2022 is officially here! As we get going on the next year of figures from Legacy, Studio Series,
Rise of the Beasts, and probably some more surprises – TFW2005 likes to take a look back at what came last year and pick our favs. Members of the TFW2005 team all chose their top figure of 2021 along with some runner ups. There were a lot of good ones to choose from, but as you can see by the headline image the biggest and baddest of them all took the crown.
Read on to check out our list, and feel free to share your own list of besties over on the 2005 Boards!
War For Cybertron HasLab Unicron
No doubt this is a bona fide centerpiece of any Transformers collection. You can’t ignore such a massive and detailed figure in any of his modes. The Chaos-Bringer is finally taking the title of the biggest Transformer figure to date. I agree that the figure could have been better if they had managed to hid the kibble and panels in robot mode in a better way, but if you add that this was released as a limited run, only via a crowdfunding, and all the delicious drama about the campaign and release, there’s no doubt this figure had no rival in 2021. Could you have imagined something like this after the Armada Unicron toy?
Runners up: Kingdom Rodimus Prime (fantastic piece of engineering), Buzzworthy Nemesis Primal (Nothing better than a black Primal redeco), Studio Series 86 Hot Rod (same as Rodimus, a great level of engineering), Kingdom Core Class Soundwave (Superior even in small size), Robosen Optimus Prime (while I think a figure I can’t transform myself it’s not my taste, this is another jewel of 2021)
Definitely a good year to be a Transformers collector, but a horrible year to pick one as the best of the best. Choosing between Gnaw, WrekGar, Hot Rod, Rodimus, Slag, Artfire, Agent Ravage…
Yeah, tough choice.
I went with the stunning toy deco Generations Selects Galvatron. While I adore the standard release if the mold, the colors used for the Selects version make up for me never being able to get the G1 figure as a kid. I enjoy everything about this figure, from the sheer shelf presence to the enjoyable transformation. Truly a stunning figure.
Runners up: Studio Series 86 Gnaw, Studio Series 86 Slug, Studio Series 86 WrekGar, Kingdom Blackarachnia (from the Target 4-pack), Studio Series 86 Hot Rod.
This was tough, as it was a good year for official toys. SO many were good it was hard to pick a favorite. Kingdom, SS, SS86, even some Cyberverse. Ultimately, it went to MP-53 Skids. He’s not the best MP ever made, but it does everything I want out of an official MP toy without all of the extra stuff I don’t want/need. It’s just complex enough, but not too much.
Runners up: Kingdom Rodimus Prime, Studio Series ’86 Slug, Studio Series ’86 Hot Rod, Studio Series ’86 WreckGar Buzzworthy Bumblebee Origins
Transformers Masterpiece MP-53 Skids
I’ll actually give this a tie to both Skids and Reboost. Takara went back to their roots when they had excellent build quality and very reasonable prices. I loved that Skids also went back to the design before MP-22 Ultra Magnus where the figure has both real world, toy, and cartoon elements. The engineering is genius without being cumbersome or overly complex where you might be afraid the piece might snap off. Great articulation and I’m glad to add this to my MP shelf. And I can say it because this actually has no QC issues. This is why Takara needs to stick to their roots. You can just take the figure and enjoy it, always. These guys don’t have as many gimmicks or accessories which helps keep the QC in check. It seems that the MPs with a myriad of gimmicks are the ones who have most of the QC problems. (Not all, but certainly common). For those, Skids wins and he looks plenty toon despite being a hybrid
Runners Up: Kingdom Cyclonus, Reformatted Galvatron, Shattered Glass Jetfire, Kingdom Rodimus Prime, Studio Series 86 Gnaw, MP-54 Reboost, Studio Series 86 Sweep, Studio Series 86 Wreck-Gar, Buzzworthy SS86 Kup
Yes….One of my first purchases of 2021 and he stuck with me all year. Beast Wars is what brought me into Transformers and it has been a heck of a year with all the New Beast Wars toys. Megatron stuck out the most to me because of how fun his conversion is and how articulated he is in both modes.
