“More Than Meets the Eye” was more than just a tag-line, it became a phenomenon that transcended the boundaries of our imagination.
Optimus Prime, Megatron, Grimlock and Starscream are names synonymous with one of the greatest media franchises of all time, the Transformers. Robots capable of transforming from robot to alt-mode and vice versa, the story of these entities from Cybertron has captivated the imagination of kids ever since they were introduced in the 1980’s. In honor of our beloved characters, we will be listing down the top 20 most valuable Transformers toys available in the market for kids and adults.
From action figures, television shows, comics, movies, and video games, the Transformers as a franchise has evolved as the times have changed. In all honesty, what can be cooler than toys that transform into robots and back to a vehicle or a dinosaur with relative ease?
What started as simple–yet groundbreaking toys due to their transforming feature, every new show or movie has been a catalyst to release new transformers toys for kids and adult collectors to spend their money on. Probably the most popular lines are the Generation One toys (or collectibles inspired by “G1” designs) and the action figures that were released as tie-ins to a new Transformers movie.
Such is the demand for Transformers merchandise that licensed companies have made it to a point to release the coolest Transformers toys available in the market. One great example of this was the highly anticipated MP-44 Optimus Prime 3.0 figure under the Masterpiece line from Takara Tomy.
Appealing to the needs of kids and hardcore collectors
Not only do they cater to hardcore collectors but also to the younger generation that have fallen in love with characters such as Bumblebee.
With full knowledge of kids having trouble with more complex transformations, licensed toys such as the Turbochargers and Rescue Bots lines were created and sold to the public. These action figures feature simple or no transformations and are ready to be played by younger fans everywhere.
As a testament to the popularity of the franchise, Transformers toy reviews have been very visible on the popular website Youtube. These reviews serve not only as a barometer for the latest Transformers toys but as a guide on how to properly transform them.
Interested in finding out how much can these toys go for on websites such as Amazon? Don’t worry, as we are listing down the top 20 most valuable Transformers toys you can buy and order in the market. We’ll be listing down the latest Transformers toys that justifies their price.
Our Picks For The Top 20 Most Valuable Transformers toys for kids and adults
Transformers Masterpiece Scale Figures
1. Transformers: Masterpiece MP-44 Optimus Prime
Starting with the most popular character in all of Transformers, Optimus Prime has been released twice under Takara Tomy and Hasbro’s Masterpiece banner, MP-01 and MP-10. Ever since the release of MP-10, it has been the standard-bearer for all the figures in the line. Combining realism with his likeness from the 80s animated cartoons, subsequent releases have followed its scale and quality.
Since the release of Takara’s MP-36 Megatron, collectors have been craving for an Optimus Prime figure that can match up to the former in terms of likeness to the original animated series. Prayers have been answered when a 3rd version of the Autobots leader was announced.
Masterpiece Optimus Prime (Convoy) 3.0 is now out in the market and retails at $469.18 plus shipping fees.
2. Transformers: Masterpiece MP-36 Megatron
All hail, the leader of the Decepticons is here! MP-36 Masterpiece Megatron is the best representation of the Decepticon leader in figure form. Fully inspired by his appearance in the animated cartoons, Megatron has been given multiple accessories to recreate different scenes from the source material.
MP-36 comes with numerous weapons and is fully transformable into his two modes while a function allows him to scream his famous lines (in Japanese). Megatron stands at nearly 12 inches tall and scales perfectly well to other Masterpiece figures.
Transformers Beast Wars
3. Transformers: Beast Wars MP-43 Megatron
Known as a dictator to his peers, Megatron’s beast mode from the Transformers Beast Wars saga was a perfect fit. Imagine a Tyrannosaurus Rex transforming into an evil hulking robot that demands respect by force.
Heavily influenced by the 90s Beast Wars Megatron figure, MP-43 has a challenging yet rewarding transformation process. This figure can be transformed from robot mode to beast mode and back plus he comes with a display stand that can support his weight while in dynamic poses.
Megatron was released earlier this year and is available for purchase as of this moment.
