Generations was the new-for-2010 umbrella line for things that might once
have been called Classics or Universe. It includes a number of sub-lines,
such as the War for Cybertron game tie-in toys, plus homages to previous
lines (including, potentially, Animated characters...some of the abandoned
late designs for Animated might even get released under Generations). The
first "season" of Generations ran through late 2011, with a several month
break followed by another iteration, and another, and so forth. |
Just going to toss in some pinned links now, because
they've settled in to bringing in new Generations "seasons" each year now.
Bolded names got Strongly Recommended, while italic indicates a
rating of neutral or worse.
- Season 1: All Deluxes, started out with War for Cybertron
(WfC) but rapidly drifted into "eh, whatever."
- Season 2: Deluxes, Voyagers and even combiners,
dominated by Fall of Cybertron tie-ins and retools of same.
- Thrilling Thirty: Commander Class, Deluxes, Voyagers
and Titan Class. While there's some Fall of Cybertron in the mix (especially
retools), there's a shift back to Neo-G1. Ran in the background for 2014.
- Combiner Wars: With a tighter connection to the IDW
comics, this brings back combiners in a big way, full on Scramble City
intercompatibility rather than the limited combining of Season 2.
- Titans Return: Need to go bigger than combiners? Try
Titans! Well, in this case, it's a line-wide revival of Headmasters, with
many of the Titan Masters head figures representing full-sized Transformers
who then treat the really big ones as bases.
What's bigger than a Combiner? A TITAN. Except for the Legends class, every
toy has a Headmaster-inspired "Titan Master" partner. Galvatron was the
first review I did for the line, so check it for some of the general
TITAN MASTERS CLASS
Titan Master (head) figures that come with a small vehicle that can transform
into a different vehicle, with the Titan Master riding in one version and
integrating with the other. A cheap way to get lots of extra heads out there
for head-swapping play pattern.
- Wave 1: Crashbash with dino/wyvern, Loudmouth with
hovercar/APC, Nightbeat with jet/drill tank, Terri-Bull with tank/dropship.
- Wave 2: Brawn with offroad vehicle/sand rail, Apeface
with jet/ape, Skytread with redeco of Terri-Bull's vehicle, Clobber with
redeco of Crashbash's dino/wyvern.
- Wave 3: Overboard (Overkill, yet another Crashbash
redeco), Ptero (Swoop) with pteradon/jet, Sawback (Lione/Steeljaw)
with lion/flying chair, Fangry with wolfbat/dragon.
A mix of "regular" Legends figures made with cockpits for Titan Masters, and
data pads like Buzzsaw from Combiner Wars (triple-changing from pad to main
robot or beast mode, to vehicle). $10 price point as before.
- Wave 1: Autobot Rewind (tablet/robot/tank), Autobot
Stripes (tablet/tiger/jet, a Ravage predeco), Autobot Wheelie (driveable
- Wave 2: Ravage, Rumble, Laserbeak. All are redecos
- Wave 3: Gnaw (Sharkticon), Kickback
(grasshopper), Bumblebee (compact car). All can carry a Titan Master,
although in Gnaw's case it's more like "eat" than "carry".
- Wave 4: Roadburn (Bumblebee retool), Brawn
(Hummvee). Both driveable by Titan Masters.
More like traditional Headmasters, each comes with a Titan Master partner and
is an update of a G1 character (initially, at least, some with
trademark-issue name tweaks). $15-18 price point.
- Wave 1: Blurr with Hyperfire (Haywire, sort
of), Skullsmasher (Skullcruncher) with Grax, Hardhead with Furos (Duros),
Scourge with Fracas.
- Wave 2: Highbrow with Xort (Gort), Chromedome with
Autobot Stylor, Mindwipe with Vorath, Wolfwire (Weirdwolf) with Monxo
- Walgreens Exclusive Brainstorm with Autobot
Teslor: Significant retool of Blurr, very good.
