Transformers 3 Toys - A Guide for Parents

by TerriRexson

Do you want to buy Transformers 3 toys as a gift for a child? There are so many choices it can be hard to pick the right Transformers toy. This guide can help.

Transformers 3 Toys

My boys love Transformers. They are too young to watch the movies but since my younger son received a small Bumblebee toy they are fans. So I've been looking at the latest Transformer 3 toys that tie in with the Dark of the Moon movie. 

Gosh, what a lot of choice! I was really confused, which toys were right for which age groups. What do they all do? How hard are they to transform? It took a while, but I worked it out. Hopefully this article will help you to pick the right gift for a Transformers fan. 

We'll start with the toys for younger kids and work up to the older kids. Ultimate Optimus Prime on the right there is a taster of what's on offer for the older kids. More for them later. 

Ultimate Optimus Prime - Transformers Dark of the Moon

Big, challenging to transform, for older kids
Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Ultimate Optimus Prime
Only $89.99

More Transformers 3 Toys

Organised by Character

Transformers 3 Bumblebee Toys
Good guy. My younger son's favorite.

Transformers 3 Optimus Prime Toys
Optimus Prime, Lead Autobot (good.) My older son's favorite.

Transformers 3 Megatron Toys
Megatron is the lead decepticon (bad guy.)

Good Transformers

Autobots
  • Optimus Prime (leader)
  • Bumblebee
  • Sentinel Prime
  • Ironhide

Bad Transformers

Decepticons
  • Megatron (Leader)
  • Starscream
  • Sideswipe
  • Barricade

Transformers 3 Toys for Preschoolers, Kindergarten and Little Kids

Transformers 3 Robo Power Toys

Age 3+

I have a 3 year old who loves Transformers. He receieved a Robo Power Bumblebee for his birthday and it's been one of his favorite toys ever since. I'm really glad that Hasbro have brought out a range of Transformers toys for younger kids. They might be too young to watch the movie (though my boys have been shown selected clips by their Dad!) but they get drawn in by big brothers and seeing toys in the store. 

The Robo Power range includes toys suitable for kids from age 3+. Some of the toys in this range start from 4+ and 5+ so check each toy for suitability. 

For the youngest Transformers 3 fans the Robo Power Go Bots are a good choice. These are pull back toys that transform from vehicle to robot with one movement. So you do get a transforming toy, but not one that will frustrate little fingers. The pull back action will be a big hit with this age group too!

The there's the Robo Fighters toys. These are action figures that don't transform into a vehicle but do have slide out weapons. My younger son has one of these and loves it. He doesn't seem to mind at all that it doesn't transform (we have another transforming toy that he gets very frustrated with.)

Little kids love dressing up all year round, so it's great that Hasbro have included Robo Power costumes with helmets so little kids can dress up as a Transformer. 

In my experience little kids like the good Transformers (autobots) the best so I've featured Optimus Prime (Autobot leader) and Bumblebee (main good transformer in the movie.)

There's also the Transformers Rescue Bots range of toys which features only the good robots and is designed for preschoolers. 

Bumblebee Robo Power Go Bots

Age 3+
Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Robo Power - Go-Bots - B...
Only $11.99

Optimus Prime Robo Fighters

Age 4+, Does not transform, slide out weapons
Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Robo Power - Robo Fighte...
Only $11.99

Transformers Rescue Bots Toys

Age 3+

Transformers Rescue Bots Toys
This range of toys is designed for little kids and features only the Autobots (good Transformers) helping humans.

Transformers 3 Toys for Younger Kids, Age 5+

Cyberverse Legion Class Bumblebee vs Soundwave + Rodimus

Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon Movie Exclusive Cyberverse Legion C...
Only $25.81

Transformers 3 Cyberverse Toys

The Transformers 3 Cyberverse toys are for younger kids, starting around age 5. These toys do transform but are smaller and simpler that the toys aimed at older kids. The Cyberverse toys are collectible and kids love to build up a collection of good and bad transformers. 

At this age kids love to have a mix of their favorite heroes (like Optimus Prime and Bumblebee) and the bad guys like Megatron and Starscream. Some of the characters appear more than once in the range with different colors and designs - kids like to collect the different versions. 

