A clearinghouse of sightings information that I've either been sent or culled
from various other sources such as newsgroups and chat boards (not to mention
my own eyes). Updated:
Beast Combiner Optimus Prime with Lionblade in TX. Titan Changer Soundwave
A bunch of links I've found useful or interesting, some of which may have
rotted by now, as I don't really maintain this too carefully.
Don't ask to have your site added to this page, and don't take it personally
if I don't include your page/webboard/etc. Pretty dead, so I removed it from
I've had this for a while, but it was pointed out that it might get a bit
more traffic if it wasn't several pages deep in the Links section. Added to
front page 11/22/02. If that link doesn't work (every so often there's an
upgrade and the php stuff changes), just go to boards.allspark.com, then
Friends of the AllSpark and page down. Not included in the navgrid.
This page you're on right now. Just mentioning it so you know what the
navgrid entry means.
|Dave's Online Nest
My root homepage, with links to my vast online empire.
|Opera of the Dvandom
My art homepage, although it also has some old toy review links.
RECENT TF STUFF|
This started as a "nostalgia for ten years ago" sort of line, and while it
does still have older figures (especially those from the 1986 movie, as well
as from old computer games), it's also become a place for higher quality toys
of current movie characters as the main movie tie-in lines have shifted to
cheaper and more gimmick-oriented toys.
Leader Optimus Primal.
|Rise of the Beasts (2023
Sequel to Bumblebee (2018), this brings the Beast Wars characters sort of
into the movieverse, but in the modern age rather than prehistory. Autobots
and Maximals face the threat of the Terrorcons, who are unrelated to any
previous Terrorcons. Updated:
Weaponizers Wheeljack and Scorponok, capsule of Battle Changer Scourge.
Time for a soft reboot, redefining Bumblebee's time on Earth to explain his
flashback sequence in The Last Knight and generally make Ratchet seem a
little less incompetent at repairs. A tale of a girl and her car, finally
getting persmission from Volkswagen to make Bumblebee a Beetle again.
MPM-7 Bumblebee. Bleh.
|The Last Knight (2017)
|| 2017 is apparently the year all the noble
heroes become villains, if only temporarily. But there's baby Dinobots and a
strong female character, so hey. Sadly, no toys were released of the baby
Dinobots. Or many at all...something of a whimper. Updated:
guest review of Dancing Sqweeks.
|Age of Extinction (2014)
Bayformers are back, with Dinobots, Dinobots, gun-faced bounty hunters, and
more Dinobots! Updated:
Power Battlers Vehicon, Lockdown, and Junkheap
And now, the inevitable 3-D sequel! I saw it in 2-D, though.
Human Alliance Leadfoot.
The 2007 movie was such a smashing success that a sequel was assured, and in
2009 it was more than assured, it was released! This page has
reviews of the transforming toys based on, inspired by or otherwise released
under the logo of the second movie. A lot of toys that really should have
gone under Generations ended up sold in the movie line under the "Reveal the
Shield" subline of RotF. Updated:
Legends Prowl and Trailcutter.
In 2007, the Transformers returned to the big screen! This page holds
reviews of the transforming toys based on, inspired by or otherwise released
under the logo of the first movie. Updated:
Guest comments on Deep Space Starscream added.
This page is for secondary lines I've decided don't merit a "top level"
section, but which aren't really part of another section either. Currently
includes Transformer Crossovers and the Transformers Titaniums (which was
pulled out of Artifacts). Updated:
Transformers Collaborative spun off from Artifacts and moved to its own page
on Side Lines, plus Volvo VNR Optimus Prime and Frankentron.
This page covers the kiddie lines. Tonka 1-2-3 Transformers (aimed at grade
school kids) and Playskool's perpetually-renaming Go-Bots (originally Big
Adventures Transformers, then Go-Bots Transformers, then just Go-Bots). Also
has Robot Heroes and other non-2007-Movie kidstuff, like Optimash Prime.
Classic Heroes Team Megatron (gator) notes.
NOSTALGIA and NAME REUSE|
The earlier years of official Generations stuff, such as Thrilling 30 toys,
along with a few minor lines that, while not technically branded as
Generations, fall under the same nostalgia remit (such as Cyber Battalion).
with capsules of some of the new Alpha Class figures (Grimlock and Soundwave,
which are more like Titan Changers but lack that label).
|Generations: Prime Wars
Combiner Wars, Titans Return, and Power of the Primes brought tighter
thematic through-lines to Generations, and more or less told a single story
of escalating power levels leading to the return of the godlike Primes.
with Walgreens exclusive Wreck-Gar.
|Generations: War for Cybertron
No relation to the War for Cybertron phase of early Generations, this
continues the recycling of G1 into the final years, with Targetmasters and
Micromasters getting wholesale updates (and probably Actionmasters). The
final days of the war on Cybertron, with lots of modern Earth altmodes with
small variations to make them "Cybertronian modes." Updated:
the Earthrise map.
Universe 3, kinda? The premise is that universes are in collision, so any
previous setting goes. As do a lot of repackages, at least initially.
Mostly G1 and Prime to start with, but others will come in later. Updated:
Core Snarl and Volcanicus overview
Initially launched as a "Classics 2.0" sort of line, it later expanded into a
general "homages to everyone in the past 25 years" line, adding in an Armada
Series, G1 Series, Beast Wars Series and so forth. A mix of redecos and new
molds, plus redecos of the new molds. Updated:
old Voyager wave 3 added.
As a sort of palate cleanser between the A/E/C semi-continuity and the 2007
movie, Hasbro created a line dominated by G1 homages. No particular
storyline to go with it, nor cartoon. Expected to continue off and on in the
gaps between major lines. Updated:
Classics Dropshot, Deluxe Wave 3 added.
