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Hasbro's New Transformers for 2008

A look at Hasbro's new Transformers line.

By Tim Janson     March 04, 2008

Hasbro's 2008 Toyline for Transformers Universe: Deluxe Tankor #2(2008).
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2008 is shaping up to be huge for Transformers fans. With a new animated show on the Cartoon Network as well as the 25th anniversary of the line, Hasbro is introducing scores of new Transformers toys that I will be previewing for Mania’s readers.

In the Fall, Hasbro will introduce Transformers Universe, a new “world of” Transformers segment that celebrates the nearly 25-year heritage of the brand. The Universe line will consist of several different assortments. The Deluxe series will feature Galvatron, Prowl, Sunstreaker, and a very cool and new version of Tankor, which will be a triple-changing figure. The deluxe line figures will run $9.99. The Transformers Universe Ultra Assorment are the big daddies and will run approximately $26.99 and feature Powerglide and Onslaught.



Following the Deluxe and Ultra assortments is the Transformers Universe Voyager series and this is one I am really excited about due to the all-new Blaster figure, one of my favorites from Transformers Generation One. Just check out the pics below of this figure! Blaster will have four different modes in all. No word yet on the Voyager line price but these will definitely be hot. The other Voyager release will feature Heavy Load, also with four different modes.



Next up, I will take a look at the new figures that tie into the new Transformers animated series.


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TayDor 3/3/2008 11:39:24 PM
They look like crap. I miss the good ol' days of the 80's when transformers were made out of die cast metal and plastic. When they didn't look like some over-bright hunk of plastic suitable for a preschooler.
spykotic 3/4/2008 12:15:12 AM
I want the DIE-CAST back!!!!!!!
Dazzler 3/4/2008 4:28:46 AM
Wow that toon is pure kiddie crap! I want a better toon! Hopefullly this one gets canceled.
jochimus 3/4/2008 6:11:54 AM
We got the die-cast back a couple years ago. The line was was called Titanium. And it sucked. Speaking as someone who owned the original G1 Transformers as a kid, I don't miss the die-cast days. Mostly 'cuz all the memories I have of owning die-cast Transformers resulted in them being broken irreparably in the space of a day. Nowadays when you pop a limb off of one of the new toys, you can just pop it back on. That, plus the fact the plastic ones don't chip their paint as easily as the old one did. AND the old TF toys also didn't look a damn thing like the guys in the cartoon or comic, or just barely did, and that was something that meant a lot to me, since I used to run home from school every day to watch the show. That is why I like the new toys better than the old ones...ESPECIALLY the ones for the new show: I'm still amazed that Hasbro was able to actually make transformable toys out of those designs. I'm definitely getting the Leader class versions of Megatron, Bulkhead and Ultra Magnus (at last, an Ultra Magnus that ISN'T just a white repaint of Optimus - that's another reason why I don't miss the G1 toys; I'm getting so sick of Hasbro playing that card every time they want an Ultra Magnus figure in the line). I 've only seen a couple episodes of the new show, but since it's supposed to be aimed at kids rather than old-school fans, I think it's OK. I do like the idea of Optimus being a noob who got kicked out of the Autobot Academy and Prowl being a ninja, and Blackarachnia's "origin" was pretty cool, IMO. I just wish they would give us less supervillains and more Decepticons. That said, I do see two disappointments with these new "Classics" figures (since Universe is actually a continuation of the recent Classics line): Galvatron being a Deluxe-sized figure, as opposed to Voyager class; and that repaint of "Cybertron" Soundwave as Blaster. Oh, and he doesn't actually have four modes - two of those pics are of that bomb/condor/thing that was Laserbeak on the "Cybertron" figure.
tjanson 3/4/2008 6:39:51 AM
It's funny how the years dull people's memories. There is a whole misconception that the entire G1 line was die-cast when in realaity the die-cast faded away after the first couple of years basically. Die-casts were great if you didn't want to ever play with the toys. They look like crap if you did play with them with the paint all chipping off.
FrozenFear 3/4/2008 7:25:17 AM
The new cartoon is the bastard child of the raping of the original being raped by the CN version of "Teen Titans". As for the die cast toys, my memories are of a G1 Optimus barely being able to hold himself in truck form after being played with "too much". Did anyone buy the 20th anniversary Optimus? I just couldn't shell out $80 for a Prime without a trailer.
jochimus 3/4/2008 7:55:53 AM
"Did anyone buy the 20th anniversary Optimus? I just couldn't shell out $80 for a Prime without a trailer." Depends on where you get him. Failing that, Classics Optimus is much cheaper for a no-trailer Optimus figure and still looks a lot closer to the cartoon/comic look than any of the other newer toys. Not as identical, of course - his doors fold onto his forearms and his smokestacks turn into a double-barreled rifle - but he does look like a more 'updated' version of the G1 design (i.e. what the G1 TFs would look like if the Ark/Teletran-1 had re-activated NOW instead of in 1984). The trailer was nice and all, but it only played a significant role in maybe two episodes of the cartoon and that was pretty much it. B'sides, I broke my G1 Optimus' arm off in less than a week, so I was just elated by the Powermaster Optimus figure when I first got it because it was a lot sturdier from ditching the die-cast; in fact, I STILL have that toy.
Brodee 3/4/2008 8:12:19 AM
Jochimus: Good point on the Power Master Optimus. I remember buying that one brand new in the store. I immediately took it out of the box and played with it. Know what? 20 years later it still looks and moves like new. Though my 1984 G1 Optimus is still in great shape, but certainly more fragile.
SONYMANswallows 3/4/2008 8:46:20 AM
No these are PIGFORMERS and TRANSVESTITES, maybe possible SEGALFORMERS but I don't see BUMBLE HEIGL or a RYBECKICON. When you guys get pictures of real TRANSFORMERS or the GOBOTS that are now TRANSFORMERS let me know. Looks like Michael Bay's Dildo Collection or She-ra Lebitch's spiked yeasty vagina.
miko34 3/4/2008 10:28:18 AM
You guys still play with toys?
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