Series voyager three packs are out in Canada and your fellow news editor found them while getting some milk today. Since these are all simply redecos, I felt in hand images would be all that was needed for a review since all of these molds have already been released multiple times.

This review will be for Hotlink with Battlemasters Heatstroke & Heartburn. Now first, there is indeed a difference between the two targetmasters. Heatstroke has a red visor while Heartburn has a yellow visor. And that's it.

Now as for Hotlink, while the mold is the same as all other Tetrajet Siege seekers, his deco and it's application is the most different so far. Unlike the other toys, he is spray painted to offer some purple highlights throughout the toy, to the point where he ends up being more purple than dark grey/black, which is the plastic colour he is mostly made of. Some joints and smaller parts are made of purple plastic, but it's mostly black and that black is spray painted in gradient patterns. The purple goes from lilac on his chest and pelvis to bright grape on the forearms to a more muted purple on most of the figure. It is more even in jet mode, where we see him mostly in that same muted purple. This does mean he has more paint than any other seeker so far, they even paint the inside of his wings to keep that purple theme. And since he ends up being more purple than black, fans wanting to turn him into Skywarp will have to remove a lot of the paint.

The really cool part of this new spray painted deco is that you no longer have the same kind of battle damage seen on the other seekers, which was always in the same place. I don't really know what the gradient is going for though, if it's meant to represent it's own battle damage or not, but it makes for a unique look. Enjoy the photos and let us know if you'll be getting this guy when he comes out.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Hotlink with Battlemasters Heatstroke & Heartburn

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Hotlink with Battlemasters Heatstroke & Heartburn

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Hotlink with Battlemasters Heatstroke & Heartburn

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Hotlink with Battlemasters Heatstroke & Heartburn

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Hotlink with Battlemasters Heatstroke & Heartburn

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Hotlink with Battlemasters Heatstroke & Heartburn

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Hotlink with Battlemasters Heatstroke & Heartburn

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Hotlink with Battlemasters Heatstroke & Heartburn

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Hotlink with Battlemasters Heatstroke & Heartburn

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Hotlink with Battlemasters Heatstroke & Heartburn

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Hotlink with Battlemasters Heatstroke & Heartburn

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Hotlink with Battlemasters Heatstroke & Heartburn

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Hotlink with Battlemasters Heatstroke & Heartburn

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Hotlink with Battlemasters Heatstroke & Heartburn

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Hotlink with Battlemasters Heatstroke & Heartburn

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Hotlink with Battlemasters Heatstroke & Heartburn

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Hotlink with Battlemasters Heatstroke & Heartburn

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for Hotlink with Battlemasters Heatstroke & Heartburn

Top 5 Best Ratchet Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ratchet Transformers Toys
Date: Sunday, March 15th 2020 12:00am 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 Ratchet Transformers Toys


It seems like Hasbro and Takara waited until after I wrote my first Best of Ironhide list to finally do him some justice, at least in terms of toys with his G1 design. Since both characters often share the same design and toys, the fact that I waited until now for a Top 5 Ratchet means that we can get a much better representation of that character. So let's get to it.

5. Studio Series Ratchet

While it is a slight improvement over the Dark of the Moon Ratchet figure, that still means it is building off of the best movie Ratchet we ever had. It has an involved but pleasant transformation for a deluxe which becomes very dynamic due to all the 180 turns you keep having to perform. That makes makes this one of my go to toys when I just want to experience a nice transformation. With the scale revised in the Studio Series line, this Studio Series Ratchet ends up looking better in scale with the rest of the toys in its toyline than the original Dark of the Moon mold did. Plus there are some really nice additions, like the headlights on his shoulders, which were resent in the film and easy to see since they were turned on when this character was first introduced to Sam at night time. Of course, that means the Dark of the Moon repaint is just as good, if not better depending on your preferences in the deco and weapon. - William-James88


Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ratchet Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ratchet Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ratchet Transformers Toys


4. Transformers Animated Cybertron Mode Ratchet

The first thing I notice when I hold any figure from this line is the quality of the plastic. The figure feels very sturdy in hand in either mode. I really wish more Transformers figures were this durable because I don't feel like I need to worry about the toy breaking. Transformers are meant to be enjoyed and played with. It's a lot easier to enjoy the experience of transforming and posing when you don't have to worry about something breaking.

Getting back to what I specifically enjoy about this figure, I would have to say that the altmode is really fun because it's a creative fantasy vehicle. It's looks like a frog mixed with a tank that is also somehow an ambulance. A tank-frog-bulance? Is that even a word? It is now. He is also unique in the way that his play feature is to use his defibrillator pads to revive his allies.

