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Transformers Energon

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← Armada | Continuity: Unicron Trilogy | Cybertron →
Japan Equivalent: Superlink

Energon, beginning in 2003 was the sequel to Armada in the “Unicron Trilogy”. Like its predecessor, the line was based in Japanese fiction, and featured a number of series-wide gimmicks and features.

As with Armada, these features comprised a variety of ways to “power up” the Transformers. However, Energon featured two main themes: weapons and power-ups made of the translucent plastic “Energon”, and multi-figure combination. Though the size classes were renamed and reshuffled, each class had a standard set of features once again. The smallest figures came with a weapon made entirely of the translucent plastic energon, as well as an “energon chip” which could be attached over a special peg with the character’s faction logo. Deluxe and larger toys did not feature the energon chip, but still had the special port. The larger Autobots could transform into the legs or upper body of a larger figure, and combine with one other such figure either as the top or bottom half. Many also featured translucent weapons. The largest Autobots included a weapons platform with which they could combine in robot mode to a “brute mode”. The Decepticons, however, were less themed, including only the occasional translucent weapons. As with Armada, many of the larger figures included electronics, though most were powered by “AAA” batteries, rather than button batteries, requiring large parts of the figure to be used as a battery box.

The series produced the first new sets of “free-combining” combiner teams, in which any limb robot could become any limb of the larger robot. Further, limb members of different teams could interchange. However, each team only had three unique molds, with the remaining two being redecoed limb robots.

Like most series of in this era, the line featured numerous redecoes, including multiple versions of almost all the new toys introduced. Only a few redecos from previous series were included, and unlike Armada, these were not modified to fit the Energon series themes. Though Armada Unicron was one such redeco, the new deco was much scarcer than the stopgap reissue of the previous series’ version. Energon ended in 2005, ready to segue into the final installment of the Unicron Trilogy: Cybertron.

 

Combiners - Air Team (Superion Maximus)

Storm Jet (A5)
Superion Maximus

Sky Shadow (A2)

Terradive (A3)

Treadshot (A1)

Windrazor (A4)

Combiners - Construction Team (Devastator Maximus)

Steamhammer (C5)
Constructicon Maximus

Bonecrusher (C4)

Duststorm (C2)
Sledge (C1)
Wideload (C3)

Combiners - Destruction Team (Bruticus Maximus)

Barricade (D5)
Bruticus Maximus

Blackout (D3)
Blight (D2)

Kickback (D4)
Stormcloud (D1)

Combat Class

Cyclonus with Crumplezone
Demolishor

Demolishor with Blackout

Downshift

Energon Hot Shot
Energon Starscream

Hot Shot

Inferno

Kicker with High Wire

Prowl

Rapid Run with Nightcruz and Nightscream

Roadblock

Rodimus
Sharkticon

Slugslinger

Snow Cat
Starscream
Tow-Line

Command Class

Bulkhead

Landmine

Landquake

Quickstrike

Scorponok

Tidal Wave with Ramjet
Ultra Magnus with Knock Out, Astroscope, Sky Blast, Payload

Energon Class

Arcee
Omnicon
Battle Ravage
Terrorcon
Command Ravage
Terrorcon
Cruellock
Terrorcon
Divebomb
Terrorcon
Doom-Lock
Terrorcon
Energon Saber Mini-con Team

Energon Strongarm
Omnicon
Insecticon
Terrorcon

Offshoot
Omnicon

Signal Flare
Omnicon
Skyblast
Omnicon
Street Action Mini-Con Team
Strongarm

Gift Sets

Autobot S.W.A.T. Team
Kmart Exclusive

Leader Class

Galvatron

Megatron
Optimus Prime

Powerlinx Optimus Prime and Megatron
Toys 'R' Us Exclusive

Mega Class

Alpha Quintesson

Beachcomber

Cliffjumper

Dreadwing

Energon Ironhide

Grimlock and Swoop

Ironhide
Jetfire
Mirage

Overcast

Prowl with Longarm vs. Starscream with Zapmaster
Sam's Club Exclusive

Shockblast

Six Shot
Treadbolt with Rollbar

Wing Saber

Roleplay

Megatron Energon Sword

Optimus Prime Energon Blaster

Transforming Pen Optimus Prime

Supreme Class

Omega Sentinel

Omega Supreme

Optimus Prime with Corona Sparkplug and Overload with Rollout
Costco Exclusive
Unicron with Dead End