G1 trademarks and what they mean to Hasbro REDUX

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  1. Nevermore

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    Note that the following thread is a repost, updated with the latest confirmed releases.

    It should be common knowledge by now that Hasbro need to reuse their toys' names every 2-3 three years in order to prove "continuous use", so they're able to defend those trademarks in court. With that in mind, the frequency Hasbro reuses certain names with should be an indication of how much they're willing to fight to defend those names.

    Before I start, a few words on this list:

    1) All names are specific with regards to spelling, spacing and punctuation, i.e. if the packaging sports a trademark claim for "SIDE SWIPE" (two words), it's not identical to "SIDESWIPE" (one word). In the same fashion, "SCATTORSHOT" (with "o") is not the same as "SCATTERSHOT" (with "e").

    2) Most of you should already know this, but compound terms are trademarked as compound terms. In other words, if the packaging says "AUTOBOT JAZZ™" with both words "AUTOBOT" and "JAZZ" in the same font, font color, font size and not divided by different background colors, that means the trademark is for "AUTOBOT JAZZ", not for the Autobot "JAZZ". The only exception to this rule are the various "Powerlinx" upgrade names. Example: "POWERLINX™ OPTIMUS PRIME®" ("®" means "registered", which is better secured than a standard "™" trademark and is only granted after several years of constant use). The separate ™ after "POWERLINX" indicates that it's a separate mark, not a compound term (albeit "OPTIMUS PRIME" itself is a compound term). On a similar note, the various "POWERMASTER OPTIMUS PRIME®" toys have the word "POWERMASTER" in a distinctively smaller font site than the name "OPTIMUS PRIME", which indicates that the "®" only refers to "OPTIMUS PRIME".
    The Energon upgrades, on the other hand, were trademarked as "ENERGON HOT SHOT™", "ENERGON IRONHIDE™" etc., with "ENERGON" being part of their names. And before anyone asks, the Energon Mega Dinobot two-pack had the claim "GRIMLOCK® & SWOOP™", which means both names are separate marks. Hasbro have been traditionally trademarking every individual name for multi-packs since the days of Action Masters.

    3) Included herin are all regular Transformers toys released by Hasbro, beginning with Robots in Disguise, which was the point when Hasbro systematically started to reclaim G1 names and actually used them for G1 homages and representations/re-releases of G1 characters. Also included are the "Heroes of Cybertron" PVCs, the Armada and Energon "Built to Rule" toys, the smaller "Legends of Cybertron" toys, Titaniums and BotCon, OTFCC and San Diego Comic-Con exclusives, all of which were licensed by Hasbro, which means Hasbro had to own the trademarks to these names. Names of assembled combined forms from combiner teams and assembled forms of parts that came with later HoC waves are also included, since the names were printed on the packaging with trademark claims after them.

    4) Repackages are counted if the toy is sold under a new product number. Running change repackages, for example Energon toys released both in standard Energon and "Powerlinx Battles" packaging, only count as one release, since the product number remained the same, whereas the re-releases of Alternators Prowl, Autobot Tracks and Meister have different product numbers than the initial releases and thus count as separate releases. The same applies to things such as the Wal*Mart exclusive repackages of Armada Mini-Con teams in "Energon" packaging, the discount chain exclusive repackages of Energon toys in "Universe" packaging and store exclusive repackages of Cybetrron toys.

    So, without further ado... here's the list. I've separated it into seven sections, namely "modified names", "lost trademarks with substitute names", "big guns", "other well-known G1 names", "third-stringers", "other obscure G1 names" and "non-toy G1 names".
     
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    Part 1: Modified names

    These are names that Hasbro considers too "generic" by themselves these days, hence they modify them in order to have a better chance of defending them in court.

