This future looks very bright if you are a Transformers fan.
The next year will bring not just one line as we are used to, but several
lines of figures aimed at everyone from kids to adult collectors.
The current Armada line will continue with several Powerlinx
repaints spanning nearly the whole line. In addition we will see a number
of Mini-Con repaints as well as the Unicron Battles portion of Armada draws
near a close. The Mini-Con teams to be repainted include the Emergency Team
and the Air Military Team.
Armada Cheetor and Predacon
Assorted Mini-Cons 2
Assorted Mini-Cons 3
(Wheeljack, Red Alert, Demolisher,
Powerlinx Thrust, Cyclonus,
Regular Wheeljack (out now),
Powerlinx Hot Shot
Transformers: Energon appears to have lots of promise. At
the Hasbro panel a short animation sample was shown, and so far the test
phase is substancially better than the Armada animation. Energon takes place
10 years after the end of Armada, so expect to see a number of carry-over
characters. Also, the line seems to take the notion of combination much
further. Beyond Mini-Cons, which will return in Energon, the smaller Autobots
portion of the line will be able to cross-combine with one another to form
super modes, very similar to the way members of Multiforce
could combine to form the upper and lower halves of a robot in the Victory
Other things of note:
A new faction, the Omnicons, will emerge. Omnicons will form
weapons for the larger figures to use.
The series will start in Feb. 2004 and run 52 episodes.
An Arcee figure is being planned.
Optimus combines with four other vehicles, including a helicopter and a
drill tank, to form a super mode. Whether or not the vehicles are drones
and/or included with Prime has yet to be determined.
Energon Group Shot
(L to R: Battle Ravage, Skyblast,
Recolored Star Saber, Hot Shot, Ironhide)
Energon Hot Shot
Energon Hot Shot
Energon Group Shots
The Alternators line is aimed more at adult collectors and
is based on real cars. each figure will be modeled in 1:24 scale and have
numerous features such as opening doors, hoods and trunks and movable seats.
So far, 10 cars are planned for the line with more to follow if the line
is successful. At the Hasbro both, the first toy in the line, Smokescreen
was on display and at the panel, images for the next toy, Sideswipe, based
on a Dodge Viper were shown.Many of the robots will be G1 inspired and will
retail for about $20. The Japanese Takara versions will feature diecast
metal but will retail for a higher cost.
Transformers Universe is set around the tale previewed in
the OTFCC comic. Essentially, Unicron is abducting Transformers from various
continuities to battle one another so he can power himself on the energon
released from their wounds. This line will be all repaints, but will feature
characters from many generations. The repaints span from various lines,
including Beast Wars, Beast Machines, and Robots In Disguise. Armada figures
will also be used for this line, as I have it on good word that Scavenger
and Sideways repaints will appear in TF:U. Additionally, the recolored Overload
is rumored to be TF:U Ultra Magnus. Also, with Unicron being an intergral
part of the line, expect to see a Universe version of our favorite Chaos
Bringer as well.
Depth Charge - Beast Mode
Inferno - Vehicle Mode
Omega Prime - Sam's Club Exclusive
Transformers: Built To Rule
The Built To Rule line will feature Armada characters in Lego-like
block form. Each figure will be sold individually with Megatron and Cyclonus
coming together in a 2-pack.
Store Exclusives, Reissues, and 20th
Store exclusives for this year include RID Optimus Prime and
Ultra Magnus for Sam's Club as part of the Transformers Universe line (pictured
above as Omega Prime); additionally, the Robots In Disguise line will continue
with a yellow repaint of Landfill exclusive to Wal*Mart and Megabolt and
Jhiaxus (recolored from Megatron Megabolt and Stormjet, respectively) for
The Commemorative Series reissues will continue as a Toys
R Us exclusive and will feature Tracks, Hoist, and Inferno in Series V and
Smokescreen and Grapple in Series VI.
20th Anniversary Optimus Prime will feature diecast parts,
rubber tires, and a wrist communicator. He will ship to Toys R Us stores
first before other retail outlets and will retail for $75. He will also
come with a classic rifle, his energy axe, and a Megatron in gun mode for
him to hold. He will not, however, come with a trailer.