Megatron vs Galvatron
A straight recolor, from Megatron (purple/yellow) to Galvatron (chrome/black).
Prime vs GF Prime
Same premise as Megatron: Prime (red/blue) becomes 'Galaxy Force' Prime (red/black). Nice pun, considering the Cybertron line in Japan translates into Galaxy Force. :-)
Street Speed Team and More Mini-Con Battles
Everything Mini-con has been recolored. ;-) Mini-Cons started in the Armada line, and carried over to Energon. Some Cybertron TFs even come with Mini-Con ports (talk about beating an idea to death). The Street-Speed Team is a recolor and remold from the original cars, while the Mini-Con battles were 2-pks recolors from previous lines. The teams were paired with their opposite opponent (so to complete the Energon Sabre you had to buy 3 packs of swords, which also let you complete the Destruction team, etc).
6 Armada Deluxe Remolds
(Blurr, Runamuck, Longrack, Buzzsaw, Demolisher, and Prime)
Now here's an interesting set of remolds. :-) Each of these was an Armada mold, retooled to be a different character. The homages run rampant. No-longer activated by Mini-Cons, you need the current Cyber-Planet Keys to push in and activate special features.
Runamuck was a Battlecharger in G1; they took Armada Sideswipe's mold (recycled 3 times already in the Universe line as Sideswipe, Oilslick vs BlackArachnia, and Magnus vs Treadshot), put on a new head, changed the gimmick (instead of a push-button, you have to insert a key to activate his gimmick) and replaced the Mini-Con cycle with a gun. He's darn cool.
Longrack is a remold of the Armada Hoist mold. He's painted to look like the original Japanese Beast Wars giraffe, with a robot head remolded to match the animal (nice). His shovel activation gimmick was changed (again, you have to insert a planet key to make his gimmick work).
Blurr is a remold of the Armada Blurr mold (which was recolored in the Universe line as Swerve previously.) ;-) Another remolded head, and this time, the head looks quite a bit like the anime face of the G1 character. In-addition, the missles are completely redesigned, the back end of the car is completely remolded (no need for a Mini-Con to park back there anymore) and of all things, his guns were remolded; instead of snapping into his forearms, he can now hold them in his hands.
Buzzsaw is a remold of the Armada Cyclonus helicopter (which saw 2 recolors in the Armada and Energon lines before the remold). As far as I can tell, he's a homage to the Japanese Beast Wars Buzzsaw. New head, new colors, new front-end, and even new arm-launchers. They didn't leave this guy alone.
Demolisher is the only one that's still himself. The same name as the original Armada tank, but recolored (somewhat closer to the original color scheme). No Mini-Con this time around either, but like the others, a cyberkey. He's been through the recolor wringer (Armada, Energon, Universe, Cybertron, Japanese...) Let's retire this poor fellow.
Prime: There can never be too-many Primes, apparently. :-) There's already several versions of this mold in Armada (3 paint variants, and Nemesis Prime) plus the Universe Magnus recolor (white version in the Battle in a box sets) and now we see him released in Cybertron. I like the mold, and maybe not having the Mini-Con is an improvement, but geez my fingers are tired from all this recolor typing:
Blurr vs Blurr (Heads) | Blurr Weapons | Cyclonus vs Buzzsaw Copters
Hoist vs Longrack | Swipe vs Runabout (Heads) | Sideswipe vs Runabout
Demolisher (Cybertron) vs Demolisher (Armada, Energon, Universe)
Prime vs Armada Prime vs Nemesis Prime vs Universe Magnus
Cybertron Deluxe Variants
Well, it's a mess. The Cybertron line was promised to us as having less recolors than the previous line...we've actually ended up with *more*. Don't believe me? Count them. So much for trusting a Hasbro rep when they said there would be less. Anyways, Crosswise came with a slight paint variant on his spoiler; brown vs orange. Otherwise, he's the same basic car (this paint variant can be found on the early runs of crosswise).
The rest of the fellows are straight recolors. (With name changes and bios to create 'different' characters, which is pretty sneaky...keeps him from being a liar, as the previous lines had them listed as upgraded or powerlinxed versions of the same character.)
Crosswise paint variants | Hotshot vs Excillion | RedAlert vs Cannonball
Thundercracker vs Skywarp | OverRide vs OverRide GTS
Cybertron Basics Variants
And speaking of my complaint about recolors...darn near every basic in the line was recolored. Ugh.
Overhaul vs Brushguard | Clocker vs Swerve | Hardtop vs Swindle
Brakedown vs Brakedown GTS | Ransack vs Ransack GTS
Vector Prime, Dark Scorponok, and other Voyagers and Ultras
Well, at least Vector Prime can claim a legitimate variant. There were two releases of the original white version; singly, then later on as a TRU exclusive 2-pk with a recolored mega Starscream (until that point, it was a Japan-only mold...all we had was the unweildy Supreme version). The 2-pk Vector Prime had remolded tabs on the shoulderpads; reinforcement that the original release lacked. Unfortunately, Vector Prime was also recolored in gold later on in the line, and renamed Galaxy Force Vector Prime.
Dark Scorponok was another Energon escapee. Recolored from green to black. DS was also remolded in order to accept a cyber-planet key in order to activate his gimmick.
The Leobreaker mold was given the evil black recolor treatment, and is now Nemesis Breaker.
Scourge was recolored and rereleased as Cryotek (a nice homage name to the target-exclusive Cryotek, a recolored BW Megatron dragon mold.)
Vector Prime vs Vector Prime | Shoulderpads | Scorponok vs Dark Scorponok
Leo Breaker vs Nemesis Breaker | Scourge vs Cryotek
The initial version was released with a silly little Unicron head, while the later version was not. A Third version came with samples of Mini-Cons from the upcoming Classics line.
More on Universe
There were several TFs released in the Universe subline during Cybertron. These have been listed in the Universe section of the site.