    The easiest solution is placing a distinct prefix in front of the "generic" name. If the prefix is already an existing Hasbro trademark (such as "Autobot" or "Constructicon"), that makes it particularly easy to defend the name - if Hasbro own "Autobot", no-one could seriously attempt to snatch away "Autobot Jazz" either. Here's a list of "generic" names with "strengthening" prefixes used by Hasbro in the past few years:

    AUTOBOT JAZZ was used five times since 2003:
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 4 PVC (2003)
    - Commemorative Series III reissue (2003)
    - KB Toys exclusive "G1" Spychanger (2004)
    - Discount chains exclusive Universe Spychanger (2005)
    - Titanium Robot Masters (2006)

    For the Alternators toy (released 2004) and the re-release (2006), Hasbro chose to use the Japanese name, MEISTER, as a substitute. Some speculate this might be due to the existence of a real-life car model named the "Jazz" produced by Honda, whereas Aaron Archer stated that the reason for this was that he thinks "'Autobot someone' sound stupid". However, Autobot Hound, Autobot Tracks and Autobot Skids seem to disagree (but then, other accounts cite him with "redundant" rather than "stupid", which would make somewhat more sense). Finally, according to Hirofumi Ichikawa, the toy was named "Meister" because Hasbro were still hoping to obtain the license from Porsche to release the originally planned Alternators ("Autobot") Jazz toy as a Porsche Boxster.

    AUTOBOT TRACKS was used three times since 2003:
    - Commemorative Series V reissue (2003)
    - Alternators (2004)
    - Alternators re-release (2005)

    AUTOBOT RATCHET was also used three times since 2003:
    - Universe Deluxe (2003)
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 5 PVC (2004)
    - Timelines BotCon 2005 exclusive (2005)

    AUTOBOT SKIDS was used twice since 2004:
    - Commemorative Series VIII reissue (2004)
    - Alternators (2005)

    • An older substitute was SKID-Z, also used twice:
    - Robots in Disguise Deluxe (2001)
    - Armada Max-Con Predacon Mini-Con companion (2003)

    AUTOBOT HOUND was used only once so far:
    - Alternators (2004)

    AUTOBOT GRAPPLE was also used only once:
    - Commemorative Series VI reissue (2003)

    • Likewise, AUTOBOT WHIRL was only used once as well:
    - Universe Ultra (2004)

    • And again, AUTOBOT GROOVE was also used only once:
    - KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster series I (2004)

    • Originally used as a placeholder name for what would eventually end up as Alternators Meister a few years ago, the name finally became applied to two actual toys thus far, as AUTOBOT CAMSHAFT:
    - Alternators (2006)
    - Discount chains exclusive Universe Spychanger repackage (2006)

    • Another popular "cop-out" is CONSTRUCTICON DEVASTATOR, used three times so far:
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 5 PVC (2004)
    - KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster series II combined form (2004)
    - Target exclusive Universe two-packs combined form (2006)

    The Energon Construction Team's combined form (2004-2005), however, was named CONSTRUCTICON MAXIMUS instead.

    • The last name modified by adding a prefixed is "Ravage", with the new name BATTLE RAVAGE having been used twice so far:
    - Energon Basic Terrorcon (2003)
    - Alternators (2005)

    • Another solution was COMMAND RAVAGE, used only once so far:
    - Energon Basic Terrorcon (2004)


    Another way of modifying a name into a compund term is achieved by splitting a single name into two parts.

    • The most prominent example would be "Sideswipe", whom Hasbro temporarily lost to Tyco Industries a few years ago. After the name became available again, Hasbro started using the variation SIDE SWIPE (two words) instead, used five to seven times so far:
    - Robots in Disguise Spychanger (2001)
    - Armada Super-Con (2003)?
    - Tiny Tins Spychanger (2003)
    - Universe OTFCC 2003 exclusive (2003)?
    - Alternators (2004)
    - Commemorative Series VIII reissue (2005)
    - Titanium Robot Masters (2006)

    Both the OTFCC 2003 exclusive and the Armada Super-Con originally spelled the name "SIDESWIPE" as a single word on their respective packaging, with a standard trademark claim after the name. However, the cross-sell for the OTFCC exclusive on Shadow Striker/Roulette's packaging spelled the name as "SIDE SWIPE" instead, and the name on the Armada toy's packaging was changed from "SIDESWIPE™" into "SIDE SWIPE(R)" when the packaging itself changed to the "Unicron Battles" look (similar to Dinobots "Terranotron" vs. "Swoop" or Cybertron Ultra "Red Alert" vs. "Cybertron Defense Red Alert").

