Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys

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Every two weeks, Seibertron.com brings you a Top 5 list related to all things Transformers. These are the opinions of one or a few people (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. This week's list is brought to us from fellow Seibertronian Optimutt who has already given us some awesome lists like the Top 10 Best G1 Episodes and a list of the top 5 comic only characters that did not have toys yet (at the time). This is a follow up to said list, so take it away Optimutt!


Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys

In the process of creating my “Top Five Comics-Only” list, I realized that there have been a huge number of comic characters who have enjoyed a physical existence in the sake of an officially-licensed product or two. While the companion looked at Transformers who have only existed in comic form, this is a list of those lucky enough to have been given toy form as well. In fact, many of my original choices for the previous list were exempt because of their toy versions. Luckily, they now get a chance to shine in all their comic-origin glory in this list that is pretty much the same as "Best Transformers Characters Original to the Comics"! Please also keep in mind that by “toy” I mean officially-licensed Hasbro/Takara products. Third Party versions don’t count in regards to this list.


5. Straxus

In the original cartoon, Megatron left Cybertron in charge of Shockwave. In the comics, however, a number of Decepticon leaders came and went, leaving Straxus the victor. From his fortress of Darkmount, Straxus was a brutal overlord whose greatest pleasure was the liquefaction of his enemies in his smelting pool. He was such a nasty number that even after his apparent death at Blaster’s hands, Marvel UK chronicled how he was able to take over Megatron’s body and continue his rule over the Decepticons. Sadly, his time with IDW was abbreviated and as a soldier for Nova Prime, he was relegated to a cameo role in several of the publishing company’s earlier books. Both Takara and Hasbro did a Classics version of him (pictured below), and he even got a Shakespeare-inspired Shattered Glass version in 2014.

Alt Mode: Tanky cannon.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys
Transformers Convention & Club Exclusives The Bard of Darkmount (Shattered Glass Straxus) Gallery


4. Impactor

A creation of Simon Furman, the Wreckers were a group of Autobots who had toys but were never in the comics (or cartoon) for one reason or another (mostly legal). With an initial group composed of Whirl, Roadbuster, Topspin, Twin Twist, and the duobot- Rack’n’Ruin, the Wreckers were a lean, mean, tailpipe-kicking force to be wreckoned with. And at their helm was this javelin-fisted soldier utterly dedicated to that team. Sadly, his time in the Marvel UK series was short-lived, as he sacrificed himself to save the life of the Cybertronian Autobots’ leader, Emirate Xaaron. The good thing about that? His replacements were none other than the Autobot Triple Changers! Not a bad legacy there. In IDW’s time with the series, however, he had a pivotal role in the Last Stand of the Wreckers series where he maintained his legacy of a soldier with quite a capacity to Wreck and Rule. Taking inspiration from the ill-fated Rotorstorm’s page in Last Stand of the Wreckers, Impactor’s first toy served as the torso of the Ruination combiner toy that came out in 2012. In keeping with the comics-inspired concept, 2016’s TCC Impactor toy will also be able to combine.

Alt Mode: Tank

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys


3. Jhiaxus

In the early 1990’s, Marvel pulled the plug on the Transformers comics because of dwindling sales and the announcement from Hasbro that the toy line would cease. However, only a few years later, Hasbro relaunched the line, to be dubbed Generation 2. With this, Marvel also relaunched the Transformers series with former TF scribe Simon Furman at the helm. To maintain the idea of “new generation,” Furman created a third faction for the Autobots and Decepticons to battle, a group of Cybertronian colonizers whose goal was the creation of a universe of mini-Cybertrons. Despite being happy to be writing Transformers again, Furman was left a little dubious about the chances for G2’s longevity. This came across in the name of the new race’s leader, Jhiaxus, pronounced “Gee, axe us” (why doncha?). Since then, Jhiaxus has become a staple in TF fiction and has had the honor of having two distinct oddly-pumpkinized recolors of pre-existing TF toys!

