Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys

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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 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys


Whenever this topic gets suggested on the boards, it always seems like the result will be from the same line, either Alternators or Masterpiece. While of course those lines have amazing licensed vehicles, in doing this list I found that gorgeous licensed cars have been found in multiple lines throughout the brand's history, even lines paired with cartoons. So I found diversity was indeed possible while also being true and listing what I felt was the best. Also, while we are mainly looking at the alt mode here, I am picking toys that are good all around. These are Transformers toys after all and them transforming into cool looking robots can't be totally ignored, even though that may not be the main factor being looked at here.


5. Transformers Alternators Mirage as a Ford GT

Alternators Mirage is easily one of my favorite car modes. No real love for the car model, but I feel like this one really went above and beyond in hiding any indication that it turns into a robot. They did an incredible job of making use of all the existing panels and only adding a few very well hidden ones. Just a fantastic looking car in that nice deep blue.

- Emerje

Transformers News: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys


4. The last Knight Hot Rod as a Lamborghini Centenario

The alt mode is gorgeous. It is to me the most appropriate real life alt mode this character would have if futuristic cars are not an option. Easily one of the best deluxes from the Transformers: The Last Knight toyline and a great recreation of the real life car (and a more interesting model than the Lockdown toy that came before it). It even has the same framing lines highlighted in a bright colour like the lower part of the doors and a nice contour of the windows. Lamborghinis have always been present in the Transformers brand so it is nice to see the latest models still represented and as sexy as ever. I am also very impressed at the quality of the Lamborghini logo in the front which is as detailed (if not more so) as what we find on masterpiece toys. - William-James88

Transformers News: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys


3. Transformers Robots In Disguise Side Burn as a Dodge Viper

RID Side Burn is the best looking of the RID brothers. Seriously, he did an MP Tracks before MP was a thing. That metallic blue, man... Not to mention the car mode is SO good that Hasbro had to add the viper logo for their release to avoid a lawsuit from Dodge. Sure he has the kind of comical looking engine block (with beautiful but short-lived chrome) but he not only has chromed rims, but rubber tires too! - Black Hat

R.I.D Sideburn is a fully licensed and realized Dodge Viper. No modifications or hiding that fact at all. Chrysler made Hasbro license it when bringing the Car Robots figures from Japan. By contrast, Prowl and X-Brawn went unlicensed however. This repaint and all subsequent uses of the mold have the required emblem. He has a very very nice vehicle mode. I own the Super Side Burn repaint version, and chrome is still very much intact. -Overcracker

Transformers News: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys


2. MB Soundwave as a Mercedes Benz SLS AMG

The Mercedes Benz SLS AMG is one of the coolest real car modes. It's very sleek and has those vertically opening doors. The silver paint job given to MB Soundwave's alt mode really makes it gorgeous. While it has some panel lines, I forgive it for how good it looks overall. As with the Alternators, we get an alt mode closer in both looks and scale to a collectible car model, especially with details in the interior and opening doors. However, unlike the Alternators, this Soundwave has a much cleaner robot mode, making it an engineering marvel. - William-James88

Transformers News: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys


1. Transformers G1 1984 Sideswipe/Masterpiece Sideswipe (Lambor) as a Lamborghini Countash

Lamborghinis are my favourite alt modes when it comes to Transforming cars (maybe my favourite alt mode in general). And while all different models and eras bring something great to the table, the Countash just works so well. It is the most iconic car from the era Transformers were born and its angular yet sleek nature just works perfectly with the idea of a transforming robot and both G1 and MP Sideswipe are a great proof of this. I really love how the flat front gives a great opportunity to use it for the robot's chest. It gives as much alt mode integration as one would wish while giving it the heroic silhouette of a robot hero (much like Optimus Prime).

