• Jan 28, 2011
Transformers infographic – Click above to enlarge

Lamborghini Countaches, a Ferrari Testarossa, Pontiac's Fiero and Trans Am in multiple shapes and sizes, more Jeep Wranglers than you can shake a stick at and even a Lancia Stratos. No, we're not talking about the posters plastered on the walls of our bedrooms when we were 12, we're talking Transformers. Specifically, the original cartoon series that aired from 1984 to 1987.

Yes, the majority of us who man the Autoblog HQ are very much children of the 1980s, so we know ourselves some Transformers folklore. And so you'd think an infographic like the one seen after the jump would really get our blood pumping... and it did, for a moment. Then we noticed how many errors and inconsistencies were present and that pumping turned into something more like boiling. Here are just a few of the many errors:
  • Optimus Prime, the most famous of all Autobots, was a cab-over truck. Michael Bay turned him into a traditional semi for the more recent movie franchise.
  • Note the number of vehicles shown that were built after the show ended in 1987, including a 1994 Volkswagen New Beetle.
  • Hound was an American Army Jeep, not a Japanese "Jeep".
  • Chromedome... what the heck is that thing?
  • Ultra Magnus, like Optimus Prime, was a cab-over Freightliner, not a Mac truck.
Check out the entire infographic after the jump and let us know in the comments if you find any more errors. We will say the infographic's last section where it shows which automakers the Autobots tended to favor is pretty cool.

[Source: CarInsurance.org via Comics Alliance]

Original Transformers Autobots
Research and Design by: CarInsurance.org


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      • 3 Years Ago
      ahh the memories!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes, they should to the same with the Gobots.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Reminds me of how I became a petrolhead at a tender age. Wheeljack was without doubt one of my favorites just because he was a Lancia Stratos.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah, this is a cool piece of work but riddled with inaccuracies in the cars and the characters. Transformers is well-known for re-using identical molds for different characters. For example:

      Optimus Prime cab = Ultra Magnus cab
      Prowl = Bluestreak = Smokescreen
      Grapple = Inferno
      Windcharger = Tailgate
      Huffer = Pipes
      Ironhide = Ratchet
      Sideswipe = Red Alert
      Brawn = Outback
      Gears = Swerve
      Trailbreaker = Hoist

      On the Rodimus Prime pic, they grabbed a recolored Optimus Prime robot from another series entirely. This was definitely compiled by car guys, not toy guys. Still, props for the effort!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Coolest pic of the week !!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      uuuuuuuuuuuu those z are cool thank god i grew whit those series and no whit sponge bob
        • 3 Years Ago
        " not whit sponge bob "
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very very cool!! Maybe that a-hole of Bay should take a look at this article.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The truth of the matter is that even though this is awesome at first glance, upon close inspection, it's a horribly inaccurate automotive art piece.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why do blur and ratchet have their Animated car modes and not g1?
        • 3 Years Ago
        From which show was Wheelie ever Buff
        • 3 Years Ago
        This. Even for characters that were in G1, the infographic too carelessly mixes in redesigns from much later shows.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, you've got some from the original cartoon, some from the classic "Transformers: The Movie" and some are the lame little pieces of crap that only saw the toy line and never appeared in either. Like, I remember I had a little piece of crap hovercraft called Seaspray that was like a discount Transformer. Never saw him in the cartoon. He was probably the dish washer of the organization.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hound was a Mitsubishi, not a US Jeep.

      However, the rest is a mish-mash of old and new incarnations. eg: Tracks is shown in a Binaltech body; Grapple is shown as his 2010 "Reveal The Shield" toy; Rollbar is shown in his 2006 Alternators body, rather than the original Throttlebots toy.

      Also Bumblebee and Goldbug's robot modes are switched, and that's not Rodimus Prime.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait is this really "every Autobot?"
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not even close. No Dinobots, no Constructobots, no multi-changers, no Autobot City, no Jetfire, no Head Masters...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Oluseyi

        Nitpicks & probabal clarifications for why stuff is missing:

        1. Dinobots: They weren't cars.
        2. Constructobots: Er, Constructicons (they were Decepticons aka Bad Guys)
        3. multi-changers: I think you meant Triple-Changers. IIRCC, only the Decepticons had them up until TF: the movie. Then Springer showed up for the Autobots.
        4.Autobot City: Came in after the movie. iow, G2. Plus, what is it modeled after?
        5. Jetfire, Again, not a car and is not a Jet that exists in real life (not even one that sort of looks like him,)
        6. Head Masters... Came waaaay later.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jazz FTW.

      BTW, Does anyone know the name of the transformers movie that Natalie Portman is watching in The Professional. I had it as a kid (plain black case), but I can't remember what the hell it was called. The one where Optimus Prime and Megatron fight it out on the dam with the battle axe and the flail.

      It's not Transformers: The Movie.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure that was that was "More Than Meets the Eye"; I believe Part 2. It was the miniseries that started the Transformers cartoon in the U.S., and it is included as part of Season 1 in most box sets. Hope it helps.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Thanks, siegesmith.

        Haven't seen it in nearly 20 years. Hope the entire thing is on youtube.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That was the pilot for the TV series. I think it's a double-length episode or something.

        Also, disgusting number of errors in that image. Goldbug was a unique "futuristic" car design with references to his original Bumblebee Original Beetle appearance. Calling Rodimus Prime and RV takes that cake, though; Rodimus was based on a sweet aerodynamic semi-truck concept from the '70s or '80s that more-or-less looked like a supercar pulling a trailer.

        Anyway, at first I thought that maybe it was typos, but that shows a serious lack of care.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The "280ZX" patrol car is a 240Z, and the "1974 280ZX" doesn't exist - at most I see a 79' 280ZX in the pic.
        • 3 Years Ago
        technically, the 94 Beetle did exist. Just because you could not get it in the USA does not mean it wasnt built in Mexico, until 03 or 04


        • 3 Years Ago
        okay, went back and looked at the graphic. yeah, thats a new beetle. how a 94 car existed in 87 is another series. maybe the TMNT travelled in time and brought it back
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