Quiz about History of The Transformers
Quiz about History of The Transformers

History of The Transformers Trivia Quiz


Let us see if you remember the history of the Transformers toys. This quiz will focus on the original Generation One (G1) toyline released between 1984-1990.

A multiple-choice quiz by RedHook13. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
RedHook13
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
385,162
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
357
Last 3 plays: Guest 174 (5/10), xchasbox (6/10), Guest 98 (7/10).
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1. The Transformers toy line is produced by which American toy company? Hint

Playmates
Hasbro
Mattel
Tonka

2. From which Japanese toy line were most of the original Transformers designs based off of? Hint

Super Sentai
Kamen Rider
Machine Robo
Diaclone

3. Which Transformers toy had an alternate mode of a VF-1 Super Valkyrie, a fictional jet seen in the Macross/Robotech series? Hint

Omega Supreme
Starscream
Jetfire
Blitzwing

4. Which Transformers toy was marketed as "The Most Challenging Transformer of Them All"? Hint

Sixshot
Fortress Maximus
Quickswitch
Devastator

5. Which original Transformer's toy design was not based off of a Takara mold? Hint

Megatron
Bumblebee
Soundwave
Shockwave

6. Which of these Transformers was available only via mail-order? Hint

Perceptor
Metroplex
Blaster
Reflector

7. Which of these Transformers had a single vehicle mode and transformed into both an Autobot robot and a Decepticon robot? Hint

Punch and Counterpunch
Fastlane and Cloudraker
Pounce and Wingspan
Rumble and Frenzy

8. Which Decepticon Powermaster toy was never released in North America? Hint

Doubledealer
Dreadwind
Darkwing
Overlord

9. Which of these combiner teams could not swap limbs with another team? Hint

Seacons
Predacons
Terrorcons
Stunticons

10. Which Transformers subgroup had figures that did not transform? Hint

Targetmasters
Brainmasters
Headmasters
Action Masters


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The Transformers toy line is produced by which American toy company?

Answer: Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. is an American toy company founded in 1923 as the Hassenfeld Brothers company. They changed their name to Hasbro in 1968. They are known for producing the G.I. Joe and My Little Pony toy lines. Hasbro began producing Transformers in 1984 with many of the toy designs adopted from Japanese toy company Takara.
2. From which Japanese toy line were most of the original Transformers designs based off of?

Answer: Diaclone

Many of the original Transformers toys were taken from the Diaclone toy line produced by Takara in Japan. Optimus Prime, the Dinobots, the Insecticons and many of the original 1984-1985 Autobot cars and Decepticon jets were based off Diaclone figures. The Diaclone toys were initially designed to be battle mechs to be piloted by small humanoid figurines.
3. Which Transformers toy had an alternate mode of a VF-1 Super Valkyrie, a fictional jet seen in the Macross/Robotech series?

Answer: Jetfire

Jetfire's toy was licensed to Hasbro from Japanese toymaker Takatoku Toys, not from Takara. Takatoku Toys was later bought out by Hasbro and Takara's competitor Bandai. Because of this, the Jetfire character could not be used in American media. His character was renamed as Skyfire for the television series and his cartoon/comic model had to be changed so as not to reflect his toy design.

His toy design was used for the Macross/Robotech series.
4. Which Transformers toy was marketed as "The Most Challenging Transformer of Them All"?

Answer: Sixshot

Sixshot is a Transformer with six different transformations. He transformed into a jet, a tank, an armored car, a wolf, a gun and a robot. He was released in 1987 and is the "The Most Challenging Transformer of Them All" according to his commercial. He is seen in the fourth season of the American television series and had a key role in the Japanese only series "The Headmasters".
5. Which original Transformer's toy design was not based off of a Takara mold?

Answer: Shockwave

The designs for Megatron, Soundwave and many of the cassette Decepticons were taken from the Micro Change toy line also produced by Takara in Japan. Bumblebee and the other original Mini-Bots were also released with this line. Shockwave, a Decepticon who transforms into a laser gun, was not designed by Takara. His toy was licensed from a Korean toy company named ToyCo.
6. Which of these Transformers was available only via mail-order?

Answer: Reflector

Reflector was a Decepticon who transformed into a camera. He was released in 1986 as a mail-order toy only. He consisted of three different robots named Spectro, Spyglass and Viewfinder. The three robots combined with each other to form the camera. Reflector was seen in season one of the original cartoon, but in his cartoon model all three robots were the same, except for the center robot who had the lens on his chest.
7. Which of these Transformers had a single vehicle mode and transformed into both an Autobot robot and a Decepticon robot?

Answer: Punch and Counterpunch

Punch and Counterpunch are the same toy, which was released by Hasbro in 1987. It transforms into a blue sports car resembling a Pontiac Fiero. The gimmick of this toy is that it had two distinct robot modes, one being an Autobot and the other a Decepticon. Pounce and Wingspan were the Decepticon clones. Fastlane and Cloudraker were the Autobot clones.

The clones were two separate toys that shared the same robot design, but transformed into two different alternate modes.
8. Which Decepticon Powermaster toy was never released in North America?

Answer: Overlord

Overlord was a large double Powermaster. He came with two partners, Giga and Mega, who transformed into engines. Overlord transformed into a tank and reconnaissance jet and also had a base mode. The Powermasters were required to unlock the figures' transformation. Overlord was not released in North America, but was sold in Japan in 1988 and in Europe in 1991.

He is the main antagonist in the Japanese series "Super-God Masterforce".
9. Which of these combiner teams could not swap limbs with another team?

Answer: Predacons

The Predacons who form Predaking could not swap limbs with any other team. The other teams are considered to be "Scramble City" type combiners. In 1986, the Stunticons, Combaticons, Aerialbots and Protectobots were featured in a Japanese exclusive cartoon episode called "Scramble City" where the combiners showed off their ability to swap limbs with one another.
10. Which Transformers subgroup had figures that did not transform?

Answer: Action Masters

The Action Masters were Transformers toys that did not transform. They instead had weapons and accessories that did transform. They were released in 1990 at the end of the Generation One Transformers line in North America.
Source: Author RedHook13

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