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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
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
Scavenger
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
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
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
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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
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
Blaster with Flight-Pack
Bumblebee with Heli-Pack
Devastator with Scorpulator
Grimlock with Anti-Tank Cannon
Helicopter with Over-Run
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Inferno with Hydro-Pack
Jackpot with Sights
Jazz with Turbo Board
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
Soundwave with Wingthing
Stratotronic Jet with Gutcruncher
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Treadshot with Catgut
Turbo Cycle with Prowl
Turbo Jet with Starscream
Turbo Racer with Wheeljack
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Autobot Cars

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

Fortress Maximus
Metroplex
Omega Supreme
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Scorponok
Trypticon
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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
Pounce and Wingspan
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Communicators

Blaster
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Soundwave
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Decepticon Jets

Cyclonus
Dirge
Ramjet
Scourge
Skywarp
Starscream
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Thrust
Thundercracker

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
Whirl

Dinobots

Grimlock
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Slag
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Sludge
Snarl
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Swoop

Duocons

Battletrap
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
Hardhead
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Highbrow
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Horri-Bull
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Hosehead
Mindwipe
Nightbeat
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Siren
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Skullcruncher
Snapdragon
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Squeezeplay
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Weirdwolf

Insecticons

Barrage
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Bombshell
Chop Shop
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Kickback
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Ransack
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Shrapnel
Venom
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Jumpstarters

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

Mini Vehicles

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

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

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
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Reflector
Mail-Away Exclusive
Shockwave
Sky Lynx
Time Warrior Watch
Mail-Away Exclusive
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Ultra Magnus
Wreck-Gar

Powerdashers

Drill Dasher
Mail-Away Exclusive
F1 Dasher
Mail-Away Exclusive
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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
Optimus Prime
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Slapdash

Pretenders

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

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

Throttlebots

Chase
Freeway
Goldbug
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Rollbar
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Searchlight
Wideload

Triggerbots and Triggercons

Backstreet
Crankcase
Dogfight
Override
Ruckus
Windsweeper

Triple Changers

Astrotrain
Blitzwing
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Broadside
Octane
Sandstorm
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