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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.

 

Combiners - Constructicons (Constructicon Devastator)

Constructicon Devastator
Target Exclusive

Bonecrusher & Scavenger
Target Exclusive

Long Haul & Hightower
Target Exclusive

Combiners - Series I Protectobots (Defensor)

Autobot Groove
KB Toys Exclusive

Defensor
KB Toys Exclusive

First Aid
KB Toys Exclusive

Hot Spot
KB Toys Exclusive
Prowl
KB Toys Exclusive

Red Alert
KB Toys Exclusive

Streetwise
KB Toys Exclusive

Combiners - Series II Constructicons (Constructicon Devastator)

Bonecrusher
KB Toys Exclusive

Buckethead
KB Toys Exclusive

Constructicon Devastator
KB Toys Exclusive

Hightower
KB Toys Exclusive

Long Haul
KB Toys Exclusive

Quickmix
KB Toys Exclusive

Scavenger
KB Toys Exclusive

Combiners - Series III Railbots (Rail Racer)

Midnight Express
KB Toys Exclusive
Overload
KB Toys Exclusive

Rail Racer
KB Toys Exclusive

Railspike
KB Toys Exclusive

Rapid Run
KB Toys Exclusive

Swindle
KB Toys Exclusive

Tankor
KB Toys Exclusive

Combiners - Series IV Aerialbots (Superion)

Air Raid
KB Toys Exclusive

Fireflight
KB Toys Exclusive

Ro-Tor
KB Toys Exclusive

Silverbolt
KB Toys Exclusive

Skydive
KB Toys Exclusive

Storm Jet
KB Toys Exclusive

Superion
KB Toys Exclusive

Combiners - Gift Set Only

Ruination
Wal-Mart Exclusive

Deluxe Class

Air Raid & Wind Sheer

Autobot Ratchet

Blackarachnia
Blastcharge

Dinobot Striker

Dinobot Triceradon

Downshift
KB Toys Exclusive

Fireflight with Firebot & Thunderwing

Frostbite

Inferno

Longhorn

Nemesis Strika

Night Slash Cheetor

Prowl
Wal-Mart Exclusive

Reptilion

Side Burn

Silverbolt

Skydive

Skywarp
Snarl
Snow Cat
KB Toys Exclusive

Swerve
Shared Exclusive

Swerve with Roadhandler

Dinobots

Grimlock and Terranotron
Dinobots

Snarl and Sludge
Wal-Mart Exclusive

Triceradon and Slapper
Wal-Mart Exclusive

Gift Sets

Crystal Widow vs. Oil Slick
Kmart Exclusive

Smokescreen with Liftor vs. Ransack with Refute

Ultra Magnus with Over-Run vs. Treadshot with Nightbeat

Scout Class

Backstop

Brakedown

Brushguard

Lugnutz

Scattorshot

Undermine

Spy Changers

Autobot Jazz
Dollar Stores Exclusive
KB Toys Exclusive

Camshaft
Dollar Stores Exclusive

Hoist
Dollar Stores Exclusive

Hoist
Dollar Stores Exclusive
KB Toys Exclusive

Mirage
Dollar Stores Exclusive

Optimus Prime
Dollar Stores Exclusive
KB Toys Exclusive
Optimus Prime with Prowl
Wal-Mart Exclusive

Prowl
Dollar Stores Exclusive
KB Toys Exclusive

Silverstreak
Dollar Stores Exclusive
KB Toys Exclusive

Ultra Magnus with Ironhide
Wal-Mart Exclusive

Wheeljack
Dollar Stores Exclusive
KB Toys Exclusive

Super Class

Optimus Prime
Sam's Club Exclusive

Ultra Magnus
Sam's Club Exclusive

Tiny Tins

Dirt Boss

Downshift

Mirage

Ultra Class

Autobot Whirl with Gunbarrel & Makeshift

Depthcharge
King Atlas

Nemesis Prime
Target Exclusive

Optimus Primal

Overbite with Repugnus
Target Exclusive

Ramjet with Thunderclash, Gunbarrel, Terradive, and Thunderwing

Razorclaw

Soundwave & Space Case

Stockade & Magna Stampede with Prowl & Terradive

Sunstorm with Inferno and Street Action Mini-Con Team
Wal-Mart Exclusive

Tankor & Obsidian