    • Along the same lines, "Sixshot" (the G1 Six Changer) has been changed into SIX SHOT, used only once so far:
    - Energon Mega (2005)

    • Likewise, "Knockout" (the Micromaster) became KNOCK OUT, used twice thus far:
    - Armada Mini-Con Land Military Team member (2002)
    - Energon Ultra Ultra Magnus Mini-Con companion (2003)

    • Oddly enough, "Storm Cloud" (the Micromaster) returned as a single term, STORMCLOUD, used three times so far:
    - Armada Mini-Con Sea Team member (2003)
    - Armada Mini-Con Sea Team redeco member (2003)
    - Energon Basic Bruticus Maximus team member (2005)

    • Along the same lines, "Tread Bolt" (the Micromaster) also became a single term, TREADBOLT, only used once thus far:
    - Energon Mega (2003)


    A third way of modyfing a "generic" term into a distinct trademark is by deliberately changing the spelling and thereby either creating a lame pun or giving way to dyslexia depending on who you ask:

    • "Scattershot" (the Technobot) has been changed into SCATTORSHOT (with "o"), used once so far:
    - Cybertron Scout (2005)

    A modified version of this trademark as a compound term, CYBERTRON DEFENSE SCATTORSHOT, is probably going to be used only once:
    - Cybertron Voyager (2006)

    If I recall correctly, "Scattorshot" was originally also a working name either for Energon Six Shot or one of the Bruticus Maximus limbs.

    • And "Breakdown" (the Stunticon) is now known as BRAKEDOWN, used once or twice so far:
    - Cybertron Scout (2005)

    I can't tell for sure whether the unreleased Mini-Con that was originally supposed to come with Energon Ultra Magnus counts as "practical use" or not. The name was printed on the box, but the toy itself was not included with the officially released version.

    A modified version of this trademark as a compound term, BRAKEDOWN GTS, has also been used once:
    - Cybertron Scout (2006)

    • I'm not sure whether this one actually falls into the "too generic, hence modified" category: RiD also introduced the trademark X-BRAWN, which could be considered a modification of "Brawn" (and visually falls into the same category as "Skid-Z"). The mark was used three times:
    - Robots in Disguise Deluxe Autobot Brother (2001)
    - Robots in Disguise Deluxe "Super" Autobot Brother (2002)
    - Robots in Disguise Spychanger (2002)
     
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    Part 2: Lost trademarks with substitute names

    Yes, Hasbro did lose a lot of trademarks over the years. Some of them were later abandoned again by their temporary owners, while others are still unavailable to Hasbro. To compensate for this, Hasbro have come up with substitute names which are now used in place of those unavailabe G1 names.

    • Bluestreak: A company named Gendron owns the trademark "Toledo 'Blue Streak'". Though not identical to "Bluestreak" at first sight, it can be considered "confusingly similar" by lawyers and is therefore unavailable to Hasbro. The substitute they have come up with is SILVERSTREAK, which has been used four times since 2003:
    - Commemorative Series III reissue (2003)
    - KB Toys exclusive "G1" Spychanger (2004)
    - Alternators (2004)
    - Discount chains exclusive Universe Spychanger (2005)

    • "Bumblebee": There are a production company called "Bumble Bee Productions, Inc." and an online toy retailer called "Bumblebee Toys" which both intervened when Hasbro tried to reclaim the name in 2005, possibly for use in the upcoming movie toyline. However, it appears Hasbro were successful, because there will be a "Bumblebee" toy from the upcoming "Classics" line that's due out later this year, as well as the Titanium Robot Master which has already been released. Previously, Hasbro called the Heroes of Cybertron wave 4 PVC (2003) that contained Bumblebee and Spike AUTOBOT ESPIONAGE TEAM.