Runners up: WFC Unicron, Threezero Nemesis Prime, Kingdom Tigatron, Studio Series Hot Rod, Studio Series Grimlock, Kingdom Ark
Every year since I started as a mod, 10 years ago now, I’ve kept a running list of my favorite Transformers on my phone. Most years it’s about 10-12 figures, but this year it was a whopping 19 that made my tops, that I’ve now narrowed down to my singular favorite, plus seven runner-ups. It was incredibly hard, especially considering in one year we got TWO new Action Master updates, plus a new Tracks and a first ever Jurassic Park Transformer! That said, ultimately it was my favorite Dinobot triceratops who was chosen as THE best figure. He does everything I would want, plus a little bit more. I love the way his legs transform, it really adds something to a transformation that I’ve been doing since the 80’s. The only thing I would’ve changed is to scrap the waste of plastic Daniel, that he came with, and made his sword instead. Maybe also used that budget to add one or two more paint apps or a fireblast accessory as well. His size is also wonderful, I love the leader class scale being used for someone of substance, like the Dinobots. Now I say bring on the other three, I can be patient, but I yearn for more large dinosaurs!
Runners up: Kingdom Tracks, Netflix Bumblebee, SS86 Hot Rod, Shattered Glass Optimus Prime, Kingdom Mainframe, Kingdom Tigatron, JP93
Studio Series 86 Voyager Hot Rod
2021 was one of my favorite years for Transformers toys in ages, so this selection was pretty hard to make. It finally delivered the Generations Beast Wars toys that I’d been wanting for what felt like an eternity… which makes it funny that in the end it’s a G1 guy who made it to the top of my list! Studio Series 86 Voyager Hot Rod is just so good, it encapsulates everything I believe a Transformers figure should aspire to be – a simple, intuitive design and transformation that also allows for tons of articulation; robot and alt modes that look great and are as clean and compact as possible; a good variety of accessories included – and all being sold at a fair and logical price. For me it even manages to eclipse the Masterpiece versions. Also helps that he’s one of my favorite Transformers characters!
Runners up: Studio Series 86 Leader Grimlock, Kingdom Voyager Cyclonus, Kingdom Leader Megatron, Kingdom Voyager Optimus Primal
Flame Toys Kuro Kara Kuri IDW Megatron
I think the community would be more surprised if this wasn’t my choice.
This is my favorite Megatron design of all time, and despite some creative liberties as with all 3K figures, it is captured perfectly. The craftsmanship is unparalleled, accessories are plentiful, and the materials are excellent. The shelf presence is masterful. The price is indeed high, but I feel you get what you pay for. My only hope is that it withstands the tests of time, because it truly is a holy grail piece for me. I wish more companies would tackle this Megatron design, as it is one of his more unique ones. But as it stands, this is the king. If you can find and afford it, go for it. There were numerous excellent official figures this year, and while the Runners Up are more fun to play with, the significance of this figure’s personal grail status puts it as my top figure of the year—I love it.
Runners up: Studio Series 86 Hot Rod, Kingdom Cyclonus, Studio Series 73 Grindor, Generations Selects Shattered Glass Optimus Prime, Kingdom Optimus Primal (monke)
War For Cybertron Haslab Unicron
Another year, another very difficult choice to make. Part of me feels bad for going with a figure I’ve transformed no more than four times either way, but when I look back on 2021 I know I’m going to remember getting that colossal box, opening him up, and grinning non-stop the rest of the day. While he is very cumbersome and physically tiring to transform, doing so is always a fun experience and both modes feel like a reward. The way Hasbro made the stand so integral to the transformation as well as the display just goes to show how much thought and care went into this big lug and I love that. Despite his size, he still gets some really good, charismatic poses and is just one of those figures you could stare and marvel at all day. He also looks REALLY good with Christmas lights strung around him and the planet maw mechanism alone is worth the (original) price of admission. I may not mess with him a lot, but he’s THE centerpiece of my collection and I’ll always have the memories of setting him up and transforming him for the first time while my partner watched me struggle, finding different things for his planet mode to eat, and decorating him for the holidays.
