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Transformers: Universe is a line of toys consisting of repainted re-releases from various Transformers toy lines. The toyline has spawned several series of comics and other stories. In addition, Marvel Comics produced an unrelated mini-series called Transformers Universe. (see below)

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Marvel Comics

Transformers Universe was the name of a 4-issue limited series published by Marvel Comics in 1986 to showcase profiles of the most popular characters in the Transformers comic and cartoon series, in addition to The Transformers: The Movie. The series was demanded by fans of the comic series who were already familiar with Marvel's own 12+ issue Marvel Universe reference series profiling their own characters in alphabetical order. After the four issue run (which covered most Transformers used from 1984 to 1986, (only Bandai-made figures and those omitted from the American animated series bible were not shown), a second series of Transformers Universe profiles were run in the closing pages of most Transformers comics, from issue #47 to issue #79. These later profiles covered popular characters from 1987 and 1988. The concept was revived in 2002 when Dreamwave Productions published Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye (and its sister title for Transformers: Armada), this time carrying profiles for all Generation 1 (and Armada) characters — popular and obscure. In addition to providing another concise resource for Transformers characters, the MTMTE series allowed Dreamwave to showcase their artists' new styles of illustrating the pre-1984 to 1991 characters.

Toy Line

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Transformers: Universe is a Transformers comic series and toy line that was started to reintroduce repainted versions of past figures. The Transformers: Universe toy line traces its origins back to when Hasbro imported the Transformers: Car Robots toyline from Takara and called it Transformers: Robots in Disguise. Although they made Hasbro versions of most of the Car Robots characters, they also released a number of repainted molds from previous toy lines (yet uncharacterized in Car Robots; mostly Generation 2 and unused Beast Machines concepts) and released them as part of the Robots in Disguise line. When the Robots in Disguise line ended and Transformers: Armada started, the repaint line was given its own title, Transformers: Universe.

Meanwhile the BotCon Covention Comics had a plotline set during and after Beast Machines. This plotline was wrapped up with the repainted figures from RiD and Universe to create the storyline of Transformers: Universe.

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Fiction

Transformers: Universe toy catalog art.

In a post-Beast Machines era, Cybertron is enjoying a time of peace. However, it is cut short when the evil Unicron returns planning to exact his revenge and consume the universe. Using his tremendous powers, he reaches into other time periods and dimensions to assemble an army of familiar faces to challenge the forces of good. In response, Primus resurrects and reformats Optimus Primal, and the two work together to gather an army of their own. Each side takes the name of an ancient Transformer faction: Primus' warriors are the Autobots and Unicron's are the Decepticons. As the battle progresses, the Transformers radiate energon, unaware that Unicron is taking this energy for himself.

In the comic series, Unicron consumes the sparks of fallen Transformers, not just energon given off when they die fighting.

Most Universe toys lacked any tech specs on the boxes, however many of the toys did have tech specs appearing on the Transformers official web site or in the short lived Transformers: Universe and Wreckers comic books.

3H Enterprises

The Transformers: Universe comic series was released through the Official Transformers Collector's Club. It came to an end when the license for the club and convention was given to Master Collector.

Transformers: Universe - Wreckers #1 contained a story called "Departure". Starts with a flashback to late Generation One, where Daniel Witwicky and Wheelie are killed. This puts Daniel's friend Arcee into a sad state. Hot Rod and Springer talk about becoming Maximals. Main story is set in the later episodes of Beast Machines. In "Departure", the Wreckers, Mutants and Dinobots arrive on Cybertron and are sent on missions by the Oracle. Arcee, Dillo, Mol, Rav, Skywarp, Cyclonus, Rotorbolt and Devcon join the Wreckers. Contained Primeval Dawn Part 1, a story set on the Beast Wars Earth just after the Maximals left at the end of the Beast Wars television series. The Vok return Airazor and Tigatron to Earth as Transmetals, and then use the Matrix from Optimus Prime, the Transmetal 2 Driver and the control suit from the Beast Wars which was used by Quickstrike to control Optimal Optimus to create Primal Prime. We learn Tarantulas (Fox Kids repaint colors) and Ravage (Transmetal 2 Tripredacus Agent version) are still alive and are making a new army of Predacons.

Transformers: Universe - Wreckers #2 contained a story called "Betrayal". The Dinobots are attacked by the Dweller. Mutants are killed by the Quintessons. The Wreckers meet Glyph and Tap-Out. Cyclonus betrays the Wreckers for his true master, Cryotek. Contained Primeval Dawn Part 2. The Maximals are joined by Ramulus. The Predacons (Ravage, Razorclaw, Spittor and Iguanus) attack as Tarantulas rips the Matrix out of Primal Prime. In a flashback scene Rodimus Prime consulted Quickmix, Skids, Perceptor and Rad on his plans to send out ships to gather information on threats from space after the defeat of Unicron.

The Dinobots Terranotron, T-Wrecks, Triceratron and Dinotron join Devcon's hunt for Cyclonus.