    • "Shockwave" was temporarily lost to a company named Lanard. As a temporary substitute, Hasbro came up with the name SHOCKBLAST, used two times since 2004:
    - Energon Mega (2004)
    - Alternators (2005)

    However, Lanard recently abandoned the trademark, and Hasbro were quick to retrieve the precious trademark, possibly for use in the upcoming movie toyline. The first toy to sport the name SHOCKWAVE trademark again is a Cybertron Mini-Con released as part of a two-pack with Tankor (also available as a Target exclusive repackage that came with Mudflap).

    • Although "Jazz" isn't lost per se and Hasbro were previously able to use it in the modified form AUTOBOT JAZZ, the Alternators toy (released 2004) and the re-release (2006) used the Japanese name, MEISTER, as a substitute instead. Some speculate this might be due to the existence of a real-life car model named the "Jazz" produced by Honda, whereas Aaron Archer stated that the reason for this was that he thinks that "Autobot someone" sounds "stupid". However, Autobot Hound, Autobot Tracks and Autobot Skids seem to disagree (but then, other accounts cite him with "redundant" rather than "stupid", which would make somewhat more sense). Finally, according to Hirofumi Ichikawa, the toy was actually named "Meister" because Hasbro were still hoping to obtain the license from Porsche to release the originally planned Alternators ("Autobot") Jazz toy as a Porsche Boxster.

    • "Hot Rod" is owned by Mattel. The first substitute Hasbro came up with was RODIMUS MAJOR, which was used only once:
    - Commemorative Series I reissue (2002)

    One might argue that Hasbro found a better substitute which is less of a tongue-twister: HOT SHOT, used thirteen times since 2001:
    - Robots in Disguise Spychanger (2001)
    - Armada Super-Con (2002)
    - KB Toys exclusive Robots in Disguise clear Spychanger (2002)
    - KB Toys exclusive Robots in Disguise clear Spychanger redeco (2003)
    - Tiny Tins Spychanger (2003)
    - Armada "Powerlinx" Super-Con (2003)
    - Built to Rule Armada (2003)
    - Energon Deluxe (2003)
    - Cybertron Deluxe (2005)
    - Legends of Cybertron (2005)
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Cybertron Deluxe repackage with Mini-Con (2006)
    - Target exclusive Cybertron "Drag Race Pack" repackage two-pack with Override (2006)
    - Legends of Cybertron redeco (2006)

    And yes, that's two separate trademarks for "Powerlinx" and "Hot Shot".

    A modified version of this trademark as a compound term, ENERGON HOT SHOT, was used once as well:
    - Energon Deluxe (2004)

    A second modified version of this trademark as a compound term, CYBERTRON DEFENSE HOT SHOT, is probably also going to be used only once:
    - Cybertron Deluxe (2006)

    Recently, however Hasbro started using yet another substitute, the single term RODIMUS instead, used three times so far.
    - Energon Deluxe (2004)
    - Classics Deluxe (upcoming 2006)
    - Titanium Robot Masters (upcoming 2006/2007)

    • "Scrapper": A company named Road Champs currently owns the trademark name "Super Scrappers". Interestingly enough, the US division of Tomy was the last owner of the single name "Scrapper", abandoned in... 1991? Either way, a Scrapper-like toy released by Hasbro as part of the Energon Constructicon Maximus team was named SLEDGE (2004), whereas another Scrapper-like toy released by Hasbro as part of the KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster Constructicons (2004) was named BUCKETHEAD.

    • "Mixmaster": A company named Jakks Pacific owns a trademark for "The Mix Masta' Beatz" in the "toys" category, and a company named Gary Goddard Entertainment owns "Mix Master Muttz". Hasbro's substitute for the KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster Constructicons (2004) is QUICKMIX, which happens to be another G1 name reuse.

    • "Runabout": Not sure why, but apparently Hasbro can't use the name these days. Instead, the Cybertron Deluxe (2004) which is an homage to the G1 toy (and appropriately named "Runabout" by Takara) uses the name of his brother, RUNAMUCK.

