Okay, a decade or so after Generations became a thing, it's gotten too big to
keep in one directory. So I'm spinning the 2022-24(?) line into its own
directory. The G1 homages continue, but are joined by more homages from the
90s and 00s because the Unicron Trilogy was twenty years ago. And if it's
only a one-year subline? Well, then this gets to be a small directory. But
since they've been doing three year themes lately, and 2024 is the 40th
anniversary, I wouldn't be surprised if this goes three years too.|
Bolded names got Strongly Recommended, while italic indicates a
rating of neutral or worse.
The high concept is a sort of Crisis on Infinite Earths or Into the
Spider-Verse or...well, the original Universe line back in the day.
Explicitly inter-world interactions as universes collide, excusing just about
any character while making it fit into something story-like. While the toys
will retain compatibility with War for Cybertron gear, the new line-wide
gimmick is Energon weaponry (similar to 2003's Energon, including the ability
to combine weapons and gear). Additionally, they put QR codes on the boxes
that link to extended bios and techspecs.
These are in the new no-plastic-blister style of packaging that debuted with
the Studio Series Core Class. They have the QR code on the instructions
rather than ont he box.
- Wave 1: Skywarp (redeco of Kingdom Starscream with new
weapon), Hot Rod (Kingdom tail-end reship), Iguanus (motorcycle with robot
mode based on the G1 Pretender shell). The three weapons combine into a
- Wave 1: Autobot Skids (G1, car), Decepticon Dragstrip (G1, racecar),
Prime Universe Arcee (motorcycle), Kickback (G1, grasshopper). Status: found
Kickback, review on deck.
- Selects Lift-Ticket: A redeco of Earthrise Hoist
inspired by the red Diaclone version of the toy that became Hoist. No
- Buzzworthy Bumblebee Autobot Silverstreak:
Target exclusive redeco (with the fixed knees) of Bluestreak, but in Diaclone
blue colors, but no Energon gear.
- Selects DK-2 Guard: A black Diaclone-inspired redeco
of Earthrise Ironhide. Also no Energon gear.
- Walmart Exclusives: Predacon Sandstorm (A new-head retool of Kingdom
Scorponok in the colors of the old Botcon exclusive), Autobot Nightprowler
(snow leopard deco of Kingdom Cheetor, based on an unreleased Universe toy),
Buzzsaw (Kingdom Waspinator redeco based on BW Buzzsaw). I might get
Buzzsaw if I see it on the shelves and I like the looks, but I expect to pass
on the other two.
- Wave 1: Autobot Blaster & Eject (repackage of Kingdom toy, I did add the
techspec info from Legacy to that review, though), Prime
Universe Bulkhead (despite the name and head it's otherwise more like the
AoE Hound toy).
- Wave 1: Galvatron (repackage of Kingdom version, but without the battle
damage paint), G2 Universe Laser Optimus Prime (G2, reuses some of Earthrise
Optimus Prime's parts) Status: I've seen Galvatron on the shelves but no
Laser Optimus yet. I keep missing out on the one or two that go out each
- Wave 2: Blitzwing (triple-changer), and one presumes more of Laser
- Motormaster: The cab turns into the robot, the trailer turns into either
a battle station or skeletal limbs. So, you can have a sort of Menasor
without any other Stunticons, they just sort of plug into spots on the limbs
in bent or chopped up vehicle modes.
- Wave 1: Cybertron Metroplex (bigger than the original from 20 years ago
and with a few design tweaks, but still turns into a weaksauce chunk). I do
not plan to get this.
- Generations Selects: Black Zarak (retool of Earthrise Scorponok).
Completely new head in addition to the new colors, but I decided to pass on
- HasLab: Victory Saber (crowdfunded, I ordered one).