Transformers: Universe - Wreckers #3 contains a story called "Disclosure". The Wreckers rescue a banished Quintesson who tells them a story of the origin of Cybertron. Dinobots Terranotron, T-Wrecks, Triceradon and Dinotron join Devcon, who is hunting Cryotek. Contained the story "Primeval Dawn Part 3". Primal Prime is reanimated by the Vok.

Transformers: Universe - Wreckers #4 Unreleased issue. Main story would have merged the story with the other Universe comic. Artwork released on the internet contained appearances of the Dinobots, Devcon, Rook, Snarl, Skydive, Longhorn, Che and the Monsterbots. Story involved the invasion of Cybertron by the Quintessons. Would have contained Primeval Dawn Part 4, the last part of that story. Presumably the story would have contained the death of Airazor, the defeat of Tarantulas and the Maximals being joined by Fractyl, Packrat, Spittor and Sonar and returning to Cybertron. The first four pages of this issue were eventually finished and published in issue 16 of the Transformers Collector Club magazine.

Alpha Trion consults Primus about the abductions of War Within Grimlock, Tap-Out, Generation 1 Brawn and Armada Megatron.

Transformers: Universe #1 contained a story called "Abduction". Some time after the end of Beast Machines On the reformatted technorganic Cybertron Beast Machines Cheetor, Rattrap, Silverbolt and Blackarachnia were interviewed by the Autobot reporter Universe Rook. They then welcomed the Autobots Roulette, Shadow Striker as well as Generation 1 Sideswipe, Sunstreaker and Trailbreaker back to Cybertron. Beast Machines Buzzsaw, Beast Wars Drill Bit, Beast Machines Quickstrike and Rockbuster were also present. The returning Autobots along with Blackarachnia and Silverbolt were then abducted via teleportation beams and taken to Unicron. Tap-Out, Armada Megatron, Brawn, War Within Grimlock and Beast Machines Snarl were also abducted from various timelines. Silverbolt, Blackarachnia, Sideswipe and Sunstreaker were forcibly reformatted by Unicron into their Universe forms. Taken captive by Universe Razorclaw, Reptilion, Obsidian, Tankor and Striker, the Autobots were forced to fight one another. They witnessed Armada Smokescreen kill Generation 1 Smokescreen, whose spark was absorbed by Unicron. Sensing the need for a champion Primus and Alpha Trion bring Optimus Primal back to life.

Transformers: Universe #2 contained a story called "Escape". After the events of the Botcon 2003 voice actor play Optimus Primal, Megatron and Grimlock are holding Striker defeated. Optimus Primal is able to use his spark telepathy to free Striker from Unicron's influence. Sideswipe and Sunstreaker are forced to fight. Silverbolt and Trailbreaker discover that each of their holding cells are attuned to the spark energy signature of its occupant. In order to escape their prisons Trailbreaker and Silverbolt swap sparks for a brief time, and are able to break out of each others cells. Optimus Primal helps break free the slaves from various timelines which are held there and gets them to Cybertron. Blackarachnia and Shadow Striker defect to the Decepticons and stay behind. Blackarachnia discovers Tarantulas is working for Unicron.

Transformers: Universe #3 Optimus Primal pleads with Magnaboss and the Maximal High council (which includes Bantor, Air Hammer, Corahda, Torca and Battle Unicorn) to take the threat of Unicron seriously, but they doubt his claims. Optimus Primal is detained, but Snarl frees him. Alpha Trion and Primus claim they need Primal to choose his troops from any Cybertonians past or present, and he chooses Rhinox and Depth Charge, who are brought back to life. Although Rhinox is happy to have a second chance to redeem himself, Depth Charge isn't pleased with being brought back from the dead. Depth Charge rescues Rattrap from an attack by Blackarachnia.

Plans were for the two titles to merge after the fourth issues into one story, but both titles were canceled after three issues and never merged.

OFTCC Voice Actor Dramas

In the 2003 OFTCC Voice Actor Drama by Simon Furman War Within Grimlock, Armada Megatron and Universe Optimus Primal are each transported to the Unicron world, where they eventually team up and fight Striker and Reptilion. This story takes place between issues #1 and #2 of the Transformers: Universe comic series. There is a small continuity error in that this story ends with Grimlock, Megatron and Primal standing over Reptilion, but issue #2 of the comic starts with them standing over Striker.

The Voice Actor Drama was written for OFTCC 2004 by Simon Furman, set after the events in the comics. Rhinox has built a device to deflect Unicron's attempts to pull victims from other dimensions with his tractor beam. The Autobots deflect two attempts and the victims end up on a frozen planetoid instead of with Unicron. Maximals Rattrap and Silverbolt and the Predacon Waspinator are sent to help the victims, but Reptilion, Sunstorm, Ruination and the Mini-Con gestalt Perceptor are sent to get them for Unicron. As a side effect of the device Rhinox built, a vortex opens which sucks in an Autobot shuttle from the past piloted by Bumblebee, Tracks and Cosmos. Sunstorm attacks the Maximal ship, but they are saved by being transported to the Autobot shuttle. The Autobots and Maximals then go to the planet where they save the victims from the Decepticons. On the planet are two groups of Autobots. One is from the Robots in Disguise story, with Landfill (Walmart recolor), Universe Side Burn and Universe Prowl. The other is from another parallel world with Spy Changer Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Prowl and Ironhide. They successfully fight off the Decepticons. The Autobot shuttle is sent back to its own time.

