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Transformers Movie - Dark of the Moon (DOTM)

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In 2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon was the third and final installment in the massively-funded Movie trilogy quadrilogy. While it did not enjoy a merchandising storm quite as massive as its predecessors, it included a very well-advertised toyline, using many new molds. DOTM's toyline was fated to truncation however, due to slumping sales.

DOTM rearranged some of the size classes slightly. Legends class toys were regrouped into “Cyberverse” Legion class. Cyberverse sought to expand on the “micro” play scale, by including playsets of varying description and replacing the Scout class with larger figures in the Cyberverse scale, dubbed Cyberverse Commander class. DOTM also expanded on the Human Alliance concept, issuing Human Alliance Basic toys: a human figure in scale with previous Alliance toys, but including an offscreen robot with a smaller alt mode, such as a dune buggy or motorbike. While the main Human Alliance offerings continued to depict popular characters, the Basics were new, off-screen characters- uncommon in any of the movie toylines.

Like the two movie-based toylines before, many store exclusives were released, mostly using existing tooling in a new deco. DOTM's indigenous molds focused on a new play feature, MechTech weaponry. Each main-line figure of deluxe or larger scale came with a spring-loaded weapon that could change into a different type of weapon when a button was pushed, or be interchangeably connected to other MechTech weapons. In many cases, the MechTech weapon looked like a nondescript brick or lump in its natural form. Unfortunately, none of the weapons packed with deluxe class toys could “lock” in their expanded form, and would immediately snap back to brick mode when the button was released. Voyager and Leaders' weapons could often lock in the alternate form, allowing it to be statically displayed either way. Early rumors described a “superweapon” that could be assembled from the regular weapons with yet-unreleased instructions, but these claims turned out to be wholly unsubstantiated.

While the figures themselves remained largely realistic licensed replicas of real vehicles, and retained their intricacy of design from previous movie toylines, many figures paid for their large MechTech weapons by downsizing the main figure of the set. In some cases the figure was visually out-of-scale with toys from previous movies; in others, they were simply lighter or less substantial internally.

DOTM ground to a halt after nearly half as many waves as its forerunners, leaving several figures unreleased in the US, including on-screen characters that had no other toy representation. To add to the sense of collapse, a single Optimus Prime toy formerly exclusive to Japan was relased under a follow-up series called “Movie Triolgy Series”. Due to continual sales decline, the line was scrapped after this lone release. Ending in the year of its birth, DOTM left a legacy of massive clearances, dollar-store specials, and surprisingly few redecoes of its new molds.

 

Activators

Autobot Topspin
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Bumblebee
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Ironhide
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Megatron
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Optimus Prime
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Recon Bumblebee
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Starscream

Bash Bots

Bumblebee vs. Megatron
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Optimus Prime vs. Starscream
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Burger King Kids' Meal

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Ironhide
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Megatron
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Optimus Prime
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Ratchet
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Shockwave
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Soundwave
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Starscream
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Cyberverse Action Sets

Autobot Ratchet Lunar Crawler
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Bumblebee with Mobile Battle Bunker
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Megatron with Blastwave Weapons Base
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Optimus Prime with Armored Weapons Platform
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Shockwave Fusion Tank
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Starscream with Orbital Assault Carrier
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Cyberverse Commander Class

Autobot Guzzle
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Blackout
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Dark Sentinel Prime
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Hatchet
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Megatron
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Optimus Prime
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Optimus Prime (Battle Steel)
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Optimus Prime (Preview)
Movie Preview
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Powerglide
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Sentinel Prime
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Cyberverse Legion Class

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Autobot Skids
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Autobot Topspin
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Barricade
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Bolt Bumblebee
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Bumblebee
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Crankcase
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Crowbar
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Flak
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Leadfoot
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Mudflap
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Roadbuster
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Sideswipe
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Soundwave
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Starscream
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Stealth Bumblebee

Cyberverse Playsets

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Deluxe Class

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Autobot Armor Topspin
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Autobot Ratchet
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Autobot Ratchet
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Autobot Skids
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Autobot Topspin
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Barricade
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Bumblebee
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Bumblebee
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Bumblebee
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Bumblebee
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Crankcase
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Darksteel
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Ironhide
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Jolt
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Laserbeak
Lunarfire Optimus Prime
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Mudflap
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Nitro Bumblebee
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Optimus Prime
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Roadbuster
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Sideswipe
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Sideswipe
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Soundwave
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Space Case
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Specialist Ratchet
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Starscream
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Thundercracker
Track Battle Roadbuster
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Wheeljack
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Gift Sets

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Battle in the Moonlight
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Bumblebee / Starscream 4-pack
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Bumblebee and Soundwave with Rodimus
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Cybertronian Warriors Pack
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Flash Freeze Assault
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Leadfoot and Ironhide
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Optimus Prime and Comettor
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Streetside Bot Brawl
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Ultimate Gift Set
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Go-Bots

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Optimus Prime
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Sideswipe
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Human Alliance

Autobot Skids and Elita-1 with Tech Sergeant Epps
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Bumblebee with Sam Witwicky
Leadfoot with Steeljaw and Sergeant Detour
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Roadbuster with Sergeant Recon
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Soundwave with Mr. Gould and Laserbeak
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Human Alliance Basic

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Backfire with Spike Witwicky
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Decepticon Drag Strip and Master Disaster
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Half-Track and Major Altitude
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Icepick with Sergeant Chaos
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Reverb and Sergeant Detour
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Sandstorm with Private Dedcliff
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Tailpipe and Pinpointer with Sergeant Noble
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Thunderhead with Major Tungsten
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Leader Class

Bumblebee
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Ironhide
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Sentinel Prime
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Movie Trilogy Series

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Revving Robots

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Optimus Prime
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Robo Fighters

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Elite Guard Bumblebee
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Ironhide
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Megatron
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Nightwatch Optimus Prime
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Optimus Prime
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Roadbuster
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Roleplay

Bumblebee Battle Mask
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Bumblebee Cine-Mask
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Energon Shock Sword
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Optimus Prime Battle Mask
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Optimus Prime Cine-Mask
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Optimus Prime Cyber Blaster
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Optimus Prime Cyber Helmet
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Ultimate Class

Jetwing Optimus Prime
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Ultimate Optimus Prime
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Ultimate Optimus Prime
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Value Packs

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Optimus Prime vs Shockwave
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Voyager Class

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Cannon Force Ironhide
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Fireburst Optimus Prime
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Ironhide
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Megatron
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Optimus Prime
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Sentinel Prime
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