But of course, we are here to talk about alt modes and G1 Sideswipe's Diaclone roots is truly all about that. These toys were meant to look the same as non transforming toy cars, and what made these extra special was that they could convert as well (that was the main fiction behind the line, that these were disguised as toy cars and thus had to look just like them including their scale). Hasbro carried that idea over (but dropping the idea of scale) with the tagline of Robots in Disguise and it's thanks to toys like Sideswipe that we can see this concept brought to life. Adding to all this fun is the Masterpiece version which came out almost 30 years later and retains the gorgeous car mode, but made bigger for us to admire even more. - William-James88

Transformers News: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys

Transformers News: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys
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Re: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys (2035613)
Posted by Rodimus Prime on August 24th, 2019 @ 4:14pm CDT
I agree with everything on the list, but in a different order:

5. Dodge Viper
4. Mercedes SLS-AMG
3. Lamborghini Countach
2. Hot Rod Lamborghini (whatever the model)
1. Ford GT
Re: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys (2035625)
Posted by carytheone on August 24th, 2019 @ 5:36pm CDT
A red Countach will always be king... well until a TF x BttF crossover happens. Heads around the world will simultaneously pop in geeky ecstasy :BOOM:

Nice list but I like to keep it real. My number 1:

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1: Aveo
2: VDub Beetle
3: Nissan Vanette
4: Toyota Hilux
5: Honda City

Or the top 5 boring vehicles your parents would drive :lol:
Re: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys (2035628)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on August 24th, 2019 @ 5:46pm CDT
Someone's a bit biased towards Lamborghinis :lol:

Who cares though, my wife's car is a 1997 Ford Mustang, still running like a charm (somewhat, he's an old man). That model (different year) happens to have been featured in Binaltech:

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Re: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys (2035632)
Posted by BaltousPrime789 on August 24th, 2019 @ 5:57pm CDT
Ryan knows something? *looks to see which among the top 5 are missing from Forza Horizon 4* though the Countash stayed rather unchanged up until it's final run because, if it isn't broke....
Re: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys (2035648)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on August 24th, 2019 @ 7:56pm CDT
I would argue that the new Dropkick figure could make my version of this list. I have such a soft spot for 60's and 70's era muscle cars
Re: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys (2035651)
Posted by william-james88 on August 24th, 2019 @ 8:27pm CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:I would argue that the new Dropkick figure could make my version of this list. I have such a soft spot for 60's and 70's era muscle cars

As do I. However, my favourites would be cybertron downshift and prime cliffjumper, which arent fully licenced cars.
Re: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys (2035652)
Posted by Ironhidensh on August 24th, 2019 @ 8:28pm CDT
I would take out MB Soundwave, and replace him with BT Grimlock, but other than that I agree with this list.


Well, I might group BT Sideswipe in with RiD Sideburn.
Re: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys (2035655)
Posted by william-james88 on August 24th, 2019 @ 9:02pm CDT
Ironhidensh wrote:I would take out MB Soundwave, and replace him with BT Grimlock, but other than that I agree with this list.
Well, I might group BT Sideswipe in with RiD Sideburn.


I thought of BT Grimlock, which I do own (the actual Binaltech one at that) but in the end, all the others just looked better. For as cool as the mustang is as a car, I dont feel its been given much justice yet in the brand. They tend to make them overly boring for some reason and the one they picked for alternators just looks less sexy than, well that Mercedes Soundwave for instance. Same for all those movie Barricades.

As for Sideswipe, I thought of it since its all the same car, but then I remembered this part:

Also, while we are mainly looking at the alt mode here, I am picking toys that are good all around. These are Transformers toys after all and them transforming into cool looking robots can't be totally ignored


And that sideswipe just doesn't agree with me for everything except it's alt mode.

carytheone wrote:Or the top 5 boring vehicles your parents would drive :lol:


:lol: Imagine if that was the actual list I published, the comments would just be

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Re: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys (2035657)
Posted by carytheone on August 24th, 2019 @ 9:18pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
carytheone wrote:Or the top 5 boring vehicles your parents would drive :lol:


:lol: Imagine if that was the actual list I published, the comments would just be

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How would that be any different than any other thread around here? ;) :lol:

I probably should read your intro, but what was the criteria here? Accuracy, hotness, fancy tickledness?
Re: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys (2035659)
Posted by william-james88 on August 24th, 2019 @ 9:30pm CDT
carytheone wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
carytheone wrote:Or the top 5 boring vehicles your parents would drive :lol:


:lol: Imagine if that was the actual list I published, the comments would just be

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How would that be any different than any other thread around here? ;) :lol:

I probably should read your intro, but what was the criteria here? Accuracy, hotness, fancy tickledness?