Fun Publications

The Transformers: Cybertron comic featured Sentinel Maximus, a character who is the fused form of the Transformers characters Primal Prime and Apelinq, who were merged to be able to defeat Cryotek during an untold story. Universe characters Nemesis Prime, Ramjet and his Mini-Cons also appeared in this story.

In the comic story found in issue 8 of the Transformers Collectors Club magazine Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime told the story of the last battle he was in, set in the Transformers: Universe storyline. Alongside 10th Anniversary Optimus Primal they attacked the last of Unicron's forces when Unicron suddenly disappeared, and they barely escaped. Among the Autobot forces were Universe Fireflight, King Atlas, Universe Night Slash Cheetor, Universe Longhorn, Universe Prowl, Universe Repugnus, Rhinox, Universe Side Burn, Universe Silverbolt, Generation One Sideswipe, Generation One Sunstreaker, Tap-Out, Trailbreaker, Cybertron/Robots in Disguise Ultra Magnus and Universe Whirl. Among the Decepticons were Universe Blackarachnia, Nemesis Strika, Universe Obsidian, Universe Razorclaw, Reptilion and Universe Skywarp.

Transformers: Universe toys

2002 toys

BotCon Rook toy

Although the Transformers: Universe line didn't start until late 2003, several convention exclusives were released in 2002 bearing the Transformers: Expanded Universe title, and they were worked into the Universe line.

  • CatSCAN - A redeco of Beast Machines Night Slash Cheetor.
  • Cyclonus - Redeco of 'Beast Machines Jetstorm, a BotCon 2002 exclusive.
  • Glyph - Recolor of Generation 1 Bumblebee keychain. A BotCon 2002 exclusive.
  • Rook - Recolor of Generation 1 Windcharger keychain. A BotCon Europe 2002 Exclusive.
  • Tap-Out - Recolor of Generation 1 Cliffjumper keychain. A BotCon 2002 exclusive.


2003 toys

Universe Razorclaw in robot mode.


