The Transformers (1984 - 1985)

YEAR
1984

Name Japanese Name Size Class Notes Original Price ($) Links:-
Optimus Prime Convoy Leader White Freightliner Cabover Engine Tractor Trailer FLA 8664T. The early versions were near identical to the Diaclone Battle Convoy & came with metal plates in the trailer rather than stickers and it also came with  'swollen' accessories and a grey Roller. The early box also featured an error; the radar dish is visible under the box art and has not been cropped from the underside of the box. Later releases had the standard thinner gun and blue Roller and stickers in the trailer instead of metal plates. 23.99 Gallery
Bluestreak Streak Autobot car Silver Nissan Fairlady 280Z-T. Although the box art and catalogues depict a "blue" Bluesteak, this was not released in the Transformers line. 9.95 Gallery
Hound   Autobot car Mitsubishi J59 Jeep 9.95 Gallery
Ironhide   Autobot car Nissan Onebox Cherry Vanette. Red Cherry Vannette, this colour was unreleased in the Japanese Diaclone series but did appear in GiGs Trasformer series. Ironhide was also unreleased in Japan. As Ironhide did not have a head, there was a face sticker included to attach to the drivers seat. 9.95 Gallery
Jazz Meister Autobot car Porsche 935 Turbo. Martini (misspelt Martinii) team racing livery. Takara had previously released a Cosmo Porsche in 1977 under the Microman Command line, these came in red, blue and white. 9.95 Gallery
Mirage Ligier Autobot car Citanes JS11-F1 Racing Car. Citanes is a reworded "Gitanes" which are a brand of French cigarettes 9.95 Gallery
Prowl   Autobot car Nissan Fairlady 280Z-T police car 9.95 Gallery
Ratchet   Autobot car Nissan Onebox Cherry Vannette Ambulance. Ratchet was initially supposed to be a female character, the name is based on "Nurse Rached" from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". The early versions of Ratchet feature a red cross on the van roof which is also depicted on the box art. This was later removed, potentially at the Red Cross' (international humanitarian aid group) as they are protective of their brand. As Ratchet did not have a head, there was a face sticker included to attach to the drivers seat. 9.95 Gallery
Sideswipe Lambor Autobot car Red Lamborghini Countach LP500S. Due to the similarities with Sunstreaker, their profiles were accidentlly switched. 9.95 Gallery
Sunstreaker   Autobot car Lamborghini Countach LP500S based on Takaras "Cosmo Countach" from 1977 Microman Command. Due to the similarities with Sideswipe, their profiles were accidentlly switched. 9.95 Gallery
Trailbreaker   Autobot car Toyota Hilux 4WD camper truck 9.95 Gallery
Wheeljack   Autobot car Based on the Lancia Stratos Turbo which raced in the 1976 FIA Group 5. The livery was initially the red Marlboro (cigarette company). The remaing #598 car (#599 was written off in the race) was repainted in the green Alitalia livery, an Itallian airline company, spelt "Alitalla" on the toy and numbered 539. The #539 car was driven to victory in the Giro D'Italia in 1977 9.95 Gallery
Skids   Autobot Car Honda City Turbo. Skids was released late 1984 although he was not advertised with the 1984 Autobot cars. There are two different versions of the box, one with a 1984 date and the other with a 1985 date and amended product code. Takara's 2002 reissue of Skids confirms the 1984 release date. 9.95 Gallery
Brawn Gong Minibot Dark green Jeep Wrangler, originally from Takaras Micro Change line. There is evidence to suggest Gears (along with Brawn, Windcharger & Huffer) came from the unreleased Knickerbocker "Mysterians" series and was named Jeepar. There is an "M" moulded on Brawn's bonnet which you could be excused for thinking it stands for "Micro Change" but this same stylised "M" appears on the "Mysterian" figures released by Marchon inc in 1984. Gears was unreleased in Japan. 2.99 Gallery
Bumblebee Bumble Minibot Based on a Choro-Q (aka Penny Racer) Volkswagen Type-1 (aka VW Beetle), originally from Takaras Micro Change line. A red version was also available in order to bulk up the toy line. The red version was also available in 1985. 2.99 Gallery 1

