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Studio Series is a toyline in the Transformers franchise focusing on the Transformers Film Series. It debuted in spring 2018 and has been running ever since underneath the Generations banner.

The toyline acts as a celebration of all six of the live-action films released from 2007 to 2018 (plus a wave based on the original animated feature), and the primary goal is to give pretty much every major character - and many minor characters, too - a highly movie-accurate toy with today's engineering. Another primary goal is to give characters who had perhaps been underrepresented in past toylines big, fancy new toys, or to give characters who had not had toys in years, if ever, a new figure.

The toys aim for accuracy in robot-mode scale whenever possible, and is known to use actual files from ILM themselves to produce toys as accurately as possible.


  • Adapted Out: In Revenge of the Fallen, nine Constructicons combined to form Devastator - Mixmaster, Scrapper, Scavenger, Overload, Long Haul, Rampage, High Tower, an unnamed shovel who formed his left hand, and an unnamed yellow dump truck who helped Rampage form his left leg. Studio Series incorporates all but the yellow dump truck into its version of Devastator, with Scrapmetal, who was killed early in the film, taking the place of Devastator’s left hand.
  • Art Evolution: Due to the production timetables of the films, naturally many characters got toys that weren’t accurate to their designs as seen in the final film. The Studio Series line makes a concentrated effort to give each character much more movie accuracy. Notable exceptions included the first figures for Shatter and Dropkick, since Bumblebee was released during the first year of the line’s release. The second figure of Dropkick and Shatter released after the film’s release was far more accurate to their onscreen appearances.
  • Ascended Extra: Constructicons High Tower, Overload, Scrapmetal, and Scrapper all get their first major full-sized transforming toys after either not transforming in the movie or only getting minor roles in Scrapper’s case.
    • Many of the larger figures come with accessories, which include minor characters vaguely connected to the big name but never got their own toy. The DOTM Megatron comes with a small, articulated figure of Igor, the head-with-limbs sycophant who gives him regular repairs. Shockwave came with a figure of the parachuting trooper who blinded him and gave fellow soldiers and later Optimus the opening to attack.
  • The Bus Came Back: Numerous characters get their first toys in years, not even counting the Sequel Gaps between movies. By movie:
    • Jazz, Blackout, Bonecrusher, and Brawl all get their first major toys since 2007 (not counting Jazz’s Human Alliance figure in 2010).
    • The Constructicons, Jetfire, and Scorponok for the first time since 2009.
    • Sentinel Prime, the Wreckers, Dino/Mirage, and Shockwave.
  • Canon Foreigner: Played With in regards to Thundercracker. While a movieverse Thundercracker has previously appeared in toylines and most prominently IDW’s post-2007 comics, this Thundercracker is identified as hailing from Dark of the Moon, when the character did not make an appearance.
  • Combining Mecha: One of the biggest struggles of any combiner robot is trying to fit in alternate mode, robot mode AND a third transformation to form part of the larger robot. Historically, even the combo-packs tend to have low articulation and combining figures are kept to just two. The Studio Series Devastator is the first multi-figure combiner where each individual toy had three distinct modes and was released over a period of about two years. And due to being eight toys and the aversion to Your Size May Vary, the resulting combined figure (two leader class toys, four voyager class and two deluxe class) is absolutely massive.
  • Continuity Nod: Cogman’s bio mentions how a woman named Agnes wanted a date with Sir Edmund Burton in The Last Knight.
  • Named by the Adaptation:
    • Studio Series gives official names to Lockdown’s generic bounty hunter crew that went unnamed in Age of Extinction. The KSI Boss is also officially named for the first time, though concept art identifying them as such had already been released.
    • The baby Dinobots are all officially named as well after only getting nicknames from Cade in The Last Knight.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: ROTF was known for some esoteric robot designs, between the uni-wheel Scavenger, pogo-stick Rampage, centaur-like Overload and scorpion-like Hightower. Overload and Hightower get their first full sized figures (both were previously Legends scaled). Overload took some liberties, but Hightower looks exactly as wild and crazy as his original concept art suggested he’d look.
  • Palette Swap: As is standard for a Transformers Line, several figures are recolors of older moulds.
    • Crowbar is an extensive retool of The Last Knight Berserker. Playing this straighter, however, is the bizarre entry of Crankcase, whose model was repainted into Berserker, yet his toy uses Crowbar’s mould.
    • Revenge of the Fallen Megatron received a Battle Damaged Target exclusive repaint to reflect his injuries sustained at the end of that film.
    • Starscream received a Revenge of the Fallen tattooed repaint for Wave 4.
    • KSI Boss is a repaint of The Last Knight Nitro Zeus with metallic silver paint. Thundercracker is also a repaint of the same mould.
    • KSI Sentry and Shadow Raider are repaints of Stinger and Lockdown, respectively.
    • Dark of the Moon Megatron received a Universal Studio exclusive repaint, featuring an entirely gray body meant to resemble the Megatron meet and greet in Universal Studios.
    • B-127 is a repaint of Cliffjumper with a new battle-mask head-scullpt, based on B-127's initial appearance during the opening Cybertron battle scenes in Bumblebee.
  • The Rival: The first wave of figures saw every character paired up with a contrasting foe - Optimus Vs Starscream, Grimlock Vs Blackout, Bumblebee Vs Stinger, and Ratchet Vs Crowbar.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In a way for Scrapmetal. In the film, he is “Ze little vun” who is killed and cannibalized for parts to help resurrect Megatron. Studio Series sees him as part of the combiner team who form Devastator.
  • Your Size May Vary: The stated goal of the line was to try and match every character to relative scale, but this was specifically their robot mode and not their alternate mode. They've managed as well as they could, given the long history of Transformers with scale and Shapeshifter Baggage, but there's always been a disconnect between the road vehicle Autobots and the Decepticon jets being the same size. Notably Arcee, Chromia and Elita-1, being motorcycles, get tiny legends-sized figures, but the three together were sold as a deluxe class.

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