2004 toys

Universe Stockade
  • Air Raid vs. Wind Sheer - A Decepticon and Autobot set of redecoed Generation 2 Cyberjets sold together under the Deluxe size class.
  • Blackarachnia - Redeco of Beast Machines version as a Decepticon.
  • Bonecrusher - Micromaster forms part of Devastator.
  • Buckethead - Micromaster, forms part of Devastator.
  • Crystal Widow vs. Oil Slick - A redeco of Beast Machines Blackarachnia as an Autbot with a remold of Armada Sideswipe as a Decepticon and Mini-Con Search and Destroy), a K-Mart store exclusive.
  • Depthcharge - 2004 redeco of Beast Wars version as an Autobot, came with Cybershark drone. Hasbro designer Aaron Archer claimed at BotCon 2004 that this toy's color scheme was meant to resemble Boba Fett's Slave-1.
  • Dirt Boss - Armada Dirt Boss packaged with a tiny tin.
  • Downshift - Armada Downshift packaged with a tiny tin.
  • Fireflight - 2004 redeco of Beast Machines Spy Streak as an Autobot. Came packaged with repaints of the Armada Mini-Cons Firebot and Thunderwing. Sold together as a Deluxe sized set.
  • First Aid - 2004 Micromaster redeco of Sireen, forms part of Defensor, a Kaybee store exclusive.
  • Autobot Groove - 2004 Micromaster redeco of Glide - forms part of Defensor, a Kaybee store exclusive.
  • Hightower - Micromaster forms part of Devastator.
  • Hoist - A redeco of Robots in Disguise Spy Changer X-Brawn.
  • Hot Spot - 2004 Micromaster redeco of Neo-Wheel, forms part of Defensor, a Kaybee store exclusive.
  • Inferno - 2005 redeco of Transformers: Robots in Disguise Prowl, painted in a style resembling Generation One Red Alert. According to Glen Hallit, had the Transformers: Universe comic continued, this character would have been a reincarnation of Beast Wars Inferno.
  • Autobot Jazz - A redeco of Robots In Disguise Spy Changer Side Burn as Generation 1 Jazz.
  • King Atlas - A redeco of Predator Skyquake/Machine Wars Starscream as an Autobot, designed to resemble the Japanese-exclusive character Dai Atlas.
  • Longhaul - Micromaster forms part of Devastator.
  • Megazarak - Redeco of Armada Megatron and Galvatron. Comes with the Mini-Con Caliburn, a redeco of Armada Leader-1. A convention exclusive.
  • Mirage - Armada Mirage packaged with a tiny tin.
  • Nemesis Prime - Redeco of Japanese Big Convoy, a Target store exclusive Decepticon.
  • Nemesis Strika - Repaint of Beast Machines Strika as a Decepticon.
  • Optimus Prime - 2004 repaint of Robots in Disguise Spy Changer Scourge painted to resemble Generation 1 Optimus Prime.
  • Optimus Prime & Prowl- 2004 redeco of Robots in Disguise Spy Changer in yellow, packaged with Spy Changer Prowl colored to resemble Generation 1 Red Alert. A Walmart exclusive.
  • Prowl - 2004 redeco of Road Police, forms part of Defensor.
  • Prowl - 2004 redeco of Robots in Disguise Prowl. A Walmart exclusive.
  • Quickmix - Micromaster, forms part of Devastator.
  • Ramjet - Redeco of Armada Skywarp, Toys-R-Us exclusive. Came with redecos of the Mini-Cons Thunderclash and the Air Military Team.
  • Autobot Ratchet - 2004 redeco of Robots in Disguise X-Brawn.
  • Red Alert - 2004 redeco of Discharge, forms part of Defensor.
  • Ruination - Combined form of the Commandos, a redeco of the Robots in Disguise set. A Walmart exclusive.
  • Scavenger - Micromaster, forms part of Devastator.
  • Sentinel Maximus - Redeco and remold of Transformers: Armada Overload. His Mini-Con/Headmaster partner was originally to be named Hyperlinq, although it is meant to be the same character as Apelinq. It was changed to Apelinq for the final release through Hasbro.
  • Side Burn - 2004 redeco of Robots in Disguise Side Burn. A Walmart exclusive.
  • Silverstreak - Repaint of Robots in Disguise Side Swipe.
  • Skydive - 2004 redeco of Beast Machines Skydive as an Autobot.
  • Skywarp - Repaint of Beast Machines Deluxe Jetstorm, painted in the colors of Generation 1 Skywarp. Although he is a Decepticon, in the comics he is not allied with Unicron's Decepticon forces, but is a member of the Wreckers, a mostly Autobot and Maximal group.
  • Smokescreen vs. Ransack - A redeco of Armada Smokescreen, with Mini-Con, packaged in a "Battle in a Box" with Decepticon Ransack, a redeco of Armada Hoist and Mini-Con Liftor.
  • Soundwave & Spacecase - Repaint of the Machine Wars version painted to resemble Generation 1 Soundwave, packaged with a redeco of Generation 2 Spacecase.
  • Stockade & Magna Stampede - 2004 redeco of Beast Machines Tank Drone. Sold with Magna Stampede redecoand 2 Mini-Cons, Armada Prowl and Terradive redecos.
  • Streetwise - 2004 redeco of Circuit II, forms part of Defensor.
  • Dinobot Striker - 2004 redeco of Beast Wars Neo Saberback as an Autobot.
  • Sunstorm - Redeco of Armada Thrust, packaged with Mini-Con Inferno (redeco of the Armada Mini-Con Inferno) and a redecoed Armada Street Action Team. A Walmart exclusive.
  • Swerve - 2004 redeco of Armada Blurr (came packaged with the Mini-Con Roadhandler, a repaint of the Armada Mini-Con Incinerator).
  • Dinobot Triceradon - 2004 redeco of Beast Wars Neo Guiledart as an Autobot.
  • Ultra Magnus & Ironhide - Redecos of Robots in Disguise Spy Changer Ultra Magnus and Generation 2 Go-Bot Motormouth. A Walmart exclusive.
  • Ultra Magnus vs. Treadshot - Redeco of Armada Optimus Prime as the Generation 1 character, with the Mini-Con Over-Run. Packaged in a "Battle in a Box" set with Treadshot (a remold of Armada Side Swipe) and the Mini-Con Nightbeat.
  • Wheeljack - A redeco of Robots In Disguise Spy Changer Daytonus.
  • Autobot Whirl - 2004 redeco of Turbomaster Rotorstorm painted to look like Generation 1 Whirl.

A trio of six packs of Armada Mini-Cons were released under the Transformers: Energon toyline, but according to the official Hasbro website these packs were described as Transformers: Universe toys.

The sets included Adventure and Sea teams, the Race and Space teams and the Night Attack and Road Wrecker teams.