Unicron seeks out minions from across the multiverse, leading Optimus Primal
to a desperate gambit that assembles a matching army to oppose him. This is
a strictly recolor line, bringing back molds from the Beast Era (and maybe a
few from elsewhen) in garish new colors to represent energon-seething
robots. This will likely be a small page, since I own all the original molds
and don't care for many of the color schemes. Last updated:
Chevy Aveo Swerve
Highly detailed, super-poseable revisions of classic Transformers characters,
using licensed actual vehicle modes.
RoadBot 1:32 wave three added.
A new "What if G1 happened a little differently in the 80s and now it's the
presend day" series that aims to take the basic audience block of Cyberverse
but with different animators and a different network. The toys follow
similar patterns, however. Updated:
Deluxe wave 3
Starting over with "evergreen" designs, but also introducing a few new
characters here and there, another very obviously computer-animated series
with no particular attempt to look cel-based, with a toy line following in
the general design footsteps of Robots in Disguise in terms of simpler
transformations. More gimmicks this time around, though.
Energon Armor Volcanicus comments.
|Robots in Disguise (2015)
Someone decided that "Prime" wasn't potentially confusing enough, time to
reuse a line name for something totally different! Set some time after
Transformers: Prime, the new Robots in Disguise follows Bumblebee and his
ragtag group as they hunt down the remnants of the Decepticon Empire.
the rest of Warrior Wave 11.
Because "Animated" as a series title didn't cause enough confusion, we now
have Transformers Prime. The first toy available was Optimus Prime...Prime
Optimus Prime? Optimus Prime Prime? CG animation, and the entire first
season was done before the first toys hit regular stores. Third season
changed to Beast Hunters with a shortened season but lengthened toy line.
10th Anniversary War Breakdown and (Jet) Vehicon).
In what could be considered a reaction to the hyper-detailed Movie look and
feel, the next TF series went for a much simpler theme. "Transformers
Animated" goes back to cel-style animation and tries to make the Decepticons
a more significant threat. Updated:
Cybertron Mode Ironhide and Rodimus Minor
As Energon more or less followed from Armada, so Cybertron follows from
Energon, completing a loose trilogy. With Unicron's evil temporarily sealed
away, it's a race to unlock the secrets of the Planet Keys to prevent Unicron
from ever rising again. Updated:
Link to FortMax's Cyber Key archive added.
A sort of sequel to Armada, with a struggle between Unicron-backed Hyper
Decepticons and Autobots who have found the Spark of Combination. Lots of
clear plastic stuff, and "Omnicons" that come with lots of Energon weapons
and the "Energon Stars" that none of the larger toys have. Updated:
Grimlock and Swoop review added.
Autobots and Decepticons court a new faction known as the Minicons in an
"alternate universe" storyline that keeps the same characters, factions and
general themes, but reboots the history.
K-Mart Universe Mini-Con 10-pack.
|Robots in Disguise (2001)
A full return to Autobots, but they fight Predacons. Mostly an import of the
Car Robots line from Japan, but with some new molds and some older molds
recolored. Lived on well beyond its time as a dumping ground for
recolors and store exclusives. Not to be confused with the TF:Prime sequel
series from 2015. Updated:
11/28/03 with Wal-Mart exclusive yellow Landfill set.
I've broken Beast Wars into four Phases, roughly representing the stages of
its development as I see it.
|BW Phase 1
Also known as "Classic" Beast Wars, this Phase covers everything prior to
Fuzors and Transmetals. I've broken it into four "waves" of toys. Updated:
9/18/00 with the page being spun off. All
material is older than this.
Phase 2 of Beast Wars saw the coming of the Fuzors and Transmetals, and
lasted two waves. Updated: 9/18/00 with the
page being spun off. All material is older than this.
|BW Phase 3
Phase 3 was the era of Transmetal II toys, which also lasted two
waves. Updated: 5/1/01 with Tripredacus Agent
(TMII Cheetor recolor) review.|
|BW Phase 4
This Phase of Beast Wars is sort of a dying trickle, with Mutant Beast
Wars and the Dinobot recolors. Updated: 9/18/00 with page spun off. All material is older
Covering the 1999 and 2000 TV shows and the toys up through 2001.
Organic Maximals (including animal forms previously reserved for
Predacons) versus mechanical Vehicons. Updated:
6/28/01 with Blast Punch Optimus Primal review.
|Beast Wars 10th Anniversary
To honor the 10th anniversary of Beast Wars, Hasbro is releasing six
recolored toys in more show-accurate colors, plus a few new molds.
Reviews of Japanese Transformers, commentary on the Beast Wars anime and
Street Fighter II x Transformers Hot Rod vs Arcee.
If it's not actually a toy widely available in stores, look for it here.
This includes fast food toys, kites, keychains, etc. Updated:
Collaborative toys spun off.
Mostly comicbooks, but a few novels, How To Draw books, sourcebooks, etc.
I Can Draw Robots
Okay, these aren't even by Hasbro. But they're robot toys and they kinda
transform, and I've been buying them and reviewing them. Includes Throwbots,
RoboRiders, early Bionicle and Exo-Force. Page updated:
Hybrid Rescue Tank review, Mobile Devastator and Combat Crawler X2 code info
|Tales of the
These are short fanfics I've written, which explore ideas I've had regarding
the interval between the end of the Great War and the beginning of the Beast
Wars, or between just about any two or more eras in the canon. Now includes
some non-Intermezzo writings. Page updated:
a really old (1993) fanfic dug out of Google Groups archives and linked in.
Opera of the Dvandom, formerly my Protoform Project space. Holds a lot of my
art and photos, updated sporadically.