Dungeon Reviews: Grimlock (1985)

Dinobot Commander

“Among the winners, there is no room for the weak.”

The Dinobots were added to the Autobot ranks in the 1985 assortment of The Transformers toyline, and have remained some of the most enduringly popular characters in the range, particularly their leader, Grimlock. The original Grimlock toy accounts for a huge part of that popularity. After all, who can resist a robotic T-rex?

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Dungeon Reviews: Powermasters Darkwing and Dreadwind (1988)

Decepticon Aerial Attack / Decepticon Air Defense

The Depressing Duo

Darkwing and Dreadwind were the Decepticons’ two main Powermaster figures in 1988. They were the only dedicated Decepticon figures to feature the gimmick – since Doubledealer served both sides and Overlord didn’t get a domestic release. As they also share a combining gimmick, we’re covering both of them today.

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Dungeon Reviews: Pretender Iguanus (1988)

Decepticon Terror Trooper

“Sow the seeds of fear and victory is yours.”

Iguanus was released as part of the second round of humanoid Pretender figures in 1988. As an obscure member of one of the least-liked Transformers sub-groups, Iguanus is barely known in modern Transformers lore. But in 2022 he was lucky enough to have a new toy released in Transformers Legacy, so let’s take a look at the original scaly horror.

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Dungeon Review: Blaster (1985)

Autobot Communications

“When the music is rockin’, I’m rollin’.”

Blaster was originally released in 1985 as part of the second year of the Transformers Generation 1 toyline. As the smooth-talkin’ Autobot counterpart to the Decepticons’ Soundwave (or the tough-as-nails yet self-doubting rebel warrior from the comics), Blaster has remained one of the more popular Autobots since the 1980s. Today we’re looking at an original vintage Blaster.

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Dungeon Reviews: Skids (1985)

Autobot Theoretician

“Deep down, we are more like than unlike humans.”

Skids was originally released in 1985 (or possibly late 1984) as part of the second round of Autobot car figures. The shortpacked, misunderstood, and obscure Skids has long been one of my favorite Transformers characters. Today we’ll look at the early 2000s Takara “Collection” series reissue.

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Dungeon Reviews: Autobot Mini-Vehicles (1984)

Small but swift Autobots who act as messengers and spies!

“The least likely can be the most dangerous.”

Six figures were released in 1984 to populate the mini-vehicle (or “minicar,” depending on what marketing felt like that day) range. These were intended to be the entry-level characters in Transformers, with the cheapest price point and the simplest designs. But despite their simplistic nature, many of them have gone on to be some of the most popular characters in the property. Today we’ll look at all six.

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Dungeon Reviews: Soundwave & Buzzsaw (1984)

Together with Megatron and Starscream, Soundwave completes the trifecta of iconic Decepticons.

“Cries and screams are music to my ears.” / “My bite is worse than my bark.”

To many kids of the 1980s, this set was a gateway into a world transformed. This review looks at the 2019 reissue of the 1984 original.

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Dungeon Reviews: Starscream (1984)

One of the most iconic Decepticons, Starscream has transformed many from appreciators of Transformers to full-on fans.

“Conquest is made of the ashes of one’s enemies.”

In today’s Dungeon Review, we’ll look at the figure that kicked off 30+ years of redecos and retools.

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Dungeon Reviews: Ratchet and Ironhide (1984)

Of the 1984 Autobot cars, perhaps no others have such a great disparity between toy design and character design.

“You break it, I’ll remake it.” | “High-tech circuitry is no replacement for guts.”

In today’s Dungeon Review, we’re taking a look at these two mysterious figures and we’ll discuss how many of their play features didn’t quite work as intended within the Transformers mythos.

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