What I like about the Cybertron toyline

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  1. Nerdling

    Nerdling Plastic Crack Addict

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    These things are sturdy as f*ck! I've been playing with a CD Red Alert I bought off the JE. I've dropped him maybe 3 or 4 times and there's still not a scratch on him. He's also really poseable despite the size of him and his missle. I cant wait to repaint him into... I'll reveal that later.
     
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    aside from a very short list of molds, i can't think of any other reason to like the line.
    same goes for Armada and Energon.

    armada gave me a unicron, Cybertron gave me a primus, and when i get my claws on it, Energon will give me Omega Supreme...so i guess that counts- they had at least 1 massive bot to make me drool...
     
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    The big bots are enough to make the line so-so. Something the Animated line needs to pick up on.
     
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    I like the charecters and the animate..........No really.
     
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    Silent_Magnus Taint of Primus

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    I only own the recon mini con team, but from what I've seen.
    The only thing I don't really like is the number of transformers that have painfully obvious head reveals.
    Watching galaxy force made me really want most of the toys, but due to funds and shelfpsace I can't really focus on past line at the moment.
     
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    I think there are just about enough great figures between Armada, Energon, and Cybertron to make ONE excellent line. :)  You just have to sift through a lot of mediocre ones to find them.

    Used to be I had no interest in the Cybertron line... I didn't like the pseudo-sci-fi vehicles, and as a G1-raised fan I didn't recognize or have any nostalgia invested in most of the characters.

    Then Downshift and Armorhide came along. I was drawn to their realistic vehicle modes and their well-proportioned robot modes. And once I got them, I realized the same thing you did, that they are sturdy little molds that are a lot of fun to fiddle with and transform. I ended up getting many more Cybertron figures, though I'm by no means even close to a completist.

    I still have no interest at all in the shows/fiction associated with them... and I'm not fond of the cyber-key gimmick (I hate having to keep track of those little things... but it's still better than the figure-crippling Energon powerlink gimmick). But overall Cybertron showed that you can have simple, elegant figures that are well-proportioned and well-articulated. I'm probably in the repaint-lovin' minority here, but I'm glad that many of the molds are getting a second life in the Classics/Universe/Movie lines.
     
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    I don't have many Cybertron toys, but the Cybertron Optimus Prime I have is definitely one of my favorite figures.
     
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    I don’t own anything from Armada or Energon.

    Cybertron gave me the Blurr of my dreams. Way better than the shitbox and clunky generation 1 Blurr I have. I mean regardless of having it in a factory sealed box, I just didn’t like the mold.

    Both Scourge’s were dope as well but I didn’t get them. Now I am kicking myself in the arse.
     
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    The Cybertron line was awesome. First time I ever bought at least one version of every mold from a line.
     
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    While I'm not a huge fan of the line, it is the thing that brought me back to TF's, and got me collecting (watched most of Armada and Energon, but only bought mabye 3-5 total toys during that time). Cybertron did have some pretty good molds come out of it. Some I kinda wish I would have grabbed while I had the chance (Metroplex, Quickmix, CD Scattershot, and Soundwave are the main ones).
     
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    Cybertron is the best mainline to date by far, and is one of the best TF lines period IMO. There are definitely molds that are utter shit, but in comparison to other lines that ratio is MUCH smaller. Cybertron's the first TF mainline I bought every single toy from, even repaints. And I totally agree with how sturdy they are, most of them are rock solid.
     
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    The one thing Cybertron had going for it was the very diverse selection of toys.
     
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    I have to admit, the Cybertron toyline was pretty awesome. I look forward to buying everything from it, but Cybertron did have some crappy toys mixed in, like Backstop. Overall, the gimmick from the line didn't harm the toys as much as others.

    In my opinion, the AEC trilogy of toys got better. Armada was pretty crappy, but most of the combiners were cool, Jetfire was nice. But the rest were sub-standard. At the end, it got better, the Mini-Cons were cool, Unicron was awesome.

    Energon was better, and I'm getting all from that line too. The combination gimmick hurt some like Hot Shot and Inferno, so I'm glad they kind of straggled away from that at the line of the line. Plus, the homages were cool, an even better Unicron, Omega Supreme, Galvatron....

    Cybertron was good, but again, like the Armada line, something that you do to activate a power-up hindered the toy. But they managed to pull off the toys and the power-ups without much problems set on the toys themselves.
     
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    I (heart) Cybertron. I agree with Grimlock_13 - well, maybe the movie line could be considered better, but it's close.

    One of the best things about the Cybertron line is the variety of characters and toys. The "four planets" thing really works.
     
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    cybertron was the best toyline since BW.
     
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    I think I like Minicons more than planet keys.
    What's not cool about getting a free mini transformer with every toy?
     
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    I really like the fact that they made many molds that could be repainted into G1 homage figures. As a G1 fan at heart I've always been partial to the toys that come close to the originals but with more articulation. When the cybertron line came out i didn't like it much but then i saw the metroplex and some of the smaller bots and saw that when they thought of this line they tried to keep G1 in mind but yet bring a new feel to it. But also in it's own right, Energon had some very good G1 homage molds as well like Downshift, Towline, Omega supreme. I'm glad that they've decided to do the Universe line but i hope they keep up the G1 molds
     
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    I loved getting the free mini-transformers, but I never really liked the concept that plugging a miniature jet to a car would give it missiles. In the cases that the partners were really tightly coupled (Demolishor and Cyclonus come to mind), the mini-con was a great concept. In other cases, the idea was really awkward (Starscream and a racecar? A spaceship makes Optimus Prime punch..harder?).

    With Cybertron, I've ignored the fiction completely, so it has been easier for me to assume that the cyber keys are some form of 'energon capacitor.' It seems much more logical, imho, that a power source would give the bots more power. Even if you like the more mystical planet force, it is still a literal power up.

    To get back on topic, I'll have to cast another vote for Cybertron as the best main line that we've had. It obviously has flaws (the head reveal issue bothers me, too...I'm looking at you CD Scattorshot), but it has a large number of fantastic molds and only a small set of terrible ones. The beauty of the line is that if you ask a large set of fans, you'll get a wide range of favorite/hated molds because of the variety of themes that the line represented.

    I've been doing that with my AEC collection (with the rule that I'll only buy molds that I like and won't duplicate a character). Imho, you can create a fantastic line with aesthetics blend well enough from one line to the next that the look like a cohesive series.
     

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