Transformers are wrapping up their 30th anniversary and are almost as popular as they’ve ever been. I’ve been on board with Transformers since the beginning, so I have some awesome memories of Autobots battling Decepticons on Christmas morning. Today’s entry in the gift guide is split into three parts – gifts for young kids, gifts for older kids and gifts for big kids.
Gifts for Young Kids
For the youngest Transformers fans I have three products that make fantastic gifts. Up first are the Transformers Hero Mashers figures. These modular figures let you take your figures apart, mix them up and make your own Transformers. Some of the franchise’s most popular characters are available including Optimus Prime, Megatron and Soundwave. Prices on these range from about $8 to $25.
Also recommended are the One-Step Transformers and Smash and Change Optimus Prime. These are perfect as they really enable quick Transformations and let playing take center stage. Smash and Change Optimus has been a favorite since the Age of Extinction toys came out – he’s pretty nifty. To go from robot to truck mode hit the toy against a surface and he Transformers. Hit him again – back to truck mode. It’s quick, works really well and is satisfying and around $20. The smaller one-step Transformers are also lots of fun, Grimlock is a favorite of these, these run around $10.
Finally, if you’re looking for a bigger gift for the Transformers loving kid, look no further than Stomp and Chomp Grimlock. This huge Grimlock converts quick and easy, has electronic sounds and even includes a small Optimus figure who rides him. This Grimlock stole the show at Toy Fair and this is one toy I know my nephew would go bonkers for.
Gifts for Older Kids
For the older kids who love Transformers, shoot for the Generations product line. There have been some fantastic toys in the range this year. The new Jetfire figure is big, sturdy and gorgeous. At the lower price points the deluxe scale also has some great options – the new Rattrap figure updates a Beast Wars favorite and G1 Arcee finally gets a figure. These are around $15 each and are widely available.
Gifts for Big Kids
For big kids, aka adults, it’s easy. Get them any of the Masterpiece Transformers, these are updated and advanced versions of the G1 Transformers that started it all. There have been some great figures released this year in the Masterpiece line – my favorite is the G2 version of Sideswipe with Prowl giving him a run for his money. Check out BigBadToyStore.com to see what else is available.