Alt Mode: Jet

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys


2. Drift

Yes. He does count! When Shane McCarthy was putting together his All Hail Megatron comic, he was in the market to balance off Sunstreaker and Hunter O’Nion’s betrayal of the Autobots. He did so with a Decepticon murderer who decided he had had enough and then switched sides. This disillusionment of a dedicated soldier was something that was pretty thoroughly explored in the series, but none were quite as spearheading of this as Drift. The coolest thing about this three sword-wielding drift racer was the fact that concurrently with his comics’ origin, Hasbro was in discussion with artist Guido Guidi and the IDW editorial team about the production of his toy! This was pretty much the first time that a comic and toy had similar timeliness in their origins. He has since become so popular that he beat out hundreds of other Autobots to land a role in TF 4, and his legacy continues in the Robots in Disguise cartoon. It is thanks to this name and image recognition that he barely ekes out ahead of Jhiaxus.

Alt Mode: Drift racer

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys
Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2015) Drift Gallery


1. Primus

When Primus first appeared in Marvel’s TF 61, Octopunch shot him right between the eyes, waking him up from an eon-long slumber. He handled it pretty well, screaming loudly enough for his spark-brother, Unicron, to figure out where he was. It turns out that Primus was the heart and soul of Cybertron and – more importantly – the creator of the Cybertronian races! Over the next fifteen issues, we saw him come to life as a mildly-ineffectual protector of the Cybertronian race, only to be killed by Unicron. Prior to Primus’ appearance, the closest thing we had to a Transformers deity was the Creation Matrix, which was a mystical object that could give life. Fast forward a bit and the really cool toy of him that they made in his honor for the TF: Cybertron line became an even cooler repaint from Takara in 2010. Why is he at the top of this list? Can a mere mortal ever hope to compete with a god? Yeah, no way.

Alt mode: Cyber-freaking-tron. Yes. The planet.

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys


Honorable Mention

Minimus Ambus

When the first Ultra Magnus toy came out in 1986, he was a recolored Optimus Prime toy with a car carrier trailer that turned into battle armor. In both comics and the cartoon, he was always depicted in battle armor, as a stalwart defender of what he could handle. Fast forward to Dreamwave’s run of the comics and minds were blown when the armor was destroyed to reveal Optimus Prime’s batch brother in shiny white glory. IDW took this concept to another level and created Ultra Magnus as the ultimate secret: he was a legendary soldier who, upon his corporeal death had his image resurrected by Chief Justice Tyrest as a battle armor given to special Point One Percenters who could carry the load of this special armor. The most recent of these to wear the Magnus armor is Minimus Ambus, a soldier who impressed Tyrest with his sense of duty, order, and punctuational adherence to the laws of the Tyrest Accords. The reason for his HM? Technically, he’s not an OC. I mean, he is, but he’s Magnus and everyone knows Ultra Magnus. So it would be cheating if we said he was completely OC. Hasbro brought him majestically to pearly life in 2015 in their Combiner Wars toy line.

Alt Mode: Anti-gravitational mine-sweeper (self), car-carrier (Magnus armor)

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys
Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Minimus Ambus Gallery
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Re: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys (1829906)
Posted by BumbleDouche on October 1st, 2016 @ 1:40pm CDT
Now that's very specific criteria for a list lol
Re: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys (1829907)
Posted by dragons on October 1st, 2016 @ 1:58pm CDT
Glad drift made list surprise no unicron, windblade
Re: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys (1829909)
Posted by RiddlerJ on October 1st, 2016 @ 2:19pm CDT
dragons wrote:Glad drift made list surprise no unicron, windblade


I would think those two would be disqualified. Unicron was a cartoon character first and Windblade started as a toy first.
Re: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys (1829910)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on October 1st, 2016 @ 2:40pm CDT
None of these are particularly great figures though (and I loathe IDW Impactor) but finding Primus for £2 and selling him for a final value of £30 was nice. Straxus is just far too small as a Deluxe. He's meant to tower over Blaster like shown in the comic art (made even more ridiculous with Blaster's current Leader class toy) yet is barely larger than the recent Scrounge figure. I guess I should feel lucky Straxus finally got a figure but it just seems so half-hearted.

This probably doesn't count since it's not a Transformers figure but I was damn happy when good ol' Death's Head got an official action figure in a Marvel toyline (I think made by Hasbro?) a couple years ago and has his weapons and can switch out his fists to pop his axe or mace into his wrist socket. Ok it's in his second outfit he wore in his solo series and not the original green he wore in Transformers but that's still fine by me. (I added the gun... found it in charity shop box and modified the handle to fit)
Re: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys (1829911)
Posted by Noideaforaname on October 1st, 2016 @ 3:24pm CDT
A pretty interesting idea for a list (if somewhat limited). People are so fond of reducing the franchise down to "toy commercial"; it's nice to stop and appreciate the characters that owe their existence for story-telling reasons and not just because Hasbro handed the writers a catalog of next year's Christmas items.

Don't have much to add myself, apart from the fact that Straxus looks remarkably like how I always imagined Dr. Claw to look: a robot or a man in a full armor suit with a face/mask based on the MAD logo.



"Next time, Ratchet. Next tiiiiiime!"
Re: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys (1829912)
Posted by Rainmaker on October 1st, 2016 @ 4:00pm CDT
Didn't Minimus Ambus' toy come out first?

:MAXIMAL:
Re: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys (1829914)
Posted by RazorSlash92 on October 1st, 2016 @ 4:06pm CDT
Would Nova Prime count? He did get a toy, albeit as a Collector's Club exclusive.
Re: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys (1829917)
Posted by Burn on October 1st, 2016 @ 4:17pm CDT
This list just highlights how original comic characters get screwed over aside from Straxus (hell we can't even call him that!) are repaints.

How I would love a original Impactor figure.

Oh and honorable mention to Scrounge. The lovable little wheel that melted.
Re: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys (1829926)
Posted by Flashwave on October 1st, 2016 @ 6:03pm CDT
But you cant call Primus comics only, his figure was the last 1/3 of the Cybertron cartoon.
Re: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys (1829949)
Posted by kurthy on October 1st, 2016 @ 8:40pm CDT
Scrounge???
Re: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys (1829950)
Posted by Zeedust on October 1st, 2016 @ 8:41pm CDT
Oh, man, FSS Impactor. Talk about a toy falling short of expectations.

Maximal Rainmaker wrote:Didn't Minimus Ambus' toy come out first?


I think his comics appearance predated it by at least a year, but I could quite easily be mistaken.


Flashwave wrote:But you cant call Primus comics only, his figure was the last 1/3 of the Cybertron cartoon.

I'm pretty sure this was for characters who originated in the comics, regardless of where they went from there. Otherwise Drift would probably have to come off the list too.
Re: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys (1829972)
Posted by Emerje on October 1st, 2016 @ 9:31pm CDT
Noideaforaname wrote:Don't have much to add myself, apart from the fact that Straxus looks remarkably like how I always imagined Dr. Claw to look: a robot or a man in a full armor suit with a face/mask based on the MAD logo.


What, you mean you weren't expecting an old man?



Yeah...

Emerje
Re: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys (1829976)
Posted by Ultra Markus on October 1st, 2016 @ 10:29pm CDT
shouldnt sunstorm be on there somewhere :-?
Re: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys (1829981)
Posted by Rainmaker on October 1st, 2016 @ 10:58pm CDT
Ultra Markus wrote:shouldnt sunstorm be on there somewhere :-?


Except Sunstorm (technically) appeared in the cartoon.

:MAXIMAL:
Re: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys (1829982)
Posted by Ultra Markus on October 1st, 2016 @ 11:18pm CDT
Maximal Rainmaker wrote:
Ultra Markus wrote:shouldnt sunstorm be on there somewhere :-?


Except Sunstorm (technically) appeared in the cartoon.

:MAXIMAL:

i wouldnt call that an official appearance since they never referred to him specifically
so who's to say it wasn't someone else so that appearance doesn't count
Re: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys (1829984)
Posted by Emerje on October 1st, 2016 @ 11:28pm CDT
Ultra Markus wrote:
Maximal Rainmaker wrote:
Ultra Markus wrote:shouldnt sunstorm be on there somewhere :-?


Except Sunstorm (technically) appeared in the cartoon.

:MAXIMAL:

i wouldnt call that an official appearance since they never referred to him specifically
so who's to say it wasn't someone else so that appearance doesn't count


Both Takara Tomy and Hasbro officially recognize the then-unnamed Seeker from More than Meets the Eye, Part 1 as Sunstorm. So yeah, it does count.

Emerje
Re: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys (1829985)
Posted by Rainmaker on October 1st, 2016 @ 11:29pm CDT
Emerje wrote:
Ultra Markus wrote:
Maximal Rainmaker wrote:
Ultra Markus wrote:shouldnt sunstorm be on there somewhere :-?


Except Sunstorm (technically) appeared in the cartoon.