2005 toys

Transformers: Universe Night Slash Cheetor.
  • Arcee - Repackage of Energon Arcee.
  • Barricade - Rerelease of Energon Barricade, overstock sold at closeout stores like Big Lots.
  • Blastcharge - Black repaint of Beast Machines version.
  • Night Slash Cheetor - Redeco of Beast Machines Night Slash Cheetor as an Autobot.
  • Doom-Lock - Repackage of Energon Doomlock.
  • Downshift - Kaybee store exclusive redeco of Energon Downshift.
  • Frostbite - A redeco of Beast Wars Transmetal II Jawbreaker as a Decepticon.
  • Insecticon - Rerelease of Energon Insecticon, available in Family Dollar stores.
  • Longhorn - A redeco of Beast Wars transmetal 2 Ramulus. This toy was actually called Transformers: Universe Ramulus on the Hasbro web site, but in the box it was labeled Longhorn.
  • Perceptor - A repackage of the Transformers: Energon Mini-Con set.
  • Ramjet - BotCon 2005 exclusive redeco of Legends of Cybertron Starscream in the colors of Universe Ramjet.
  • Sharkticon - Repackage of Energon Sharkticon.
  • Snowcat - Kaybee store exclusive redeco of Energon Snowcat.
  • Skywarp - SDCC 2005 exclusive redeco of Legends of Cybertron Starscream in the colors of Generation 1 Skywarp.
  • Steamhammer - Rerelease of Energon Steamhammer, similar to Barricade.
  • Storm Jet - Repackage of Energon Storm Jet.
  • Energon Strong Arm - Repackage of Energon Energon Strongarm.
  • Windrazor - Repackage of Energon Windrazor.


2006 toys

Universe Overload toy
  • Air Raid - Micromaster Autobot.
  • Bonecrusher & Scavenger - Repaint of Robots in Disguise Build Team members painted to look like Generation 1 Constructicon Bonecrusher and Scavenger. A Target store exclusive.
  • Autobot Camshaft - 2006 repackage of the second clear recolor Spy Changer W.A.R.S. with a new bio. Character is supposed to be a homage to the Generation 1 Omnibot Camshaft, but isn't the same color. Exclusive to Family Dollar stores.
  • Cruellock - Repackage of Energon Cruellock.
  • Energon Saber - Repackaged Energon Saber team under the Universe label sold at discount stores.
  • Fireflight - Micromaster Autobot.
  • Hoist - 2006 repackage of the second clear recolor Spy Changer Ironhide with a new bio. Character is supposed to be a homage to the Generation 1 Hoist. Exclusive to Family Dollar stores.
  • Long Haul & Hightower - Repaint of Robots in Disguise Build Team members painted to look like Generation 1 Constructicon Long Haul and Hook. A Target store exclusive.
  • Midnight Express - Micromaster Autobot.
  • Mirage - 2006 repackage of the second clear recolor Spy Changer Mirage with a new bio. Character is supposed to be a homage to the Generation 2 Go-Bot Mirage (with which it shares a the same mold). Exclusive to Family Dollar stores.
  • Overbite with Repugnus - Repaint of Beast Wars Second Hellscream as a Decepticon with a redeco of Beast Wars Buzzclaw as an Autobot, painted as a homage to Generation 1 Repugnus. A Target store exclusive.
  • Overload - Micromaster Autobot.
  • Railspike - Micromaster Autobot.
  • Rapid Run - Micromaster Autobot.
  • Ro-Tor - Micromaster Autobot.
  • Skydive - Micromaster Autobot.
  • Signal Flare - Repackage of the Energon toy.
  • Silverbolt - Micromaster Autobot.
  • Storm Jet - 2006 repaint of Micromaster Raker, a former Japanese exclusive in Generation 1.
  • Tankor - Micromaster Autobot.
  • Terradive - Repackage of Energon Terradive.
  • Treadshot - Repackage of Energon Treadshot.
  • Wideload - Repackage of Energon Wideload.

2007 toys

Universe Backstop
  • Backstop - A repackage of Cybertron Scout class toy, released at discount shops.
  • Brakedown - A repackage of Cybertron Scout class toy, released at discount shops.
  • Brushguard - A repackage of Cybertron Scout class toy, released at discount shops.
  • Downshift vs. Cannonball - Repackaged Deluxe toys from the Cybertron line. First seen stores in the Philippines, these toys were released in the U.S. on Black Friday 2007 in Walmart stores.
  • Excellion vs. Thundercracker - Repackaged Deluxe toys from the Cybertron line. First seen stores in the Philippines, these toys were released in the U.S. on Black Friday 2007 in Walmart stores.
  • Lugnutz - A repackage of Cybertron Scout class toy, released at discount shops.
  • Optimus Prime vs. Megatron The Ultimate battle - A repackage of the Classic Deluxe 2-pack as Universe toys.
  • Scattorshot - A repackage of Cybertron Scout class toy, released at discount shops.
  • Autobot Swerve - Transforms into a Chevrolet Aveo, released in Europe as a giveaway to people who test-drove the Aveo. Excess stock was later sold on GM's European website.
  • Undermine - A repackage of Cybertron Scout class toy, released at discount shops.

