Transformers Armada

Transformers Armada toy line was introduced in-conjunction of the animated series launched between 2002-2003. It was actually scheduled as early as 2001. It was known as Micron Densetsu on the Japanese side.

Just like other Transformers franchise, this franchise involves a close joint-venture between Takara and Hasbro. Armada is the first of the series in the Unicron Trilogy that introduced Mini-Con as a new faction. The Mini-Cons was a concept absent from Transformers for more than ten years with it’s predecessors emulate traits of Targetmasters, Headmasters and Breastmasters.

The Mini-Cons made very distinctive as each primary toy will include one or more Mini-Con partners and once plugged in (powered up), will activate a gimmick.

The concept of Armada had severely limit articulation that was sacrificed to keep price down as it needs to accommodate a Mini-Con partner to every mold. Articulation points such as ball joints is almost non-existent. The larger robots had traits of Generation One which was blocky but sturdy.

As for size class, Armada has disposed of the Basic, Deluxe, Mega and Ultra size classes, in favor of a somewhat less intuitive Mini-Con, Supercon, Maxcon, Gigacon, Super Base and Supreme system. This was presumably done to integrate the Mini-Con name into the system.

Towards the end of the franchise, some Transmetal Beast Wars characters have been re-introduced with new paintjobs and of course coupled with some Mini-Con partners. Unfortunately, only certain figures contain Mini-Con ports and they did not perform any gimmicks.

 IMAGE NAME FACTION CLASS WAVE YEAR
Cyclonus w/ Crumplezone Decepticon Supercon 1 2002
Demolishor w/ Blackout  DecepticonSupercon 1 2002
Hot Shot w/ Jolt AutobotSupercon 1 2002
Sideways w/ Crosswise & Rook  DecepticonSupercon2 2002
Smokescreen w/ Liftor   AutobotSupercon2 2002
Blurr w/ Incinerator  AutobotSupercon3 2002
Optimus Prime w/ Over-Run   Autobot Supercon 3 2002
Rhinox w/ Armorhide  AutobotSupercon 4.52003
Side Swipe w/ Nightbeat  Autobot Supercon 4.52003
Terrorsaur w/ Ironhide Decepticon Supercon 4.5 2003
Thrust w/ Inferno Decepticon Supercon 4.52003
Airazor w/ Nightscream  Autobot Supercon 52003
Hoist w/ Refute  Autobot Supercon 5 2003
Wheeljack w/ Wind Sheer  Decepticon Supercon 5 2003
Cheetor w/ Cliffjumper  Autobot Supercon 6 2003
Cyclonus (Powerlinx) w/ Crumplezone Decepticon Supercon 6 2003
Hot Shot (Powerlinx) w/ Jolt  Autobot Supercon 62003
Thrust (Powerlinx) w/ Inferno Decepticon Supercon 62003
Demolishor (Powerlinx) w/ Blackout  Decepticon Supercon 62003
Nemesis Prime w/ Run-Over Decepticon Supercon 72003
Thrust – Red (Powerlinx) w/ Inferno Decepticon Supercon 7 2003
 Red Alert w/ Longarm Autobot Maxcon 12002
 Starscream w/ Swindle  Decepticon Maxcon 1 2002
 Scavenger w/ Rollbar Autobot Maxcon 2 2002
 Thundercracker w/ Zapmaster Decepticon Maxcon 2 200
 Overload w/ Rollout AutobotMaxcon 3 2003
 Skywarp w/ Thunderclash Decepticon Maxcon  3 2003
 Predacon w/ Skid-Z & Side Burn Decepticon Maxcon 4 2003
 Red Alert (Powerlinx) w/ Longarm Autobot Maxcon 4 2003
 Megatron w/ Leader-1  Decepticon Gigacon 12002
 Jetfire w/ ComettorAutobotGigacon 2 2002
 Galvatron w/ Clench  Decepticon Gigacon 3 2003
 Tidalwave w/ Ramjet  Decepticon Gigacon 4 2003
 Jetfire (Powerlinx) w/ ComettorAutobotGigacon 5 2003
 Optimus Prime w/ SparkplugAutobot Super Base 1 2002
 Optimus Prime (Powerlinx) w/ Corona Sparkplug Autobot Super Base 12003
UnicronDecepticonSupreme 12002
LaserbeakAutobot Roleplay 12002
SlapperAutobot BasicWalmart Exclusive2003
 Sludge Autobot Basic Walmart Exclusive 2003
 Swoop AutobotBasic Walmart Exclusive 2003
 Grimlock Autobot Supercon Walmart Exclusive 2003
 Snarl Autobot Supercon Walmart Exclusive 2003
 Triceradon Autobot Supercon Walmart Exclusive 2003
Adventure Team
(Dune Runner, Iceberg, Ransack)
 Mini-Con Mini-Con3.52002
Air Assault Team
(Jetstorm, Runway, Sonar)
 Mini-Con Mini-Con 4 2003
Air Defense Team
(Jetstorm, Runway, Sonar)
 Mini-Con Mini-Con 12002
Air Military Team
(Gunbarrel, Terradive, Thunderwing)
 Mini-Con Mini-Con5 2003
Destruction Team
(Buzzsaw, Drill Bit, Dualor)
 Mini-Con Mini-Con 22002
Emergency Team
(Firebot, Makeshift, Prowl)
 Mini-Con Mini-Con52003
 Land Military Team
(Bonecrusher, Knockout, Wreckage)
 Mini-Con Mini-Con12002
 Night Attack Team
(Broadside, Fetch, Scattor)
 Mini-Con 42003
 Race Team
(Dirt Boss, Downshift, Mirage)
 Mini-ConMini-Con 22002
Road Assault Team
(Dirt Boss, Downshift, Mirage)
 Mini-Con Mini-Con 62003
 Road Wrecker Team
(Buzz Saw, Drill Bit, Dualor)
 Mini-ConMini-Con 62003
 Sea Team
(Oceanglide, Stormcloud, Waterlog)
 Mini-ConMini-Con 4 2003
 Space Team
(Astroscope, Payload, Sky Blast)
  Mini-Con Mini-Con32002
 Street Action Team
(Grindor, High Wire, Sureshock)
 Mini-Con  Mini-Con22002
 Street Speed Team
(Backtrack, Oval, Spiral)
 Mini-Con  Mini-Con 32002

 

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