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Transformers Movie - Dark of the Moon (DOTM)

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Japan equivalent: Dark of the Moon (Japan)

In 2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon was the third installment in the multi-billion dollar Movie trilogy quadrilogy “cinematic universe”. 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, possibly 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, this 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. The movie-verse was far from done, however, and would continue with a “soft reboot” as Age of Extinction, featuring a new cast of characters (except for Bumblebee and Optimus Prime).

 

Activators

Autobot Topspin

Bumblebee

Ironhide

Megatron

Optimus Prime

Recon Bumblebee

Starscream

Bash Bots

Bumblebee vs. Megatron

Optimus Prime vs. Starscream

Burger King Kids' Meal

Bumblebee

Ironhide

Megatron

Optimus Prime

Ratchet

Shockwave

Soundwave

Starscream

Cyberverse Action Sets

Autobot Ratchet Lunar Crawler

Bumblebee with Mobile Battle Bunker

Megatron with Blastwave Weapons Base

Optimus Prime with Armored Weapons Platform

Shockwave Fusion Tank

Starscream with Orbital Assault Carrier

Cyberverse Commander Class

Autobot Guzzle

Blackout

Dark Sentinel Prime

Hatchet

Ironhide

Megatron

Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime (Battle Steel)

Optimus Prime (Preview)
Movie Preview

Powerglide

Sentinel Prime

Cyberverse Legion Class

Autobot Ratchet

Autobot Skids

Autobot Topspin

Barricade

Bolt Bumblebee

Bumblebee

Crankcase

Crowbar

Flak

Leadfoot

Mudflap

Roadbuster

Sideswipe

Soundwave

Starscream

Stealth Bumblebee

Cyberverse Playsets

Autobot Ark with Autobot Roller

Deluxe Class

Air Raid

Arcee
Target Exclusive

Autobot Armor Topspin

Autobot Jazz
Target Exclusive

Autobot Ratchet

Autobot Ratchet
Scan Series
Toys 'R' Us Exclusive

Autobot Skids

Autobot Topspin

Barricade

Bumblebee

Bumblebee
Scan Series
Toys 'R' Us Exclusive

Bumblebee
Target Exclusive

Bumblebee
Wal-Mart Exclusive

Crankcase

Cyberfire Bumblebee

Darksteel

Ironhide
Scan Series
Toys 'R' Us Exclusive

Jolt

Laserbeak

Lunarfire Optimus Prime
Wal-Mart Exclusive

Mudflap

Nitro Bumblebee

Optimus Prime
Wal-Mart Exclusive

Roadbuster

Sideswipe
Wal-Mart Exclusive

Sideswipe
Scan Series
Toys 'R' Us Exclusive

Sideswipe

Soundwave
Non-US Exclusive

Space Case
Target Exclusive

Specialist Ratchet

Starscream

Thundercracker

Track Battle Roadbuster
Wal-Mart Exclusive

Wheeljack
Non-US Exclusive

Gift Sets

Autobot Daredevil Squad
Kmart Exclusive

Battle in the Moonlight
Wal-Mart Exclusive

Bumblebee / Starscream 4-pack
Toys 'R' Us Exclusive

Bumblebee and Soundwave with Rodimus
Wal-Mart Exclusive

Cybertronian Warriors Pack
Toys 'R' Us Exclusive

Flash Freeze Assault
Kmart Exclusive

Leadfoot and Ironhide
Target Exclusive

Optimus Prime and Comettor
Wal-Mart Exclusive

Streetside Bot Brawl
Toys 'R' Us Exclusive

Ultimate Gift Set
Wal-Mart Exclusive

Go-Bots

Bumblebee

Optimus Prime

Sideswipe

Human Alliance

Autobot Skids and Elita-1 with Tech Sergeant Epps

Bumblebee with Sam Witwicky

Leadfoot with Steeljaw and Sergeant Detour
Target Exclusive

Roadbuster with Sergeant Recon

Soundwave with Mr. Gould and Laserbeak
Non-US Exclusive

Human Alliance Basic

Autobot Whirl with Major Sparkplug

Backfire with Spike Witwicky

Crosshairs with Sergeant Cahnay

Decepticon Drag Strip and Master Disaster

Half-Track and Major Altitude

Icepick with Sergeant Chaos

Reverb and Sergeant Detour

Sandstorm with Private Dedcliff

Tailpipe and Pinpointer with Sergeant Noble

Thunderhead with Major Tungsten

Leader Class

Bumblebee

Ironhide

Sentinel Prime

Mini-Cons

Catilla
Shared Exclusive

Catilla
Dollar Stores Exclusive

Dualor
Dollar Stores Exclusive

Dualor
Shared Exclusive

Rav
Dollar Stores Exclusive

Rav
Shared Exclusive

Triceradon
Shared Exclusive

Triceradon
Dollar Stores Exclusive

Movie Trilogy Series

Optimus Prime

Revving Robots

Bumblebee

Optimus Prime

Robo Fighters

Bumblebee

Elite Guard Bumblebee

Ironhide

Megatron

Nightwatch Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime

Roadbuster

Starscream

Roleplay

Bumblebee Battle Mask

Bumblebee Cine-Mask

Energon Shock Sword

Optimus Prime Battle Mask

Optimus Prime Cine-Mask

Optimus Prime Cyber Blaster

Optimus Prime Cyber Helmet

Ultimate Class

Jetwing Optimus Prime
Amazon Exclusive

Ultimate Optimus Prime

Ultimate Optimus Prime
Amazon Exclusive
Year of the Dragon

Ultimate Optimus Prime
SDCC Exclusive

Value Packs

Bumblebee vs. Megatron
Target Exclusive

Optimus Prime vs Shockwave
Canadian Exclusive
Costco Exclusive

Voyager Class

Autobot Ratchet
Target Exclusive

Cannon Force Ironhide

Fireburst Optimus Prime

Ironhide

Megatron

Optimus Prime

Sentinel Prime

Shockwave

Skyhammer

Starscream
Target Exclusive