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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).

Classics is a Transformer toyline from the later days of Generation One.

In 1990 and 1991, the toy market in Australia and Europe saw many re-releases of earlier Transformers toys. The new packaging was gold-coloured and bore the subtitle 'Classics' for the UK, Dutch and French markets (Spain and Italy omitted the title "Classic" from the packaging). Unlike the US-originated Classics line of 2006-2007, the characters' toys bore little (if, indeed, any) change from their previous releases. The toys released in 1990 even still bore rubsigns, even though the 'standard' lines had ceased this practice by 1988. The 1991 toys featured rubsign indents but no longer sported rubsigns. They were also retooled to block out details stating the original year of manufacture and the original country of manufacture.

Releases

1990

Autobots

Classic Heroes

Sunstreaker
Wheeljack
Ironhide
Inferno
Jazz
Prowl
Note: Oddly enough, "Classic" Prowl was available with stickers sporting the name "Diaclone", unlike all previous or subsequent versions of the toy available as part of a Transformers line.

Classic Aerialbots

Silverbolt
Skydive
Air Raid
Fireflight
Slingshot

Decepticons

Classic Stunticons

Motormaster
Drag Strip
Breakdown
Wildrider
Dead End

1991

Autobots

Original Autobot Leader

Optimus Prime
Note: Optimus Prime actually isn't called a "Classic" anywhere on the packaging. Instead, he's called "Original Autobot Leader". However, since he's a reissue of an original toy from 1984 that's available in the same kind of packaging as the various "Classic" reissues from the same year, he's generally considered to be part of the "Classic" line, rather than being the single release from a one-of-a-kind sub-line named "Original".

Classic Heroes

Sideswipe
Tracks

Classic Protectobots

Hot Spot
Streetwise
Groove
First Aid
Blades

Classic Dinobots

Grimlock
Sludge
Snarl

Classic Triple Changers

Springer
Sandstorm

Classic Throttlebots

Goldbug
Rollbar
Wide Load
Chase
Freeway
Searchlight

Decepticons

Classic Combaticons

Onslaught
Blast Off
Vortex
Brawl
Swindle

Classic Triple Changers

Astrotrain
Octane

Australian exclusives

Additionally, Australia saw the limited release of several toys in their original G1 packaging, but they were also retooled to block out the original year of manufacture and the original country of manufacture. These releases included:

Autobots

Blaster

Decepticons

Cyclonus
Ramjet
Scourge
Soundwave (with Buzzsaw)
Starscream

Fiction

  • While not officially branded or recognised as 'Classics' fiction, the Earthforce stories in the Marvel UK comic were inspired by, and responding to, the reissues.

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