Runners up: Kingdom Rodimus Prime, Kingdom Galvatron, Studio Series 86 Slug, Kingdom Beast Megatron, TFxUniversal Monsters Draculus
I’ve expressed similar sentiment in previous years and I’ll say it again now: 2021 was another great year for official Transformers product. The past three years are a definitive high point for the brand toy-wise. There are numerous instances where someone could make an argument for figure of the year and I’d think “yeah, I can see that”. Studio Series 86? The return of the Beast Wars cast? C’mon. Just so many good figures.
However, my top pick for 2021 is a figure that’s in the mix for my personal top 10 of all time. Studio Series Hot Rod sports a gorgeous bot mode that looks like it leapt off the screen, easily putting even masterpiece figures to shame. The vehicle mode is great, and the transformation is satisfying if a bit fiddly. It’s a figure I didn’t want to put down, poses fantastically, and looks so great that I always smiled when I saw it on my desk. These reasons, among others, set it just ahead of other great figure like Covert Agent Ravage for the best of 2021.
Runners up: Covert Agent Ravage, Unicron, Kingdom Air Razor, Buzzworthy Nemesis Primal, Lootcrate Optimus Prime
Man, Hasbro has been absolutely crushing it with the War For Cybertron and Studio Series lines. Combined, the two toylines have been delivering me the aesthetic and love for all of these characters. It’s hard to narrow down a list of favorites, let alone one to top them all. The toyline in general should win, but since I have to choose I’m going with Studio Series Grimlock. He’s my personal favorite character of all time and I have him tattooed on my arm. Studio Series leader Grimlock is very nice, huge, fun to transform and the “double elbows” are really clever. I would’ve preferred a Sword over Wheelie, but that’s nit picky. Slag is also a great companion piece and I can’t wait for the rest of the Dinobots in this scale.
Runners up: Kingdom Cyclonus, Kingdom Huffer, Kingdom Rodimus, Worlds Collide Fangry, Studio series Gnaw, Studio series Jazz, Studio series Hot Rod, Studio series Scourge
All I have to say is that this guy is an engineering masterpiece. He looks great in bot mode, has a sleek vehicle mode, and all robot parts are completely hidden and not hanging off underneath like with most airplane/spaceship Transformers. Only quibble I have (and it isn’t a huge deal for me) is that I would have preferred the purple to be a bit darker. All in all a great figure to add to your collection.
Runners up: Kingdom Galvatron, Studio Series Jazz, Studio Series Dinobot Slug, Studio Series Hot Rod, Kingdom Warpath
I feel like I have been waiting for this Hot Rod toy since the first time I saw him up on the big screen all those years ago.
I loved this figure so much that I bought 3 of them…two for me and one for my son.
I wish I could have this figure in masterpiece scale!
Runners up: Kingdom Rodimus Prime, Kingdom Cyclonus, Studio Series 86 Gnaw, Kingdom Airrazor,
This guy puts the MP versions to shame all wrapped up in a snug Voyager price tag, “fake chest” and all.
Runners up: HasLab Unicron, MP-52+ Thundercracker, Kingdom Core Class Soundwave, Buzzworthy Nemesis Primal, Buzzworthy Origins Bumblebee
While MP-52 Starscream was released 1st, MP-52+ Thundercracker followed up months later with substantially less reported issues. Character-bias aside, MP-52+ showed the potential of the MP-52 mold better. The poseability is much better than previous MP Seeker molds, being able to pose in ways the old ones never could. As much personality as the alternate faces on MP-3/6/7 had, MP-52’s faces ooze more. I was concerned that the jet mode would look too cartoony but fortunately it doesn’t. My main issue is the closeness of the horizontal stabilizers to the wings and their relative size but these weren’t dealbreakers for me.
I’ll always prefer the darker colors of the G1 Thundercracker toy over the cartoon version. However there’s no denying how good MP-52+ looks to me in person. While there’s things that could be improved on yet another redesigned MP Seeker mold eventually, I have a lot less improvements on my wishlist compared with MP-3/11. The MP-52 does a lot right and in my experience, MP-52+ Thundercracker is the best example*.