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Cliffjumper Cliff Minibot Based on a Choro-Q (aka Penny Racer) Porsche 924 Turbo, originally from Takaras Micro Change line. A yellow version was also available in order to bulk up the toy line. The yellow version was also available in 1985. 2.99 Gallery
Gears   Minibot Red & Blue Pick-Up Truck, originally from Takaras Micro Change line. There is evidence to suggest Gears (along with Brawn, Windcharger & Huffer) came from the unreleased Knickerbocker "Mysterians" series and was named Blazar. There is an "M" moulded on Gears bonnet which you could be excused for thinking it stands for "Micro Change" but this same stylised "M" appears on the "Mysterian" figures released by Marchon inc in 1984. Gears was unreleased in Japan. 2.99 Gallery
Huffer Drag Minibot Orange Semi-Cab, originally from Takaras Micro Change line. There is evidence to suggest Huffer (along with Brawn, Windcharger & Gears) came from the unreleased Knickerbocker "Mysterians" series and was named Truckar. There is an "M" moulded on Drags cab door which you could be excused for thinking it stands for "Micro Change" but this same stylised "M" appears on the "Mysterian" figures released by Marchon inc in 1984. 2.99 Gallery
Windcharger Charger Minibot Red Pontiac Firebird, originally from Takaras Micro Change line. There is evidence to suggest Windcharger (along with Brawn, Huffer & Gears) came from the unreleased Knickerbocker "Mysterians" series and was named Speedar. 2.99 Gallery
Bumblejumper / Bumper   Minibot Based on a Choro-Q (aka Penny Racer) Mazda Familia XG1500. Not an official Transformer release, possibly used to bulk up the initial toy line as with the yellow Cliffjumper and red Bumblebee. Said to have been sold on both Cliffjumper or Bumblebee card but the only carded versions found have only been on Cliffjumpers backing card. 2.99 Photo
Kronoform
Autoceptor   Watch Watch Transforms into car and robot. Released in turquoise, red, black and grey. Released in Transformers Styled packaging with the rest of the Kronoform line advertised on the back of the box 15.87 Photo
Deceptor   Watch Watch transforms into robot & jet. Came in chromed tan, grey or blue. Released in Transformers Styled packaging with the rest of the Kronoform line advertised on the back of the box 15.87 Photo
Kaltor   Watch Calculator watch to robot. Came in Chrome or black. Released in Transformers Styled packaging with the rest of the Kronoform line advertised on the back of the box 15.87 Photo

Name Japanese Name Size Class Notes Original Price ($) Links:-
Megatron   Leader Chromed Walther P-38 pistol with extensions. Based on the gun in the TV Show "The Man From U.N.C.L.E". Early versions maintained the spring firing mechanism but this was removed for later releases. Came with a stock, silencer, scope and infrared laser. The stock, scope and silencer have various combinations. 21.95 Gallery
Soundwave And Condor Cassette: Buzzsaw   Communications Soundwave comes packaged with Buzzsaw who transforms into a Microcassette which fits inside Soundwave. Buzzsaw is a gold repaint on Laserbeak, this colour scheme was only released in the Transformers series and did not appear in the original Micro Change line. Soundwaves weapons double as AA batteries which can fit in his back when the belt clip is removed. 14.95 Gallery

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Skywarp   Seeker McDonnell Douglas F-15 Jet. The black and purple colours are new to the Transformers series and did not appear in the earlier Diaclone line. The tech spec number values were mixed up with Starscream on the box hence why Skywarps rank is 9 12.95 Gallery
Starscream   Seeker McDonnell Douglas F-15 Jet. Red & grey jet. The tech spec number values were mixed up with Skywarp on the box, hence Starscreams rank of 5. 12.95 Gallery
Thundercracker   Seeker McDonnell Douglas F-15 Jet 12.95 Gallery
Frenzy & Laserbeak Frenzy & Condor Cassettes Microcassette 2-Pack. Unlike the cartoon, the blue cassette is Frenzy. In the Japanese dub this mistake as corrected and the blue cassette was renamed Frenzy. Laserbeak transforms into a red Condor. Early versions of Frenzy feature metal feet, these are changed to plastic for later releases. The cassettes were sold separately in Japan 5.99 Gallery

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Ravage & Rumble Rumble & Jaguar Cassettes Microcassette 2-Pack. Unlike the cartoon, the red cassette is Rumble. In the Japanese dub this mistake was corrected and the red cassette was renamed Rumble. Ravage transforms into a black jaguar. Early versions of Rumble feature metal feet, these are changed to plastic for later releases. The cassettes were sold separately in Japan 5.99 Gallery