Not really any criteria other than what comes to mind when reading the title. I did want an overall good toy though, something I would recommend to people.
Re: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys (2035669)
Posted by emlit on August 24th, 2019 @ 10:44pm CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:Someone's a bit biased towards Lamborghinis :lol:


Well, if you’re going to have a bias, that’s certainly an acceptable one in my book.

As much as I love Lamborghinis and Sideswipe, it’s hard to argue against Mirage’s Ford GT for the top spot. That toy car is a thing of beauty.
Re: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys (2035696)
Posted by Stargrave on August 25th, 2019 @ 3:31am CDT
Chevy Beat and the Chevy Trax whaaaaat!? Mic drop! Haha, YEAH!
Am I right guys?...guys?

:lol:

I will always be a sucker for ketchup and mustard Lamborghinis. They’re staples of a heathy and balanced Transformers collector’s diet.
Re: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys (2035699)
Posted by Rogue-Primal on August 25th, 2019 @ 4:34am CDT
william-james88 wrote:
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:I would argue that the new Dropkick figure could make my version of this list. I have such a soft spot for 60's and 70's era muscle cars

As do I. However, my favourites would be cybertron downshift and prime cliffjumper, which arent fully licenced cars.


Agreed, Cybertron Downshift is a great figure in both modes.
Re: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys (2035718)
Posted by Black Hat on August 25th, 2019 @ 7:05am CDT
Excellent list as always, and nice to see my suggestion make it on! And yeah, I agree with this list more or less 100%. I especially like that the G1 Sideswipe toy made #1- as much as I love the MP mold the G1 figure probably has a closer car mode, and he really is gorgeous. To be honest you could probably fill a whole list with G1/Diaclone figures due to their origins as "toy cars that had mecha modes", and as such had some utterly delightful car modes.

One figure I kinda feel deserves an honourable mention is MP Bumblebee (the OG). Not only is his VW Beetle mode really, really nice, but it pulls it off whilst still turning into a faithful G1 Bumblebee robot mode.

As a side note, I'd really love a Transformer that turned into a classic Mini. Hopefully not a British Leyland years model though, as for true authenticity the figure would have to be missing parts and rot away in a year or so. :lol:
Re: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys (2035730)
Posted by NTESHFT on August 25th, 2019 @ 8:34am CDT
Sideswipe and Sunstreaker have always been my favorites (with the triplets coming in at a very close second)...always loved the Countach since Cannonball Run. Masterpiece hit it out of the park for me as well. Even the G1 in alt mode is great... Personally, I think the triplets should have been in the top five too...
Re: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys (2035771)
Posted by YRQRM0 on August 25th, 2019 @ 11:57am CDT
Alternators corvette design all the way for me!
Re: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys (2035794)
Posted by RNSrobot on August 25th, 2019 @ 4:33pm CDT
YRQRM0 wrote:Alternators corvette design all the way for me!


Yesssssssssss. I just rebought Alt Tracks. He's so goddamn sexy.

I also love the Dodge Viper. It's nuts how close SideBurn is, but man Sideswipe and especially Dead End are so damn good looking.

G2 MP Sideswipe is amaaaaaaazing. I think the black is so so so great and more slick than the red. =)
Re: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys (2035795)
Posted by Ultra Markus on August 25th, 2019 @ 4:45pm CDT
the countach has always been my favorite
Re: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys (2035820)
Posted by Epsilon Delta on August 25th, 2019 @ 10:11pm CDT
The lack of Alternity on this list saddens me. Starscream silver Orochi and the Nissan GT Vibrant Red Convoy/Prime are just beautiful. If the list is just looking at the car modes, the fact that the doors open up to reveal real interiors with backseats and steering wheels, even popping the hoods, popping the trunk, and parking break, shifter, turn signal and windshield wipers, the head/engine block, breaks on the wheels, tread on the rubber tires, and so much more makes them tops on my list.
Re: Top 5 Nicest Licensed Car Modes Among Transformers Toys (2035841)
Posted by RK_Striker_JK_5 on August 26th, 2019 @ 8:41am CDT
carytheone wrote:Or the top 5 boring vehicles your parents would drive :lol:


I think G1 Skids would top that list. :D

Anyway, I never gave this one much thought. Good list, William.

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