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    While "recycling G1" remained the theme of Generations, the end of the Prime Wars Trilogy saw a shift to a different storyline (to the extent there's much story with any of the Generations toys), the War for Cybertron. No, not the same as the War For Cybertron/Fall of Cybertron story from early in Generations, this time around most of the altmodes look like Earth vehicles with some extra greebles. Announced as a three year cycle, Siege is the first part. Siege brings back Targetmasters more explicitly (the Decoy Armors were sort of Targetmasters) in the Battle Masters class, as well as Micromasters in the...um, MicroMasters class. I suppose the next year will bring Actionmasters in larger numbers...I wonder if the third year will see Yuusha characters? I'd joke about Big Powered, but we've already (in late 2018) seen grays of a retool set built around Overlord that will be Big Powered, so they're already blowing through the last of the G1 stuff in Siege (or Legends, the line is still called that in Japan).

  • Siege: Targetmasters and Micromaster patrols come back, along with pseudo-Cybertronian modes. Set at the start of the Great War, before the Autobots were driven into guerilla warfare.
  • Earthrise: Jump ahead to the dawn of the Terran phase of the conflict.
  • Kingdom: A few more G1 toys from the 1986 movie, another truck version Optimus Prime of course, plus a big chunk of Beast Wars. Sadly, they're mostly skipping the Japanese-only fiction. Introduces Fossilizers, which are basically Weaponizers but made of dinosaur bones.
    Bolded names got Strongly Recommended, while italic indicates a rating of neutral or worse.


KINGDOM

    Depending on whether you go with the implied storyline of the toy packaging or the explicit storyline of the Netflix series (in which modern Earth was entirely skipped), this is either a time travel story or the story of the Ark landing on Earth but not actually putting everyone in stasis. Either way, there's a mix of 1986 movie toys (and as happened in 2010, some toys are part of this line and some are off in the movie-based line, Studio Series this time), Beast Wars toys, and the new Fossilizers (like Weaponizers, but they turn into dinosaur skeletons). It brings back the $10 single figure price point as "Core Class," basically the Legends class but a little smaller. More comparable to the Thrilling 30 Legends figures, but without partner figures. Autobots and Decepticons are joined by Maximals and Predacons, the sigils aren't used for the Maximals and Predacons, but there's new blindpack cards with one of several random "fates" revealed by peeling back a film, reminiscent of the Power of the Primes cards, but both easier to collect (not as many variants) and harder (can't tell which one until you open the package).

CORE CLASS

    Tiny guys with 3mm grip hands. Any skeletal figures in this class are not really Fossilizers, as they don't come apart into accessories.

  • Wave 1: Optimus Prime (truck), Rattrap (rat), Vertebreak (pachycephalosaur skeleton).
  • Buzzworthy Bumblebee and Spike Witwicky: An obvious headswap of a Core Class Bumper, plus a little exosuit Spike, sold under a mix of the Buzzworthy line and Kingdom.
  • Wave 2: Starscream (jet), Megatron (tank). Status: Own, in the queue.
  • Wave 3: Dracodon (skeleton, possibly a Vertebreak redeco or retool), Soundwave (dunno what altmode).
DELUXE

    As Siege had a Weaponizer in each wave and Earthrise had a Modulator, Kingdom has a Fossilizer in each wave. These use the FOSSIL system (Fossilized Osteo-Skeletal Shield Integration Loadout).

  • Wave 1: Cheetor (cheetah), Blackarachnia (spider), Warpath (tank), Paleotrex (T.rex skeleton Fossilizer).
  • Wave 2: Airazor (hawk), Ractonite (styracosaurus Fossilizer), Huffer (semitractor), Arcee (re-release of Earthrise version). Status: Own, in the queue.
  • Wave 3: Tracks (sportscar), Wingfinger (guessing a pterodactyl Fossilizer), Scorponok (BW version), Wheeljack (Earthrise repack).
  • Wave 4: Waspinator, Pipes (Huffer retool), Shadow Panther (Cheetor redeco or maybe retool), Slammer (presumably the Fossilizer of the wave).
  • Generations Selects: Deep Cover (yet another Siege Sideswipe), Transmutate (Fossilizer, no details yet, maybe a heavy retool of Paleotrex?).
VOYAGER

    No particular gimmicks at this size class.

