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The 1984 releases of the Autobots and Decepticons (as opposed to their 1985 releases) are referred to as Pre Rub versions because the toys do not have Rub Signs. Another distinguishing characteristic of Pre Rub Transformers is that the Trademark symbol above the final "S" in the Transformers logo is a "TM" instead of an "(R)", indicating that Hasbro had not yet registered the trademark at the time these toys were made.

One variation of Pre Rub Autobot cars and Decepticon jets is the No Gray Border versions. The earliest versions of Autobot cars and Decepticon jets released were No Gray Border Pre Rubs [1]. They are labeled as such because the gray border that normally goes between the box art and the window is missing. Another No Gray Border difference is that some of the text on the front of the box is black instead of white. Also, some No Gray Border Decepticon jets contain sanded Diaclone wings instead of the normal shortened Transformers wings.

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  1. They came in cases marked "March 1984"

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