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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
Fireflight
Silverbolt
Skydive
Slingshot
Superion

Combaticons (Bruticus, G1)

Blast Off
Brawl
Bruticus
Onslaught
Swindle
Vortex

Constructicons (Devastator, G1)

Bonecrusher
Devastator
Hook
Long Haul
Mixmaster
Scavenger
Scrapper

Predacons (Predaking)

Divebomb
Headstrong
Predaking
Rampage
Razorclaw
Tantrum

Pretender Monsters (Monstructor)

Birdbrain
Bristleback
Icepick
Monstructor
Scowl
Slog
Wildfly

Protectobots (Defensor, G1)

Blades
Defensor
First Aid
Groove
Hot Spot
Streetwise

Seacons (Piranacon)

Nautilator
Overbite
Piranacon
Seawing
Skalor
Snaptrap
Tentakil

Stunticons (Menasor)

Breakdown
Dead End
Dragstrip
Menasor
Motormaster
Wildrider

Technobots (Computron)

Afterburner
Computron
Lightspeed
Nosecone
Scattershot
Strafe

Terrorcons (Abominus)

Abominus
Blot
Cutthroat
Hun-Gurrr
Rippersnapper
Sinnertwin

Action Masters

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

Autobot Cars

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

Bases

Fortress Maximus
Metroplex
Omega Supreme
Scorponok
Trypticon

Battlechargers

Runabout
Runamuck

Clones

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

Communicators

Blaster
Soundwave

Decepticon Jets

Cyclonus
Dirge
Ramjet
Scourge
Skywarp
Starscream
Thrust
Thundercracker

Decoys

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

Deluxe Vehicles

Roadbuster
Whirl

Dinobots

Grimlock
Slag
Sludge
Snarl
Swoop

Duocons

Battletrap
Flywheels

Entertainment Packs

Listen 'N' Fun Cliffjumper

Headmasters

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

Insecticons

Barrage
Bombshell
Chop Shop
Kickback
Ransack
Shrapnel
Venom

Jumpstarters

Topspin
Twin Twist

Leaders

Galvatron
Megatron
Optimus Prime
Rodimus Prime

Legends

Bumblebee
Grimlock
Jazz
Starscream

McDonald's Happy Meal

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

Micromasters

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

Mini Vehicles

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

Mini-Cassettes

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

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

Monsterbots

Doublecross
Grotusque
Repugnus

Omnibots

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

Other

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

Powerdashers

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

Powermasters

Darkwing
Doubledealer
Dreadwind
Dreadwing
Getaway
Joyride
Optimus Prime
Slapdash

Pretenders

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

Six Changers

Quickswitch
Sixshot

Sparkabots and Firecons

Cindersaur
Fizzle
Flamefeather
Guzzle
Sizzle
Sparkstalker

Targetmasters

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

Throttlebots

Chase
Freeway
Goldbug
Rollbar
Searchlight
Wideload

Triggerbots and Triggercons

Backstreet
Crankcase
Dogfight
Override
Ruckus
Windsweeper

Triple Changers

Astrotrain
Blitzwing
Broadside
Octane
Sandstorm
Springer
Images needed for this series: 20
Measurement stats: Measured: 1659 (Verified: 1140, Unverified: 519, Not Measured: 1177
Instructions scans needed: 16
Stats Card scans needed: