AOE toys took a step in a new direction from the previous “Movie-verse” toylines. The selections heavily favored mechanical dinosaurs, branded as Dinobots, although still including many realistic and licensed vehicles. The series also expanded on a concept introduced in >Revenge of the Fallen, by dividing the toys into two sub-brands: simpler toys targeted at young children, and more complex toys for older fans. Other than this, there were no series-wide gimmicks like Automorph or MechTech.
The group of toys intended for younger fans was dubbed “Robots in Disguise”, which had also been used as a sub-line name during Transformers: Prime. This set consisted of the Dino Sparkers, One-Step Changers, and Power Battlers, among others. The Power Battlers were a spiritual successor to the Fast Action Battlers, featuring simpler toys of the main characters with some sort of battle action feature. The One-Step changers were ultra-simplified such that only one motion was necessary to transform the figure. Meanwhile, the regular size classes were designated as the toys for older fans, and were subsequently co-branded with the Generations line. Our toy guides place them in Age of Extinction, as they are more closely related to AOE than the general celebration of the brand that Generations represents. The Generations figures do not share any common design themes or gimmicks, other than being more detailed and accurate representations of the characters.