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10 Terrific Transformers Toys

Transformers Dark of the Moon, Bah!

By Robert T. Trate     June 24, 2011


20th Anniversary Optimus Prime - G1 - Figure
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Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon is almost here. May Cybertron help us all. The great thing about a new Transformers movie is the tie-ins. We here at Mania love our Transformers and with each movie we get the chance to reminisce about that great cartoon and the incredible toy line. As we are now (ahem) adults and have long since outgrown (ahem) toys we put together a list of 10 Terrific Transformers Toys worth buying all over again. Good luck in finding these Transformers, as well as, the money to buy them.
 
10. Shockwave

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Shockwave makes the list for two reasons. The first reason is the figure’s sheer size. The second, and far more important, is his storyline in the Marvel Comic. In the cartoon he was the keeper of Cybertron. Comic Book Shockwave on the other hand, wanted to rule. A terrific toy regardless of what “universe” you played with him in.
 
9. 2010 SDCC Exclusive Figure - Blaster

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This Con Exclusive had it all. Blaster not only came with a great box (shown above) but Steeljaw, Ramhorn, and Eject too. This makes the figure far superior to his original which came with nothing. If only this one played his signature tune.
 
8. Omega Supreme

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Big, bad, and sort of slow Omega Supreme was the biggest Transformer upon his release. He even moved on his own. This was a feature that only a few of the toys ever had. Big toys are the best and Omega easily makes our list.
 
7. Predaking

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This terrific set of Transformers, the Predacons, formed Predaking. These weren’t your $6.99 Transformers that you put together. No, these were the big $19.99 ones that were in the same class as Starscream and Jazz. Unified they became an awesome terrific sight.
 
6. Transformers Exclusive Masterpiece Grimlock

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This 2010 Toys R Us exclusive was delayed a few times but it has nonetheless found its way to Amazon. Equally terrific is the price for this toy that is just a mere two years old (seen here).
 
5. Devastator

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Here is a prime example of those buildable $6.99 figures. You didn’t care then because Devastator was the first to do this! The Constructicons were an immediate hit. If only they would have built them like the Predacons later. Thankfully this figure did not come with a set of balls.
 
4. 2009 SDCC Exclusive Figure - Soundwave

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The price tag was hefty in 2009 but he sold out pretty quick. Hasbro’s exclusive Soundwave was one of the most sought after toys of the Con. The next day other toy vendors were selling him for double the value. The next day!
 
3. G1 Masterpiece Starscream

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We have a soft place in our heart for Starscream. So imagine our surprise when we discovered there was a Masterpiece Edition figure made of him! Times are tough as it is but now we have to find this perfect, transforming, edition of our favorite Decepticon.
 
2. 20th Anniversary Optimus Prime

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This was the first Optimus Prime to come with the Matrix of leadership. He is also the perfect rendition of the character. Here Prime as everything. If only we had the strength to take him out the box.
 
1. Bumblebee

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What Bumblebee is number 1? Deal with it. Bumblebee takes our coveted spot for one reason and one reason only. He was the one Transformer we all had. Bumblebee went on a thousand adventures with us and took us places no one else could. Thanks little guy. If only Michael Bay could get your character half right.
 
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on You.com.

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boxker 6/24/2011 5:27:39 AM

What ever, Bumblbee is not number 1.

Now when I was little, back in the 80's I had the Soundwave and the Blaster toy, the Jetfire(wish I still had it now), Inferno, Ultra Magnus, Tracks, Galvatron, and Inferno. Oh and some special transformer that you had to order after buying a couple of the toys.  Blaster did not come with any tapes back then. I got my Shockwave for Christmas back in 85, two days later I slipped in the snow while playing outside and broke his arms. I was PISSED! I had to crazy glue them back on in a manner that allowed me to continue to transform him.  I always wanted an Optimus but he was always sold out.  My wife found one at Toys R us the christmas before last, some sort of anniversery edition. It looks like a re-release of the original toy, but it comes comes with a dvd of the first three episodes and a comic book. Which I just realized, as I am writing this, that I don't know where it is. I guess I better go find it.

jedibanner 6/24/2011 5:50:28 AM

SoundWave, Devesator and Omega Supreme, those were my favorite.

ddiaz28 6/24/2011 7:27:39 AM

I loved my original Devastator set. My mother still has all my old Transformers so my son can play with them.  I bought the newest Devastator as well which looks pretty bad ass.  Only downside is the each individual can only tranform into their vehicle form. 