  • Wave 1: Optimus Primal (gorilla), Cyclonus (space jet).
  • Wave 2: Dinobot (raptor dino), Inferno (Earthrise Grapple retool, not the ant version). Status: Own, in the queue. (Dinobot gets a retool as Grimlock in one of this year's Amazon theme-set exclusives.)
  • Wave 3: Rhinox (rhino).
  • Wave 4: Tigatron (tiger), Starscream (Earthrise repack)
  • Generations Selects: G2 Ramjet (Earthrise redeco), Artfire (Inferno redeco).
LEADER

    The first two waves contain exactly one totally new mold.

  • Wave 1: Megatron (T.rex), Optimus Prime (repackage of Earthrise version). Status: review in progress.
  • Wave 2: Ultra Magnus (significant cosmetic retool of Siege mold). Status: Own, in the queue.
  • Wave 3: Galvatron (cannon, animation colors).
  • Generations Selects: Galvatron (toy colors).
COMMANDER

  • Rodimus Prime: Leader-sized bot turns into the front bit, trailer becomes a battle platform.
TITAN

  • The Ark: I guess they wanted something that wasn't a redeco but also at least kinda tied to Beast Wars, but Unicron was already taken by the HasLab version. The Ark turns into a giant robot and hauls itself out of the volcano to join the fight.

EARTHRISE

    Much of the Siege mentality continues in this year, but they've embraced the Micromaster-style connected bases more fully with a new (and incompatible with Titans Return) "AIR-Lock" ramp system, Battle Masters that turn into "shields" that are also ramps, and "Modulators" that are like Weaponizers but also turn into bases. Some Siege toys are re-released to compensate for poor distribution, others because they had extras I guess? Regular release toys outnumbered by exclusives, in any case. Regular sets and most of the exclusives contained pieces of a galactic map laid out in hexes, anywhere frmo a third of a hex (Battle Masters and Micromasters) up to a 20 hex chunk for Scorponok.

    And yes, even if you leave out redecos of Siege molds, there's more store-exclusive Deluxes in Earthrise than non-exclusive. And with five store-exclusive Seekers alone plus G2 Megatron, there's more exclusive Voyagers than non-. This is getting well and truly out of hand.

GALACTIC ODYSSEY COLLECTION

    A pile of exclusive redecos tied together in a prequel story that bridges the time between Siege and Earthrise, it includes a lot of Amazon exclusives, but not all Amazon exclusives. The focus is on five worlds visited by either the Ark directly or by Autobots from the Ark during their trip to Earth, making use of the full map.

  • Encounter 1: Paradron Medics - Ratchet (retool of the Ironhide retool from another exclusive) and Lifeline (Arcee redeco). Really getting tired of the Arcee mold.
  • Encounter 2: Micron Micromasters - Redecos of three Micromaster sets (Battle Squad, Hot Rod Patrol, Race Track Patrol), split into three Autobots and three Decepticons. The Hot Rod Patrol redecos are split by faction, but both are homages to VENOM vehicles from MASK.
  • Encounter 3: Biosfera Clones - Reissue of the Autobot Clones with very minor paint differences. First one to ship to me, so it has all the "what this collection is about" infodump.
  • Encounter 4: Dominus Criminal Pursuit - Barricade (Smokescreen retool) and Punch/Counterpunch (redeco of previous exclusive version from Prime Wars).
  • Encounter 5: Botropolis Rescue Mission- Ironworks (redeco) and Overair (Airwave redeco) along with a redeco of the Astro Squad and a retooled Battle Squad turned into another G1 Astro Squad member, plus a redeco of Doubledealer's missile to let them form a Countdown-lite base.

