With the second Robots in Disguise cartoon and line winding down in 2018,
Hasbro turned to an entirely new continuity (albeit with a lot of the usual
characters), focusing on an attempt at "evergreen" character designs that
could be used on merch and small chain toys for years to come. Like Robots
in Disguise 2.0, the emphasis is on toys more appropriate to the actual
"kids" target market (as opposed to the more adult-focused Generations
toys). As usual, boldfaced names got Strongly Recommended ratings, those in
italics got worse than Neutral. A lot of italics in this line....|
The first of the size class labels being revived for Cyberverse, these are
about the size of the old Scout Class, but they don't fully transform. They
go between robot mode and a transitional form, reminiscent of the
kinda-transforming Actionmaster Elites from the early 90s in Europe.
(Ironically, there's no Legion class in Cyberverse, given that Cyberverse was
first used as a line name for Legion and Commander class toys.) $8 price
point, give or take.
- Wave 1: Bumblebee (legs turn into part of a
car), Grimlock (dino head covers up robot head...a trick Warrior class RiD15
Grimlock could do too), Megatron (legs turn into tank treads), and
Starscream (makes a sort of gerwalk mode). Really, if you must try
out the concept, Grimlock is so-so (and might be mildly recommended if it
were $5 instead of $8), but avoid Bumblebee like the plague.
- Wave 2: Windblade (another gerwalk, with pop-out wing
blades), Optimus Prime (truck with head and arms sticking out),
Slipstream (Starscream redeco, not reviewed, presumably not better
than Starscream though).
Same basic idea as in RiD2015...and in fact the entire first wave is just
redecos of RiD toys. Still at the $10 price point and sold in vehicle mode.
- Wave 1: Bumblebee (redeco of RiD's Patrol Bumblebee), Soundwave (redeco
of RiD), Blurr (redeco of RiD). The deco changes are fairly slight, I won't
be picking up any of these. Status: Seen 'em, didn't buy (I have two of the
molds already and don't want another BB). And while Blurr did show up in the
cartoon, I kinda doubt he'll be getting more toys....
Roughly equivalent to the RiD Warriors, but with more resources devoted to
various action gimmicks. $15 price point.
- Wave 1: Bumblebee (sportscar), Optimus Prime
(semitractor), Starscream (jet), Shockwave (crab-walker bot altmode).
- Wave 2: Megatron (tank), Acid Storm (Starscream
redeco, not reviewed), Windblade (VTOL-fan jet), reship of Optimus Prime.
Another revived class name, these are about Voyager sized, with some sort of
action gimmick. $20 price point, in the sort of open-faced packaging the
- Wave 1: Starscream (jet with non-launching
missile pods that just sort of blossom), Bumblebee (sportscar with
non-launching missiles on launchers that fold out), and Grimlock (mecha T.rex
with fire blast that emerges from the mouth while flames shoot out of the
spine). All gimmicks are non-firing. While the transformations are more
complex, the articulation is at Hyperchanger level for Starscream and
Bumblebee, but at Cyber Battalion level for Grimlock.
- Wave 2: Shockwave (still a crab walker), Shadow
Striker (car, new female character, not reviewed). Shadow Striker isn't just
a Bumblebee reshell, but seems to share a lot of engineering with him.
Leader-sized, but with simpler transformations and a lower $30 price point.
- Wave 1: Optimus Prime (semitractor), Megatron
Not sure if there'll be more than one of these, but there will be at least
one. They feature elements that are scaled to work with Scout and One-Step
- Optimus Prime Playset: The Warrior Optimus Prime (maybe with minor
redeco) with a trailer that opens up as a playset. Not actually part of the
release wave. Given how unimpressive Optimus was, I'll almost definitely
give this a pass unless I see it at 50% off or less.