15 Transformer Toys Reviewed

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Transformers is a franchise that’s old over thirty years but was recently revitalized with Micheal Bay’s movies. Until his five blockbuster movies were released, the franchise was dying, and so was everything else related to it. But now, with the toy industry stepping in, the Transformers franchise is thriving.

If your kids enjoyed watching the movies, they will definitely love the toys. And there are so many great ones, which makes picking the right one for your little one a bit challenging.

Here are some of the best Transformer toys reviewed to help you with your search for the perfect gift for your child.

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Power Charge Bumblebee

Bumblebee is probably the most popular Autobot in the entire Transformers franchise. He is a trademark next to Optimus Prime. If you’re focused on buying robots for your kids, you can’t miss out on this great deal. Bumblebee has two forms – battle mode and driving mode. Transform this toy from a beetle to a battle-ready robot known as Bumblebee in seventeen steps.

Equipped with a battle sword and battle mask, this toy is ready for any challenge. The Bumblebee model also has a charging core that allows him to play sound effects and cast light when rolled. But that’s not all; as you power up the wheel, Bumblebee will also roar popular phrases from the movie!

Benefits:

  • Amazing design
  • Cool details
  • Durable

Voyager Class Movie 2 Optimus Prime

No Transformer toys collection is complete without the main character- Optimus Prime. The details are incredible in both modes and he can transform into a recognizable Optimus Truck in 45 steps. Recreate epic scenes seen through the Transformers franchise or use it for a display to accessorize your work desk or playroom.

This model was inspired by the famous forest fight scene in Transformers 2 Revenge of the Fallen. Simply put, this model is every collector dream, and if your child didn’t have a chance to get this impressive model, now’s the time to surprise him. You can figure out on your own how to transform from battle to drive mode or check the manual.

Benefits:

  • Durable
  • Incredible details
  • Awesome design

Nemesis Prime

Every fan of this franchise knows about the Nemesis Prime. He is the evil close of Optimus Prime with matching strength and wits. The model is rich with details and a couple of neat accessories, as well. The set includes one Nemesis Prime, one Dark Saber sword and the matrix of leadership artifact, two cannons, and a Decepticon Giza companion.

The guns can be attached to the truck with one move while the Giza companion transforms into a sword. This makes Nemesis Prime an unstoppable force to be reckoned. Also, the matrix of leadership artifact can be stored in his chest compartment. This toy has so many hidden features and looks stunning.

Benefits:

  • Cool design
  • Unique features
  • Multiple transformations

Playskool Optimus Prime

This a simplified version of the main protagonist, but nonetheless a colorful and engaging model of Optimus Prime toy intended for boys above three years old. The transformation was never easier as this model is adjusted for the younger audience. With only a couple of moves, you can transform it from a truck to a battle-ready leader of Autobots.

Your child will love it and play with it anywhere you go. The model features attached wheels on both arms and legs, that act as a hint for the little ones to how the transformation goes. They won’t need to follow a guide to play with this toy, and they’ll develop their creative problem-solving skills while figuring out how to transform from one mode to another.

Benefits:

  • Easy to use
  • Vibrant colors
  • Great design

MPP10 Oversized Optimus Prime

Another great toy with features that every Transformer collector will surely appreciate. This highly detailed Optimus Prime toy even has bolts on some areas for maximum immersion and roleplaying experience. It’s 12 inches tall and made from quality material that’s safe and non-toxic. This model is really durable, so even if you step on it during the night or as you cross your child’s play area, it won’t break.

The set comes with a mountable axe, and gun. Everything from pipes on his arms, to exhaust and small details like wipers on the windshield are well designed. The colors are on the spot, and overall the entire model is quite authentic.

Benefits:

  • Neat design
  • Authentic
  • Great usability

Jetfire - Siege Chapter

Cybertron Commander Jetfire is a unique model that transforms into a jet. This Autobot, also known as Skyfire ( in the TV series), was always focused on the fight against the Decepticons. Even when he teamed up with them, he was always devoted to a higher cause. The model features two battle modes – a flying jet and a humanoid battle robot.

Transforming to either mode requires you to follow 36 steps. There are also accessories that, although sold separately, make him even more battle-ready and awesome. The action figure is 14 inches high and rich with features. The incredible design and color make him even more appealing and unique.

Benefits:

  • Rare model
  • Detailed design
  • Durable

Dinobot Snarl

This one is a model from one of the best Transformers toys collection. It turns into a golden Stegosaurus in thirteen steps. So if your little one is collecting these action figures, you can surprise him for his birthday with this Dinobot Snarl model. The set includes one crystal sword and prime armor accessory.