I also have to say that I like that we got a happy looking Ratchet. He's usually serious or grumpy but this figure does a great job or representing the younger Ratchet we see in Transformers Animated before he aged and grew to be more hardened by his experiences. - Wreckerjack

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ratchet Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ratchet Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ratchet Transformers Toys


3. Transformers Prime: Robots In Disguise Ratchet

Fans of the Transformers Prime TV show can appreciate the level of care that went into sculpting Ratchet's features. His head and torso are well molded and the details are very accurate to the show. I am glad they chose to keep his transformation simple by molding these things and painting them. They didn't miss a beat with the doors on his chest or his grill. One of my favorite things about this figure is how the light piping is used to give our grumpy ol' docbot glowing optics to enhance his expression.

One of the coolest things is the arms are designed to hide his hands when he holds his scalpel blades if you choose to fold them in. It also works nicely with his transformation and feels satisfying when the forearm panels click into place. This makes posing him an absolute blast. Of course you can have him hold his weapons any way you'd like and still get great poses.- Wreckerjack

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ratchet Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ratchet Transformers Toys


2. Transformers Masterpiece Ratchet

Oh man, I remember getting this toy as Ironhide and being blown away. We finally had a good update to that G1 design and it was far better than decent, it was grrrrrreat! And then we got Ratchet, which we all saw coming, and I think he looks even better. Mainly due to the pelvic area which looks less bloated, and I really like the EKG display feature you can have for his chest. This toy is the winner we all knew it would be. - William-James88

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ratchet Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ratchet Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ratchet Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ratchet Transformers Toys


1. Siege Ratchet

Was that so hard?! All we wanted, for over a decade, was to have an updated version of the G1 toy that was not as awful and not hard to get. And yet, Ratchet always got the shaft. We got the very poor Universe toy, and then there was the slight retool in Combiner Wars that was only available if you went to the Custom Class at Botcon or ought an entire Takara Unit Warriors Lynxmaster. But that is all behind us now because Hasbro has now given us perfectly fine Siege Ratchet that, while still exclusive, was more accessible than the previous attempt at a Classics Ratchet. I really love that they went the extra mile, more than even the MP which had to stay cartoon accurate, at making him unique from Inrohide. Every surface detailing is different, even his hands. I was so impressed I wrote an entire article on just that. He even got special accessories and the asymmetric detailing on his forearms to give him sculpted surgical tools was a really nice touch. That played into the med bay mode they also gave him. Ratchet was never given as much special attention in a toy and he feels truly unique, which I think is a great way to represent a bot who I believe is an icon within the franchise. - William-James88

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ratchet Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ratchet Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ratchet Transformers Toys


Honourable Mentions:

I always liked the first movie's voyager class toy. It was very well engineered and it was a nice mix of the blocky transformations of old with some more complexity thrown in for detail and good measure (like the legs morphing). It kept being reissued for every film almost, that's how good the mold was. I would also like to give a shout out to the Cyberverse Spark Armor Ratchet since I love the design and transformation. There is a lot going on for a scout class toy there.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ratchet Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Ratchet Transformers Toys

Review of IDW Transformers #18

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers #18
Date: Thursday, March 12th 2020 9:58pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
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Spotlight Arcee
A Review of Transformers #18

Spoiler free


I liked this issue. It is actually my favourite issue of the ones I have reviewed for the site. Of course that doesn't mean much, all I needed was an issue with less stairs and talking. And funny enough, I don't recall any prominent stairs here, instead it was more star wars type walkways and ramps. Now that i think of it, for a species that turns into cars, don't ramps make more sense than stairs? Why even have stairs? Eh, moving on.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers #18

This issue feels like a breath of fresh air compared to previous ones in the sense that it feels more like a spotlight issue. There is definitely still some world building, like the logic behind new bots being created, but no one is sitting around talking about it. Instead we see it through actions and other fun interactions. While she isn't spotlit on this issue's two main covers, the spotlight is really on Arcee. I do like how the idea of her being a hardened warrior is kept from the previous continuity, without being too world weary either. And we get more Greenlight here than we've ever gotten in G1 so hurray for that too.

It is a very simple story, just getting from point A to point B while kicking ass and taking names, ala Escape from New York, which works very well for these other characters born of the 80s. I did like the action, it was very well framed by the artists, though I did wonder the effectiveness of some moves. There is a really prominent shot of an antagonist throwing energon cubes at Arcee and you get the sense that he is skilled at this, but the next shot is just them bumping off her like they were empty cardboard boxes. It would have been more impressive to see her dodge them acrobatically, unless I was supposed to know that Arcee now has wonder woman gauntlets. It just felt a tad underwhelming after the emphasis on the battle.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers #18

Speaking of the artists, this issue had 2, Bethany McGuire-Smith and Umi Miyao, and I felt both their styles worked well with this issue. The change in artist never felt jarring, I wouldn't even have known if I wasn't told. It is of course helped a lot by Josh Burcham being the only colourist on this issue and giving it a very even feel. The art itself was fine, a bit reminiscent of Nick Roche (especially when coloured by Josh Burcham) but I did have some issue with the faces. Arcee especially is given a Jay leno chin and there are some shots in the issue where her Lea bunns helmet is cut off from the frame and it was not obvious it was her. Also, I never thought of Transformers sweating, but the artists give it a shot in this issue and it instead comes off as Arcee having a bad case of acnee.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers #18

The covers available feature Umi Miyao as the main cover artist and Beth Mcguire-Smith as the artist for cover B. I will say none really do it for me, especially the main cover where I couldn't even tell that was Greenlight. My favourite cover of the bunch is Kei Zama's retailer incentive which looks incredible, and does have Arcee in the spotlight. Regardless of my personal tastes, I do find it incredible that we all these covers are by talented women. It's a nice touch for international women's day, whether intentional or not, and it's nice to highlight diversity in this field which has been dominated by men since inception.
As always, you can also find images of all of the book's covers along with full credits for the issue in our Vector Sigma Database page for Transformers #18.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Transformers #18


Verdict


Straight and to the point, just like I like em. Nothing too fancy, but it hit the spot for some Transformers fiction and I definitely wouldn't mind reading more from these characters, which is something I thought I would never say about this series.

Final Score
. :BOT: :BOT: :BOT: and a half
out of
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Top 5 Best Jetfire / Skyfire Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Jetfire / Skyfire Transformers Toys
Date: Saturday, February 29th 2020 11:38pm CST
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Top 5 Best Jetfire Transformers Toys

Jetfire has had a rather consistent presence on the shelves throughout generations, even more so than Bumblebee since he was one of the main G1 bots still present in the Unicron Trilogy. And as for the now decade spanning CHUG lines, he kept getting toys released which always gave us a new interpretation of the duality of this character. You see, while the G1 Jetfire toy and the G1 Skyfire character are both supposed to represent the same thing, the fact that the original toy comes from Bandai's Macross/Robotech line means there are some rather distinctive visual qualities that are not shared by the character model in both robot mode and alt mode. The alt modes themselves are not even the same type of vehicle where one is a sleek jet while the other is a chunky space craft. All to say, whenever Hasbro gives us updates to the original toy they try to homage the widely different sources of the character's design, so what we get is always interesting. Now let's get to this list.


5. Transformers Generations Thrilling 30 Jetfire

I always found this toy to be rather underrated. What Hasbro gave us here is a budget Macross toy, which is pretty awesome when you think about it. Both modes look super sleek, I just LOVE the macross type mask we can put over the G1 cartoon headsculpt. It just looks incredible. Plus Hasbro took a note from the Takara United playbook and gave us some chromed weapons, and lots of them. This was the first leader class toy in the Generations line (and all CHUG lines) and this was the perfect character to bring out for such an occasion. While the previous effort in the Classics line was very nice and is also a good toy, it was lacking in size, which this one definitely makes up for. Little did we know there would be even more room to grow from here.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Jetfire / Skyfire Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Jetfire / Skyfire Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Jetfire / Skyfire Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Jetfire / Skyfire Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Jetfire / Skyfire Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Jetfire / Skyfire Transformers Toys


4. Transformers Studio Series SS35 Jetfire

As mentioned in the intro, Jetfire is covered in almost every generation of the Transformers line and that most definitely includes the films. While most characters are just reused G1 names that are ever so slightly linked to their G1 namesakes, Jetfire was one of the few movie characters which truly was a reinterpretation of the G1 character and storyline. He too had the backstory of being a dormant Decepticon turned good. So that always made him stand out a bit more. Plus that SR-71 Blackbird alt mode was amazing. The original toy while impressive in size (for the alt mode especially) was not that fun to transform. The new Studio Series fixes that problem and gives us the definitive movie Jetfire. It really impresses me how the design team found a totally new way to give us the same alt mode and robot mode, and also giving us the option to take him apart to equip the Studio Series Optimus Prime to recreate what happens in the film.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Jetfire / Skyfire Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Jetfire / Skyfire Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Jetfire / Skyfire Transformers Toys


