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Japan Equivalent: Beginning with G1 - Fight! Super Robot Lifeform Transformers (1985)

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 (except 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 contained one Micromaster figure and 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 (A5)
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Fireflight (A3)
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Silverbolt (A1)
Skydive (A2)
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Slingshot (A4)
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Superion

Combaticons (Bruticus, G1)

Blast Off (C1)
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Brawl (C3)
Bruticus
Onslaught (C5)
Swindle (C4)
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Vortex (C2)
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Constructicons (Devastator, G1)

Bonecrusher (1)
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Devastator
Hook (4)
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Long Haul (5)
Mixmaster (6)
Scavenger (2)
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Scrapper (3)

Predacons (Predaking)

Divebomb (4)
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Headstrong (3)
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Predaking
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Rampage (2)
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Razorclaw (1)
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Tantrum (5)
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Pretender Monsters (Monstructor)

Birdbrain (PM6)
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Bristleback (PM2)
Icepick (PM1)
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Monstructor
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Scowl (PM4)
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Slog (PM5)
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Wildfly (PM3)
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Protectobots (Defensor, G1)

Blades (P3)
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Defensor
First Aid (P4)
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Groove (P2)
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Hot Spot (P5)
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Streetwise (P1)
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Seacons (Piranacon)

Nautilator (SE3)
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Overbite (SE1)
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Piranacon
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Seawing (SE2)
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Skalor (SE4)
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Snaptrap (SE6)
Tentakil (SE5)
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Stunticons (Menasor)

Breakdown (S2)
Dead End (S1)
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Drag Strip (S4)
Menasor
Motormaster (S5)
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Wildrider (S3)
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Technobots (Computron)

Afterburner (TK1)
Computron
Lightspeed (TK4)
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Nosecone (TK2)
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Scattershot (TK5)
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Strafe (TK3)
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Terrorcons (Abominus)

Abominus
Blot (TR4)
Cutthroat (TR3)
Hun-Gurrr (TR5)
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Rippersnapper (TR1)
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Sinnertwin (TR2)
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Action Masters

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

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

Fortress Maximus
Metroplex
Omega Supreme
Scorponok
Trypticon

Battlechargers

Runabout
Runamuck
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Clones

Fastlane and Cloudraker
Pounce and Wingspan
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Communicators

Blaster
Soundwave
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Decepticon Jets

Cyclonus
Dirge
Ramjet
Scourge
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Skywarp
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Starscream
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Thrust
Thundercracker
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Decoys

Astrotrain (purple) (No. 38)
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Astrotrain (red) (No. 38)
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Blaster (No. 29)
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Blitzwing (purple) (No. 37)
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Blitzwing (red) (No. 37)
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Bluestreak (No. 23)
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Bombshell (purple) (No. 41)
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Bombshell (red) (No. 41)
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Bonecrusher (purple) (No. 44)
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Bonecrusher (red) (No. 44)
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Brawn (No. 24)
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Bumblebee (No. 26)
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Cliffjumper (No. 28)
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Devastator (purple) (No. 48)
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Devastator (red) (No. 48)
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Frenzy (purple) (No. 50)
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Frenzy (red) (No. 50)
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Grapple (No. 9)
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Grimlock (No. 1)
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Hoist (No. 21)
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Hook (purple) (No. 42)
Hook (red) (No. 42)
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Hound (No. 17)
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Huffer (No. 27)
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Inferno (No. 14)
Ironhide (No. 7)
Jazz (No. 13)
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Kickback (purple) (No. 39)
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Kickback (red) (No. 39)
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Long Haul (purple) (No. 45)
Long Haul (red) (No. 45)
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Megatron (purple) (No. 32)
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Megatron (red) (No. 32)
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Mirage (No. 20)
Mixmaster (purple) (No. 46)
Mixmaster (red) (No. 46)
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Optimus Prime (No. 31)
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Perceptor (No. 30)
Prowl (No. 19)
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Ratchet (No. 6)
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Ravage (purple) (No. 49)
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Ravage (red) (No. 49)
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Red Alert (No. 16)
Reflector (purple) (No. 52)
Reflector (red) (No. 52)
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Scavenger (purple) (No. 43)
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Scavenger (red) (No. 43)
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Scrapper (purple) (No. 47)
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Scrapper (red) (No. 47)
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Shockwave (purple) (No. 51)
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Shockwave (red) (No. 51)
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Shrapnel (purple) (No. 40)
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Shrapnel (red) (No. 40)
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Sideswipe (No. 18)
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Skids (No. 12)
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Skywarp (purple) (No. 33)
Skywarp (red) (No. 33)
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Slag (No. 5)
Sludge (No. 4)
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Smokescreen (No. 8)
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Snarl (No. 2)
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Soundwave (purple) (No. 36)
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Soundwave (red) (No. 36)
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Starscream (purple) (No. 35)
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Starscream (red) (No. 35)
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Sunstreaker (No. 11)
Swoop (No. 3)
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Thundercracker (purple) (No. 34)
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Thundercracker (red) (No. 34)
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Tracks (No. 15)
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Trailbreaker (No. 10)
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Wheeljack (No. 22)
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Windcharger (No. 25)
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Deluxe Vehicles

Roadbuster
Whirl
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Dinobots

Grimlock
Sludge
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Snarl
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Swoop
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Duocons

Battletrap
Flywheels

Headmasters

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

Insecticons

Barrage
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Bombshell
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Chop Shop
Kickback
Ransack
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Shrapnel
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Venom
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Jumpstarters

Topspin
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Twin Twist

Leaders

Galvatron
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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Micromasters

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

Beachcomber
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Brawn
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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
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Pipes
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Powerglide
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Seaspray
Swerve
Tailgate
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Warpath
Wheelie
Windcharger
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Mini-Cassettes

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

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

Doublecross
Grotusque
Repugnus

Omnibots

Camshaft
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Downshift
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Overdrive
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Other

Gnaw
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Jetfire
Perceptor
Punch / Counterpunch
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Reflector
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Shockwave
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Sky Lynx
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Time Warrior Watch
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Ultra Magnus
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Wreck-Gar
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Powerdashers

Drill Dasher
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F1 Dasher
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Sky Dasher
Mail-Away Exclusive
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Powermasters

Darkwing
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Doubledealer
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Dreadwind
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Dreadwing
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Getaway
Joyride
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Optimus Prime
Slapdash
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Pretenders

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

Six Changers

Quickswitch
Sixshot

Sparkabots and Firecons

Cindersaur
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Fizzle
Flamefeather
Guzzle
Sizzle
Sparkstalker

Targetmasters

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

Throttlebots

Chase
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Freeway
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Goldbug
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Rollbar
Searchlight
Wideload

Triggerbots and Triggercons

Backstreet
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Crankcase
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Dogfight
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Override
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Ruckus
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Windsweeper
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Triple Changers

Astrotrain
Blitzwing
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Broadside
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Octane
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Sandstorm
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Springer
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