With this toy, they’ll improve their logic and creative problem-solving skills. You can transform it using the guide or let them figure out on their own as it’s the perfect combination of an action toy and a puzzle. With authentic details and cool design, this will become one of their favorite toys in the collection.

Benefits:

  • Cool forms
  • Amazing details
  • Relatively easy to use

Playskool Bumblebee

This colorful Bumblebee model is intended for a younger audience, as the simplistic design suggests. But this doesn’t mean that it’s less fun to play with it. Inspired by the Transformers: Rescue Bots series, it features incredible accurate, and authentic design. It can turn from robot to a car toy with one step.

Pull the front and back of the car to turn it into a recognizable Bumblebee robot. Next to that, this model comes with a jackhammer weapon that can be attached to both forms. Give your child the ultimate action figure gift this Christmas and add one unique transformed toy to his collection. The toy features small parts, so it’s not recommended for boys and girls under three years old.

Benefits:

  • Easy to use
  • Durable
  • Cool details

The Last Knight Bumblebee

Transformers: The Last Knight – Bumblebee is a highly detailed action figure inspired by the movie of the same name. If your child loves collecting these toys, he’ll be excited to get this unique and rare model for his birthday, Christmas or any other occasion. It features a 2-step transformation that’s easy to perform but surprisingly satisfying.

From recognizable yellow-black Camaro to battle-bot in few seconds, this one is so easy to use and play with. If you compare the design of cars in the movie and on this action figure, you won’t notice too much difference. It’s made from quality material that’s not easy to break. Also, it’s covered with non-grease paint that doesn’t come easily even with scratching.

Benefits:

  • Quality material
  • Authentic design
  • Easy to use

Dark of the Moon Megatron

Inspired by another Michael Bay’s adaptation of Transformers trilogy, this model has a detailed design, cool accessories, and features. Megatron model comes with a cape, minion, and a blaster. It transforms into a truck in only 30 steps.

Everything about this action figure is unique. You’ll notice how seemingly insignificant details match to the big-screen version of Megatron. Everything from chains, Igor the minion, exhaust on his legs, and lines on the tires are designed on the spot. This model is every collector’s dream, and if your child didn’t get their hands on one before, now’s the time to get them the perfect gift.

Benefits:

  • Incredible details
  • Cool, authentic design
  • Durable and easy to use

Cyberverse Megatron

Inspired by the Transformers TV series instead of the movie franchise, this model brings a more classic look to Megatron action figures. The Ultimate Class Megatron is 11.5 inches high when in battle mode, and it looks absolutely awesome. Convert it from a robot to a tank in 8 easy steps.

It features two fire modes in both forms: tank and robot. But that’s not all as the gun on Megatron’s hand can transform into his ultimate weapon. By joining hands together, the gun opens up and turns into a powerful cannon. It’s pretty mobile also, as the legs, joints, and arms move. Look for instructions on the box to find out how to transform it into both forms as well as how to make the mega fusion shot.

Benefits:

  • Entertaining
  • Engaging
  • Fun and easy to use

The Last Knight Autobot Drift

Transformers The Last Knight Autobot Drift action figure converts from sports car to robot in ten steps. It’s a cool action figure that’s incredibly easy to transform. The set includes one robot figure and four samurai sword accessories. The limbs are pretty mobile, which makes The Last Knight a worthy adversary even to most powerful Decepticons.

This model features detailed design and a pretty easy transformation. You’ll notice that the doors on the back of his arms act as an armor, but more importantly, give you a hint on how to turn from battle to drive mode. With his stylish samurai look and four powerful swords, this model is every collector’s dream. Inspired by Transformers The Last Knight movie, you’ll find that the model features authentic design.

Benefits:

  • Great usability
  • Cool features
  • Authentic design

Dark of the Moon SIDESWIPE

Sideswipe is a memorable character from the franchise, and one of the characters that were both with Decepticons and Autobots. Because of the unique nature and history of this character (as depicted in the TV series), he’s a pretty valuable model to collectors. He’s armed with two arm blades, and two guns modeled by the movie franchise.

It transforms from Corvette Stingray to a battle mode in eighteen steps. This makes it the perfect choice for all the collectors looking for a complex action figure model. It’s mobile and looks cool. So it will look great on the shelf in any pose, but it’s also extremely fun toy for roleplaying. With this toy, your child will enjoy roleplaying and recreating some of the most famous scenes from the franchise.

Benefits:

  • Movie inspired model
  • Detailed design
  • Affordable

Revenge of The Fallen Movie Jetfire

If your kids watched the movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and loved it, then this action figure is the right gift choice for them. Everything about this toy is awesome. The design is so perfect and authentic that you can even see the cogs and small mechanical parts that connect this colossal robot.