I'd have to add Metroplex to this list.  He was a giant autobot base!  I loved that one.

MrOptimusPrime 6/24/2011 7:37:47 AM

Good list of Transformers.....not in the order I would have put them though.  My first Transformers were Jazz, Soundwave, Bumblebee and Cliffjumper!!  Optimus Prime, Megatron and Shockwave followed these at Christmas.  1984 was a great year for me Transformer wise......still have not topped this haul even as an adult!!   

tjanson 6/24/2011 9:55:45 AM

GOD...could not put bumblebee anywhere on the list.  Maybe its because hasbro produces a half dozen new bumblebees with each new toy line...even changing the paint scheme as they did with one of the DOTM figures.  I'd equally not include an Optimus Primes...My list in no particular order would be:

G1 Shockwave, G1 Soundwave, G1 Megatron, Six-Shot, G1 Scorponok, G2 Dreadwing, Deathsaurus, Victory Saber, Raiden, Predaking.

Deathsaurus, Victory Saber and Raiden were Japanese exclusives.  If I went a bit further I always loved the clones, Fastlane and Cloudraker and Pounce and Wingspan, Road Caeser, Dinoking, The Galvatron Dragon from Beast Wars, Scourge from the Cyberton series, Galaxy force Vector Prime, Fort Max..

redhairs99 6/24/2011 9:56:48 AM

The Masterpiece Megatron is amzing as well.  He actually looks like the original cartoon version!

BunyonSnipe 6/24/2011 1:12:21 PM

Bumblebee was one of the few autobots from G1 to be close to the right scale with Optimus Prime...

That said he always looked more like a Fiat 500 (classic Lupin III yellow of course) than a VW Beetle!

Wyldstaar 6/24/2011 3:24:35 PM

Everybody had Bumblebee because he was dirt cheap and small, so we all got him as a stocking stuffer at Christmas.  Just because I had one, doesn't mean I ever actually played with it. 

I bought that 20th Anniversary Optimus Prime a few years ago.  It was a complete nightmare!  What a horrible toy.  The thing was insanely complicated to transform, and it took ages to do so.  It looked amazing as both a robot and a truck, but the thing was far more than the average child could cope with. 

Soundwave is the quintisential G1 Transformer.  Makes a great robot, and the transforming cassettes are an awesome bonus.  I liked playing with Devastator, but it always bothered me that so many of the pieces required to make the giant robot work were add-on bits.  Shockwave looked great as a robot and a gun, but his arms were in serious need of a locking mechanism so that a kid would run around with the pistol without the barrel pointing downward.

ultrazilla2000 6/24/2011 8:21:05 PM

LOL...Wyldstaar...the Masterpiece line is meant for older collectors, not children!  You are right though, it's far more complicated than the original! 

I would have had the Combaticons on the list...they're my favorite merging group.  Bruticus is just awesome.

Hell, there's just too many great Transformers to make a list like this...classics like Metroplex, Trypticon, the Terrorcons, Jazz, Prowl, Perceptor...even some of the more recent toys have been amazing action figures, particularly the "Leader Class" series from the Bayformers films.

And who can ignore the awesome Unicron toy?  Sure it had some "issues", but it's pretty damn awesome and something fans had asked for, for years.

themovielord 6/25/2011 9:33:18 AM

 So glad to see Jazz mentioned above so many times. He was my personal favorite. Still is. ~ Robert

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