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Top 5 Transformers Themed McDonald's Promotions

Transformers News: Top 5 Transformers Themed McDonald's Promotions
Date: Saturday, March 16th 2019 7:52pm 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 McDonald's Transformers Toy Promotions

Transformer themed toys have been part of McDonalds Happy Meals since the 80s and there have been many promotions for the brand since then where kids would get a Transformers toy in their Happy Meal. This week we look at the top 5 Happy Meal toylines that dealt with Transformers.


5. Changeables 1987

Ok so these are not branded Transformers, but this is too perfect for me not to include, and worth more than just a mention. And let's face it, if I leave these out of this list, that's all I will hear. Transformers toys in the 80s were HUGE to the point that, 30 years later, we have this site dedicated to them and there is still a Transformers section in your store with new toys coming in every year. These Changeables are some fun evidence that everyone wanted in on the transfoming toy action back in the day and in 1987, McDonalds themselves could not resist and released these toys for their happy meals that were robots which could transform into Mcdonalds food items.






4. Transformers Armada 2003

While far from the best, these toys had a lot going for them. Sure, they transformed from vehicle to robot (which is ALOT more than we can say about today's toys), but they also had Minicon ports, and had individual gimmicks like wind up motors, plus they .... combined. But hey Minicon ports, which makes this the only McDonalds toyline to have a direct integration with the in store toyline.





Transformers News: Top 5 McDonalds Transformers Toy Promotions


3. Transformers Animated 2008

These are, to date, the last Transforming toys we got from McDonalds. They were not the best but looked better than the Armada toys and there was even a European exclusive Blitzwing which might be the best of the bunch.



Transformers News: Top 5 McDonalds Transformers Toy Promotions

Transformers News: Top 5 McDonalds Transformers Toy Promotions

Transformers News: Top 5 McDonalds Transformers Toy Promotions


2. Transformers Beast Wars 1996

The approach mcDonalds took with Beat Wars was really outside the box. Instead of making representations of the character we knew in simpler forms, they gave us fully new characters and some new alt modes such as a Manta Ray (remember, this is before Depthcharge). So far it is the only time we have ever gotten fully new Transformers characters intriduced as Fast Food exclusive toys and now have in universe profiles and also appeared in Comic Books. They are technically essential for any Beast Wars collection if our aim is to cover all Beast Wars characters. Also, these came in probably the coolest Happy Meal Box of all time.

Transformers News: Top 5 McDonalds Transformers Toy Promotions

Transformers News: Top 5 McDonalds Transformers Toy Promotions

Transformers News: Top 5 McDonalds Transformers Toy Promotions

And lest we forget that the toy for kids Under 3, got his own Classics update.

Transformers News: Top 5 McDonalds Transformers Toy Promotions

Transformers News: Top 5 McDonalds Transformers Toy Promotions


1. Transformers Beast Machines 2000

I simply think these are the best looking Happy Meal toys we ever got for the Transformers brand. A kid in that era could get the entire line up just from these toys, and they would be in better scale and closer in look to the more expensive options on the shelves. Plus there was great light piping. I especially like that Rattrap and blackarachnia. For some fun trivia that Rattrap toy was also used in Little Red Rooster meals at the Australian chain Red Rooster, and came in different colours. Also the Tankor toy was used as reference (among other toys) by Takara for the Generations Tankor we got a few years back.



Transformers News: Top 5 McDonalds Transformers Toy Promotions

Transformers News: Top 5 McDonalds Transformers Toy Promotions


Honourable mentions: Commandrons



Unlike the others on this list, these are actual full on retail toys sold at McDonalds. They were not part of the happy meal and had to be purchase seperately. However, they were made by TOMY (the company which also made Omega Supreme back in that era) and had a rather impressive wind up mechanism that worked in both modes. So you could wind them up and let them go in vehicle mode as you could imagine, but they also had a walking mechanism where if you wound them up and mad them stand in their robot mode, they would start walking. These were also avaiable at retail in different packaging under the name Super Alternators. If you want to know more, there is a very comprehensive review here. These were eventually brought into the Transformers Animated unviverse by being mentioned in teh Allspark Almanac II. Plus, Sterling, an Atobot from the IDW comics has his colours based off of Commandron Solardyn.

