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The name or term Classics refers to more than one character or idea. For a list of other meanings, see Classics (disambiguation).

Before the live-action Transformers film was pushed back from November 2006 to July 2007, Hasbro needed to create a filler line to bridge the gap in their product offerings. That bridge was a revisitation of the original Generation One characters, dubbed Classics. The line featured many original toy designs as well as some Mini-Cons which were originally meant for the end of the Cybertron franchise. A handful of redecoed Legends-class figures rounded out the selection.

Although no cartoon or comic book were planned for the line by Hasbro, Fun Publications picked up the ball for their Official Transformers Fan Club Magazine comic, making Classics the basis of their 2007 story-arc. They used the old Marvel Generation One comic as backstory, but disregarded the Marvel UK material and the Generation 2 comic that followed, taking things in a new direction instead. Even after the magazine comic moved on to a different focus, Fun Publications continued to utilize Classics elements in other stories, also with Transformers Animated and others.

Classics has a Japanese counterpart in Henkei! Henkei!.



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Legends classEdit

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"Cybertron Collection" Legends ClassEdit

Deluxe classEdit

Wave 1Edit

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Wave 3Edit

Voyager classEdit

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Hasbro 20th AnniversaryEdit

Wal*Mart exclusive MasterpieceEdit

Toys'R'Us exclusive Commemorative EditionEdit

Note: Ravage is called "Battle Ravage" on the back of the box, but simply "Ravage" in the instruction sheet.

Hasbro Toy Shop exclusive Pepsi TransformerEdit

BotCon 2007 exclusivesEdit

Foreign Market ExclusivesEdit

Foreign Market exclusive Classic repackagesEdit

Western PacificEdit



Asia (Hong Kong,Singapore,Malaysia,Philippines)Edit

Universe 2008Edit

See Universe Classic Series.

What counts as Classics?Edit

The term "Classics" is universally accepted and used by both fans and Hasbro, but it appears with surprising irregularity around the toys themselves. The first year of packaging only labeled them "Transformers," with "Classic" appearing solely as a prefix to some of the size classes (such as "Classic Deluxe" or "Classic Voyager"). Some toys, such as the Magnus/Skywarp two-pack, have no "Classic" label at all. The one unifying factor was the distinctive design of the packaging, which spread to even the Soundwave re-release. This has become the commonly-accepted delineator of the Classics line, which brings the following toys into the fold even though they don't self-identify as such:

  • Prime vs. Megatron Ultimate Battle set
  • Magnus vs. Skywarp Battle for Autobot City set
  • 20th Anniversary Prime redeco
  • Mini-Cons (the Mini-Con sets have been referred to as Classics toys on Hasbro's website, but not on the packaging)
  • Toys "R" Us exclusive reissue Soundwave
  • BotCon 2007 exclusives
  • Optimus Prime & Ultra Magnus (Asian market exclusive two-pack, 2007)
  • Jetfire & Grimlock (Asian market exclusive two-pack, 2007)
  • Masterpiece Starscream Hasbro release

Complicating things further, Classics would later be subsumed by the relaunched Universe franchise (which also engulfed Robot Heroes). As new toys came out, the defining Classics packaging style vanished in favor of the Universe design. Only a small "Classic Series" label on their bios maintained the connection to the previous Classics toys and separated them from the Robot Heroes they were suddenly rubbing elbows with.

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