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YEAR
1985

Name Japanese Name Size Class Notes Original Price ($) Links:-
Omega Supreme   Defence base Defence Base & Tank. This is an electronic figure - robot could walk and tank could go round the track. Redeco of Mechabot-1 from Toybox 39.95 Gallery
Jetfire   Guardian Macross Valkryie. Early releases had the Macross emblem on the wing. 27.95 Gallery
Perceptor   Scientist Microscope & Tank 14.99 Gallery
Blaster Broadcast Communications Red & grey portable stereo. Early versions came with a battery cover on the reverse of the figure. 16.95 Gallery
Grapple   Autobot Car Orange Mitsubishi Fuso Crane 9.95 Gallery
Hoist   Autobot Car Toyota Hilux Wrecker rig Tow Truck 9.95 Gallery
Inferno   Autobot Car Mitsubishi Fuso Fire Engine 9.95 Gallery
Red Alert Alert Autobot Car Lamborghini Countach LP500S Fire chief car 9.95 Gallery
Smokescreen   Autobot Car Nissan Fairlady 280Z-T based on the Electramotive Datsun 280ZX driven by Don Devendorf. 9.95 Gallery
Tracks   Autobot Car Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C3. Car mode and flight mode 9.95 Gallery
Brawn w/ Minispy Gong Minibot Jeep Wrangler 2.99  
Bumblebee w/ Minispy Bumble Minibot Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle) 2.99  
Cliffjumper w/ Minispy Cliff Minibot Porsche 924 Turbo 2.99  
Gears w/ Minispy   Minibot Pick up truck 2.99  
Huffer w/ Minispy Drag Minibot Semi Cab 2.99  
Windcharger w/ Minispy Charger Minibot Pontiac Firebird 2.99  
Beachcomber   Minibot Dune buggy 2.99 Gallery
Cosmos Adams Minibot UFO / flying saucer 2.99 Gallery
Powerglide   Minibot Fairchild-Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II plane 2.99 Gallery
Seaspray   Minibot Hovercraft 2.99 Gallery
Warpath   Minibot General Motors M55A1 Sheridan ARAAV tank 2.99 Gallery
Roadbuster   Deluxe Autobot 4wd Armoured Vehicle. Redeco of the AR Mugen Calibur from Dorvak (Takatoku Toys) 19.99 Gallery
Whirl   Deluxe Autobot Apache Helicopter. Redeco of the MR Ovelon Gazzette from Dorvak (Takatoku Toys) 19.99 Gallery
Grimlock   Dinobots Tyrannosaurus Rex. Early releases feature the 1984 box art and were possibly released late 1984 or early 1985 15.99 Gallery
Sludge   Dinobots Brontosaurus. Early releases feature the 1984 box art and were possibly released late 1984 or early 1985 15.99 Gallery
Slag   Dinobots Triceratops. There was also a variant released with a red face, white legs and a red rocket launcher. Early releases feature the 1984 box art and were possibly released late 1984 or early 1985 15.99 Gallery
Snarl   Dinobots Stegosaurus. Early releases feature the 1984 box art and were possibly released late 1984 or early 1985 15.99 Gallery
Swoop   Dinobots Pteranodon. Early releases feature the 1984 box art and were possibly released late 1984 or early 1985 15.99 Gallery
Topspin   Jumpstarter Tank. Early versions had D.A.R on the wing stickers. 6.99 Gallery
Twin Twist   Jumpstarter Drill tank 6.99 Gallery
Minispys (came with re-released 1984 Minibots to promote the rubsign)
Mazda /MX-1   Minispy Also came as Decepticon, released in white, blue & yellow N/A Gallery
Jeep   Minispy Also came as Decepticon, released in white, blue & yellow N/A  
Dune Buggy   Minispy Also came as Decepticon, released in white, blue & yellow N/A  
Porsche   Minispy Also came as Decepticon, released in white, blue & yellow N/A  
Mail-Away Figures
("Reinforcements From Cybertron!", "The Battle is far from over!" & "Earthlings, the STARS need your help now!" leaflets)
Camshaft Downshift Omnibots Mazda RX-7 $5 & 4 robot Points Gallery
Downshift Camshaft Omnibots Toyota Celica Supra $5 & 4 robot Points Gallery
Overdrive   Omnibots Ferrari Diablo (BB) $5 & 4 robot Points Gallery
Powerdasher Jet   Powerdashers Cybertronian jet $3 & 2 robot Points Photo
Powerdasher Drill   Powerdashers Drill tank $3 & 2 robot Points Photo
Powerdasher Car   Powerdashers Cybertronian car $3 & 2 robot Points Photo
Time Warrior   Watch Autobot Logo Watch. Logo splits in half to reveal the time. $10 & 6 robot Points Photo
S.T.A.R.S Membership   Watch Secret Transformers Autobot Rescue Squad Mail-Away. Came with cardboard control centre, iron on patches, poster, membership card & a Tech Spec Manual 6.50  
Listen 'N Fun Series
Cliffjumper   Minibot Cliffjumper sold with a cassette. More commonly found with a yellow Cliffjumper than the red version. 6.97 Photo
Exclusive Figures
'Pepsi' Optimus Prime   Leader Mail Away promotion with Pepsi soft drink cans. You Won a Prime if the ring-pull said WON underneath. Came with extra Pepsi stickers on box & stickers to apply on trailer. There is also a "Pepsi-Cola" variation. Canadian versions had large stickers covering the whole trailer side. N/A Photo
"Cookie Crisp" Jazz   Autobot Car Cookie Crisp Cereal Mail Away. As with later Jazz releases there wereno Martinii logos on the doors and stickers were blanked out - this was not produced solely for the Cookie Crisp mailaway; came in plain box with black & white instructions. A few variants did keep the Martinii logo on the doors however the other stickers were still blanked out. $3 and coupons Gallery