*Note: I haven’t ordered MP Skywarp and if I did, it wouldn’t have arrive until well after the time of this writing
Runners up: MPM-12 Optimus Prime(Bumblebee movie), Kingdom Rodimus Prime, Kingdom Cyclonus, Studio Series 1986 Slug, Studio Series 1986 Wreckgar, Kingdom Galvatron
Transformers Masterpiece MP-52 Starscream
It almost goes without saying that he’s the best looking release of this character in my time as a collector. Throw in most of the usual trappings associated with modern MP releases (accessories, face swaps, superb articulation) and he’s definitely up there as a fave in my display. While a couple of QC issues hampered my initial enjoyment of the figure, I now find myself picking him up to mess around more often than my other MPs. He looks fantastic alongside the likes of MP-36 and MP-29/29+, and I’m looking forward to finishing off the OG seeker trio (again ) with Skywarp.
Runners up: MP-52+ Thundercracker, Kingdom Galvatron, Studio Series 86 Gnaw, Kingdom Cyclonus
War For Cybertron Haslab Unicron
I’d be kidding myself if I said anything but Uni. I didn’t even really buy that many figures this year, but every single one I did was nearly perfect in every way. We are being inconceivably spoiled as fans and collectors.
Runners up: Kingdom Cyclonus, Kingdom Rodimus, Kingdom Ark, Kingdom Core Class Soundwave, Studio Series 86 Slug, Studio Series 86 Hot Rod, MP-53 Skids, MP-52/+ Starscream/Thundercracker, Robosen Optimus Prime, I don’t know why I keep adding more because literally everything I bought this year was absolutely incredible.
While we’ve had another great year of Transformers toys, but the Haslab Unicron saw us receive another level of figure. The project itself allowed for a figure made that exceeds retail restrictions. Additionally, this is the biggest Transformer ever from the G1 cartoon, and for Hasbro to provide us a figure that supremely towers over all others. It’s extremely well sculpted (which next to the size is one of its strongest points), and there are particular transformation ques lifted straight from the movie incarnation’s transformation sequence. Getting the box and unpacking it is an experience in itself. Transforming it isn’t difficult, but it’s also an experience like no other.
There’s one word to summarize this figure: EPIC
Runners up: Studio Series ’86 Hot Rod, Kingdom Voyager Cyclonus, Studio Series ’86 Wreck-Gar, Buzzworthy Bumblebee Origins, Studio Series ’86 Gnaw,
War For Cybertron Haslab Unicron
I mean, come on, how can it not be. Even with the maw issues, it’s still the biggest most insane Transformers figure done yet. A centerpiece of any collection. It feels like forever ago now since we’ve been seeing thinking about him since 2019. But he dropped this year, so he wins. There were a lot of other great figures this year too which could easily take top spot, but I guess that’s what runners up are for.
Runners up: Kingdom Ark, Kingdom Rodimus, Kingdom Cyclonus, Kingdom Galvatron, threezero DLX ROTF Prime
My top 10 of 2021:
10. KD Sideswipe
9. SS-48 Universal Studios Megatron
8. SS86 Sweep
7. SS86 Scourge
6. SS86 Wreck-Gar
5. SS86 Slug
4. SS86 Grimlock
3. KD Cyclonus
2. KD Galvatron
1. KD Rodimus Prime
2021 is the year that my collecting necessarily slowed down. Beast Wars doesn't interest me as much as G1, and I am seriously running out of space to store my figures and have continued selling some of them. This is the first year that I've taken back a Titan-class figure (The Ark), both because I didn't have room for it after FINALLY getting TR Fortress Maximus and because Ark wasn't, IMHO, a good toy. That said, there are some Beast Wars characters in my top figures just because I do like the toys. I didn't get that giant Unicron because of the aforementioned space issues and also because money's been tighter this year due to the COVID plague still raging and supply chain disruptions making stuff harder to find and cost more. I ordered a bunch of figs off off Amazon because I didn't wanna go out and hunt.
Honorable Mentions include: Kingdom Core Optimus, Core Soundwave, Core Starscream, Deluxe Huffer, Beast Megatron, Leader Ultra Magnus, Leader Galvatron, Wingfinger, and Paleotrex; Studio Series Hot Rod, Scourge, Gnaw, and Kup.