Transformers News: Top 5 McDonalds Transformers Toy Promotions

Transformers News: Top 5 McDonalds Transformers Toy Promotions

Transformers News: Top 5 McDonalds Transformers Toy Promotions

Also, if anyone is curious, McDonalds did have an actual G1 promotion with toys but they only tested it out in St Louis. The toys were non transforming and in a full range of random colours, as you can see below.

Transformers News: Top 5 McDonalds Transformers Toy Promotions

A look into James Roberts Scripting Part 2 Introducing Megatron's Gun Mode

Transformers News: A look into James Roberts Scripting Part 2 Introducing Megatron's Gun Mode
Date: Thursday, March 7th 2019 8:40am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Site Articles
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With the IDW Transformers reboot coming in hot, I wanted to take a look back at one of the big highlights of the previous continuity, James Roberts' More Than Meets the Eye. Like him or not, James Roberts added a lot to the Transformers mythos, and it was due to very meticulous planning. His scripts were layered with detail and with wanting to connect what you were reading to a larger lore and history. While it was not crucial to read everything to understand, he made sure that fans would be rewarded with extra details and continuity nods.

Many have not seen James Robert's scripts so this two part article will serve as a look into how meticulous he was in planning just two pages of his 8 year run. These two pages depict the battle of Hell's Point (from More Than Meets the Eye Issue 16), a fight where someone who used to wear the Ultra Magnus mantle dies at the hands of Megatron, trying out his gun mode for the first time canonically. This is the second part, and thus page 2. You can read part 1 here. Below you will find the extremely detailed script, where every single panel and row is laid out followed by the finished product. The bold numbers are for panels while the italic numbers are for speech bubbles.


TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE Issue 16: Remain In Light (Prologue) By James Roberts

PAGE 2

Row 1

1 / Larger panel.

Ultra Magnus (with his back to the readers) is confronted / semirodeoed by the supergroup Phase Sixer, aka the Warrior Elite: Sixshot, Overlord, Black Shadow, Killmaster and Heretech.
This is Heretech's first appearance - it looks a bit like a fatter Alpha Trion. Built on his head and forming the front of his skull is half of the box of the Matrix of the TF movie. Not literally the box, but that kind of design. The guy is a serious fanatic. He transforms into a digging machine (tunnel boring machine).
NB: Heretech has a weapon in his right hand, hidden behind his back. We do not see it in this panel (or on Page 1).
Magnus is standing here, with his back to the readers, with his hands on his hips, with a carefree air.

1 HERETECH: Ultra Magnus! A question.
2 MAGNUS: Take your time, Heretech. I'm not going
anywhere
3 HERETECH: Hell's Point is just a moment away from
generating its first internal wormhole, Optimus Prime is stuck in the ground, being roughed up by the Tremorcons, and you're face to face against the Warriors Elite.
4 HERETECH: So my question is ...

Row 2

2 / We pass Magnus - and he's smiling. A pimp smile, Roger Moore style of James Bond. Not at all its normal appearance.
5 HERETECH (O / P): ... what the hell have you got to smile
about?
6 MAGNUS: You're welcome , really. Except ...
7 MAGNUS:...I'm blocking the causal energy vent directly above the wormhole generator. If you shoot me or do anything to get me off this precise point, you will create a power drain.
8 MAGNUS: If that happens, there is an 80% chance
that Megatron's extra-experimental war cruise will explode - and he is not around to let you take that risk.
3 / Heretech reveals what he has behind him: MEGATRON in his new (but classic appearance of G1) gun mode (we established in Chaos Theory that this battle was a test for his gun mode). Heretech is aiming with Megatron at Magnus, who is halfway to raising his hands.
9 MEGATRON: Isn't he?

ROW 3

4 / Heretech / Megatron shoots Magnus in the stomach. A shocking, violent, horrible shot: it must look like a deadly shot.
10 SOUND FX: FRA-KOOM!
11 MAGNUS: ARGH!
5 / Small. In silhouette we see an unconscious Magnus (with a huge hole in his torso) falling over the edge of the cruiser. Without dialogue
6 / Small. A close-up of Magnus' right hand beginning to close in a fist. A few subtle lines of movement around the fingers.


Transformers News: A look into James Roberts Scripting Part 2 Introducing Megatron's Gun Mode

A look into James Roberts Scripting The Battle of Hell's Point Part 1

Transformers News: A look into James Roberts Scripting The Battle of Hell's Point Part 1
Date: Tuesday, March 5th 2019 9:11pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Site Articles
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With the IDW Transformers reboot coming in hot, I wanted to take a look back at one of the big highlights of the previous continuity. James Roberts added a lot to the Transformers mythos, and it was due to very meticulous planning. His scripts were layered with detail and with wanting to connect what you were reading to a larger lore and history. While it was not crucial to read everything to understand, he made sure that fans would be rewarded with extra details and continuity nods.