Name Japanese Name Size Class Notes Original Price ($) Links:-
Shockwave Laserwave Military Operations Flying Laser Gun, electronic figure with 2 changeable sounds & flashing lights. Purple redeco of Astro Magnum from ToyCo 25.99 Gallery
Astrotrain   Triple Changer C62 Steam locomotive / Space shuttle 11.99 Gallery
Blitzwing   Triple Changer Tank / MIG-25 Jet 11.99 Gallery
Dirge   Seeker Modified F-15 Fighting Eagle 12.95 Gallery
Ramjet   Seeker Modified F-15 Fighting Eagle 12.95 Gallery
Thrust   Seeker Modified F-15 Fighting Eagle VTOL 12.95 Gallery
Bombshell   Insecticon Boll Weevil 4.97 Gallery
Kickback   Insecticon Grasshopper 4.97 Gallery
Shrapnel   Insecticon Lamellicorn Beetle 4.97 Gallery
Bonecrusher   Constructicon Bulldozer. Becomes Devastators left arm 6.99 Gallery
Devastator Devastar Constructicon Constructicon giftset of all 6 Constructicon's 32.99 Gallery
Hook Gren Constructicon Crane. Becomes Devastators chest 6.99 Gallery
Long Haul   Constructicon Dump Truck. Becomes Devastators abdomen 6.99 Gallery
Mixmaster   Constructicon Cement Mixer truck. Becomes Devastators left leg 6.99 Gallery
Scavenger   Constructicon Power Shovel. Becomes Devastators right arm 6.99 Gallery
Scrapper   Constructicon Payloader. Becomes Devastators right leg 6.99 Gallery
Barrage   Deluxe Insecticon Rhinoceros beetle. Redeco of Beet Gadol from Beetras toyline. 12.99 Gallery
Chop Shop   Deluxe Insecticon Lamellicorn. Redeco of Beet Gugal from Beetas toyline 12.99 Gallery
Ransack   Deluxe Insecticon Locust. Redeco of Beet Vadam from Beetras toyline 12.99 Gallery
Venom   Deluxe Insecticon Cicada. Redeco of Beet Zeguna from Beetras toyline 12.99 Gallery
Minispys (came with re-released 1984 Minibots to promote the rubsign)
Mazda /MX-1   Minispy Also came as Autobot released in white, blue & yellow N/A  
Jeep   Minispy Also came as Autobot released in white, blue & yellow N/A  
Dune Buggy   Minispy Also came as Autobot released in white, blue & yellow N/A  
Porsche   Minispy Also came as Autobot released in white, blue & yellow N/A  
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