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Generation One, originally known simply as “The Transformers” is the first series of Transformers. In the U.S., the toyline ran from 1984-1990; in Europe, from 1985-1993 (excepting the U.K. which saw limited 1984 releases), and in Japan from 1985-1992 (with many variations from the other regions.)

The line is by far the most diverse in terms of toy styling and design. The early years, 1984-1985, focused on toys originally manufactured in different colors for other brands, such as Takara's Diaclone and Microchange, Bandai's Macross and Takatoku's Dorvack and Beetras. These toys had differing design ethics, but most transformed into recognizable real-world vehicles, and had limited articulation in robot mode.

During this time, many competing brands of shape shifting robots were on the market, so Hasbro designed the “rubsign” as a mark of authenticity. These black and silver square stickers featured prominently on the toy, and would change colors when heated to reveal the allegiance of the character.

In 1986, the success of Transformers justified investment in new and unique designs. Many of these followed in the tracks of their predecessors, including use of some unproduced designs penned for previous toylines. The main theme shifted to Transformers that could combine in teams to form larger robots. It was not a new concept, but accounted for nearly half of the releases that year.

Following the animated movie in 1986, the original story thread frayed and lost its hold over toy design. Subsequent years featured more and more robots with fictitious or sci-fi alternate modes, and toys focused in groups on specific gimmicks. Many of these gimmicks involved a smaller “partner” who could become the head, weapon, or engine of the larger figure. Some robots could be disguised as monsters or humans by hiding in a hollow “shell”. However, every year presented more combining teams.

As sales in the U.S. began to slow in the late ‘80s, Transformers downsized in an attempt to offer toys at a lower price-point, and capitalize on the popular “micro” toy concept. Some of these smaller robots, the “Micromasters” were sold in teams of four or six simple, tiny figures. Larger toys simply came with a base or playset. Previous “subgroups” also saw new designs that shrunk and simplified their concepts.

As the line came to a close, the final subgroup threw the old ethic to the wind: Action Masters. Popular characters from early in the series were rendered as non-transforming action figures, including weapons or vehicles that could transform. At the end of 1990, the series was cancelled in the United States due to tanking sales. Japan would see new designs for a further two years, and Europe for another three.

Generation 1's legacy would rule the Transformers into a new millennium, having established the universe, the concepts, and the main characters that are still most memorable today.

 

Aerialbots (Superion, G1)

Air Raid
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Fireflight
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Silverbolt
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Skydive
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Slingshot
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Superion

Combaticons (Bruticus, G1)

Blast Off
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Brawl
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Bruticus
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Onslaught
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Swindle
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Vortex
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Constructicons (Devastator, G1)

Bonecrusher
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Devastator
Hook
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Long Haul
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Mixmaster
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Scavenger
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Scrapper
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Predacons (Predaking)

Divebomb
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Headstrong
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Predaking
Rampage
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Razorclaw
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Tantrum
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Pretender Monsters (Monstructor)

Birdbrain
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Bristleback
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Icepick
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Monstructor
Scowl
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Slog
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Wildfly
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Protectobots (Defensor, G1)

Blades
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Defensor
First Aid
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Groove
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Hot Spot
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Streetwise
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Seacons (Piranacon)

Nautilator
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Overbite
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Piranacon
Seawing
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Skalor
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Snaptrap
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Tentakil
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Stunticons (Menasor)

Breakdown
Dead End
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Dragstrip
Menasor
Motormaster
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Wildrider
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Technobots (Computron)

Afterburner
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Computron
Lightspeed
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Nosecone
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Scattershot
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Strafe
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Terrorcons (Abominus)

Abominus
Blot
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Cutthroat
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Hun-Gurrr
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Rippersnapper
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Sinnertwin
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Action Masters

Armored Convoy with Optimus Prime
Attack Cruiser with Sprocket
Banzai-Tron with Razor-Sharp
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Blaster with Flight-Pack
Bumblebee with Heli-Pack
Devastator with Scorpulator
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Grimlock with Anti-Tank Cannon
Helicopter with Over-Run
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Inferno with Hydro-Pack
Jackpot with Sights
Jazz with Turbo Board
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Kick-Off with Turbo-Pack
Krok with Gatoraider
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Mainframe with Push-Button
Neutro-Fusion Tank with Megatron
Off-Road Cycle with Axer
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Rad with Lionizer
Rollout with Glitch
Shockwave with Fistfight
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Skyfall with Top-Heavy
Snarl with Tyrannitron
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Soundwave with Wingthing
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Stratotronic Jet with Gutcruncher
Treadshot with Catgut
Turbo Cycle with Prowl
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Turbo Jet with Starscream
Turbo Racer with Wheeljack
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Autobot Cars

