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What young boys haven’t watched Transformers or played with Optimus Prime as he conquers Megatron to spoil his villainous plot? Children of all ages enjoy recreating scenes and their own stories with Transformers action figures. With characters like Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblee and Soundwave, these toys will last through generations of children.

Transformer Toys

Transformers is a line of toys produced by the Japanese company Takara and the American toy company Hasbro. The Transformers toyline is typically divided into two main factions; the heroic Autobots and their opponents, the evil Decepticons.

Transformers – First Generation

The first Transformers toys were created from two different transforming robot toy lines. Important characters were created during this generation including Megatron, the Decepticon leader, as well as the Constructicons, who were the first “gestalt” team in the line. A more controversial line was the Pretenders who consisted of a Transformer that was contained inside an action figure shell, pretending to be either human or a monster. Micromasters were also introduced at this time, who were tiny Transformers.

Beast Wars and Beast Machines

In 1995, The Beast Wars toy line was launched. During this period, Optimus Prime was to be renamed Optimus Primal and Megatron would be reformatted to its original version from the 1980s. The Beast Wars line also introduced "flip changer" basics, where flipping a part of the animal mode would transform the entire toy and moving the part back would transform the toy back to beast mode.

Robots in Disguise

During this period, Optimus Prime and Megatron were re-engineered. Optimus Prime was now a fire truck and Megatron a six changer, whose modes included a dragon, bat, jet, land-craft and a giant hand. A new toy was that created was Ultra Magnus, who could combine with Optimus Prime to form Omega Prime. Other combiners were created for the series too, such as Landfill and Rail Racer. Bruticus, a combiner from G1 was also recoloured and introduced into the series with a coinciding toy re-release. The Combaticons that formed Bruticus were the first of the Decepticons to be introduced into the show along with Scourge who as a toy was a black repaint of G2 Laser Prime.

Transformers - Armada

The Armada showcased Mini-Cons, a new faction of Transformers. The Mini-Cons were much smaller robots who were neutral in the Autobot/Decepticon fight but due to their incredible power and abilities, were sought by both factions.

Transformers - Energon

Transformers: Energon introduced several new concepts to the toy line. Two new sub-groups, the Omnicons and Terrorcons, joined the fray, representing smaller factions of the Autobots and Decepticons.

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