BATTLE MASTERS

    Three new ramps, plus reships. Retailers largely decided this size class was over, and it's not back in Kingdom.

  • Wave 1: Soundbarrier (shield/ramp), reship of Smashdown.
  • Wave 2: Slitherfang (cobra to shield/ramp), reship of Rung.
  • Wave 3: Doublecrosser (robot to crossroads ramp), reships of first two waves. Not really worth chasing down.
MICROMASTERS

  • Wave 1: Hot Rod Patrol (Daddy-O, Trip-Up) and Military Patrol (Bombshock and Growl). Daddy-O is Big Daddy, they lost the name again.
  • Wave 2: Race Track Patrol (Roller Force and Ground Hog, names swapped compared to G1), Astro Squad (Fuzer and Blast Master, tweaked to sort of have solo vehicle modes).
  • Wave 3: Repackage of the Battle Squad, plus reships from waves 1 and 2. Y'know, if they were gonna end Earthrise's Micromasters on a Siege repackage, they could've gotten some more Spy Patrol 2 out there, eh?
  • Galactic Encounter: Micromasters on Micron: Amazon exclusive redecos of the Hot Rod Patrol, Race Track Patrol, and Astro Squad.
DELUXE

  • Wave 1: Hoist (tow truck), Wheeljack (race car), Cliffjumper (sports car with big cannon), Ironworks (Modulator contruction site, semi-documented comm station mode).
    • Pictures of Ironworks third mode, with and without Shapeways add-on: 1, 2, 3.
  • Decepticon Clones: Technically between classes at a $25 price point, but I'll put them here. Slight redecos of the Titans Return versions, sold as a Target exclusive to help pad out the Decepticon side of the table. Slighty improvements, IMO.
  • Generations Selects Batch 1: Exhaust (headswap redeco of Wheeljack), Greasepit (accessory swap redeco of Ironworks).
  • Wave 2: Arcee (sportscar), Decepticon Airwave (Modulator), Quintesson Allicon (bah wheep graghna wheep ninibong), Smokescreen (sportscar).
  • Wave 3: Trailbreaker (Hoist retool), Decepticon Fasttrack (Weaponizer, based on Scorpnok partner), Sunstreaker (sports car, shared engineering with Wheeljack), Runamuck (sportscar), plus bonus Target exclusive Runabout.
  • Autobot Alliance: Amazon exclusive two-pack with Ironhide (retool of Siege Ironhide with a new roof) and Prowl (retool of Smokescreen). Both of mine had significant assembly defects that required repair...it's a good set but with the indifferent QC and the fact that it sold out before mine even arrived makes it a rather risky gamble.
  • Lots more store exclusives: Netflix, Walgreens, and lots and lots of Generations Selects.
    • Netflix and Walgreens: Netflix wave 2 Elita-1 (Arcee retool) and Bumblebee (major retool of Cliffjumper), and Walgreens exclusive Bluestreak (retool of Smokescreen). Not getting the purely redeco figures in the Netflix set (Impactor, Wheeljack, Red Alert), so lumping these together as non-Selects.
    • Siege Retool Selects: Rotorstorm (Spinister redeco), Autobot Tigertrack (Sideswipe redeco), Deluxe Centurion Drone (Brunt retool), Accessory Pack (part of Centurion's box). The accessory pack is pretty good, too bad the set sold out quickly in pre-order. Painted tiny Optimus Prime that I ended up doing.
    • Earthrise Selects batch 2: Hubcap and Bugbite (Cliffjumper retools/redecos), Hot House (Airwave redeco), Black Roritchi (Fasttrack retool/redeco).
VOYAGER

