A series of Transformers, usually (but not always) some sort of retool, with
a non-Transformers license tie-in. Spun off from Artifacts. Updated:
the page spun off and Volvo VNR Optimus Prime and Frankentron added.
Mini-Cons meet Shopkins meet Terrigen Mist! Little collectible figures with
simple transformations and a unifying gimmick of an energon cloud bringing
all sorts of stuff in a mall to life. Updated:
A side line that focused on combination and multi-form Mini-Cons to evoke the
old *Masters from G1, plus combiner teams. It never really made it into the
Page moved to Side Lines.
2012's attempt by Hasbro to extend Transformers into a collectible game, this
time in the space created by Bakugan. These actually transform (more or
less), hence not being put in Artifacts with the Attacktix. Updated:
Series 2 wave 2 singles added.
Another attempt by Hasbro to muscle in on the building brick market, this
time giving up on the idea of a transformation gimmick and just having the
two modes built with most of the same pieces. Updated:
MicroChange Combiner wave 4
Marvel tried to make their own transforming toys for years (ShapeShifters,
MegaMorphs) but finally joined the new Crossovers imprint of Transformers in
2008. This page also has links to my few ShapeShifters reviews (I didn't
bother reviewing the really horrible MegaMorphs). Updated:
Flip and Attack Spider-Man Battle Hauler added.
The second major extension of the Transformers brand to cover another
property, this has piloted Star Wars vehicles that turn into robots
resembling the pilots. The backstory indicates that some of the pilots
actually use the Force to turn into the vehicles. Hmm. Later folded into the
Crossovers line. Updated:
Basic class Obi-Wan and Grievous added.
A mix of non-transforming 3" scale statuettes and 6" scale transforming toys,
all with chunks of die-cast metal in them. Updated:
6" War Within Grimlock added.
I dug up my old Animorphs, Machine Wars and War Planets directories and stuck
them up here. They are VERY decayed, being essentially exactly as they were
when I saved archive copies of all my webpages in 2000. There will be dead
external links, ugly scans and so forth, but everything internal should
I do not currently plan to update most of these pages ever again (aside from
going in to fix the linkbacks and mailtos), but once in a while I get
requests for the info.
I didn't even have a webpage when Generation 2 came out, and on top of that,
the account I used during that time ceased to exist in 1997. I didn't think
to transfer over the old reviews, so with the exception of some tail end
stuff (clearance toys and the like) and what I could dig up from Google
Groups, they're lost. If you have any not found here, let me know!|
The first line to officially be Transformers on the package without, you
know, being Transformers. Generally disappointing and few people miss
'em. Based on a very successful line of Young Adult novels.|
After the success of Beast Wars, there were plans to relaunch vehicle
Transformers announced at BotCon. However, there was a corporate shuffle and
the new bosses didn't have any faith in the idea. So Machine Wars got turned
into a Kay Bee exclusive line of leftover G2 molds and some neutered European
molds. Except for Optimus Prime, they've all been reused in either RiD or
Not actually a Transformers line, but these transforming planet playsets were
a load of fun while they lasted (in fact, it was the collapse of the company
that ended the line, not lack of sales on War Planets in specific).|