The Premium Series consisted entirely of redecos of existing toys from the movie line, each sporting an improved (oftentimes metallic) and more movie-accurate finish and paint applications, plus movie-accurate or movie-inspired retools and new accessories in two cases. Four of the toys were released as store exclusives, whereas the rest was available as part of the mass retail assortments.
When the Premium Series was officially announced by Hasbro in October of 2007, it was confirmed to include a few redecos that had already been released by that point (and therefore didn't sport any indication that they were supposed to be part of a "Premium Series" on the packaging), as well as various other toys that wouldn't be revealed until later.
Bumblebee (redeco/remold of Deluxe Concept Camaro Bumblebee, sporting the same "battle mask" head sculpt as AllSpark Power Stealth Bumblebee)
Note:Bumblebee was one of the three "Premium" toys also also released by TakaraTomy in Japan, as MA-22 Bumblebee Battle Mode. Other than a sticker on the packaging (which was the same one also used by Hasbro) identifying him as a Japanese release, he was entirely identical to the Hasbro version.
Blackout (redeco of Voyager Class Blackout, including a redeco of the Scorponok mini-figure in a color scheme based on the Deluxe Class Scorponok toy)
Note:Blackout was one of the three "Premium" toys also also released by TakaraTomy in Japan. Unlike the other two, however, which were available as mass market releases, Blackout was a Lawson exclusive, officially named "Blackout version 4500X", sold in the orginal toy's packaging (which was identical to the original version's Hasbro packaging) with additional stickers, one identifying the toy as a Japanese release, the other one as a "limited" release, and available before the mass retail Hasbro version came out. So essentially, Hasbro used the same colors and paint masks from the Lawson exclusive Blackout for their mass market "Premium" Blackout, save for minimally different details.
Mass retail Leader Class toys
Optimus Prime (redeco/remold of Leader Class Optimus Prime, sporting a new, more movie-accurate head sculpt and replacing the gun with a detachable, movie-inspired blade)
Note:Optimus Prime was one of the three "Premium" toys also also released by TakaraTomy in Japan, as MA-21 Optimus Prime Battle Mode. Unlike Bumblebee and Blackout, there are noticable differences between the Hasbro and the Takara Tomy versions of Optimus Prime: The Hasbro version only uses a few, semi-random and incomplete silver paint applications for the vehicle mode and omit several paint details from the original release of the mold in return; whereas the TakaraTomy version, on the other hand, sports a vacuum metallized (chromed) paintjob on almost all gray/silver vehicle mode parts, most notably the front grille.
Note:This toy was available long before the Premium Series was officially announced by Hasbro. As a consequence, no indication that it is supposed to be part of any kind of "Premium Series" can be found on its packaging. Even more oddly, this version was actually available from Target stores a few weeks before the regular, non-"Premium" version of this mold was officially released.
Note:These toys were available shortly before the Premium Series was officially announced by Hasbro. As a consequence, no indication that they are supposed to be part of any kind of "Premium Series" can be found on their packaging.