2008 toys

Hasbro announced more Transformers: Universe toys targeted for release in the fall of 2008. This line will also continute the Classics and Robot Heroes toylines and will include about about half new molds and half redecos of old molds. According to reports at Toy Fair UK 2008 the line will include Beast Wars characters. Botcon 2008 announced more new figures.[1] Among the figures expected are:

Animated Series
  • Bumblebee - A new Legends class mold.
  • Optimus Prime - A new Legends class mold.
  • Prowl - A new Legends class mold.
  • Starscream - A new Legends class mold.
Armada Series
  • Mini-Con 12 Pack - A K-Mart store exclusive 12 pack redecos of the Classics Mini-Cons toys.
  • Unicron with Dead End - A re-release of the Armada Unicron toy. A Toys R' Us store exclusive.
Beast Wars Series
Beast Machines Series
Classics Series
Universe Heavy Load
  • Acid Storm - A redeco of Classics Starscream.
  • Aerial Rivals - A five pack of Legends class toys sold as a Target store exclusive. Air Raid is a redeco of Cybertron Soundwave. Blades is a redeco of Cybertron Evac. Ramjet is a redeco of Cybertron Starscream. Skydive is a redeco of Cybertron Jetfire. Thrust is a redeco of Cybertron Starscream.
  • Blades - A redeco of Cybertron Voyager Class Evac.
  • Blaster with partner Blockrock - Redeco of Cybertron Voyager Soundwave and Laserbeak.
  • Dropshot - A redeco of Cybertron Cybertron Defense Scattorshot as a Decepticon.
  • Galvatron - A Classics-style remake of the Generation 1 character. Deluxe sized toy.
  • Heavy Load with Drillbit - A Decepticon redeco of Cybertron Voyager Quickmix.
  • Ironhide - A Classics-style remake of the Generation 1 character. Deluxe sized red SUV with Oregon plates.
  • Hound - A Legends class new mold.
  • Jazz - A Legends class new mold.
  • Leadership Team - A five pack of Legends class toys sold as a Target store exclusive. Hot Zone is a redeco of Cybertron Optimus Prime. Hun-Gurrr is a redeco of Cybertron Scourge. Razorclaw is a redeco of Cybertron Leobreaker. Scattorshot is a redeco of Cybertron Vector Prime. Silverbolt is a redeco of Cybertron Thundercracker.
  • Megatron - A Legends class new mold that turns into a tank.
  • Nemesis Prime - Voyager redeco of Classics Optimus Prime in the style of the recent evil version of the character. It will be a SDCC 2008 exclusive.[3]
  • Onslaught - A Classics-style remake of the Generation 1 character. An Ultra size mold.[4]
  • Onslaught - A redeco of Cybertron Legends Red Alert in the colors of Generation 1 Onslaught.[5]
  • Powerglide - An Ultra sized mold.
  • Prowl - A Classics-style remake of the Generation 1 character. Deluxe size toy.
  • Red Alert - A redeco of Cybertron Legends Hot Shot in the colors of Generation 1 Red Alert.
  • Sideswipe - Remold of Universe Deluxe Sunstreaker.
  • Silverbolt - A Classics-style remake of the Generation 1 character. Ultra sized, first appeared at the 2008 Australian Toy Fair.[6]
  • Silverstreak - Remold of Universe Deluxe Prowl.
  • Starscream - A redeco of Cybertron Legends Thundercracker in the colors of Generation 1 Starscream.
  • Stormcloud - A black, purple and green redeco of Universe Ultra Powerglide.
  • Sunstreaker - A Classics-style remake of the Generation 1 character. Deluxe size.
  • Tankor - Deluxe sized toy. A Classics-style remake of the Generation 1 character Octane.
  • Tread Bolt - A redeco of Classics Voyager Jetfire in the colors of the Generation 1 Micromaster Tread Bolt.
Cybertron Series
  • Optimus Prime vs. Crumplezone - A re-release of Cybertron Leader Class Galaxy Force Optimus Prime and Cybertron Voyager Class Crumplezone.
  • Optimus Prime, Blurr & Longrack vs. Buzzsaw & Runamuck "Battle for the Cyber Planet Keys" - A 5-Pack of Deluxe class figures which include Cyberton Deluxe Optimus Prime, in a G1 redeco, Cyberton Blurr, Cybertron Longrack, Cybertron Runamuck & Cybertron Buzzsaw.
Generation 1 Series
  • Beachcomber - Legends class figure, a new mold.
  • Brawn - Legends class figure, a new mold.
  • Bumblebee - A Legends class version of his Classics toy in G1 colors.
  • Optimus Prime - A re-release of the Generation 1 Optimus Prime toy. Includes brand new box art, a sound box, a remastered Generation 1 DVD, and possibly more.
  • Roadbuster vs. Dirge "Autobot Ambush" - A Target store exclusive. Redecos of Cybertron Cybertron Defense Hot Shot and Cybertron Voyager Starscream.
  • Robot Heroes Sunstreaker vs. Galvatron
  • Robot Heroes Hound vs. Blitzwing
  • Robot Heroes Arcee vs. Rumble
  • Robot Heroes Perceptor vs. Hardshell (Hardshell is the Insecticon Bombshell renamed).
  • Robot Heroes Snarl vs. Sharkticon (Snarl is the Dinobot Slag renamed, Sharkticon is the Sharkticon Gnaw renamed).
Generation 2 Series
Robots in Disguise Series
Special Edition Series
  • Drag Strip - A redeco of Classics Mirage to look like the Generation 1 Stunticon.[7]
  • Megatron - A redeco of Classics Deluxe Megatron from "The Ultimate Battle" 2-Pack with Optimus Prime, this time with a G1 paint scheme.[8]
  • Optimus Prime - A redeco of Classics Deluxe Optimus Prime from "The Ultimate Battle" 2-Pack with Megatron, this time with an improved G1-style paint scheme.[9]
  • Overkill - A redeco of Classics Grimlock to look like the Generation 1 character, who originally transformed into a cassette tape.[10]
War Within Series
  • Springer vs. Ratbat "Standoff Beneath the Streets" - A Target store exclusive. Includes a redeco of Cybertron Evac as Springer and a redeco of Cybertron Sideways as Ratbat.

