Remember when the Transformers were 2D characters you watched on television and played with in the sandbox?  Yes, long before Michael Bay, the Transformers ruled the ’80s with their flipping, and fighting, and flavin’.  If you were a fan of the toys, did you ever pay attention to the car brands used? Car did, and created a detailed image to explain it all to you.

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  1. Cute infographic, but full of fail. How did a cartoon that aired from 1984 to 1987 have a character modeled after a car from 1994?

  2. So, this is an elaborate troll, right? Even a non fan making a ‘real’ diagram full of unintentional mistakes wouldn’t identify ’94 model vehicles on a chart they’d labelled 1984 to 1987… right?

  3. In terms of the Lambo 500S, I’d say that was a typo, as that car was manufactured in 1982

    The 1994 Beetle really didn’t come out until 1998. The 1994 Beetle was simply a concept car. The original Goldbug/Bumblebee, was a period piece Beetle, and though I’m not giving a pass to anyone, the image of the modern Goldbug does have a more modern styled headlight in line with the 1998 design, which may have lead to the creators confusion.

  4. Gotta love how right under where it says original autobots they use the Micheal Bay Movie image of Prime in vehicle mode.

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