3. Transformers Cybertron Jetfire (Dreadrock)

Cybertron will always be one of the best Transformers toylines of all time. All great new designs and transformations but still invoking that G1 feel, especially the idea of the robot being made up of the alt mode parts, just reconfigured. And Jetfire, who was also present at every step of the Unicron trilogy, is one of the best toys from this line, making him a must own for anyone wanting to collect awesome Transformers figures. And that headsculpt is just so good!

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Jetfire / Skyfire Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Jetfire / Skyfire Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Jetfire / Skyfire Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Jetfire / Skyfire Transformers Toys


2. Siege Jetfire

So yeah, we had our leader Jetfire, the biggest size class in the Generations line at the time and he looked fine on the shelf, but Hasbro was not done yet. They decided to go all out and give us a toy to scale with the other bots in the G1 cartoon. Being leader sized just didn't cut it, so we got a totally new class made just for him, the Commander class. This is the first Jetfire toy that also went all out to look as close as possible to the cartoon Skyfire model. So not only in proportions and scale but also with the alt mode which is closer to the space craft than the sleek macross jet. But, there was still something for the fans of the original toy with Hasbro giving us some armour parts that include a visor mask.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Jetfire / Skyfire Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Jetfire / Skyfire Transformers Toys


1. Transformers G1 1985 Jetfire (Skyfire)

I wanted to put Siege Jetfire at number 1, I really did, but the truth is it would not reflect what I truly feel. While it's a cool toy, I just still prefer the G1 version. I really like the craft of that toy. I think it was awesome of Hasbro to incorporate several different 80s Asian toy brands together into one new Transformers brand and this introduced kids in the west to different styles of Transforming robots. The armour components are fun, both modes are nice and sleek and he has this great weight to him. Usually a G1 toy will lose out to the updates since they are more complex, and sleeker, have no partsforming, or closer to the show model, but in this case the original toy was its own design that simply couldn't be portrayed on screen for legal reasons, and it's as complex and sleek as any update, as you can see below.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Jetfire / Skyfire Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Jetfire / Skyfire Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Jetfire / Skyfire Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Jetfire / Skyfire Transformers Toys


Honourable Mention: There are many good and fun Jetfire toys out there. Many do not share that name, but we all know are Jetfires and really nice ones at that. The one I wanted to most mention here was Armada Jetfire. While not as good as the toys on this list, he has a really nice design with the space shuttle and makes a great pair of pants for Armada Prime.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Jetfire / Skyfire Transformers Toys
Transformers Armada Jetfire Gallery

Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok
Date: Saturday, February 22nd 2020 3:36pm CST
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Our Seiber-squad is on the scene at #HasbroToyFair 2020 and are bringing you all new images from Transformers War for Cybertron Earthrise's upcoming products! Here you'll see Scorponok, Smokescreen, Arcee, Snapdragon, Runamuck, and Sky Lynx! You'll also see all new angles of the reveals we've seen so far with some nice new bonuses like Snapdragon's kaiju mode, Slitherfang, Allicon's tail, and many many others fans have been clamoring about over the last 24 hours of reveals. Enjoy the bevy of images below and make sure and share your thoughts in the forum. Be sure to stay tuned to Seibertron for the ultimate in #HasbroToyFair 2020 Transformers news!

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok


Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Transformers News: Seibertron Covers Earthrise Reveals at #HasbroToyFair 2020 With Sky Lynx, Allicon, Arcee, Scorponok

Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks
Date: Saturday, February 1st 2020 8:11am CST
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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 Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks

The Generations line brought the idea of line wide gimmicks to the spotlight like never before as of late. So I thought of looking back at the brand to see what the best examples of a line wide gimmick were.

