Entertainment Transformers toys: An adults' guide to playing with Robots in Disguise By SCOTT A. ROSENBERG June 24, 2014 5:16 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email For people of a certain age -- you're probably in your 20s or 30s now -- Transformers were a big part of your childhood. The Robots in Disguise were featured in cartoons, comic books, an animated movie and, of course, tons and tons of toys. Those were some good times. With the new film "Transformers: Age of Extinction" hitting theaters this weekend, nostalgic feelings might be running pretty strong right now. But, you're an adult -- or at least your bills, responsibilities and job imply that. That doesn't mean you can't bring some toys into your life. They're, you know, room decor or stress relievers -- whatever you want to tell people is fine. You can even play with them when nobody is watching. For those longtime fans looking to get back in the game, we spent a night playing with toys to help you make your decision. Transformers: Age of Extinction Robots in Disguise One-Step Changers Drift Photo Credit: Rozanne Gelbinovich Meet your new stress-relief desk toy. This Transformer, which changes from car to robot (a robot with big blades!), has an awesome transformation process. You split the back end of the car, grab one side, and flip it using a switchblade motion. With one flick, you have a robot, flick it back, you get a car. I literally sat on my couch flipping it back and forth for an hour. There are other characters available in this line with different quick-change transformations, but this is the one you want. It is very satisfying. ($9.99) Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Voyager Hound Photo Credit: Rozanne Gelbinovich This large-size toy is a serious shelf piece. It’s highly articulated and detailed, so you can set it up with a cool pose for display. In terms of the transformation, it’s not too difficult, but if you’re like me, he’ll be in robot mode most of the time. There are a lot of character options on this size, including Optimus Prime and Grimlock, but we’re Hound fans because of his sweet hipster beard. That’s right: Hound is the hipster-friendly Transformer. ($24.99) Transformers: Age of Extinction Flip & Change Grimlock Photo Credit: Rozanne Gelbinovich This is another Transformer with quick-change appeal. Just grab the tail of this T-Rex, split it apart and start spinning it around and it unfolds into a robot. It’s pretty impressive to watch — even my wife was intrigued. It’s a solid shelf display piece, and the best part is that if someone comes by with kids, it will keep them occupied and not grabbing for your other stuff. ($19.99) Kre-O Transformers: Age of Extinction Grimlock Street Attack Set Photo Credit: Rozanne Gelbinovich Hasbro, the company that makes Transformers toys, also has its Kre-O line, which is a construction block toy line (and yes, fully compatible with Lego). There are a few sets, as well as packages with just the little minifigures. If you’re looking to build, this is a solid set. But in terms of display quality, it’s hard to go wrong with a dinosaur. Plus, this set has a special feature, where Grimlock has magnets in his mouth, which let him hold two of the included minifigures in his mouth. ($19.99) By SCOTT A. ROSENBERG Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.