Bluestreak
Blurr
Grapple
Hoist
Hot Rod
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Hound
Inferno
Ironhide
Jazz
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Mirage
Prowl
Ratchet
Red Alert
Sideswipe
Skids
Smokescreen
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Sunstreaker
Tracks
Trailbreaker
Wheeljack

Bases

Fortress Maximus
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Metroplex
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Omega Supreme
Scorponok
Trypticon

Battlechargers

Runabout
Runamuck

Clones

Fastlane and Cloudraker
Fastlane and Cloudraker
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Fastlane and Cloudraker
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Pounce and Wingspan
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Pounce and Wingspan
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Pounce and Wingspan
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Communicators

Blaster
Soundwave

Decepticon Jets

Cyclonus
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Dirge
Ramjet
Scourge
Skywarp
Starscream
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Thrust
Thundercracker

Decoys

Astrotrain (purple)
Astrotrain (red)
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Blaster
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Blitzwing (purple)
Blitzwing (red)
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Bluestreak
Bombshell (purple)
Bombshell (red)
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Bonecrusher (purple)
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Bonecrusher (red)
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Brawn
Bumblebee
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Cliffjumper
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Devastator (purple)
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Devastator (red)
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Frenzy (purple)
Frenzy (red)
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Grapple
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Grimlock
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Hoist
Hook (purple)
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Hook (red)
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Hound
Huffer
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Inferno
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Ironhide
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Kickback (purple)
Kickback (red)
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Long Haul (purple)
Long Haul (red)
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Megatron (purple)
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Megatron (red)
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Mirage
Mixmaster (purple)
Mixmaster (red)
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Optimus Prime
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Perceptor
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Prowl
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Ratchet
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Ravage (purple)
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Ravage (red)
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Red Alert
Reflector (purple)
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Reflector (red)
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Scavenger (purple)
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Scavenger (red)
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Scrapper (purple)
Scrapper (red)
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Shockwave (purple)
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Shockwave (red)
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Shrapnel (purple)
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Shrapnel (red)
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Sideswipe
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Skids
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Skywarp (purple)
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Skywarp (red)
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Slag
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Sludge
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Smokescreen
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Snarl
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Soundwave (purple)
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Soundwave (red)
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Starscream (purple)
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Starscream (red)
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Sunstreaker
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Swoop
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Thundercracker (purple)
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Thundercracker (red)
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Tracks
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Trailbreaker
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Wheeljack
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Windcharger
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Deluxe Vehicles

Roadbuster
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Whirl

Dinobots

Grimlock
Sludge
Snarl
Swoop

Duocons

Battletrap
Flywheels
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Entertainment Packs

Listen 'N' Fun Cliffjumper
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Headmasters

Apeface
Brainstorm
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Chromedome
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Fangry
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Hardhead
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Highbrow
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Horri-Bull
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Hosehead
Mindwipe
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Nightbeat
Siren
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Skullcruncher
Snapdragon
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Squeezeplay
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Weirdwolf
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Insecticons

Barrage
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Bombshell
Chop Shop
Kickback
Ransack
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Shrapnel
Venom
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Jumpstarters

Topspin
Twin Twist

Leaders

Galvatron
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Megatron
Optimus Prime
Rodimus Prime

Legends

Bumblebee
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Grimlock
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Jazz
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Starscream
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McDonald's Happy Meal

Brawn (yellow and blue)
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Bumblebee (blue and black)
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Cliffjumper (black and purple)
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Cliffjumper (blue and purple)
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Micromasters