    • "Hook" either falls into the "too generic" category or is lost as well. Either way, a Hook-like toy released by Hasbro as part of the Energon Constructicon Maximus team was named DUSTSTORM (2004), whereas other Hook-like toys released by Hasbro as part of the KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster Constructicons (2004) and the Target exclusive Universe two-pack with Long Haul (2006) are named HIGHTOWER.

    • "Slingshot": Mattel owns both "Slingshotz" and "Slingshotz Blaster". As a consequence, "Slingshot" is the only name missing from the KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster Aerialbots (upcoming 2006), which include "Air Raid", "Skydive", "Fireflight" and "Silverbolt". Instead of Slingshot, Hasbro used STORM JET and RO-TOR.

    • "Trailbreaker": The most similar trademark in the "toys" category would probably be "Trailblazer Wagon" owned by a company named Radio Flyer, but it could alternatively also be the "-breaker" part that conflicts with other companies' "-breakers". It should be pointed out, though, that Hasbro were recently able to release toy named LEOBREAKER (2005) as part of the Cybertron line as well as a smaller Legends of Cybertron version of that toy (also 2005) with no problem. Either way, rumor has it that the Universe repaint of RiD X-Brawn, named AUTOBOT RATCHET, was originally intended to be Trailbreaker (to coincide with the OTFCC 2003 exclusive toys of Sunstreaker and Sideswipe, who appeared alongside Trailbreaker, all of them originally in their original G1 forms, in the first issue of the "Transformers: Universe" comic by 3H), but had eventually to be changed into a different character. Futhermore, a Universe Spychanger released as part of a Wal*Mart exclusive two-pack with Ultra Magnus (2004) was named IRONHIDE, even though the toy's color scheme was a dead-on homage to G1 Trailbreaker's deco. Also, we learned from Hasbro that the Cybertron OVERHAUL toy (2005) was originally planned to be named "Trailbreaker" as well. And lastly, whereas a repaint of Alternators Dead End as Sunstreaker, whom the toy was originally designed to be, was finally released in 2005, Swindle, who was originally designed to be Trailbreaker, has instead been repainted into ROLLBAR (2006), using a different color scheme again. So out of three or four attempts by Hasbro to release a "Trailbreaker" toy, all of them ended up with different names, which pretty much confirms that the name is currently unavailable.

    • "Overdrive": The Testor Corporation currently owns "Overdrive Arena". The Alternators toy (2004), which was obviously designed to be G1 Overdrive, was named WINDCHARGER by Hasbro instead.

    • "Outback": No active trademark in the "toys" category, but according to Ben Yee, Hasbro's legal department didn't allow Fun Fublications to "touch that name with a ten foot pole" because it was trademarked "for everything from restaurants to camping equipment". As a consequence, the Timelines BotCon 2005 exclusive (2005) is named FALLBACK instead.

    • Oddly enough, a company named DSI Toys owned the trademark "Octane" for a while but abandoned it in 2004. Nevertheless, Hasbro were able to release three toys named MEGA-OCTANE since 2001.
    - Robots in Disguise Deluxe Ruinantion team member (2001)
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Robots in Disguise Ruination team member (2003)
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Universe Ruination team member (2004)

    According to reports from BotCon 2005, there was supposed to be a new Cybertron toy (2006) simply named "Octane", but eventually, the actual toy ended up being named SKY SHADOW instead.
     
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    Part 3: The big guns

    Those are the names widely associated with the Transformers brand, therefore Hasbro will fight viciously to defend them.