5. Cyberkey gimmick in Cybertron

There was something truly majestic about the look of those Cybertron keys. And for the most part, they were very well implemented. The fact that a top 10 list of the best Cybertron toys left out some personaly favourites of mine is proof enough that this might be the best toyline to share a line wide gimmick. In terms of non intrusive gimmicks, this is way up there, but the reason why this doesn't score as number 1 is because the gimmick itself doesn't make the toy all that better. Granted, it's because these toys are already incredible as they are but there is no extra elevation brought about by some swords popping out.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks
Transformers Cybertron Dark Crumplezone (Arm Bullet) Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks
Transformers Cybertron Dark Crumplezone (Arm Bullet) Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks
Transformers Cybertron Cybertron Defense Scattorshot (Backgild) Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks
Transformers Cybertron Cybertron Defense Scattorshot (Backgild) Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks
Transformers Cybertron Downshift Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks
Transformers Cybertron Downshift Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks
Transformers Cybertron Scourge (Flame Convoy) Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks
Transformers Cybertron Scourge (Flame Convoy) Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks
Transformers Cybertron Scourge (Flame Convoy) Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks
Transformers Cybertron Starscream Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks
Transformers Cybertron Sideways (Noise Maze) Gallery


4. COMBAT System in Siege

While turning 5 mm ports into a weapon gimmick were a thing since the Energon days, Siege took it to a whole new level while having the customizable weapons be parts of characters released at retail. And thanks to the detail in these toys, the 5mm ports seemed much less out of place than when takara attempted this in their arms micron line. Plus what you can do with these weaponizers is really on another level than what Energon let you do with their weapons. You can make a trailer for Optimus out of Cogs!

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks
Transformers War for Cybertron: SIEGE Cog Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks
Transformers War for Cybertron: SIEGE Cog Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks
Transformers War for Cybertron: SIEGE Cog Gallery


3. Minicons in Armada

So, while some of the most poorly designed toys of all time come from this line, I am not going to let some rotten apples spoil the juicy barrel that was minicons. This was the true beginning of line wide gimmicks and ecosystems. G1 had loads of gimmicks at every corner after the first few years but it was always just a few toys and nothing uniform. Armada made Minicons a thing for everyone. Even Megatron's sneak knife attack relies on a Minicon at this side. There was a nice symbiosis between larger transformers and smaller ones. Also, regarding Minicons themselves, while they were small they were very diverse. Both in style, transformations and what they could do. Some had their own gimmicks, like rotating saws, some could combine and some could become targetmasters or headmasters. All while also serving as the same key to unlock special features on larger toys.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks
Transformers Armada Megatron Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks


2. Combiners in Combiner Wars

An obvious pick, but no less great. Combiner Wars brought combiners back in a big way. Having all deluxes and voyagers be combiner compatible meant you could do all sorts of mix and matches, more than was even possible in their G1 hay day. Plus, the engineering definitely evolved in 30 years, adding nice articulation to combiners. The fact that their heads were no longer combining ports meant you could have greater diversity in the look of the bots. My personal favourites were the more outlandish and random outputs like Grand Galvatron from Takara. Combining was already one of the most fun concepts from the brand (asdie from transforming of course) so it was great to see the designers have fun with it too.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks
Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Ultra Prime Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks
Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Computron Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks
Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Superion Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks
Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Galvatronus Gallery


1. Titan Masters in Titans Return

I personally have 0 issues with making everyone a headmaster if that doesn't hurt the overall toy and aesthetic. And for the most part, that was the case. Making everyone a headmaster meant you had extra playability since now every bot gave you an extra small bot to use for your base, or in the vehicle's cockpit. Plus, it gave you the option of switching heads, which could be fun and a blessing to customisers. It also helped give us some cool engineering since new possibilities were opened up by not needing to cover or hide the robot head. And we did get some marvelous molds, like Trigerhappy, Blurr and Kup just to name a few.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks
Transformers Titans Return Apeface (Spasma) Gallery

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Line Wide Gimmicks

Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys
Date: Saturday, January 18th 2020 7:32am CST
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Posted by: TF-fan kev777

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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 writer, which is the case today with TF-fankev777. 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 Botbots Series 1 Toys


This toyline grabbed me right from the start, not only for my own kooky tastes, but especially as a line they me and my youngest daughter could enjoy together. And boy has it been a hit with her as well. Our current collection stands at the complete Series 1-3 and SDCC exclusive set, with Series 4 and the elusive for the US series 1.5 in progress. This list will cover just the first series. Even just using Series 1, picking a top 5 out of 61 candidates was no easy task. So when making this list, I considered things like the transformation, articulation, kibble, alt modes, compatibility with other TF’s and yes, even cuteness. So let’s get onto the list.