- Wave 3: Autobot Hot Rod with Firedrive (Firebolt),
Autobot Twinferno (Doublecross) with Daburu (White Lion), Triggerhappy with
Blowpipe, Autobot Breakaway (Getaway) with Autobot Throttle (Rev).
- Wave 4: Sergeant Kup with Flintlock, Perceptor with
Convex, Autobot Topspin with Freezeout, Decepticon Krok (Skullsmasher
redeco), Decepticon Quake (Hardhead redeco)
They seem to have decided these will all be triple-changers, which works
better in some cases than others. $25-30 price point.
Triple changers as well, but with their third mode being a base of some sort
for the Titan Masters. $45-50 price point.
What would Titans Return be without Titans? $150-170 price point. I'll also
include the $100 box sets in this category.
- Wave 1: Fortress Maximus: heavy retool of Metroplex
with removable Cerebros that has its own regular Titan Master.
- Wave 2: Trypticon, a new mold.
- Toys R Us/BBTS Exclusive Gift Sets: $100 for redecos or mild retools of a
Leader, a Voyager, a Deluxe, and a Titan Master head, plus a Legends size
Clone (Fastlane, Cloudraker, Pounce, and Wingspan from G1, not all got to
keep their names). The Titan Master head has die cast metal faceplate and
- Chaos on Velocitron: Quickswitch (Sixshot with new
face), Laser Prime (G2 color deco of Optimus Prime Voyager), Nautica (Blurr
with new face and shoulders), Fastclash (Fastlane update), Rodimus Prime
(Firebolt with new faceplate and metal parts).
Anniversary over, time to brain back combiners! Voyager cores, Deluxe limbs,
Legends accessories, weapons, or armor.
A mix of Thrilling 30 retools or even just redecos, and new molds dedicated
to working with the new combiners.
- Wave 1:
Bombshell (insect, weapon), Thundercracker (Starscream redeco), Windcharger
(Tailgate retool), Powerglide (A-10-ish jet, Superion weapon).
- Wave 2: Blackjack (car, Menasor chestplate), Huffer
(Optimus Prime retool).
- Wave 3: Viper (Cobra-themed redeco of Powerglide),
Groove (motorcycle), Warpath (tank, retool of Megatron).
- Wave 4: Rodimus (Blackjack retool), Skywarp
- Wave 5: Buzzsaw (Condor/Tablet), Shockwave (cannon),
Chop Shop (Skrapnel retool), Pipes (Huffer redeco, not reviewed).
- Wave 5a: Wreck-Gar (Groove retool), various reships
(likely Shockwave, Bombshell, Warpath).
Limbs, they come with combiner kibble and can become arms or legs. Waves are
mixed, so you can't make a "pure" combiner right away. According to an
interview at BWTF.com, the mixed waves were because of a production problem
that delayed Air Raid, and Dragstrip was ready to go, so got slotted in.
- Wave 1: Dragstrip (Menasor 1), Skydive (Superion 2),
Alpha Bravo (helicopter, Superion 4), Firefly (Fireflight, Superion 5).
- Wave 2: Air Raid (Superion 1), Dead End (Menasor 2),
Breakdown (Menasor 4), Offroad (truck, Menasor 5).
- Wave "2a": Brake-Neck (Dead End retool as Wildrider
homage), Quickslinger (Firefly retool as Slingshot homage). Online
- Wave 3: Protectobots: Streetwise (Dead End major
retool), First Aid (Offroad retool), Blades (Alpha Bravo retool), Rook (new
SWAT vehicle). And yes, TakaraTomy has already shown off prototypes of a
Deluxe Groove to replace Rook.
- Wave 4: Sunstreaker (Breakdown retool), Mirage
(Dragstrip retool), Ironhide (retool of Offroad), Prowl (retool of
Streetwise). Canonical limbs for Optimus Maximus, not Ultra Prime...a new
white deco Optimus figure that I will not be getting is the official core.