The best ones that I picked up this past year include:
10. Kingdom Deluxe Slammer
9. Kingdom Commander Rodimus Prime
8. Studio Series Deluxe Jazz
7. Kingdom Deluxe Airrazor
6. Kingdom Voyager Blaster with Eject
5. Kingdom Voyager Inferno
4. Kingdom Voyager Optimus Primal
3. Kingdom Voyager Cyclonus
2.Studio Series Leader Slug (Slag)
1.Studio Series Leader Grimlock
My list ever fluctuates, but I think I may have a fairly ranked assortment from 2021, starting with some Honorable Mentions:
Honorable Mention #1: Kingdom Ultra Magnus
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This big boy is my first and only UM toy I ever owned, and I'm pretty happy with this (at least in terms of his robot mode). Beefy, bold colors and armed to the teeth, Magnus feels good in hand. However, he does NOT make it to the main list simply because his alt mode is sorely lacking; a horribly fugly truck cab paired with the one job his toy needed to do: a car-carrier that cannot carry cars, save for maybe one small deluxe on top. Unacceptable. Fortunately, Magnus will always be displayed in his bot mode.
Honorable Mention #2: Earthrise Megatron
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I long-touted this guy as my favorite rendition of the Decepticon Leader in the beginning of 2021, and he still is. He looks like his cartoon self, without having to transform into a handheld gun. Now, he's a big gun on treads, and while his Siege/Netflix version sports better paint apps, this is the guy I always wanted to represent the Season 1 Cons. My biggest gripes are carry-overs from the Siege mold; his stupid floppy feet sticking out in tank mode is an eyesore and a new issue – his giant sabre-dagger thing is ridiculous and awkward. Still, he looks amazing with the rest of my first-season Decepticons!
Honorable Mention #3: Earthrise Netflix Soundwave
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Far from a bad toy, Netflix Soundwave finally scratches that itch that us G1 fanboys whined about since the beginning of the CHUG era: Make Soundwave a microcassette player! And lo and behold, he does just that, all while looking like he jumped outta my TV. There is really not much to complain about here, aside from Ravage's piss-poor cat-mode. But having not one, but TWO cassettes included, along with his weapons and a neat gun that you can plug to Earthrise Megatron's back, makes this a total win. Is it anything groundbreaking? Nope. This toy could have been made 10 years ago, so the lack of engineering feats keeps this guy categorized in Honorable Mentions.
#5: TIE – Studio Series 86' Grimlock and Slug (SLAG!)View attachment 29364213
Giving me every reason to throw out my PotP Dinobots, these two Leader Class guys are so much fun. If I were to give one the edge, it would be Grimlock, for having a smoother transformation and shelf presence. I've said, no, praised before how much the last two years of TF's have been elevated by the attempts to use the Sunbow cartoon scale starting with WFC Siege, and here is where it really counts. Grimlock is nice and solid in hand, with no QC issues I have noticed, whereas Slug suffers from some loose knee-joints, fiddly transformation with the legs and constant horns and back panels popping off. Nonetheless, I love Slug and he only ramps up my anticipation for the rest of the Dinobot team in the future. Both come with useless statues of maligned characters and their classic guns. I had to rate them as a set, because they looks so good together, and it was hard to really leave one behind. That being said, this isn't the only entry with that issue…
4: TIE – Kingdom Cyclonus and Studio Series 86' Scourge
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While most people's choice in their top 5 has been Cyclonus, I have to give credit where credit is due: Scourge is another feat of engineering in getting that vampiric look on point. His bat-wings were always something that could not be properly replicated in toy form in his past renditions and the whole Floro Dery aesthetic will continue to dominate this list going forward. His space boat-soap bar mode is fantastic and still gives you the opportunity to pop his mustachioed noggin out.
Cyclonus is as perfect as you can get. Zero kibble in robot mode and still having a seamless space jet really is jaw-dropping. I remember thinking how damn good that Universe mold was. Now I can't even look at the thing. I know some people gripe about his head sculpt, but it doesn't bother me (but the same can be said for SS86' Kup/Blurr). He's tall (if you position the knees right), menacing and purple-ish.