Many have not seen James Robert's scripts so this two part article will serve as a look into how meticulous he was in planning just two pages of his 8 year run. These two pages depict the battle of Hell's Point (from More Than Meets the Eye Issue 16) and each part will look at one page.

While I will let James Robert's script fill you in on the info as he did with the artist Agustin Padilla, I will say that this depicts one of the battles where Ultra Magnus dies. In the IDW comics, it turns out Ultra Magnus was just a name/armour that went from bot to bot to inspire other soldiers. Below you will see the very layered script followed by the artist's rendition of these words. What is fascinating here is that the artist only had 1 panel to convey all this, a splash page. Enjoy!


TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE Issue 16: Remain In Light (Prologue) By James Roberts

Notes :
• This is after the battle. Everyone on board must be beaten in several
degrees
• Could the location caps be in mixed case?

PAGE 1

1 / Splash page.

Cybertron A thousand years ago.
We're seeing a Decepticon / Autobot epic battle - hand-to-hand combat - happening on the hull of a huge Decepticon warship that has SUPERFICIAL similarities to the Imperial Star Destroyer-BUT NOT TOO MUCH:

Transformers News: A look into James Roberts Scripting The Battle of Hell's Point Part 1

This ship is in the Cybertronian airspace, not in orbit, and it's a clear and bright day.
We are close enough to see individual characters (at least in the foreground) fighting on the surface: choose between KUP, CLIFFJUMPER, SANDSTORM, GRIMLOCK, WARPATH, WHEELJACK, TRACKS, RUMBLER and OUTBACK. You can also put generics out there too.

IMPACTOR has to be definitely visible; is facing a handful of Cons (we have established in previous stories that it was during this battle that he killed a thousand Cons).

On the Decepticon side, a band of Phase Sixers is in the loop: SIXSHOT, OVERLORD, BLACK SHADOW, KILLMASTER (see Spotlight: Trailcutter for the only visual reference) and the new character HERETECH. The six should be moving towards ULTRA MAGNUS, but they make their real appearance up close in the next panel.
Other Cons: whoever you want except Megatron (he's there, but we do not want to see him yet).

The main fight is that of Magnus. He's in his classic G1 robot mode (not the modern version of MTMTE); He even has the classic white weapon. Magnus is near the edge of the ship (closest to us) shooting at the nearby air Decepticons.
Speaking of which, we need many flyers everywhere: SWOOP, the AERIALBOTS, JETFIRE etc. fight against STARSCREAM, THUNDERCRACKER etc.

NB: It is very important that we see, very clearly, the name of this powerful ship. The huge capital letters are clearly emblazoned on the side, near the vanishing point: HELL'S POINT.

TITLE: The Gloaming

LOCATION CAP: The Battle for Hell's Point
LOCATION CAP: 3rd Cycle 1102


Transformers News: A look into James Roberts Scripting The Battle of Hell's Point Part 1

Top 5 Best Firetruck Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Firetruck Transformers Toys
Date: Saturday, March 2nd 2019 2:05pm 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 Firetruck Transformers Toys

As I was writing this list I realized something interesting: Quite a few of the best Transformers toys of all time turn into fire trucks. Sure you can say that about other alt modes, like sports cars and jets, but a firetruck is a bit more distinctive. However as distictive as that type of truck is, the amazing fire truck toys we have gotten over the years all showcase different types of firetrucks, from different nations.

5. Transformers Cybertron Optimus Prime (Galaxy Convoy) as a Fire Truck of unknown origins

Don't let this being number 5 take away anything from the fact that this is one of the best Optimus Prime toys out there. It was a new design with some nice homages and while the articulation is lacking, it has fun play features, looks imposing and has this nice chunky feel to him. However, when it comes to its firetruck alt mode there is a lot to be desired. While the show is called Cybertron, this was actually supposed to be a (futuristic?) earth vehicle, specifically a fire truck. I see it enough to let it be on this list, especially given how great the toy is, but the alt mode is clearly not one fo this figure's strongest points.