  • Wave 1: Autobot Grapple (crane truck, serious design flaw in some of the connection pegs), Starscream (F-15-ish jet).
  • Exclusive Seekers Sets: This time around, it looks like most if not all of the Starscream redecos and retools will be some sort of store exclusive.
    • Thundercracker and Skywarp: Target exclusive two-pack, a bit of a pain to get given how they kept being in stock for minutes at a time before selling out.
    • Ramjet and Dirge: Amazon exclusive two-pack, retooled with cone heads and new wings. Sold out shortly after I ordered mine, scalpers have gone nuts and want $200+ now. Sigh. Good, but not triple price good...for that price, you can probably get some good 3P versions of the characters and not enrich a scalper.
    • Thrust: Exclusive to Target, sold out in something like 15 minutes while I wasn't at the computer. Got lucky and found a lone one on a nearly empty Christmas-week shelf, though.
  • Wave 2: Snapdragon (Robot/Jet/Reptile) and reships of Starscream.
  • Wave 3: Megatron (nearly complete retool of Siege Megatron), Quintesson Judge (turns into a battle station or something). Status: haven't seen Judge in the wild, not particularly impressed and will wait and see if I ever see it in person. It keeps coming back into stock online and going out of stock immediately, gonna pass on it. Fortunately, someone who did get it sent me the map piece.
  • Netflix Soundwave: Retooled extensively and given an official tapedeck altmode. (Spotted and passed on the Optimus Prime redeco with clear yellow Soundbarrier and Pteraxadon redecos that is the wavemate.)
LEADER

  • Wave 1: Optimus Prime with trailer, Astrotrain reship (or first ship, for most stores).
    • "Rest Mode" Amazon Exclusive: All done in grays as a corpse. Listing it here because I might buy it, might not. Probably not, though.
  • Wave 2: Doubledealer (Triple-changer missile truck and robot falcon), plus reships of Optimus. Has undocumented features related to the Knok and Skar in the Spy Patrol 3rd Unit set.
COMMANDER

  • Sky Lynx: In addition to the classic G1 modes, he also gets a base mode. Unfortunately, that base mode suffers from some quality control issues and may require user modification to hold together.
TITAN

  • Scorponok: the year's big guy, many years after his counterpart Fort Max. Deluxe Fasttrack (sold separately) turns into his spear. He's a Headmaster, and thanks to 5mm sockets and pegs you can attach Weaponizer or Modulator limbs to the head to make a Gunmen.

SIEGE

    Battle Masters (aka Targetmasters) and Micro Masters (Micromasters) join the fun, as the story apparently disconnects entirely from the Prime Wars. The line-wide gimmick is the use of clear plastic energy effect "Fire Blast" pieces that can be connected to 3mm pegs on the figures.

    Note, due to a poor choice of fonts in early promotional materials, the early Siege logo looked like it said STEGE, and you're going to see that as a nickname for the line even though the final release went out of its way to avoid that error.

    In addition to Autobot and Decepticon symbols, the packaging (but not the toys) for Siege toys get additional sigils that tell you something about the character beyond their faction. Some of the earlier reviews have me musing upon their meaning, but I finally got enough examples to figure out the patterns reasonably well. This file has my deciphering of the sigils, and I will further update it as necessary as I get more information. Last updated: 11/13/19.

    Similarly, we originally had to guess at what to call the icons for various weapon stats, I finally read a Hasbro Pulse article that provided a key to the names of the icons that were used (and also gave some stats not provided on the toy's instructions). On 11/15/19 I went back and fixed all of the abbreviations and also added the Division/Unit/Rank info.

BATTLE MASTERS

    Filling the cheap end at $5-6, these are single-packed Targetmaster updates. Some turn into melee weapons rather than ranged, so Battle Masters does work better to cover the full range.

  • Wave 1: Firedrive (rifle), Lionizer (sword), Blowpipe (rifle). Note that Lionizer was a rifle in G1, and also was an Actionmaster partner, so they're mixing up some of the properties.
  • Wave 2: Aimless (rifle, heavy retool of Blowpipe), Pteraxadon (axe, new character).
  • Wave 3: Caliburst (Blowpipe redeco with new Fire Blast), Smashdown (minotaur to hammer).
  • Wave 4: Rung (cerebral scanner) and Singe (retool of Firedrive). These are suffering badly from tail end charlie syndrome, not even online sources got in enough to meet demand. If you don't have a particular fondness for the characters, neither is worth serious effort to track down, though.
  • Note, several of the molds above get redecos as part of one of the $50 Amazon exclusive sets. Rung, Smashdown, and Pteraxadon do not have redecos or retools yet, that I know of.
MICROMASTERS

    At the Legends price point, we get two-packs of MicroMasters. Each pack represents half of one of the G1 Micromaster Patrol sets, but the figures have much better articulation and combiner into a weapon.