:MAXIMAL:

i wouldnt call that an official appearance since they never referred to him specifically
so who's to say it wasn't someone else so that appearance doesn't count


Both Takara Tomy and Hasbro officially recognize the then-unnamed Seeker from More than Meets the Eye, Part 1 as Sunstorm. So yeah, it does count.

Emerje


However Tfwiki names the seeker as Ion Storm.

:MAXIMAL:
Re: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys (1829987)
Posted by LE0KING on October 1st, 2016 @ 11:33pm CDT
Burn wrote:This list just highlights how original comic characters get screwed over aside from Straxus (hell we can't even call him that!) are repaints.

How I would love a original Impactor figure.

Oh and honorable mention to Scrounge. The lovable little wheel that melted.


I'm confused, Impactor is the only repaint on this list. Besides 1 heavy retool (Jhiaxus) the rest are all original molds.
Re: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys (1829989)
Posted by Emerje on October 1st, 2016 @ 11:38pm CDT
Maximal Rainmaker wrote:
Emerje wrote:
Ultra Markus wrote:
Maximal Rainmaker wrote:
Ultra Markus wrote:shouldnt sunstorm be on there somewhere :-?


Except Sunstorm (technically) appeared in the cartoon.

:MAXIMAL:

i wouldnt call that an official appearance since they never referred to him specifically
so who's to say it wasn't someone else so that appearance doesn't count


Both Takara Tomy and Hasbro officially recognize the then-unnamed Seeker from More than Meets the Eye, Part 1 as Sunstorm. So yeah, it does count.

Emerje


However Tfwiki names the seeker as Ion Storm.

:MAXIMAL:


No they don't. Ion Storm is the blue Rainmaker. Nova Storm is the yellow Rainmaker. Of course Acid Storm is the green one.



Sunstorm is the orange and white Seeker along with Hotlink (purple) and Bitstream (blue).



Emerje
Re: Top 5 Best Original Transformers Comics Characters Who Have Toys (1829990)
Posted by william-james88 on October 1st, 2016 @ 11:41pm CDT
Hey everyone, even though I am not the author, I was the editor so I will attempt to answer some questions and hopefully clarify things:

Carnivius_Prime wrote:None of these are particularly great figures

Yeah, but its not whether the figure is good or not that matters, more that it simply exists. The merrit of these characters is about their presence and characterisation in their source material. Also, I think Primus is a phenominal figure (the sculpting is very impressive) and I think Straxus and Drift aren't that bad either.

Maximal Rainmaker wrote:Didn't Minimus Ambus' toy come out first?


Minimus ambus was first introduced in the comics in summer 2013, 2 years before the toy was released.

RazorSlash92 wrote:Would Nova Prime count? He did get a toy, albeit as a Collector's Club exclusive.

I am sure he would, nice pick ;)^

Burn wrote:This list just highlights how original comic characters get screwed over aside from Straxus (hell we can't even call him that!) are repaints.

How I would love a original Impactor figure.

Me too. Also Drift isnt a repaint, the Generations mold we got matched his comics robot mode beat for beat practically.

Flashwave wrote:But you cant call Primus comics only, his figure was the last 1/3 of the Cybertron cartoon.

This list isn't about comics only characters, let me know if you see that written somewhere in the article (so I could correct it). It's about characters that originate from the comics.

kurthy wrote:Scrounge???


[quote]Oh and honorable mention to Scrounge. The lovable little wheel that melted.[/quote]

Scrounge IS an honourable mention.... of the previous list. You see this list was written as a companion piece to the other list about characters who didnt have toys yet and Scrounge is part of that list, since his toy was not released at the time. He was even the cover photo of that list: http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/ ... yet/34221/

Ultra Markus wrote:shouldnt sunstorm be on there somewhere :-?

While he was retroactively named, the yellow seeker we came to know as sunstorm in later fiction was in the G1 cartoon:



Since the later fiction originates from him being in the cartoon, I would consider that to be his place of origin. Simply said, if the cartoon didnt have that yellow seeker randomly there, he wouldnt have been made up later. His character is a reference to that G1 appearance, they just built around it. It is tricky and hence I think it was wise to just leave him out and only talk about characters that surely fit the bill.

Emerje wrote:
Noideaforaname wrote:Don't have much to add myself, apart from the fact that Straxus looks remarkably like how I always imagined Dr. Claw to look: a robot or a man in a full armor suit with a face/mask based on the MAD logo.


What, you mean you weren't expecting an old man?



Yeah...

Emerje

Holy hell, I didnt imagine that!!

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