- Wave 5: Combaticons - Vortex (Alpha Bravo redeco),
Blast Off (Quickslinger redeco, sigh), Swindle (MASSIVE Rook retool), Brawl
(new mold, tank). One might consider Vortex to be the true version of the
mold, and Alpha Bravo a predeco. :)
- Wave 6: Sky Reign limbs, more G1 Autobots made into
combiners. Wheeljack (heavy retool of Breakdown), Hound (head swap of
Swindle), Smokescreen (redeco of Prowl), Trailbreaker (retool of Offroad).
Largely skippable unless you have nostalgia for one or more of the characters
and really want them as a combiner limb...better standalone interpretations
of the characters exist from the last decade and are still fairly easy to
- Deluxe Groove: Made for the Takara Defensor
giftset, eventually made available (in limited quantities) online where it
became scalperbait. It's...okay. Motorcycle altmode reallllly doesn't work
in this aesthetic. But it makes a good limb.
The cores of the combiners, natch.
- Wave 1: Optimus Prime (Ultra Prime 3), Silverbolt (Superion 3). Silverbolt is definitely the
better of the two.
- Wave 2: Motormaster (Optimus Prime retool,
Menasor 3). Updated with some Menasor notes.
- Wave 3: Hot Spot (fire truck, Defensor 3), Cyclonus (Silverbolt
reshelling, Galvatronus core).
- Wave 4: Battle Core Optimus Prime is a white deco of Optimus Prime,
intended to sell with the Wave 4 limbs. I won't be getting it. Almost
picked it up when I had a coupon, but it had sold out by that point.
- Wave 5: Onslaught (heavy Hot Spot retool),
Scattershot (heavy Silverbolt retool). I did buy Scattershot, but took it
back when I found the limbs would only be available in a gift set.
- Wave 6: Sky Lynx (shuttle to beast). While it
doesn't separate into shuttle and lynx, it's a decent update of the idea, and
possibly the last entirely new mold of Combiner Wars. Sadly, it's also
serious scalper bait, and might not be worth the cost and effort.
These don't combine, but are meant to be imposing enough to be a match for a
combiner. And I suppose they can use some of the Legends figures as
- Wave 1: Megatron (big tank with working treads), Armada Megatron
- Wave 2: Hard to say what constitutes this wave. Thundercracker (extensive Leader Jetfire retool) and
Ultra Magnus (car carrier truck) started showing up
around the same time, but not in the same places at the same time, suggesting
each is its own case lot in some shipments. I was going to pass on
Thundercracker, but I was told of a brief sale on Amazon where it dropped to
$25. Still haven't (as of November 13, 2015) seen either of these on the
shelves anywhere, but I have gotten a handful of sightings.
Metroplex need not be alone any longer....
- Devastator: Not as tall as Metroplex, but composed
of six individual toys with robot and vehicle mode, each averaging Voyager
size. Suffers from some of the usual quality control issues, and from
corner-cutting. Worth getting at a discount, iffy at full price. Especially
since "full price" went up from $150 to $170 a few months after release.
- DK-01 Devastator Add-On Kit: I got it as a birthday
present. It helps with some issues in the original toy, not all of which
were issues I personally had. Well-made, though.
- Victorion: A $100 gift set of (mostly) retooled
figures based on various fan votes. She's the first female combiner. Too
bad so many of her base molds left me unthrilled.
- Computron: Another $100 gift set. Scattershot was
available separately as a Voyager, but the limbs are only available in a gift
set. This is more of an extended capsule than a full review.
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the toy line, much as an earlier
Generations/Universe series did the 25th.
The Legends class is revived here to sell at the same price point as the data
discs (and in fact are series 02 to the discs' series 01). They are somewhat
smaller than similarly-priced Commanders, but compensate for that by
including Targetmaster-style partners.
- Wave 1: Optimus Prime with Autobot Roller,
Bumblebee with Blazemaster. Not off to a stellar start.