2009 Toys

The Universe line continues with several new series in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the franchise. The Classics series is discontinued and replaced by the Generation 1 series. This year saw the Transformers: Titanium line rolled into the Universe label.

Armada Series
  • Hot Shot with Jolt - A new Deluxe mold for Armada Hot Shot in more cartoon accurate colors. Comes with Jolt which can connect to Hot Shot but does not activate anything.
  • Mini-Con 10 pack
Beast Wars Series
  • Dinobot - A new Deluxe sized mold.
  • Leo Prime - A remold of Cybertron Voyager Leobreaker in the colors of Optimus Prime, including a new head to resemble Prime's head.
  • Leo Prime redeco - A remold of Cybertron Voyager Leobreaker in the colors of Beast Wars Second Lio Convoy. A Target store exclusive.
  • Robot Heroes Tigatron vs. Inferno
Cybertron Series
  • Overload - A redeco of Cybertron Cybertron Defense Scattorshot done as an upgrade of the Armada character.
  • Vector Prime with Safeguard - A redeco of the Cybertron toy in the colors of Dinobot.
Generation 1 Series
Universe Generation 1 Series Legends Wheelie toy
  • Bruticus Maximus - A redeco of Energon Bruticus Maximus done as a homage to the Generation 1 Combaticons, with Onslaught, Vortex, Brawl, Swindle, now a helicopter, and Blast Off, now a tank.
  • Cyclonus with Nightstick - Deluxe sized toy with Targetmaster partner.
  • Cosmos - A Legends class figure. First shown at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con International.
  • Countdown - A redeco of Cybertron Cybertron Defense Red Alert as the Generation 1 Micromaster. A Toys R Us store exclusive.
  • Darkwind - A redeco of Universe Silverbolt as the Generation 1 Powermaster. A Toys R Us store exclusive.
  • Hardhead - A redeco of Universe Ultra Onslaught. A Walmart store exclusive.
  • Hound vs. Ravage - A Deluxe sized toy for Hound with a cassette Ravage.
  • Rodimus - A new Legends class mold.
  • Insecticons - Encore reissue of Bombshell, Shrapnel and Kickback, released as a Toys R Us exclusive 3 pack.
  • Perceptor - Encore reissue of Perceptor, released as a TRU exclusive.
  • Powerglide - A redeco of the last Universe Ultra Powerglide, this time in more Generation 1 accurate colors.
  • Autobot Ratchet - A remold of Universe Classic Series Ironhide.
  • Robot Heroes Prowl vs. Laserbeak
  • Robot Heroes Ricochet vs. Predaking
  • Smokescreen - Redeco of Universe Deluxe Prowl. First seen on the front page of issue #23 of the Transformers Collectors' Club Magazine due out in October/November.
  • Starscream - A redeco of the Classics toy with a more Generation 1-accurate color scheme.
  • Superion - A redeco of Energon Superion Maximus done as a homage to the Generation 1 Aerialbots, with Silverbolt, Air Raid, Fireflight, Skydive, and Airazor, the new name for Slingshot due to trademark reasons.
  • Warpath - A new Legends class mold.
  • Wheelie - A new Legends class mold.
  • Robot Heroes Victory Saber vs. Dessarus (Victory Saber and Dessarus are Star Saber and Deathsaurus from Transformers: Victory)
  • Soundwave - Encore reissue of Soundwave included Ratbat, to be released as an SDCC exclusive
Generation 2 Series
  • Skyfall - A redeco of Universe Ultra Silverbolt as the Generation 2 character Skyjack. A Walmart store exclusive.
Robots in Disguise Series
  • Predacon Bruticus - A redeco of Cybertron Ultra Scourge as the Predacon character from Robots in Disguise.
  • Robot Heroes Optimus Prime vs. Megatron
Titanium Series
  • Hot Zone - A redeco of 6 inch Titanium Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime. A Target store exclusive.
  • Optimus Prime - A redeco of 6 inch Titanium War Within Optimus Prime. A Target store exclusive.
  • Thrust - A redeco of 6 inch Titanium War Within Thundercracker. A Target store exclusive.

Unreleased Transformers: Universe Toys

Universe Alpha Trion toy prototype.

A number of toys for the Transformers: Universe line were proposed, but never saw the light of day for one reason or another.