The set includes his war axe and cane as accessories. Both can be attached to his hand, making him wiser or deadlier. The Jetfire model is inspired by the movie, and naturally, transforms into a jet. The transformation isn’t easy as it requires to follow 36 steps in order to turn from one form to another, so if your kids are looking for a challenge, this toy will put their skills to the test.

Benefits:

  • Amazing design
  • Made from quality materials
  • Durable

Autobot Jazz

Transformers Studio Series Autobot Jazz is a well-known legend in the franchise and right-hand to Optimus Prime. This model transforms from a classy sports car to a battle-ready robot in nineteen steps. With powerful weaponry and stylish look, Lieutenant Jazz is an impressive looking Autobot and a prized possession of any collector.

His driving mode is a Pontiac Solstice, while the battle-mode is a well-known Jazz Autobot. Remove the cover from the casing to set up the background from the city mission, as seen in the movie. This model is great for roleplaying as its detailed design allows for easy immersion into the Transformers world. Also, it looks great on a shelf in any pose.

Benefits:

  • Great design
  • Easy to use
  • Durable

How to Choose a Transformer Toy?

Getting the perfect Transformers toy for your little or yourself is not easy. Especially with so many models available on the market. These action figures vary in design, complexity, and authenticity, so your best bet is to focus on these features to make sure you get the right one. 

Design

Look for awesome design in these toys as that that alone usually implies the toy has quality features. You’ll notice details that other toys of lower quality toys don’t have; accessories with clear implications on how to use, etc. Most importantly, features make sense. 

Authenticity

Transformers franchise goes way back. The TV series depicts characteristic look in Autobots as well as Decepticon models. Go for a toy that doesn’t stand out from the original design or one that resembles modern Transformers. You really don’t want some half-accurate design on an action figure in your collection

Usability

When it comes to usability of a toy, it really depends on whether you’ll use it for a display or to reenact scenes from the movie, TV series, and play with it. All toys have a recommended age listed on the casing. So naturally, toys intended for a younger audience aren’t too complex in design, and therefore perfect for their skills.

Criteria We Used

We don’t just find random “cool” looking toys and place them on our list of recommended products. Instead, we focus our features that matter and determine that the toy is actually a good pick for you. This way, we can proudly guarantee satisfaction no matter which one you choose from our list. Here are some of the features that we pay close attention to when compiling a list of top products. 

Safety 

Because these action figures have accessories that are tiny, or sharp, the recommended age must be right. Models with choke hazard inscribed on the casing, shouldn’t be approved for kids above a certain age. So before anything, we make sure that the toy is safe for the intended age of a user.

Quality 

Quality is everything in these toys. From great design, durability, practicality, and usability, the toy must have it all. That’s precisely why we consider every quality feature before adding it to our list. 

Entertaining Potential 

A great action figure shouldn’t be flashy and impress at first sight only. Instead, it should be entertaining enough for kids to want to play with it. If your child never drops the toy from their hands, it’s safe to say that the model has excellent entertaining potential.

FAQ

Why do the sword accessories keep falling out of the trunk in one of the transformation steps?

To make sure they don’t pop out of the trunk, insert each accessory carefully until they’re entirely secured. You’ll hear a clicking sound with each sword accessory inserted correctly.

Is it possible to turn the toy from one form to another in fewer steps?

Unfortunately no. Due to the intended design, you can only transform it by following the steps in the guide. For one part to fit in, the toy must be in a certain position, aligned with corresponding moves, etc.

Are there any hidden features with the power core on the Bumblebee model?

Spinning the core once activates a random phrase from the transformers movie. Charging it twice will enable the headlights and cool sound effects.

Conclusion

Whenever you’re in doubt about what gift to get for your little one, a friend, or anyone else, you can count on our list of amazing toys within a specific group or type. We make sure that no matter which one you pick em, your satisfaction is guaranteed. And because getting the right matters a lot for the younglings, we take our task seriously. The only thing you need to do is focus on a specific model, preference, or style in a toy. We hope that our list made it easier for you to complete your child’s collection of transformer toys or surprise him with a perfect gift for any occasion.

Author: Stan Marsh
Author: Stan Marsh

Hi all, I’m a toy reviewer, a father, programmer and an occasional sketch artist from Washington D.C where i live with my wife and wonderful 4-year-old daughter. Although i have a bachelor’s degree in Child’s Psychology, i didn’t pursue a career in that direction. Nonetheless, the experience and knowledge i gathered during my studies helped my tremendously with life challenges.

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