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With the explosive sales of Armada in 2003, the demand for new Transformers toys was higher than what could be met by Hasbro's new inclusions in Armada. To ride the wave of increased popularity, they quickly developed Transformers: Universe, a series of redecoed toys from previous franchises. Despite the increased number of redecoes in other lines, Universe was the first to issue no new-mold toys (although several of its molds were borrowed from Japanese toylines, and new to US customers). Loosely tied in with fiction about a battle extending across multiple universes and many eras, Universe filled the gap in toy sales without the major investments associated with new toylines.

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Universe, much like the later portion of Robots in Disguise before it, drew upon every previous generation of Transformers before it. The toys were fit (and occasionally shoehorned via creatively multi-packing) into the standard size classes. Like most contemporary Transformers series, Universe featured a liberal amount of retailer exclusives, covering most of Hasbro's major retailers at the time.

North American customers were treated to Japan's Operation: Combination Micromaster combiners for the first time, through a long string of KB Toys exclusive single-packs. As Armada gave way to Energon, Universe quickly incorporated redecos of the new molds as well. By 2006, though, Universe was largely done with unique toys, and instead used to brand overproduction of Energon toys for “dollar store” release: identical toys in different packaging at half the price. The line continued in this capacity through Cybertron, until 2007.

The final dying gasp of the original Universe toyline was Chevrolet Aveo Swerve, who was designed as a tie-in promo for Chevy's Movie (2007) starring role. Swerve's release was obscured in mystery, but he was publicly released as part of Universe via a website exclusive sale, making him the only new-mold Transformer in the series. Universe would be succeeded in 2008 by a line that collectors affectionately differentiate as Universe 2.

 

Constructicons (Constructicon Devastator)

Constructicon Devastator
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Bonecrusher and Scavenger
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Longhaul and Hightower
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Series I Protectobots (Defensor)

Defensor
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First Aid
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Groove
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Hot Spot
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Prowl
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Red Alert
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Streetwise
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Series II Constructicons (Constructicon Devastator)

Bonecrusher
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Buckethead
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Constructicon Devastator
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Hightower
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Long Haul
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Quickmix
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Scavenger
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Series III Railbots (Rail Racer)

Midnight Express
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Overload
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Rail Racer
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Railspike
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Rapid Run
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Swindle
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Tankor
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Series IV Aerialbots (Superion)

Air Raid
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Fireflight
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Ro-Tor
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Silverbolt
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Skydive
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Storm Jet
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Superion
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Combiners - Gift Set Only

Ruination
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Deluxe Class

Air Raid vs Wind Sheer
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Autobot Ratchet
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Blackarachnia
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Blastcharge
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Dinobot Striker
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Dinobot Triceradon
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Downshift
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Fireflight with Firebot and Thunderwing
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Frostbite
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Inferno
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Longhorn
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Nemesis Strika
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Night Slash Cheetor
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Prowl
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Reptilion
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Side Burn
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Silverbolt
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Skydive
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Skyjack
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Skywarp
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Snarl
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Snow Cat
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Swerve
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Swerve with Roadhandler
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Dinobots

Grimlock and Terranotron
Dinobots
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Slapper and Triceradon
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Sludge and Snarl
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Gift Sets

Crystal Widow vs. Oil Slick
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Ransack with Mini-Con Refute vs. Smokescreen with Mini-Con Liftor
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Ultra Magnus with Mini-Con Over-Run vs. Treadshot with Mini-Con Nightbeat
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Scout Class

Backstop
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Brakedown
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Brushguard
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Lugnutz
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Scattorshot
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Undermine
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Spy Changers

Autobot Jazz
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Camshaft
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Hoist
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Hoist
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Mirage
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Optimus Prime
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Optimus Prime with Prowl
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Prowl
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Silverstreak
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Ultra Magnus with Ironhide
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Wheeljack
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Super Class

Optimus Prime
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Ultra Magnus
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Tiny Tins

Dirt Boss
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Downshift
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Mirage
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Ultra Class

Depthcharge
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King Atlas
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Magna Stampede and Stockade with Prowl and Terradive
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Nemesis Prime
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Optimus Primal
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Overbite and Repugnus
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Ramjet with Thunderclash, Gunbarrel, Terradive, and Thunderwing
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Razorclaw
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Soundwave with Space Case
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Sunstorm with Inferno and Street Action Mini-Con Team
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Tankor and Obsidian
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Whirl with Gunbarrel and Makeshift
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