Convention Exclusive Masterpiece Figures
4. Transformers: SDCC 2019 Exclusive Masterpiece MP-10G Optimus Prime Ecto-35
Featuring a collaboration between two beloved properties, this limited edition MP-10G Optimus Prime action figure sports a Ghostbusters paint job. Fully transformable like previous Masterpiece releases, this Optimus Prime toy comes with a proto pack, a fully painted Slimer and a modified version of Roller.
Initially available for the attendees of this year’s San Diego Comic Convention, this limited edition Masterpiece figure can now be purchased by collectors who were not able to attend the said event.
Third-Party Masterpiece Figures
5. Fans Toys FT-17 Hoodlum
3rd party companies have been an alternative for collectors aside from licensed toy companies. FT-17 Hoodlum, on the other hand, is Fans Toys take on the Autobot Hot Rod in Masterpiece scale. This figure is set to be an alternative to two previous official action figures of the same character.
Included in the package is the figure itself, weapons and swap out parts. Hoodlum is fully transformable and includes diecast parts.
6. Fans Toys FT-16 Sovereign
Another offering from Fans Toys, FT-16 Sovereign is their take on the Transformers: The Animated Movie villain Galvatron. Featuring a sparkly purple paint job and multiple die-cast parts, this figure is a work of art.
Sovereign comes with numerous accessories and a swap out face which allows for multiple display options. He works well with other offerings from Fans Toys as well as the officially licensed Masterpiece figures.
High-End Movie Figures
7. 3A Transformers: Bumblebee Premium Scale Figure
Arguably the most beloved character by the younger generation of Transformers fans, Bumblebee is one brave hero that loves to have fun. Usually sporting the colors of yellow and black, we’ve seen him save humans from harm while cracking a few jokes.
Inspired by his appearance from the latest Transformers movie, the Bumble Premium Scale Figure from 3A features exquisite paint applications and lifelike details. This figure might not be able to change into a Volkswagen Beetle but what distinguishes it from other transforming robot toys is its ability to stand out in your collection.
3A’s Bumblebee Premium Scale figure is currently up for preorder while a smaller deluxe scale figure is available for purchase.
8. 3A Transformers: Bumblebee Optimus Prime Deluxe Scale Figure
From the creators of the Bumblebee Premium Scale Figure, this Optimus Prime figure captures the Autobot leader’s likeness from the movie. Standing at over 11 inches tall, this figure features 53 points of articulation, Optimus’ signature blaster and multiple swap-out hands.
3A went the extra mile and added die-cast parts to further improve the quality of the figure. Prime is currently available for preorder across online merchants on the internet.
Transformers Generations Titans
9. Generations: War for Cybertron Titan Class Omega Supreme
Colossal is the perfect word to describe the Autobot Omega Supreme. Working as a command base for those who fight on the side of good, this gargantuan robot can combat Decepticons of different shapes and sizes.
Based on his appearance in the War for Cybertron storyline, this figure stands at around 2 feet tall and comes with his Micromaster, Countdown. Omega Supreme is due to arrive later this year and can be ordered by clicking this link. This release will be one of the coolest Transformer toys this year.
10. Transformers: Titans Return Fortress Maximus
Fortress Maximus was a beastly robot that fought for the Autobots. This Transformer classified as a titan and works as a base of operations for his faction. Reminiscent of the original Fortress Maximus toy from way back, this figure stands at nearly 2 feet tall and can transform into 3 different modes.
Nicknamed “Fort Max” by collectors, this gargantuan release comes with a Cerebros figure that transforms into his head and Emissary robots. Lastly, this figure can produce sound effects with the press of a button.
Transformers Jetfire Figures
11. Transformers: War For Cybertron Jetfire
Formerly a member of the Decepticons, Jetfire was a scientist that changed sides during the war. Taking the shape of a Cybertronian Jet for his alternate mode, this Commander class Transformer stands at about 11 inches tall and has multiple display options.
Whether you prefer his animated cartoon look or something more reminiscent of his G1 toy, this Jetfire figure has many display options. He also comes with weapon effect parts that can further enhance the look of this figure.
12. Transformers: Studio Series Jetfire
Based on his appearance in the second Transformers live-action movie, Jetfire is shown in all his glory with this release. Featuring impeccable sculpted details and clean paintwork, this Studio Series release does not disappoint. Whether you display this figure in robot or jet mode, it will stand out in your collection.