  • Wave 1: Race Car Patrol (Roadhandler and Swindler), Air Strike Patrol (Storm Cloud and Visper...yeah, couldn't trademark even Decepticon Whisper, I guess, but Visper was used for the character in Japan in G1), Battle Patrol (Flak and Topshot...lost Bigshot too).
  • Wave 2: Rescue Patrol (Stakeout and Red Heat...not Red Hot), Spy Patrol (Ravage and Laserbeak, not based on a Micromaster patrol).
  • Wave 3: Sports Car Patrol (Blackjack and Hyperdrive, retools of the Race Car Patrol).
  • Wave 4: Off-Road Patrol (Highjump and Powertrain).
  • Ten-Pack: A mix of redecos and retools of many of the molds above. Oddly, some of the retools seem to be aimed at future regular packs (e.g. Irontread has a retool despite Ironworks being a straight redeco of Powertrain, suggesting a Big Hauler redeco later).
  • Wave 5: Spy Patrol 2 (Ratbat and Rumble), Battle Squad (Direct-Hit and Power Punch). I had to get the Battle Squad online, and everyone was already out of Spy Patrol 2 by the time I looked. Supposedly being re-released in Earthrise.
  • Spy Patrol Unit 3: A Generations Selects four-pack with Wingthing (Ratbat redeco), Frenzy (Rumble redeco), Skar (Ratbat retool), and Knok (Rumble retool, as a Decepticon).
DELUXE

    In addition to regular Transformers, each wave mixes in some "Weaponizers" that are based on various partners for the Titans...so, while this may be a distinct storyline, there's still accessories for older toys included. In addition, they all have weapons meant to be reconfigurable, called the COMBAT (Cybertronian Omnifunctional Modular Battlefield Assault Tech) System, with the weapons able to combine with each other.

  • Wave 1: Sideswipe, Hound, Skytread (Duocon, but without individual robot modes), Cog (Weaponizer).
  • Wave 2: Chromia (based on Moonracer/Novastar but with major retooling), Ironhide, Prowl, Six-Gun (Weaponizer).
  • Wave 3: Red Alert, Brunt (Weaponizer), Refraktor (alone turns into a sort of spaceship thing, but get three and you can combine them into a camera).
  • Exclusives batch 1: Amazon-exclusive Autobot Greenlight, and online-only (but not just one source, usually) Generations Selects Autobot Lancer, Nightbird, and Powerdasher Zetar. Also has some comments on Orthia, the all-femmebot Elita-1 combiner.
  • Wave 4: Mirage (racecar), Impactor (tank), Barricade (Prowl redeco).
  • Fan Vote Battle Pack: Amazon exclusive three-pack of Decepticon Impactor (new head), Holo Mirage (clear blue plastic, new head), and Powerdasher Aragon (Cog retool). Good molds, good colors, kinda expensive ($70 for three Deluxes).
  • Exclusives batch 2: Autobot Ratchet (surprisingly extensive Ironhide retool), Bluestreak (Prowl/Barricade redeco), Smokescreen (Prowl/Barricade redeco), Powerdasher Cromar (Sixgun retool).
  • Wave 5: Spinister (helicopter), Crosshairs (Ironhide retool).
  • Exclusives batch 3: Hot Shot (Hound retool), Ricochet (leftover PotP Jazz redeco I'm tossing in with this review).
  • Alphastrike Counterstrike set: One of two Amazon "$50 for #45 of toys" sets, this one plagued with assembly errors that lead to broken Slamdances. Contains Covert Clone Sideswipe (G2-inspired redeco), Slamdance (retool of Skytread), and Trenchfoot (redeco of Blowpipe).
  • Netflix Deluxe Wave 1: Chromia (redeco of Chromia), Scrapface (redeco of Refraktor). Not reviewed are redeco versions of Sideswipe, Decepticon Mirage, and Hound.
VOYAGER

    These double (or triple) down on the COMBAT System, each having at least two weapons that are meant to combine with each other.

