Since the beginning, the Transformers toys have been just as much fun as the movies, comics, and shows. But like most in things in life, you often get what you pay for. That's why the Transformers: Studio Series line is so freaking cool.
Not only are these guys actually scaled correctly (meaning Grimlock is rightly bigger than Prime, and Bumblebee, once again, is the little guy), they’re also incredibly detailed. In fact, the series is modeled directly after these characters’ live-action movie counterparts, so each toy looks like it walked right off the screen. Plus, each figure comes with its own detailed backdrop, so you can build one seriously awesome collection.
But more than just looking legit, they're incredible well-designed and surprisingly intricate. The transformations involve dozens of steps, and when you get into the bigger bots, you’ll realize just how intuitive and ingenious the figures are. Classic characters like Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Jazz, and Soundwave are all reimagined in stunning detail.
But which are the best of the best Transformers: Studio Series toys? Well, that's what this list hopes to discover. Vote up your favorites - even if they haven't been released yet!
Inspired by the latest Bumblebee movie, old-school Optimus transforms from bot to truck in 35 seamless steps.
Transforms into: Semi truck
Forever the schemer, Starscream transforms from bot to jet in 26 steps.
Movie(s): Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Transforms into: Fighter Jet
Sleek, stylish, and always a bit brash, Sideswipe transforms from bot to Stingray in 18 easy steps.
Movie(s): Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Transforms into: 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible