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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.

 

Combiners - Aerialbots (Superion, G1)

Air Raid (A5)

Fireflight (A3)

Silverbolt (A1)

Skydive (A2)

Slingshot (A4)

Superion

Combiners - Combaticons (Bruticus, G1)

Blast Off (C1)

Brawl (C3)

Bruticus
Onslaught (C5)
Swindle (C4)

Vortex (C2)

Combiners - Constructicons (Devastator, G1)

Bonecrusher (1)

Devastator

Hook (4)

Long Haul (5)

Mixmaster (6)

Scavenger (2)

Scrapper (3)

Combiners - Predacons (Predaking)

Divebomb (4)

Headstrong (3)

Predaking
Rampage (2)

Razorclaw (1)

Tantrum (5)

Combiners - Pretender Monsters (Monstructor)

Birdbrain (PM6)

Bristleback (PM2)

Icepick (PM1)

Monstructor

Scowl (PM4)

Slog (PM5)

Wildfly (PM3)

Combiners - Protectobots (Defensor, G1)

Blades (P3)

Defensor

First Aid (P4)

Groove (P2)

Hot Spot (P5)

Streetwise (P1)

Combiners - Seacons (Piranacon)

Nautilator (SE3)

Overbite (SE1)

Piranacon

Seawing (SE2)

Skalor (SE4)

Snaptrap (SE6)
Tentakil (SE5)

Combiners - Stunticons (Menasor)

Breakdown (S2)

Dead End (S1)

Drag Strip (S4)

Menasor

Motormaster (S5)

Wildrider (S3)

Combiners - Technobots (Computron)

Afterburner (TK1)

Computron

Lightspeed (TK4)

Nosecone (TK2)

Scattershot (TK5)
Strafe (TK3)

Combiners - Terrorcons (Abominus)

Abominus
Blot (TR4)

Cutthroat (TR3)

Hun-Gurrr (TR5)

Rippersnapper (TR1)

Sinnertwin (TR2)

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

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
Pounce and Wingspan

Communicators

Blaster
Soundwave

Decepticon Jets

Cyclonus
Dirge

Ramjet

Scourge
Skywarp

Starscream
Thrust
Thundercracker

Decoys

Astrotrain (purple) (No. 38)

Astrotrain (red) (No. 38)

Blaster (No. 29)

Blitzwing (purple) (No. 37)

Blitzwing (red) (No. 37)

Bluestreak (No. 23)

Bombshell (purple) (No. 41)

Bombshell (red) (No. 41)

Bonecrusher (purple) (No. 44)

Bonecrusher (red) (No. 44)

Brawn (No. 24)

Bumblebee (No. 26)

Cliffjumper (No. 28)

Devastator (purple) (No. 48)

Devastator (red) (No. 48)

Frenzy (purple) (No. 50)

Frenzy (red) (No. 50)

Grapple (No. 9)

Grimlock (No. 1)

Hoist (No. 21)

Hook (purple) (No. 42)
Hook (red) (No. 42)

Hound (No. 17)

Huffer (No. 27)

Inferno (No. 14)

Ironhide (No. 7)

Jazz (No. 13)

Kickback (purple) (No. 39)

Kickback (red) (No. 39)

Long Haul (purple) (No. 45)

Long Haul (red) (No. 45)

Megatron (purple) (No. 32)

Megatron (red) (No. 32)

Mirage (No. 20)

Mixmaster (purple) (No. 46)
Mixmaster (red) (No. 46)

Optimus Prime (No. 31)

Perceptor (No. 30)

Prowl (No. 19)

Ratchet (No. 6)
Ravage (purple) (No. 49)

Ravage (red) (No. 49)

Red Alert (No. 16)

Reflector (purple) (No. 52)

Reflector (red) (No. 52)

Scavenger (purple) (No. 43)

Scavenger (red) (No. 43)

Scrapper (purple) (No. 47)
Scrapper (red) (No. 47)

Shockwave (purple) (No. 51)

Shockwave (red) (No. 51)

Shrapnel (purple) (No. 40)

Shrapnel (red) (No. 40)

Sideswipe (No. 18)

Skids (No. 12)

Skywarp (purple) (No. 33)

Skywarp (red) (No. 33)

Slag (No. 5)

Sludge (No. 4)

Smokescreen (No. 8)

Snarl (No. 2)

Soundwave (purple) (No. 36)

Soundwave (red) (No. 36)

Starscream (purple) (No. 35)

Starscream (red) (No. 35)

Sunstreaker (No. 11)

Swoop (No. 3)

Thundercracker (purple) (No. 34)

Thundercracker (red) (No. 34)

Tracks (No. 15)
Trailbreaker (No. 10)

Wheeljack (No. 22)

Windcharger (No. 25)

Deluxe Vehicles

Roadbuster
Whirl

Dinobots

Grimlock
Sludge
Snarl
Swoop

Duocons

Battletrap
Flywheels

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

Micromasters

Air Patrol

Air Strike Patrol

Airwave

Anti-Aircraft Base with Blackout and Spaceshot

Astro Squad

Battle Patrol
Battle Squad
Battlefield Headquarters with Full-Barrel and Overflow

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 Truck 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

Frenzy
Grandslam
Laserbeak

Overkill
Raindance

Ramhorn

Ratbat

Ravage
Rewind

Rumble

Slamdance

Slugfest
Squawkbox

Squawktalk
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

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