- Wave 2: Megatron with Chop Shop, Starscream
with Waspinator. Ah, much better.
- GDO Hoist: Actually part of the first or second
season, but since I'm not going to create a separate page for Chinese
exclusives, I'm just gonna link it here.
- Wave 3: Swerve with Flanker, Cosmos with Payload.
Both good designs, but ill-fated in release timing.
- Wave 4: Tailgate with Groundbuster, Skrapnel
(Shrapnel) with Reflector. Very hard to find in stores, even worse than wave
- Wave 5: Cliffjumper (Bumblebee redeco) with Suppressor
(Roller redeco), Nemesis Prime (Optimus Prime redeco) with Spinister
(Blazemaster redeco). Ended up getting them online after all, during a
- Wave 6: Acid Storm with Venin (Starscream &
Waspinator redeco), Gears (Swerve retool) with Eclipse (Flanker redeco).
At least the first wave comes packaged with special new-cover (and sometimes
tweaked content) copies of IDW spotlight issues for the characters. Or,
where there wasn't a Spotlight, some significant issue featuring the
character. A few, like Orion Pax, have new comics commissioned for the toy.
The price point hasn't changed, but the comics will probably let stores
justify keeping them at the initial $15-16 price longer before dropping them
to $12-13 like the last several runs of Deluxes across the lines.
- Wave 1: Megatron (stealth bomber from the comics),
Orion Pax (Cybertronian truck), Bumblebee (current comics, leader of the
Earthbound Autobots) and Trailcutter (with the comic altered so he's always
Trailcutter rather than changing his name during the comic).
- Wave 2: Reships of wave 1, plus Hoist (Trailcutter
retool) and Thundercracker (redeco of Fall of Cybertron Starscream).
- Wave 3: Goldfire (Goldbug retool of Bumblebee, not
reviewed), Waspinator (wasp), Dreadwing (retool of Megatron with G2 Dreadwing
head), Skids (hatchback).
- Wave 4: Armada Starscream, Skywarp (FoC
Starscream redeco), Mini-Con Assault Team (combiner), Scoop (double
- Wave 5: Tankor (Beast Machines), Rattrap (Beast
Wars). Warning: Rattrap has a breakage issue with the shins.
- Wave 6: Crosscut (Skids head swap), Jhiaxus (major
retool of Armada Starscream), Windblade (VTOL jet), Nightbeat (Bumblebee head
swap). All pretty good.
- Wave 7: Chromia (extensive retool of TF:P
arcee), Arcee (sports car).
- Blitzwing - Tank and jet, suffers from a
significant (but fixable) design flaw in the shoulders.
- Autobot Springer - Armored car and helicopter. It
has a lot of little flaws, but no big one, so it's better than Blitzwing.
- Sandstorm - An extensive retool of Springer, and
generally an improvement.
- Doubledealer - A head-swap redeco of
Blitzwing. Sadly, didn't fix the shoulder flaw.
- Rhinox - Hey, Beast Wars gets some love!
- Whirl - G1 Whirl
update, as opposed to the Wreckers combiner or an adaptation of the current
comics version. Notorious for fragile knee joints.
- Roadbuster -
The other Dorvack-import character updated, another Wrecker to add to the
crew. Sadly, while it comes with stickers like Whirl did, it comes with very
badly cut and designed stickers that seem intended for an early prototype.
- Sky-Byte -
Robots in Disguise's poetic shark, given his own brand-new mold! It's better
than the original Cybershark II redeco, but that's not the highest bar in the
world to get over.
- Brainstorm -
Final non-combiner Voyager, an update of the G1 design. Beware of neck
breaking. And briefcases.
Might as well fill in some of the gap between Voyager and Titan, yes? $45
- Jetfire: #21 of 30 of the Thrilling Thirty, a bit
marred by the inclusion of random chrome on the weapons. Would be a great
$30 toy, but is a so-so $45 toy.