Both taunt you to look back at the old 86' toys and force you to really appreciate what can be accomplished today. TF fans eat real well in this era.
#3: Studio Series 86' Wreck Gar
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I was never a fan of Wreck Gar. I had no desire of ever owning his character or any Junkion. I didn't hate him/them, but he didn't really do anything for me neither. But this, THIS toy is WOW. Between Cyclonus and this guy, you couldn't get closer to perfection. I mean, I simply don't see how there will ever be a need to perfect upon these two. Aside from being a physical copy of his character model, he's hefty and solid. His transformation is well done and his alt mode is fun. His colors are vibrant and he has so much personality. Once I heard everyone rave about him, I needed to experience him for myself, and let me tell you:
#2: Kindom Rodimus Prime
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Another guy that I had no intention of picking up, especially at his price point. But a little thing called Black Friday came along and I scooped him up at Leader-class pricing.
While many would put SS86' Hot Rod on the list, I wanted to pass on him and go big. Where do I start? He's amazing. A big sucker too, with tons, I mean TONS of accessories. You get a his rifle, the Matrix, the sword of Primus, blast effects, blast effects, blast effects and matrix effects. Oh you also get this tiny afterthought called his Battle Platform, that, depending if you've won the lotto, will actually close properly into his trailer! His transformation can feel challenging, not because of the actual steps, but the tolerances vs use of force. Yeah, his leg calves pop out often, but it's a small price for such an otherwise well designed Autobot leader. He would have been #1, save for his tolerance issues and non-committal pieces that won't snap together. So it would only make sense that he would lose to…
#1: Kingdom Galvatron
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Why you ask? Because Titans Return happened, I will tell you.
Kingdom Galvatron not only gives us the reborn Megatron we always needed, it manages to do it without sacrificing anything for transformation into a huge space cannon on tank treads. Now to me, this is pinnacle engineering. A fully articulated figure that resembles his on-screen image that can unfurl into his futuristic alt mode. Galvatron FEELS like his worth; he's heavy, because he's jam-packed with folding panels. His plastic quality is good. I can handle him and have no fear of accidentally snapping or breaking something (yet). He looks regal-evil, poses well, has beaucoup accessories too. His arm cannon is iconic, but getting a matrix on chain is something we never asked for, yet deserved. Throw in two Revenge-style gun halves and you've earned your keep. Could his shade of purple been more indigo? Certainly. Did we need his battle-spooge deco? Nope. But we got it, and some fantastic repaints, which is why this guy is #1.
2021 was the most fun & excitement I\'ve had collecting since 2013. Based on appearance( how cool both modes are), playability (conversion too simple or grossly over engineered) & quality ( can I pick it up and play with it as much as I want it without worrying about it breaking) here\'s my list:
1- Rodimus Prime
4- Beast Wars Megatron
5- Hot Rod
6- Beast Wars Dinobot
10- Origin Bumblebee
Big Convoy XIII
I've gotten quite a few figures in 2021 myself, including Optimus Primal, Airazor, Taigatron, Black Arachnia, Scorponok, Waspinator, Ractonite, Paleotrex, 86' Cyclonus & of course, 86' Hot Rod.. And I have to say, my top pick out of those figures is unsurprisingly Hot Rod. Before getting him, the only one I owned before was the Potp evolution figure, and I thought that was pretty good. But the 86’ figure is just in a league of it's own. His robot mode is highly articulated, he has a slew of small but appreciative gimmicks, comes packed with some really cool effect parts & accessories, and his conversion from robot to vehicle mode isn't overly complex and even manages to look screen accurate from the 86' film. Even the display base he comes with is beautifully done. He truly is a love letter to the fans, representing the 86’ film in all it's glory~
The only gripe I have, (which is pretty minor) is with the Matrix. And this follows suit with other figures that come with it too. I hate the fact that you can’t actually open it >~< and I don't wanna hear crap like (making something that small would be too hard to do" or whatever, because I’ve seen other 3rd party companies do exactly that. Witchcraft? Perhaps.. But regardless. The only 'official' Matrix they’ve ever released (at least to my knowledge) that you can actually open is the one that comes with MP01, and I hope that changes in the near future.