  • Wave 1: Optimus Prime (truck), Megatron (tank).
  • Wave 2: Starscream (sort of a cross between a classic "tetrajet" and a Colonial Viper), Soundwave (flying gunboat crappy mode, but at least his chest opens up to hold his Spy Patrol minions sold separately).
  • Wave 3: Springer (surprisingly animation-accurate triple-changer), reship of Starscream (a few sightings with Thundercracker instead may have been a result of a shipping error).
  • Wave 4: Thundercracker, reship of Megatron. Note, Skywarp is only available in an Amazon-exclusive $50 set with three redecoed Battle Masters, not really tempted to fill out the trio at this time. (And now it's sold out.)
  • Rainmakers Three-Pack: Target exclusive, with Nova Storm, Acid Storm, and Ion Storm. Note, Nova Storm isn't purple, it's yellow, in keeping with the Ask Vector Prime facebook account. (There is one more Target-exclusive version of this mold, Redwing, but you have to get their credit card to be allowed to buy it, meh.)
  • Soundblaster: Part of the Walmart-exclusive 35th Anniversary wave. This is a retool of Soundwave based on G1 Japanese Soundblaster. They also had cel-animated-looking redecos of Optimus and Megatron, I passed on those.
  • Apeface: The last Siege Voyager, an upgrade of Titans Return Apeface...and yet not really. I mean, it's a full triple changer, but I like the TR version better.
  • Hotlink with Heartburn and Heatstroke: ONNNNE MORE SEEKER. The flamethrower-wielding generic Seeker from G1 gets a toy, with two new nonentity Blowpipe redecos as his flamethrowers, as seen on the Netflix War for Cybertron show. Not worth the money unless you're really into seekers or the characters turn out to be breakout hits on the show. (Update: I think I saw Hotlink get blown up? Maybe?)
LEADER

    In addition to the COMBAT System, the Leader toys seem to be going with the Heavy Lifter thing, with extra vehicle parts that turn into super armor on the main robot.

  • Wave 1: Ultra Magnus (truck), Shockwave (brute armor stuff that can turn into a goblin glider, not-a-gun space cruiser altmode). Hey, I have just enough room left on my Ultra Magnus shelf for one more big one, if I juggle them around a bit.
  • Wave 2: Galaxy Upgrade Optimus Prime (extensive retool of Ultra Magnus) and reships of Shockwave.
  • Exclusive Star Convoy retool of PotP Optimus. No plans to pick this up.
  • Wave 3: Astrotrain. Already announced as part of Earthrise wave 1, so at least in ONE case Hasbro realized early on that no one would be ordering the last wave of Leaders.
  • Netflix Ultra Magnus with Battlefield Rung: Different theory of battle wear paint job, otherwise still regular Ultra Magnus. Hot pink transparent Rung. A few small energon cubes and a can's worth of black Play-Doh. Not really worth $60, but was already going on clearance for $35 by the time I wrote this review.
COMMANDER

    Recycling a class name with a major upgrade. Rather than being an Legion sized figure with extra stuff, now Commander means something bigger than Leader but not quite Titan, coming in around the $80 price point.

  • Wave 1: Jetfire (jet). The only real flaw is how hard it is to get some of the panels and bits to open up for transformation. Very cartoon-accurate in robot mode, pretty close in jet mode.

TITAN

    Yeah, don't expect to see this on any shelves, pick your preferred online retailer and reserve well in advance.

  • Wave 1: Omega Supreme with Countdown: Dig up one of the older G1 big guys, and pack with the biggest Micromaster set's Micromaster. Sure, I'll accept that, makes sense.