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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
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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
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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
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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
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Scowl
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Slog
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Wildfly
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Protectobots (Defensor, G1)

Blades
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Defensor
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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
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Seawing
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Skalor
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Snaptrap
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Tentakil
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Stunticons (Menasor)

Breakdown
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Dead End
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Dragstrip
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Menasor
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Motormaster
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Wildrider
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Technobots (Computron)

Afterburner
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Computron
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Lightspeed
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Nosecone
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Scattershot
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Strafe
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Terrorcons (Abominus)

Abominus
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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
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Attack Cruiser with Sprocket
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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
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Inferno with Hydro-Pack
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Jackpot with Sights
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Jazz with Turbo Board
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Kick-Off with Turbo-Pack
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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
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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
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Snarl with Tyrannitron
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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
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Hoist
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Hot Rod
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Hound
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Inferno
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Ironhide
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Jazz
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Kup
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Mirage
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Prowl
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Ratchet
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Red Alert
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Sideswipe
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Skids
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Smokescreen
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Sunstreaker
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Tracks
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Trailbreaker
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Wheeljack
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Bases

Fortress Maximus
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Metroplex
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Omega Supreme
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Scorponok
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Trypticon
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Battlechargers

Runabout
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Runamuck
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Clones

Fastlane and Cloudraker
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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
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Soundwave
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Decepticon Jets

Cyclonus
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Dirge
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Ramjet
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Scourge
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Skywarp
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Starscream
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Thrust
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Thundercracker
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Decoys

Astrotrain (purple)
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Astrotrain (red)
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Blaster
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Blitzwing (purple)
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Blitzwing (red)
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Bluestreak
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Bombshell (purple)
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Bombshell (red)
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Bonecrusher (purple)
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Bonecrusher (red)
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Brawn
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Bumblebee
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Cliffjumper
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Devastator (purple)
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Devastator (red)
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Frenzy (purple)
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Frenzy (red)
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Grapple
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Grimlock
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Hoist
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Hook (purple)
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Hook (red)
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Hound
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Huffer
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Inferno
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Ironhide
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Jazz
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Kickback (purple)
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Kickback (red)
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Long Haul (purple)
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Long Haul (red)
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Megatron (purple)
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Megatron (red)
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Mirage
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Mixmaster (purple)
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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
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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)
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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
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Dinobots

Grimlock
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Slag
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Sludge
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Snarl
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Swoop
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Duocons

Battletrap
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Flywheels
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Entertainment Packs

Listen 'N' Fun Cliffjumper
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Headmasters

Apeface
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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
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Mindwipe
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Nightbeat
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Siren
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Skullcruncher
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Snapdragon
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Squeezeplay
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Weirdwolf
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Insecticons

Barrage
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Bombshell
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Chop Shop
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Kickback
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Ransack
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Shrapnel
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Venom
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Jumpstarters

Topspin
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Twin Twist
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Leaders

Galvatron
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Megatron
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Optimus Prime
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Rodimus Prime
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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
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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
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Flattop
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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
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Overload
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Race Car Patrol
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Race Track Patrol
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Rescue Patrol
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Roughstuff
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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)
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Bumblejumper
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Cliffjumper
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Cliffjumper (Yellow)
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Cosmos
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Gears
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Hubcap
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Huffer
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Outback
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Pipes
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Powerglide
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Seaspray
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Swerve
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Tailgate
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Warpath
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Wheelie
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Windcharger
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Mini-Cassettes

Beastbox
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Buzzsaw
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Eject
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Eject
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Frenzy
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Grandslam
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Laserbeak
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Overkill
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Raindance
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Ramhorn
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Ramhorn
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Ratbat
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Ravage
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Rewind
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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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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)
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Dune Buggy (Yellow Decepticon)
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FX-1 (Blue Autobot)
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FX-1 (Blue Decepticon)
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FX-1 (White Autobot)
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FX-1 (White Decepticon)
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FX-1 (Yellow Autobot)
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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
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Grotusque
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Repugnus
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Omnibots

Camshaft
Mail-Away Exclusive
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Downshift
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Overdrive
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Other

Gnaw
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Jetfire
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Perceptor
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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
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Joyride
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Optimus Prime
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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
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Chainclaw
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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
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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
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Roadgrabber
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Skullgrin
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Sky High
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Skyhammer
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Snarler
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Splashdown
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Starscream
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Stranglehold
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Submarauder
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Thunderwing
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Vroom
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Waverider
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Six Changers

Quickswitch
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Sixshot
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Sparkabots and Firecons

Cindersaur
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Fizzle
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Flamefeather
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Guzzle
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Sizzle
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Sparkstalker
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Targetmasters

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

Chase
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Freeway
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Goldbug
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Rollbar
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Searchlight
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Wideload
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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
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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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