Air Patrol
Air Strike Patrol
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Airwave
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Anti-Aircraft Base with Blackout and Spaceshot
Astro Squad
Autobot Headquarters with Full-Barrel and Overflow
Battle Patrol
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Battle Squad
Cannon Transport with Cement-Head and Terror-Tread
Construction Patrol
Constructor Squad
Countdown
Erector
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Flattop
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Greasepit
Groundshaker
Hot House
Hot Rod Patrol
Ironworks
Metro Squad
Military Patrol
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Missile Launcher with Retro and Surge
Monster Truck Patrol
Off-Road Patrol
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Overload
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Race Car Patrol
Race Track Patrol
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Rescue Patrol
Roughstuff
Skyhopper
Skystalker
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Sports Car Patrol
Tanker Transport with Pipeline and Gusher

Mini Vehicles

Beachcomber
Brawn
Bumblebee
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Bumblebee (Red)
Bumblejumper
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Cliffjumper
Cliffjumper (Yellow)
Cosmos
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Gears
Hubcap
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Huffer
Outback
Pipes
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Powerglide
Seaspray
Swerve
Tailgate
Warpath
Wheelie
Windcharger
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Mini-Cassettes

Beastbox
Buzzsaw
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Eject
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Eject
Frenzy
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Grandslam
Laserbeak
Overkill
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Raindance
Ramhorn
Ramhorn
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Ratbat
Ravage
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Rewind
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Rewind
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Rumble
Slamdance
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Slugfest
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Squawkbox
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Squawktalk
Steeljaw
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Steeljaw
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Mini-Spies

Dune Buggy (Blue Autobot)
Dune Buggy (Blue Decepticon)
Dune Buggy (White Autobot)
Dune Buggy (White Decepticon)
Dune Buggy (Yellow Autobot)
Dune Buggy (Yellow Decepticon)
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FX-1 (Blue Autobot)
FX-1 (Blue Decepticon)
FX-1 (White Autobot)
FX-1 (White Decepticon)
FX-1 (Yellow Autobot)
FX-1 (Yellow Decepticon)
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Jeep (Blue Autobot)
Jeep (Blue Decepticon)
Jeep (White Autobot)
Jeep (White Decepticon)
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Jeep (Yellow Autobot)
Jeep (Yellow Decepticon)
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Porsche (Blue Autobot)
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Porsche (Blue Decepticon)
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Porsche (White Autobot)
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Porsche (White Decepticon)
Porsche (Yellow Autobot)
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Porsche (Yellow Decepticon)
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Monsterbots

Doublecross
Grotusque
Repugnus
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Omnibots

Camshaft
Mail-Away Exclusive
Downshift
Mail-Away Exclusive
Overdrive
Mail-Away Exclusive
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Other

Jetfire
Perceptor
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Punch / Counterpunch
Reflector
Mail-Away Exclusive
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Shockwave
Sky Lynx
Time Warrior Watch
Mail-Away Exclusive
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Ultra Magnus
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Wreck-Gar

Powerdashers

Drill Dasher
Mail-Away Exclusive
F1 Dasher
Mail-Away Exclusive
Sky Dasher
Mail-Away Exclusive
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Powermasters

Darkwing
Doubledealer
Dreadwind
Dreadwing
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Getaway
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Joyride
Optimus Prime
Slapdash

Pretenders

Bludgeon
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Bomb-Burst
Bugly
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Bumblebee
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Carnivac
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Catilla
Chainclaw
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Cloudburst
Crossblades
Doubleheader
Finback
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Grimlock
Groundbreaker
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Gunrunner
Iguanus
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Jazz
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Landmine
Longtooth
Octopunch
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Pincher
Roadblock
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Roadgrabber
Skullgrin
Sky High
Skyhammer
Snarler
Splashdown
Starscream
Stranglehold
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Submarauder
Thunderwing
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Vroom
Waverider

Six Changers

Quickswitch
Sixshot

Sparkabots and Firecons

Cindersaur
Fizzle
Flamefeather
Guzzle
Sizzle
Sparkstalker

Targetmasters

Blurr
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Crosshairs
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Cyclonus
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Hot Rod
Landfill
Misfire
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Needlenose
Pointblank
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Quake
Quickmix
Scoop
Scourge
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Slugslinger
Spinister
Sureshot
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Triggerhappy
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Throttlebots

Chase
Freeway
Goldbug
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Rollbar
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Searchlight
Wideload

Triggerbots and Triggercons

Backstreet
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Crankcase
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Dogfight
Override
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Ruckus
Windsweeper

Triple Changers

Astrotrain
Blitzwing
Broadside
Octane
Sandstorm
Springer
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