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Transformers: Armada marked the second sea change in the history of the Transformers. Bursting onto the scene in 2002, Armada presented a new unity of series design that had been lost since Beast Wars, as well as a series-wide play pattern, the first of several series, led by Japanese fiction, to do so.

Armada's primary focus was the inclusion of Mini-Cons: transformers slightly larger than Micromasters that had special ports to unlock weapons and features on the larger toys. One Mini-Con was included with each full-size figure, and they were also sold in themed “Teams” in packs of three, replacing the basic class of figures. The figures were often larger and bulkier than their predecessors, and as such, Armada introduced a new set of size classes, with a corresponding increase in price. Electronics became nearly universal, fitted to every toy larger than Deluxe class, and on one Deluxe to boot. These ranged from lights and sounds to the elaborate remote-control auto-transforming trailer for Optimus Prime. The figures featured many ports to interact with the Mini-Cons, but due to their blocky and fictional designs, there were seldom any smooth forms or shapes to break up with the tabs and sockets.

The series was incredibly popular, and as such, many recolors found inclusion in the line. It was the first of many Transformers series to feature almost every new mold in two decoes, and went so far as to include Beast Wars Transmetal toys fitted with “dummy” Mini-Con ports and new decoes, just to meet demand for new figures.

A singular figure worth its own mention was the Conquerer class Unicron toy. Finally giving longtime fans a toy representation of the mighty enemy from both G1 and Armada, the figure met so little of the demand, that it was included again in the next series, Energon, unchanged before a redeco could be devised.

Unicron became the focal point of the story, so much so that the next two series would focus on his resurrection and destruction, leading to Armada becoming the beginning of the so-called “Unicron Trilogy”. After the line's close in 2003, its sequel, Energon, would begin.

 

Giga-Cons

Galvatron with Clench
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Jetfire with Comettor
Powerlinx
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Jetfire with Comettor
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Megatron with Leader-1
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Tidal Wave with Ramjet
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Max-Cons

Overload with Rollout
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Predacon with Sideburn and Skid-Z
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Red Alert
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Red Alert with Longarm
Powerlinx
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Scavenger with Rollbar
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Skywarp with Thunderclash
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Starscream with Swindle
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Thundercracker with Zapmaster
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McDonald's Happy Meal

Cyclonus
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Demolishor
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Hot Shot
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Megatron
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Optimus Prime
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Red Alert
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Smokescreen
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Starscream
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Mini-Cons

Adventure Team
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Air Assault Team
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Air Defense Team
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Air Military Team
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Destruction Team
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Emergency Team
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Emergency Team (Redeco)
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Land Military Team
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Night Attack Team
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Race Team
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Road Assault Team
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Road Wrecker Team
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Sea Team
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Sea Team (Redeco)
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Space Team
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Street Action Team
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Street Speed Team
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Roleplay

Dark Saber
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Star Saber
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Super Class

Optimus Prime with Sparkplug
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Powerlinx Optimus Prime with Corona Sparkplug
Powerlinx
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Super-Cons

Airazor with Nightscream
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Blurr with Incinerator
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Cheetor with Cliffjumper
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Cyclonus with Crumplezone
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Cyclonus with Crumplezone
Powerlinx
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Demolishor with Blackout
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Demolishor with Blackout
Powerlinx
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Hoist with Refute
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Hot Shot with Jolt
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Hot Shot with Jolt
Powerlinx
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Laserbeak
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Nemesis Prime with Run-Over
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Optimus Prime with Over-Run
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Rhinox with Armorhide
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Sideswipe with Nightbeat
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Sideways with Crosswise and Rook
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Smokescreen with Liftor
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Terrorsaur with Ironhide
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Thrust with Inferno
Powerlinx
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Thrust with Inferno
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Wheeljack with Wind Sheer
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Supreme Class

Unicron with Dead End
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Value Packs

Adventure Mini-Con Team and Street Speed Mini-Con Team
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Air Assault Mini-Con Team and Night Attack Mini-Con Team
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Battle for the Matrix
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Blurr with Destruction Team
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Hot Shot with Race Team
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Sea Team and Air Assault Mini-Con Team
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Sideways with Street Action Team
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Space Team and Night Attack Mini-Con Team
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