5. Transformers Botbots Nobeeoh

Nobeeoh is my daughter’s pick, so I had to include her favorite as her love of this figure in particular is what lead me to go all in on this line. And I actually don’t disagree with her choice either. Every time we play, she makes me put on some “deodorant” and cackles like a madwoman, and really it makes for an amusing gag photo opportunity with any of your TF’s with hands big enough to use it like Primus/Unicron or the CW and PotP combiners. There are visible legs in alt mode, but everything else is covered up pretty well. For bot mode, Nobeeoh has good arm articulation, and only a little bit of alt mode kibble hanging off the back. He is pretty balanced and easy to stand up, which isn’t the case with all the Botbots. The eyes in bot mode have a slightly menacing look which I like as well. But I won’t lie, my daughter’s love of this figure is the biggest reason we included him on the list.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys


4. Transformers Botbots Sudsbeard

It’s a soap pumper, its a pirate, its Sudsbeard!!! This one I feel is the best of all the first series. They really put together an excellent pirate bot mode complete with hook hand and wooden leg, and use a great red and black color scheme. I like how the transformation uses the curve of the pirate hat to become the side of the soap pumper. The arms have good articulation including being able to move the pumper handle/hook. He is pretty easy to stand up and pose. There are visible robot parts in the alt mode, but the bot mode is what really puts this figure on the list. I also think this original deco is the best of any of the future re-uses of this mold.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys


3. Transformers Botbots Clogstopper

The alt mode of a plunger? I’m in! If deodorant makes for a fun enough gag with your transformer figures, then pairing up Clogstopper and King Toots (toilet paper) certainly takes things up a notch. (Or would that be down?) Anyway, I put Clogstopper here because I find him grossly adorable and fun to play around with. Gross because it’s a plunger, but that bot mode is adorable and gives me sort of a Dark Helmet from Spaceballs vibe with the huge helmet for a tiny little guy. He is pretty easy to stand in robot mode and has good arm articulation. The split waist/legs lets you lean him slightly forward or backward if needed when posing his arms. The transformation is a bit unique in that his waist and legs split in half front to back to form the bottom of the plunger and help hide the rest of the bot in plunger mode. The rest of the robot conceals pretty well in plunger mode. I feel the biggest missed opportunity in this entire line is that they did not make the handle 5 mm so it would be compatible with most other transformers (it is a little too big). As it is, he can easily be handled by most and other transformers with opening hands.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys


2. Transformers Botbots Hawt Diggity

I thought the inclusion of food items was one of the best ideas for this line as it makes for some great accessories for your regular transformers, and I think Hawt Diggity is the best of the group for the greaser gang. He can be held one handed by most bigger bots with opening hands like the planet bots or combiners, but is a little too small to scale with the titans. Smaller bots can even hold him 2-handed if you can balance things right. In hot dog mode he hides the robot completely. In bot mode, the kibble is minimal with a couple panels that hang off behind his head, and a couple that are attached to his arms. The arms have good articulation and he even has ankle tilts! Okay, well sort of, the way his feet transform basically gives you ankle tilts, and although the legs don’t move, you can use the ankle tilts to let him lead slightly left or right by over rotating one ankle and under rotating the other.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys


1. Transformers Botbots Unilla Ice Queen Cone

Here we are, at the top of the list, and this was no easy task. I choose Unilla Ice Queen Cone, the best of the sweets. Her only real negative is that her alt mode doesn’t really work that well with your other transformers, as the Sunday is just a little too big for most bots to be able to hold one handed. However, she makes up for it by having the ability to take micromasters for a ride in flying unicorn mode. Yep, your heard that right, Flying Unicorn Mode!!! She will slay you with the power of her cuteness, or gore you with her horn, depends on how she’s feeling that day. The unicorn mode is outstanding with zero kibble since the sundae dish becomes her wings and the sundae with cone becomes her head. She has 4 articulated legs, and articulated wings offering you a bunch of options for posing, which includes being able to rear up on her hind legs if you balance the wings right. Plus, she is simply adorable, how can anyone tell that cute little face that she is not number 1?

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Transformers Botbots Series 1 Toys


Honourable Mentions: I’ll be doing these a little differently, more of a bullet point list pointing out a few other botbots that I wanted to give a shout out for a specific reason.
Lolly Licks gets a spot here for being the only food bot that can fit down Trypticon’s throat and into his stomach.
Burgertron gets a spot here for hitting all the right nostalgia buttons from the old McDonald’s toys from my youth.
Laceface gets a spot here because I like football and he allows your other transformers put a game together.
Chilla Gorilla gets a spot here for being able to fit on Cybertron Primus’ and a few combiners’ heads.
The Toilet Troop tribe in general gets a mention here as brilliantly silly and a great set of items in general.

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