Finally a live action Transformers movie that doesn't have Bay at the helm,
and it's a prequel set in the 80s that soft-reboots some of Bumblebee's
timeline. With a fairly limited cast, most of them get toys in several
classes in the first few waves, but some "when we were still on Cybertron"
flashback sequences justify a lot of store exclusives and potential later
Toys with names in italics rated worse than "Mildly Recommended" while
those in boldface are "Strongly Recommended" or better.
With no real fanfare, this size class (which never had its second or third
series show up in my area) is back for the new movie. $3 price point, blind
- Wave 1: AKA Series 4 overall. Bumblebee (VW),
Dragonstorm (new mold), Dropkick (redeco of series 2 Cogman), Dropkick
Chopper Mode (redeco of series 1 Blackout), Grimlock (redeco from series 1),
Megatron (tank), Optimus Prime (redeco of series 1), Ratchet (redeco of
series 3), Scorn (not a redeco, but probably a leftover from the TLK waves),
Shatter (redeco of series 3 Barricade), Soundwave (blue redeco of series 1
Soundwave car), Dinobot Swoop (like Scorn, a new figure but probably a
leftover design, it's Strafe from AoE but in colors from his TLK redeco).
Scorn and Megatron are the best of the wave, IMO.
While still functionally the same Legion style as previous years, they've
rebranded it as Speed Series for this movie. All of them have sockets in the
back of vehicle mode for connecting the linewide "Igniters" gimmick. $5-7
- Wave 1: Two Bumblebees (VW and classic Camaro),
Barricade (sort of a Crown Victoria riff), Hot Rod (headswap retool of
Barricade), Optimus Prime (who may only appear in flashbacks and messages,
but by gum he's gonna be in the toyline).
About the size of One-Step Changers, but with more emphasis on a vehicle mode
gimmick, but the same general level of robot mode articulation. They have
places to attach an Igniter in the gimmick-popped vehicle mode, but do not
come with Igniters. $10 price point.
- Wave 1: Bumblebee (Camaro), Megatron (tank similar to RotF version),
Dropkick (different Camaro), Hot Rod (head-swap retool of Dropkick). Status:
Own Megatron and Dropkick, may or may not review them fully.
Power Series figures that come with Energon Igniters, which are push-button
friction motors. $15 price point.
- Wave 1: Bumblebee (VW), Bumblebee (Camaro, not
reviewed), Optimus Prime (Truck, not reviewed). The Camaro BB is slightly
remolded compared to the Power Series version.
The non-transforming and weirdly proportioned Titan Heroes designers get to
try their hand at transformations. Generally $15 price point.
- Greatest Hits Bumblebee: Bumblebee (Camaro) with sound gimmick, part of
the Target exclusive "Greatest Hits" line. $20, extra five bucks for the
sound chip, I guess. Status: Not gonna get this.
Technically this is part of the Studio Series line, but I'll put the reviews
here to keep things together. $20 price point, no Igniter compatibility.
- Wave 3: Bumblebee (movie VW), Shadow Raider
- Wave 4: KSI Sentry (Stinger retool), Dropkick (helicopter...it's a
triple-changer in the movie, but the toys don't try to get that fancy, it's
They're playing it safe here, other than multipacks, store exclusives, and a
few other oddballs, this is as big as it gets. A $20 price point that's a
little smaller and less complex than a typical Voyager, but with integrated
Energon Igniter gimmicks. This might also be the biggest toys that the
Igniters can reliably move. Packaged the same way as Cyberverse's Ultra
class...and sadly, about the same general quality level as Ultras.
- Wave 1: Bumblebee (VW), Bumblebee (Camaro, not
reviewed), Optimus Prime (Truck), Barricade (police car).
Leaving this in case a Studio Series Voyager is released for the line.
Lumping together everything bigger than Voyager, since a lot of the larger
sets planned for this line are standalones or maybe have an assortment of
two. There does not seem to be anything planned for the Leader class as we
normally consider it, but Power Charge Bumblebee seems to fill that price
- Power Charge Bumblebee: Leader-sized, but more like Deluxe complexity, it
eschews the standard Igniters for a built-in friction motor in the chest that
triggers light and sound gimmicks. $50 price point, no "series" listed on
the package, so I guess it's sui generis. Status: I decided to pick one up,
review eventually (something of a bottleneck in my To Review box in early
- Greatest Hits Cassette Pack: Target exclusive. One-step changer
Bumblebee from a previous line (I don't really care which, it's a crappy
mold), plus three datapad minion redecos: Frenzy (blue Rumble redeco),
Buzzsaw (black and yellow Laserbeak redeco), Howlback (blue Ravage redeco).
$30, so basically you get the crappy Bumblebee for free with the three
datacons. Status: Own, may review eventually.
- Greatest Hits Soundwave with Doombox: Retool of Titans Return Soundwave
with new stickers and some other deco tweaks. There's much speculation about
what this was originally intended for, since a Leader class retool seems a
bit much for a store exclusive...why not just new stickers? $50. (Note, if
you have the Target app, there's currently a $10 off $50 and $25 off $100
coupon for toys, I used it to basically get the cassette pack for $5.)
Status: Own, may review eventually.
- Studio Series Multipacks: A retooled or new mold Camaro Bumblebee with
add-on panels to customize his look in a garage set, a "now and then" two
pack with VW and modern Camaro Bumblebees.