EarthSpark
The future (present) of neo-G1 Last Updated: 10/28/23
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    Tied in with a Paramount Plus show, this series replaces Cyberverse as the "for the kids, not adult collectors" main line. The premise is that G1 happened in the mid-80s, if with some character differences (Windblade was around, Skywarp is female, stuff like that) and it ended with the destruction of the Space Bridge and the stranding of the Earth-bound Cybertronians. Megatron did a face turn and helped end the war, and the remaining Decepticons are fugitives being rounded up by GHOST, a human/Cybertronian alliance. The new story kicks off with the children of a former soldier finding protoforms seeded on Earth, the Terrans, who bond emotionally via gloves suspiciously like the Master Bracers.

    The toys follow the same basic principles as Cyberverse, with gimmick-focused Warriors, more show-accurate Deluxes, smaller gimmicky toys, and at least initially nothing over the Voyager price point.

    Bolded names got Strongly Recommended, while italic indicates a rating of neutral or worse.


TACTICONS

    The cheapest size class. Chunky vehicles unfold into brickish little robots whose gimmick is that they are finger puppets. Unless otherwise specified, assume they're very mildly recommended at most.

  • Wave 1: Optimus Prime (truck), Megatron (cargo plane), Bumblebee (sportscar).
  • Wave 2: Arcee (50s muscle car), Terran Twitch (somewhat mangled communications van). Arcee's a good candidate for some home painting, so mildly recommended if you're into that.

1-STEP FLIP CHANGERS

    Yeah, this class ain't going away any time soon. It got a new gimmick, though, with the robots auto-transforming to vehicle mode when they fall over.

  • Wave 1: Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Wheeljack. All are barely above Neutral.
  • Wave 2: Swindle (sorta Hummvee) and Soundwave (stealth bomber). Just gonna capsule these.
    • Swindle: Vehicle mode looks like it's on the way from the body shop to a paint place, colors don't really match up. Really needed more paint apps to work at all. Robot mode has some paint, but is kinda bland and relies too much on "please ignore this chunk of not-robot between the limbs" indulgence. Falling over doesn't always trigger the transformation. Don't bother with this one.
    • Soundwave: Also a bit underpainted, but has the advantage of being all in the same color of plastic, so it's really only a matter of the robot mode being a touch bland. Stealth bomber mode looks decent, the scissoring transformation is nice, and it always transforms when it falls over. Still a brick, but a more elegant one. Mildly recommended.
  • Wave 3: Megatron (transport plane) and Terran Twitch (drone). More Capsules. In both cases they're decent $10 gimmick-based toys, but the Deluxes are better versions of both characters (and no, that's not guaranteed).
    • Megatron: Looks okay in robot (statue) mode from the front, and ONLY the front, lots of backpack. The trigger mechanism is between his knees, so it's hard to pick the figure up without auto-transforming it (the backpack makes it hard to pick up by the torso). Decent vehicle mode, bit with obvious robot boots stuck to the tail.
    • Terran Twitch: Similar transformation to Megatron, altough her wing struts end up as proper show-style shoulder rotors, and the transformation trigger is on her belly so it's a lot easier to avoid. Decent statue from any direction, really, although the tail rotors just sort of stick out behind the thighs. Vehicle mode has the same problem as Megatron, with the robot boots thickening the tail part.

WARRIOR CLASS

    As with Cyberverse, these are cheaper than Deluxes ($17 at Target, for instance) but about the same size, sacrificing articulation for attack gimmicks. They now ship in the open-faced sort of package that Ultras did in Cyberverse.

  • Wave 1: Optimus Prime (new mold, longnose semitractor), Elita-1 (dark pink race-modded Hummer-type vehicle), and Skywarp (redeco of Cyberverse first wave Starscream Warrior, even uses the same package-back renders as on my Slipstream but with new colors) They somehow made Skywarp worse than the original mold, and didn't even get close to the right colors.
  • Wave 2: Terran Thrash (motorcycle) and Starscream (redeco of Cyberverse Warrior, second use of that mold in Earthspark). Review also includes Wave 3.
  • Wave 3: Terran Jawbreaker (pachycephalosaur) and Megatron (cargo plane).

DELUXE

    The first three waves contain Build-A-Figure parts for the series enemy Mandroid. Packaging similar to the later Cyberverse Deluxes, boxes with small open windows.

  • Wave 1: Megatron (cargo plane), Bumblebee (sports car), and Terran Twitch (altmode is one of Wheeljack's drones).
  • Wave 2: Optimus Prime (semitractor) and Shockwave (G1-style redeco of Cyberverse Deluxe Shockwave).
  • Wave 3: Grimlock (T.rex) and Terran Nightshade (art deco owl).

SPIN CHANGERS

    The biggest size class at least initially, these are at the $35 price point, and include little figures of humans who can attach to spots on the upper torso to activate a gimmick that finishes transforming the upper body as it spins. Underwhelming.

  • Wave 1: Optimus Prime with Robby Malto, Bumblebee with Mo Malto. No plans to buy Optimus or any future toys of this class.
OTHERS?

    So far no larger sizes have been announced, but the $50 class took a while to appear for Cyberverse too.