The Cyberverse range includes Legion Class and Commander Class toys which are intended to be played with together. The Commander Class toys are slightly more expensive and bigger. Kids can recreate the Transformers universe and act out scenes and battles. 

These toys do fully transform. They take several moves to go from vehicle to robot or vice verse. They are mostly at the Easy level of difficulty. (Look at the pack for the difficulty levels, there are 3 levels.)

A multi-pack of Cyberverse transformers makes a good starter set and usually offers value for money over buying individual toys. Kids will get the most out of these toys if they have a few different once including autobots and decepticons so they make good gift ideas for grandparents and aunties and uncles. If your child is collecting this range then make sure to tell people to look for Cyberverse on the packaging or they might choose a toy from a different range. 

Once kids are old enough to enjoy the Transformers Prime TV show they will love the new Transformers Prime toys that tie-in with the series. 

Cyberverse Commander Class Optimus Prime

Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon Movie Cyberverse Commander Class Ac...
Only $29.92

Transformers Prime Toys

Transformers Prime Toys
There's an upcoming range of Transformers Prime Toys for kids who enjoy the TV show. Due in November 2011.

Transformers 3 Toys for Older Kids

Transformers 3 MechTech Range

The Transformers 3 MechTech range includes the biggest and most complex Transformers toys. 

These toys are mostly Level 2 (Medium) and Level 3 (Difficult) complexity levels. The hardest transformers toys can take an expert several minutes to transform in each direction. If the adults in the household don't enjoy transforming toys then make sure you don't get one too far beyond a child's ability or it will be frustrating for everyone. Look for the Level on the packaging of the toys. The toys are very good for dexterity, spatial thinking and instruction following so having a bit of a challenge is a good thing. 

The key feature of this range is the MechTech weapons. The weapons from this range are interchangeable and stackable. The weapons transform and have attachment points on the robot and vehicle forms of the toys. 

The MechTech range includes Voyager and Deluxe transformers. The Voyager range tend to be larger with more weapon attachment points (and therefore slightly more expensive.)

The MechTech Leader range have lights and sounds making them very impressive toys, and of course more expensive than others in the range. 

MechTech Voyager Sentinel Prime

Transformers: Dark of the Moon - MechTech Voyager - Senti...
Only $22.99

Transformers 3: Ultimate Optimus Prime

And then you have Transformers 3: Ultimate Optimus Prime the biggest (and he's really big!), most impressive Transformers 3 toy. 

Ultimate Optimus Prime has a trailer than transforms into enormous battle armor for the robot Optimus Prime. 

Ultimate Optimus Prime has lights and sounds. He requires 3 AA batteries (included). 

This is a Level 3 (Difficult) transformer, so he certainly takes a while to transform. The toy is marked as suitable from age 5, but don't expect an average 5 year old to be able to transform it. This is definitely a toy for the older kids: tweens, teens and older collectors. The complexity means that it will keep their attention and the impressive size will appeal to them. Slightly younger kids who are really into transforming (future engineers?) will also enjoy the toy. 

Transformers 3 Ultimate Optimus Prime

Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Ultimate Optimus Prime
Only $89.99

KRE-O Transformers Starscream

KRE-O Transformers - STARSCREAM
Only $34.99

KRE-O Transformers

Age 7+

The finally we have KRE-O Transformers, Lego-like model building sets. These sets enable you two build either the robot form or the vehicle form of a transformer. Then you can take it apart and build the other form. 

The KRE-O transformers come with KRE-ON mini figures which can go inside the vehicle forms of the transformers. 

There are various sets featuring different transformers. These are proper model building sets for kids aged 7 up to teenagers. The more complex sets are pretty challenging and suitable for older transformers fans. 

As with Lego sets, if parents are willing to help out with the model building then younger kids will enjoy KRE-O transformers. You get a lot of play value from these sets. I've bought my kids one each for Christmas. In our case the parents will be more than happy to help build the sets!

Read more about KRE-O Transformers

Updated: 10/10/2011, TerriRexson
 
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Cindy Biederman on 11/26/2011

Not really. I was looking for a lead content report in transformer toys to see what the lead content was. Is it a harmful level?

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