Since the 1980’s, Transformers have been one of the most popular toys for kids and collectors alike. These robots can change into various different things such as animals, weapons, and even vehicles. Since the release of the movies and television cartoon, Transformer toys have become even more popular. Knowing about the various types of contemporary transformers can help collectors find the best pieces for their collection.
In the early 2000s, Transformers launched the Beast Machines line. This line continued the storyline from a previous line of shows and a cartoon from the late nineties called Beast Wars. This collection featured 60 new action figures. Transmetal Classics, as well as new assortments of Maximal and Predacon were the focus of this line of new action figures by Hasbro.
Robots in Disguise
The main conflict in Transformers is the battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons. This line brings this main conflict back to the forefront. Recreations of some of Transformers’ most popular and influential characters such as Megatron, Optimus Prime, and Ultra Magnus are part of this line. Robots in Disguise brought the Transformers huge popularity once again.
Heroes of Cybertron
The Heroes of Cybertron is a unique line of Transformers in that they do not actually transform. They were typical action figures with articulated joints. This line only features the most popular of the Transformers such as Optimus Prime, Soundwave, and Starscream. The main female character, Arcee from the movie, makes her debut in this line as well.
With this line came the debut of a new type of Transformer and toy, the Mini Con. These have the power to change the balance of the battle and each side attempts to use their power to their advantage. Mini cons come in groups of three and each team has a special power such as Air Defence. They also have teams of various Autobots or Decepticons. Unicrons made their debut with this line as well.
Generation One Commemorative Series
In the 1980’s, the original Generation One Transformers debuted. The Decepticons transformed into attack vehicles and weaponry while the Autobots transformed typically into vehicles. In 2002, a line of Transformers commemorating these classic Transformers was released featuring all the classic Transformers such as Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream, and Soundwave. This line featured figures made of die-cast metal with rubber tyres.