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Transformers Hasbro & Takara, 1984+

Having been reinvented numerous times and having been cannibalized in all sorts of toy lines, it's not always known that Transformers was also initially a toy series that came from many, many others.

The toy line came from several sources, the two most well-known were Takara's own Microman and Diaclone toy lines. Several toys, including Optimus Prime, were originally released under other banners and other names, like Convoy. Hasbro saw the marketing potential in transforming vehicles, brought them to the US under a new brand name, and the rest is history. Aside from these Takara toys, the Rhode Island toymaker also snagged some BanDai items, the two most famous of which were Omega Supreme and Jetfire.

Since the original generation, it's been reinvented as Generation 2, Beast Wars, Machine Wars, Beast Machines, Robots in Disguise, Armada, Alternators, Universe, Energon, Cybertron, Classics, Animated, two movies, and now Generations plus Power Core Combiners.

There are dozens of excellent sources for additional information on these robots in disguise on our link page.

Transformers

 Generations
 Drift
 Thrust
 WFC Optimus Prime

 Classics
 Jetfire
 Megatron
 Mirage
 Starscream
 Toy Checklist

 Titanium
 Toy Checklist

 Alternators
 Shockblast

 Armada
 Nemesis Prime
 Toy Checklist

 Cybertron
 Toy Checklist

 Energon
 Battle Ravage
 Demolishor
 Energon Saber
 Energon Starscream
 Galvatron
 Roadblock
 Skyblast
 Snow Cat
 Starscream
 Strongarm
 Unicron
 Valentines
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 Generation One
 Goldbug
 Orion Pax & Dion

 Masterpiece Edition
 Convoy

 Robot Masters
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 Bound Rogue
 Burning Beast Convoy + DVD
 Doubleface
 G1 Convoy
 G1 Convoy + DVD
 Gigant Bomb
 Psycho Orb
 R-Blade
 Rijie
 Road Rocket
 Smoke Sniper
 Starscream
 Wingstun
 Wrecker Hook
 Black Beast Convoy
 Black Starscream
 Toy Checklist

 Spychangers
 Optimus Prime

 Star Wars
 Darth Vader

 Universe
 Toy Checklist

 Also See:
 TransFormers PVCs
 G.I. Joe
 Other Toys

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