  • Alpha Trion - Repaint of Beast Machines Snarl.
  • Blackarachnia - Repaint of the original Tarantulas/Blackarachnia mold. Was going to be released as a Wal-Mart exclusive "Horrorcon Halloween" two-pack with Leatherhide.
  • Brawn - Remold of Energon Strongarm as a homage to Generation 1 Brawn.
  • Defensor - remold of Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime.
  • Devcon - repaint of Beast Machines Mirage.
  • Devcon - Repaint of Energon Slugslinger.
  • Drench with Mini-Con Wind Sheer - Repaint of Armada Wheeljack as a homage to Generation 2 Drench with Armada Mini-Con Wind Sheer repaint. Was going to be released as a Target exclusive two-pack with Smokescreen. [ 1 ]
  • Transmetal Fractyl - Repaint of Beast Wars Transmetal Terrorsaur.
  • Leatherhide - Repaint of Beast Wars Mutant Soundwave. Was going to be released as a Wal-Mart exclusive "Horrorcon Halloween" two-pack with Blackarachnia.
  • Megatron - Remold of Robots in Disguise Megatron as a homage to Beast Wars Transmetal 2 Megatron.
  • Menasor - Decepticon repaint of Generation 1 Thunderclash. Was going to be called Motormaster at one point, but that name was unavailable.
  • Nightprowler - Repaint of the original Beast Wars Cheetor mold. Was going to be released as a Wal-Mart exclusive "Horrorcon Halloween" two-pack with Waspinator.
  • Ramulus - Repaint of Beast Wars Ramulus in the green colors had in early issues of the Wreckers comic.
  • Roadbuster - Remold of Energon Strongarm as a homage to Generation 1 Roadbuster.
  • Seacons - Redecos of the Generation 1 Seacons. Released instead as a Transformers Fan Club exclusive under the Timelines series.
  • Smokescreen with Mini-Con Jolt - Repaint of Armada Hot Shot as a homage to Generation 1 Smokescreen with Armada Mini-Con Jolt repaint. Was going to be released as a Target exclusive two-pack with Drench.
  • Spacewarp - Decepticon repaint of Armada Jetfire, a homage to Generation 1 Astrotrain. Was going to be released as a Toys "R" Us exclusive with repaints of the Armada Space Team. The concept has since been revived by Master Collector for a club exclusive figure in 2007, it will feature a new headsculpt and feature the Transformers Cybertron Giant Planet minicon team
  • Waspinator - A repaint of Transmetal Waspinator. Was going to be released as a Wal-Mart exclusive "Horrorcon Halloween" two-pack with Nightprowler.

Non-Universe toys which appeared in Universe

Besides the official Transformers: Universe toys, the comic book series had a great number of characters from other toy lines make appearances.

This list attempts to account for all the non-Universe characters/toys who made appearances in the two Universe comic series and the Botcon voice plays.

Transformers: Generation 1

Appeared in a flashback to Generation 1 Era

2004 Botcon voice actor play

Characters fleeing captivity from Unicron

Transformers: Armada

  • Megatron
  • Red Alert
  • Smokescreen - A recolor of Armada Smokescreen was released in the toy line, but in the Universe comics Armada Smokescreen appeared in his original colors.
  • Star Saber - Appeared in the 2003 Botcon voice actor play being wielded by Megatron.
  • Unicron

Beast Wars

Transmetal Airazor
  • Fractyl
  • Packrat - Blue Transmetal Rattrap toy appeared as Transmetal Packrat.
  • Rhinox
  • Rockbuster - Appeared among the crowd on Cybertron in Transformers: Universe #1.
  • Sonar
  • Terrorsaur - Appeared among the characters fleeing the captivity of Unicron.

Maximal High Council

Primeval Dawn Storyline

Beast Machines

  • Airraptor - Appeared as a member of the Dinobots.
  • Ape-Linq
  • Battle Unicorn - Appeared as a member of the Maximal High Council.
  • Blackarachnia - Appeared in Beast Machines form before being reformatted into Universe form.
  • Buzzsaw - Appeared among the crowd on Cybertron.
  • Cheetor - Appeared in Beast Machines form throughout the Universe comic.
  • Chro - Name given to blue version of Deployer Rav.
  • Quickstrike - Appeared among the crowd on Cybertron.
  • Rattrap - Appeared in Beast Machines form throughout the Universe comic.
  • Silverbolt - Appeared in Beast Machines form before being reformatted into Universe form.
  • Thrust - Appeared among the captives of Unicron.

Characters in "The Wreckers" Comics

Transformers: Robots in Disguise

  • Cryotek
  • Dreadwing - Appeared in a Collectors Club bio page as a Universe character.
  • Jhiaxus - Appeared in a Collectors Club bio page as the Generation 1 character.
  • Megabolt - Appeared in a Collectors Club bio page as a Universe character.
  • Landfill - Walmart Exclusive yellow recolor, appeared in the 2004 voice actor play.
  • Smokejumper - Appeared in a Collectors Club bio page as a Universe character.

References

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