Jetfire comes in a package that is inspired by a set-piece from the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie.
The grizzled warrior stands at 8.5 inches in robot mode and comes with his trusted weapon.
Toys For Bigger Kids
13. Transformers: Cyberverse Ultimate Class Grimlock
Grimlock is the leader of the Dinobots and is loved by most fans for his strength and how unintentionally funny he can be. Did I mention that he can also transform into a giant metallic T-Rex and can shoot fire from his mouth?
Standing at 11.5 inches tall, Grimlock can transform in 17 easy steps. Once transformed into his dinosaur mode, the Dinobot leader measures 12 inches long and provides kids multiple ways to play with him.
14. Transformers: Robots in Disguise Power Surge Optimus Prime and Aerobolt
Hailing from the Transformers Robots in Disguise television show, this Optimus Prime figure comes in his Power Surge form. Featuring the Weaponizer Aerobolt, this figure also comes with Prime’s sword and works with the Transformers Robots in Disguise app to unlock content.
Power Surge Optimus Prime comes with all the features stated above and works with other Weaponizer figures which are sold separately.
Transformers Play Sets
15. Playskool Heroes Transformers: RBT Optimus Prime Race Track Playset
Transformers RBT or Rescue Bots is a line that caters to younger fans. Borrowing from classic designs and giving them a more kid-friendly vibe, these toys feature simple transformations and can be played with immediately.
Consisting of Optimus Prime and his trailer (both can be transformed respectively), this boxset also includes two transforming robot cars that you can use on the race track and is available for $58.99.
16. Transformers: Rescue Bots Griffin Rock Headquarters Play Set
Interactive toys are a staple for the development of kids and this playset from Playskool is no exception. Hailing from the Rescue Bots line, the Griffin Rock Headquarters has several features such as hidden parts and mechanisms. This includes projectile and vehicle launchers to simulate the base from the cartoons.
This Transformers Rescue Bots playset comes with a Cody Burns figure along with a slew of accessories.
Transformers Rescue Bots Figures
17. Transformers Rescue Bots Optimus Prime Racing Trailer
Coming from Playskool, Optimus Prime is back in this list again. Instead of his trailer converting into a racetrack, this time it acts as a vehicle launcher. This trailer is fully compatible with Rescue Bots Rescan figures that you can purchase separately.
Optimus Prime can easily convert into robot mode along with the Transformers Blurr figure that comes with it.
Transformers Rescue Bots Exclusive Figures
18. Transformers Playskool Heroes Rescue Bots Blades the Copter-Bot Figure (Amazon Exclusive)
Another toy for the younger Transformers fans, Blades can convert to both modes in 1 easy step. Standing at 6.5 inches, Blades comes with his hook that kids can use to rescue other Transformers in trouble.
Currently listed as an Amazon exclusive, this is a perfect gift idea for your little ones.
19. Transformers Playskool Heroes Rescue Bots Energize Bumblebee Figure (Amazon Exclusive)
Bumblebee makes one final appearance on this list and this time it’s an action figure based on his appearance in Transformers Rescue Bots. Easily convertible into his modes, this Bumblebee figure allows kids to play him either in robot or car mode.
Bee comes with his weapon which you can either put in his arms or on his hood in robot mode. Just like Blades, this Transformers figure is only available via Amazon and you can check him out here.
Something to look out for in the future
20. Transformers Generations: War For Cybertron Unicron
Closing off our list, Hasbro developing a Unicron figure under the Generations banner. Unicron stands at a massive 27 inches in robot mode and around 30 inches in planet mode.
Currently, Hasbro is waiting for 8,000 backers to continue the development of this Unicron figure with different websites that have been offering it for preorder. Once this project pushes through, this item might just be the awe-inspiring Transformers action figure of all time.
As of this moment, the deadline for the crowd-funding was extended and will expire next month. Also, the project is nearing the minimum amount of backers needed. With the amount of time they’ve extended the campaign, it would not be a surprise if this project gets the green light which would make it more accessible to all consumers.
This Unicron figure might just be the perfect definition of the saying “more bang for your buck”.