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Last Updated: 12/14/08
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CLASSICS 2.0

    In 2008, the "Universe" brand got reframed, away from the old recolors line and into a more generic "anything that's not tied to a movie or TV show" brand. Part of the new Universe branding is the Classics assortment, dubbed "Classics 2.0" by fans. The emphasis is on more realistic altmodes than seen in some of Classics 1.0 (i.e. we won't be seeing any huge Nerf-like guns or futuristic jets), although there's some "leakage" to be expected.


LEGENDS OF CYBERTRON
    The smallest set, but no longer $4 or less, as prices go up across the board.

  • Wave 1: Starscream (Thundercracker), Red Alert (Hot Shot), Onslaught (CD Red Alert). All recolors of Cybertron molds, I will not be buying any of these.
  • Wave 2: Autobot Hound (jeep), Autobot Jazz (sports car), Megatron (G2 tank).

DELUXE
    Again, the core of the line, just as with Classics 1.0.

  • Wave 1: Sunstreaker (sports car), Prowl (police car), Tankor (tanker plane/truck triple changer, Octane update). Sunstreaker is built to allow a slight remold and assembly-swap to get Sideswipe.
  • Wave 2: Galvatron (tank) and Acid Storm (jet, recolor of Classics Skywarp), plus reships of wave 1. Review complete as of 9/9/08.
  • Wave 3: Galvatron and Acid Storm reshipping, plus Silverstreak (remold of Prowl), Sideswipe (remold of Sunstreaker) and Ironhide (new mold, SUV).

VOYAGER
    This size class starts off with some recolors, but is slated for new molds later on.

  • Wave 1: Autobot Blaster (Cybertron Soundwave), Heavy Load (Cybertron Quickmix). Got Blaster for Wonkimus and reviewed it, I'm unlikely to review Heavy Load.
  • Wave 2: Decepticon Dropshot (Cybertron Defense Scattorshot in green and tan), Autobot Blades (Cybertron Evac in red and white). No plans to get these for myself or someone else. GUEST REVIEW of Dropshot, along with Henkei Thundercracker.

ULTRA
    Yep, this size class is back, at (initially) a $25 price point.

  • Wave 1: Powerglide (A-10 Thunderbolt), Onslaught (SWAT armored vehicle).
  • Wave 2: Silverbolt (XB-70 crossed with F-23 and B-2).
  • Wave 3: Silverbolt again, with Stormcloud, a redeco (and slight remold) of Powerglide to homage the Micromaster of that name. Apparently the shoulder pegs have been fixed and hold together better now, but I won't be dropping $27 on another copy of the mold.


CLASSICS 1.0

    "Classic" is actually just a classification within this line, which is merely "The Transformers", but while I briefly toyed with calling this directory "The", I decided to stick with the fan-tendency to just call everything under this group Classic. It also includes new Mini-Cons, and possibly a few other things, as an interim line between Cybertron's end in 2006 and the movie line in 2007. A sort of Neo-G1/G2 line, reimagining classic characters without creating a whole new storyline.


LEGENDS OF CYBERTRON
    A $4 sub-basic price point, with smaller versions of other toys. Unknown yet if there will be new molds for Classic, or just recolors.

WAVE ONE - REVIEW Recolors of Cybertron figures. Didn't buy Perceptor.

  • Trypticon - Purple and teal recolor of Scourge.
  • Fireflight - Jetfire in Powerglide colors.
  • Perceptor - CD Red Alert in red and black.
  • Leo Prime - Leobreaker in Lioconvoy colors.
WAVE TWO - More recolors. REVIEW. Only have Menasor and Jetfire, got guest comments on Bumblebee and some comments on Whirl based on pictures.
  • Menasor - Purple and black Optimus Prime.
  • Bumblebee - Yellow Hot Shot.
  • Jetfire - White and red Thundercracker.
  • Whirl - Blue Evac.
BASICS
    So far, the only things I know about at this price point are the new Mini-Con sets.

WAVE ONE - REVIEW

  • Dinobots: Swoop (pteradon), Knockdown (triceratops) and Terrorsaur (T.rex). These are the first beast-form Mini-Cons. Autobots.
  • Demolition Team: Wideload (dump truck), Sledge (bulldozer/power shovel) and Broadside (tank). Decepticons.
  • Night Rescue Team: Firebot (fire engine), Strongarm (police car) and Divebomb (rescue helicopter). All new molds, you can look at it as an update of the Emergency Team. Autobots.
WAVE TWO - REVIEW
  • Predator Attack Team: Snarl (tiger), Dreadwing (falcon/eagle), Overbite (wolf). More beastforms. Decepticons.
  • Dirt Digger Team: Oil Slick (muscle car), Dirt Rocket (street cycle), Grindor (monster truck). Information warriors. Decepticons.
  • Clear Skies Team: Thunderwing (F-14), Steel Wind (A-10), Nightscream (dragon). Environmentalists. Autobots.
DELUXES
    The core of the Classics line, called Classic Deluxe.

WAVE ONE - REVIEW

  • Bumblebee - Melange of several compact cars.
  • Starscream - F-15 fighter jet.
  • Rodimus - 1978 Dome futuristic sports car.
  • Astrotrain - Bullet train meets space shuttle.
WAVE TWO - REVIEW (now has both)
  • Mirage - Formula racer.
  • Grimlock - Robotic T.rex. Very shortpacked.
WAVE THREE - REVIEW
  • Cliffjumper - Straight recolor of Bumblebee.
  • Ramjet - Remold of Starscream.
PLUSHFORMERS - REVIEW
  • Slumberbee - Not quite a Beetle, but also not the same vehicle as the non-plush Classics Bumblebee. Fully invertible plush.
  • Softimus Prime - G1-style truck mode, partially invertible plush.

VOYAGER
    The Mega class is called Classic Voyager in Classics, with a $20 price point.

WAVE ONE - REVIEW

  • Optimus Prime - Semitractor cabover style.
  • Megatron - A blaster in nerf-ish colors.
WAVE TWO - REVIEW
  • Jetfire - Futuristic jet based on the F-14 with a little F-15 tossed in.
TWO PACKS
  • Optimus Prime vs. Megatron: The Ultimate Battle - At the Voyager price point, two Deluxe-sized figures of the two, entirely new molds. Not a store exclusive, but does seem to be hitting Toys R Us first. Comes with a DVD that the packaging advises is "not a toy". Megatron's decent, Prime suxx0rz.
  • Ultra Magnus vs. Skywarp: Battle for Autobot City - This is a Target exclusive, recolors of Voyager Prime and Starscream together at the Voyager price point. Much better buy than Ultimate Battle, despite being recolors.
    • Tweaked Ultra Magnus - I decided it needed a little something, but not a full "map the G1 color scheme onto the robot" job. Mainly painted the helmet and added a few bits of red, also put a layer of gunmetal on the gun.
SPECIALS
  • Pepsi Optimus Prime - Recolor and remold of G1 Optimus Prime (or, more likely, G2 Prime) in full corporate shill mode. Won it from Pepsi's "Transform Your Summer" promotion.
SUPER or larger
  • 20th Anniversary Optimus Prime - A recolor of this toy in Classics packaging. Comes with a stand that talks (badly) at the press of a button. Guest review by Justin Anderson.

  • Constructicon Devastator: A Wal-Mart exclusive gift set of the whole Constructicon Maximus set from Energon recolored and renamed, with a more unified color scheme.

  • Masterpiece Starscream: Another Wal-Mart exclusive, this is the Japanese Mastepiece Starscream redone in cartoon-style colors.