Transformers News: Top 5 Best Firetruck Transformers Toys



Transformers News: Top 5 Best Firetruck Transformers Toys


4. Transformers Universe - Classics 2.0 Infernoas an American pumper/tanker fire truck

This is one of the best molds from the Universe line. I really love how efficient the paneling is at filling in some crucial alt mode details to cover the robot bits and then dissapearing in robot mode. I love the itty bitty toes transforming to give the alt mode smoother surface in the back, and I love the bold firetruck front in bot mode. The G1 headsculpt is fun too and it is simply a great update to the Inferno design within a neo g1 line especially in its alt mode which is of a firetruck that is far more recognisable to western fans today. It is one of the toys I keep coming back to for a fun transformation experience and its great redecos and retools out there give us even more reasons to have it in one's collection multiple times.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Firetruck Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Firetruck Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Firetruck Transformers Toys


3. Transformers Robots In Disguise Optimus Prime (Fire Convoy) as a Japanese Hino Brandlier fire truck

While I am certain this toy could be redone to day to be mroe stable, the quality and look here is probably better than anything we could hope for today. It just looks great thanks to the use of chrome, clear plastic and generous paint. I really like the super form's head sculpt too which was a very different version of a Prime headsculpt but still has some call backs to both Optimus Prime and Optimus Primal. And this is the Transformers firetruck which has by far the most awesome ladder. It can extend to a ludicrous degree, become one hell of a canon in robot mode and it has a series of pop out missiles to boot.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Firetruck Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Firetruck Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Firetruck Transformers Toys

2. Transformers Dark of the Moon Leader Sentinel Prime as a Rosenbauer Panther 6x6 airport fire truck

This is a masterpiece in all but name. The engineering is masterful and this is the last great movie leader we got with its imposing size and complexity. When Transformers toys are compared to origami and rearanging parts to create another form, I think of this toy (and MP 36 Megatron) most. Anyone who loves Transformer toys, regardless of their opinions on live action movie designs, owes it to themselves to transform this bot and see how the robot feet and chest come toform in a series minute steps which take parts seen in the alt mode and flip, turn or fold them to create something new. There are no fake parts on this bot which is also very impressive.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Firetruck Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Firetruck Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Firetruck Transformers Toys


1. Transformers Masterpiece Inferno and Artfire as a Mitsubishi Fuso F-Series FT fire ladder truck

We have none other than site owner Seibertron to thank for the following review:

While I still think the legs are in need of some much needed line/panel details to make it look a little less cartoony (ala Masterpiece Grapple), I can't express enough how impressed I am by this toy. Every now and then, there's an ingenious new Transformers figure that just blows me away. Masterpiece Wheeljack comes to mind, Masterpiece Prowl, Transformers Prime RID Vehicon (love the accordion style transformation), Transformers Prime First Edition Cliffjumper, and I'm sure there are a few others but those immediately jump out at me as some of my favorites from the past 5 years.

Inferno is now one of those. Not only is there "ladder magic" happening here, part of the "ladder magic" happens extremely early as in the first step or two of his transformation. There are several really cool things going on with him to achieve a realistic vehicle mode and his beautiful robot mode. While the shoulders/upper arms have a very unique transformation going on (once I figure out how to do them), I would advise caution with this part of his transformation as I foresee broken arms on future loose samples of Masterpiece Inferno and Grapple. Still a very clever transformation, as are the various panels on his legs and cab, the hoses repositioning lower in robot mode, etc. He's also very large. I don't have Ironhide out at the moment but I'm assuming he's as tall if not taller than Ironhide.

Masterpiece MP-33 Inferno is a great, great, great figure. I haven't been this excited about a Masterpiece figure since Wheeljack or Prowl, so it's great to see them do something that really amazes me once again, enough so that I have to come on here to share my excitement.

David Copperfield would be impressed. - Seibertron

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Firetruck Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Firetruck Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Firetruck Transformers Toys


Honourable Mention: Transformers Power Core Combiners Smolder as a fire department brush truck. I like that this is not a typical firetruck but still serves the same purpose. I always like when Transformers intriduce new alt modes. There is a nice fire rescue theme with the robot too with the minicon turning into an axe and the combiner head having a curved visor helmet with tubes near the mouth making it look like a cybertronian version of the oxygen supply mask on firefighter equipment.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Firetruck Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Firetruck Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Firetruck Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Firetruck Transformers Toys

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
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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
Transformers G1 1989 Monstructor Gallery

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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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
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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
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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
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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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Posted by: william-james88

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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.

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