- Thundercracker: A "pretool" of Jetfire, fairly extensively redone to look
more like an IDW-style seeker.
The biggest, most expensive Transformer in years...decades if you don't
include limited editions and Japanese stuff. For the foreseeable future
there is only one figure in this class ("Titan Heroes" et al are a different
sort of thing, and much cheaper):
- Metroplex: Robot, City, Battlestation. Loads of
stickers, which may be a deal-breaker for some, but I liked it overall.
The Fall of Cybertron theme was more strongly kept to this time, although the
season was fairly short, wedged between other lines.
- Wave 1: Optimus Prime (battle truck), Autobot Jazz
(Cybertronian racer), Shockwave (Cybertronian mobile artillery).
- G2 Bruticus Gift Set: Wave 2 has these sold
separately in different (but not game-accurate) colors, which I comment about
as well. The bear rides the unicycle, but not all that well.
- Wave 3: Ultra Magnus (Optimus Prime headswap with
new weapon), Sideswipe (MASSIVE remold of Jazz), Air Raid (significant
Shockwave retool), Kickback (mecha-locust, new mold) and Starscream
(jet, new mold). Kickback aside, a very good wave.
- Wave 4: Wreckers retooled from Combaticons.
Roadbuster, Impactor, Whirl, Twintwist and Topspin combine to form
Ruination. The new weapons are nice, but have some missed opportunities.
- Soundblaster and Autobot Blaster: The first wave of
Voyagers was Soundwave and redeco Soundblaster, the second wave was retool
Autobot Blaster and new mold Grimlock.
- Minion Packs: Sold as the new $10 price point between
Commander and Deluxe, two-packs of data disks that can go in the chests of
any of the three versions of the Soundwave mold.
- Rumble & Ravage
- Frenzy & Ratbat
- Eject & Ramhorn
- Rewind & Sunder (orange Laserbeak)
- Grimlock: Robot T.rex, as usual. Good robot mode,
kinda bricky dino. The other half of wave 2.
All Deluxes. Started out with something of a theme, but drifted badly, to
the point where it was unclear why some toys ended up here rather than in the
tail-end movie stuff that year.
- Wave 1: WfC Bumblebee (Tron-bike-ish car), WfC
Optimus Prime (armored truck), Drift (sports car), Thrust (Classics
- Wave 2: WfC Optimus Prime, WfC Bumblebee,
Darkmount (halftrack, this is essentially Straxus from the Marvel
comics), WfC Megatron (hovertank).
- Wave 3: Reships of WfC Bumblebee, WfC Megatron, Drift
and Darkmount, plus WfC Soundwave (combat car) and Red Alert (Classics
Sideswipe redeco with lightbar, not quite the same mold details as the Henkei
version). Red Alert not reviewed at this time.
- Wave 4: Dirge (Ramjet mold with new wings) and
Blurr (Drift remold with sniper rifle), plus reships.
- Wave 5: Thunderwing (space jet), Skullgrin (re-head of
Darkmount), and Cliffjumper (re-head of WfC Bumblebee, which looks
pretty but doesn't fix any mold problems).
- Wave 6: Sergeant Kup (pickup truck) and Scourge
(flying wing), plus reships. Yes, Scourge is Generations while movie-colors
Cyclonus is Reveal the Shield, do not look too deeply into Hasbro's branding
- Wave 7: Thundercracker (Classics Skywarp redeco)
and Wheeljack (extensive remold of Reveal the Shield Tracks).
- Warpath: Wave 8 is all reships plus this one
new mold. Very hard to find in first run, but reshipped along with wave 9.
- Wave 9: Sky Shadow (Thunderwing retool as
Black Shadow from Victory) and Junkheap (retool of Wreck-Gar as a
generic Junkion). (Note, both are Strongly Recommended if you don't already
have the mold, otherwise recommended.) Final batch of the "first season".