Nice to see SS Hot Rod getting so much love. Definitely my pick for 2021!
figured I'd share this here, but this is my top 10 Transformers of 2021! It's a mix of official and unofficial, but there are a lot of official choices in both the top 10 itself and in my honorable mentions.
If we're allowed to cheat, I'd put the Cyberverse Dinobots as a group on my list as a single entry (Volcanicus included). Jankiness of the One-Step gimmick aside, as a team they look great together and Slug would stand alongside Generations in terms of engineering and style.
The release date was technically 1/21, but many got it in 2020. That's actually why it wasn't on my list.
*shrug* Kingdom was the 2021 line, if I'm not mistaken. It just hit retail ahead of Q1.
Realized I didn't do a top 10. *Shrug* I dunno who came out when so here's the top 10 I bought in 2021 in no particular order…
– The Ark
– Netflix Soundwave
– PulseCon Ravage
– Takara Selects God Neptune
– Rodimus Prime
Kingdom Cyclonus came out in 2020, why have I seen him in so many peoples top10 lists?
10. Kingdom Tigatron
9. Kingdom Airazor
8. Studio Series 86 Grimlock
7. Netflix Optimus Primal (and Rattrap)
6. MPM-12 Optimus Prime
5. Kingdom Beast Megatron
4. HasLab Unicron
3. Kingdom Ark
2. Kingdom Galvatron
1. Kingdom Rodimus Prime
Was hard to decide my top pick of the year. Was so many great releases in 2021. SS Grimlock & Slug/Slag, Gnaw, Wreck-gar, Kingdom Rodimus, GS Galvatron, etc……
But my top figure is Kingdom Cyclonus, with Haslab a close second. Both are phenomenal, but Galvy's second-in-command took the #1 spot. Cyclonus just blew me away with his great engineering, screen accuracy, and just a great figure to fiddle with.
Plus making "whoosh ,whoosh" sounds flying him around the house in his awesome space jet mode makes the look on my GF's face all the more priceless.
But that's why it's easier for them to just do their personal top 5. If someone doesn't collect MP how would they begin to have a fave let alone a top five? Their top 5 in each would seem arbitrary because they wouldn't be pulling from the same pool.
This way they just pick their five favorite, and their personal preferences would be taken in to consideration as part of that.
Plus, these write ups are something they do for the fun of it. Having to get that granular turns it in to work.
Just the rubber band trick, right?
I mean, after folding the blast panels correctly out of the box.
My favorite of the year is MP-52 Starscream, but for a non-Masterpiece, mainline toy, my favorite was Kingdom Tigatron. 2021 was great year for Transformers, there were so many solid releases.
You guys should have categories. Like Generations, MP, and Studio series. I think it would be far more interesting, even if all staff do not collect all three.
It was a very crowded field of excellent figures this past year. I wouldn’t begrudge anyone for not including Rodimus in their top 10 lists for personal preferences. He’s not my #1 fig either, actually.
That honor goes to Covert Agent Ravage. He’s just so good, looks so great, and is so fun to play around with. It gives me the same joy that the Pit of Judgement set gave me the year before.
Anyhoo, here’s my list:
10. Huffer. He has no business being this good.
9. Galvatron. Pick one. Would’ve been higher if the shoulders on mine weren’t backwards & the battle smudges weren’t included.
8. The Ark. Would’ve been higher if it had better hands & the turrets rotated.
7. Cyclonus. Great fig, but suffers from the Blurr & Kup “why the long face?”
6. Dinobot. Another great fig, just missing front dino teeth & those raptor hands could’ve been better.
5. Tigatron. Love this fig, just wish there was a little less piss yellow.
4. Optimus Primal. No complaints, wonderful all around.
3. SS86 Hot Rod
2. Rodimus Prime
1. Covert Agent Ravage
Honorable Mentions: Airrazor, Wreck-Gar, BW Megatron, Transmutate, Gnaw, Fangry, Sweep
This was sure a great year for figures. I was not sure which figure to include in my top, but after helping to put him on display at the Transformers Exhibition we hace here in na local mall, you can't deny he's an impressive piece.
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