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1995 Transformers Toys

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1995 was another rough year for the Transformers franchise. G2 sales were slipping, and never attained any momentum to begin with. Hasbro was not yet ready to give up the ghost, however, and continued to introduce new toys, including the Cyberjets – a group of small Transformers that utilized a new ball-and-socket joint construction. The joints added a fantastic range of movement, and could easily be snapped back into place if the joint became detached, reducing actual plastic breakage.

Despite this, only a small handful of new designs were released, and many of the toys were redecos of the new designs. Europe received one new unique subgroup, the Powered Masters, whose American release was cancelled. Many other new decos or designs were solicited in retailer catalogs, but eventually canceled. Some would see use in later series, but due to the cancellation of G2 as a whole, most would never see the light of day.

Takara made a furtive attempt at a localized version of Generation 2, entitled simply G-2. The small selection used only newer toy designs, and did not include any redecos of G1 or G2 toys. The line saw poor distribution and flagging sales, so Transformers disappeared from Japanese shelves once again.

Despite a growing community of collectors and fans through mail-based clubs and new internet sites, 1995 seemed like another all-time low for the Transformers brand.

 

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Convention Figures

Nightracer
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G-2

Cyberjets

Aero Raid
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Hooligan
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Jetfire
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Skyjack
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Space Case
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Strafe
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Go-Bots

Megatron
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Optimus Prime
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Soundwave
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Heroes

Convoy
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Megatron
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Laser Cycles

Road Big
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Road Rocket
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Laser Rods

Autovolt
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Effectro
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Firebot
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Hot Row
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Leaders

Battle Convoy
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Other

Dreadwing and Smokescreen
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G2

Autorollers

Dirtbag
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Roadblock
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Cyberjets

Air Raid
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Hooligan
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Jetfire
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Skyjack
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Space Case
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Strafe
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Go-Bots

Blowout
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Bumblebee
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Double Clutch
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Firecracker
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Frenzy
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Gearhead
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High Beam
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Ironhide
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Megatron
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Mirage
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Motormouth
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Optimus Prime
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Sideswipe
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Soundwave
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Laser Cycles

Road Pig
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Road Rocket
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Leaders

Laser Optimus Prime
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G2 (Europe)

Power Masters

Bulletbike
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Ironhide
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Meanstreak
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Staxx
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