    OPTIMUS PRIME: Used no less than 34 (!) times since 2001.
    - Robots in Disguise Super (2001)
    - Robots in Disguise Spychanger (2002)
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 1 & 2 PVC (2002)
    - "Powermaster" Heroes of Cybertron wave 1 PVC (2002)
    - Commemorative Series I reissue (2002)
    - Armada Super-Base (2002)
    - "Spark Attack" "Powermaster" Heroes of Cybertron wave 2 PVC (2002)
    - Armada Super-Con (2002)
    - Armada "Powerlinx" Super-Base (2003)
    - "Powermaster" Commemorative Series II reissue (2003)
    - Built to Rule Armada (2003)
    - Universe Sam's Club exclusive (2003)
    - KMart exclusive Armada "Powerlinx" two-pack with Jetfire (2003)
    - Energon Super (2003)
    - KB Toys exclusive "G1" Spychanger (2004)
    - 20th Anniversary (2004)
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 5 PVC (2004)
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Universe Spychanger two-pack with Prowl (2004)
    - Toys'R'Us exclusive Energon "Powerlinx" two-pack with Megatron (2004)
    - Built to Rule Energon (test market release 2004)
    - Costco exclusive Energon two-pack with Overload (2004)
    - Discount chains exclusive Universe Spychanger (2005)
    - Cybertron Leader (2005)
    - Legends of Cybertron (2005)
    - Costco exclusive Cybertron two-pack with Ultra Magnus (2005)
    - Alternators (2006)
    - Legends of Cybertron redeco (2006)
    - Titanium Cybertron Heroes (2006)
    - Cybertron Deluxe Armada redeco (2006)
    - Titanium Robot Masters (2006)
    - Cybertron Deluxe Beast Wars 10th Anniversary redeco (upcoming 2006)
    - Costco exclusive Cybertron two-pack with Wing Saber (upcoming 2006)
    - Classics Voyager (upcoming 2006)
    - Classics "Ultimate Battle" two-pack with Megatron (upcoming 2006)

    And yes, that's two separate trademarks for "Powerlinx" and "Optimus Prime", and "Powermaster" is not part of the registered mark either.

    A modified version of this trademark as a compound term, WAR WITHIN OPTIMUS PRIME, was used once as well:
    - Titanium Robot Masters (2006)

    Another modified version of this trademark as a compound term, GALAXY FORCE OPTIMUS PRIME, was used once as well:
    - Cybertron Leader (2006)

    Still uncertain about another Titanium Cybertron Heroes figure (upcoming 2007), which might be named ROBOTS IN DISGUISE OPTIMUS PRIME.

    MEGATRON: Surprisingly enough, the name was only used seventeen times since 2001.
    - Robots in Disguise Ultra (2001)
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 1 & 2 PVC (2002)
    - Armada Giga-Con (2002)
    - Built to Rule Armada two-pack with Cyclonus (2003)
    - Energon Super (2004)
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 5 PVC (2004)
    - Toys'R'Us exclusive Energon two-pack with Optimus Prime (2004)
    - Cybertron Leader (2005)
    - Legends of Cybertron (2005)
    - "Beast Wars" Titanium Robot Master (2006)
    - Beast Wars 10th Anniversary Deluxe (2006)
    - "Cybertron" Titanium Robot Master (2006)
    - Titanium Cybertron Heroes (2006)
    - Toys'R'Us exclusive Beast Wars 10th Anniversary two-pack with Optimus Primal (2006)
    - Cybertron Deluxe (upcoming 2006)
    - Classics Voyager (upcoming 2006)
    - Classics "Ultimate Battle" two-pack with Optimus Prime (upcoming 2006)

    There's a story going around about Hasbro almost having lost the "Megatron" trademark... According to Wheelimus of the Allspark, it was Konami who tried to snatch away the "Megatron" trademark from Hasbro in 2001. But due to Hasbro having used the trademark not too long ago, Konami's takeover attempt was apparently unsuccessful, so they went with "Space Megatron" instead (which they ultimately didn't get either). So contrary to the Hasbro-bashers' wild rumors, you don't need to blame Hasbro for almost losing the name... instead, you should be grateful that they cared enough so they were able to keep it!

    A modified version of this trademark as a compound term, MEGATRON MEGABOLT, was used once as well:
    - Robots in Disguise KB Toys exclusive (2002)

    STARSCREAM: Used fifteen times since 2002.
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 1 PVC (2002)
    - Armada Max-Con (2002)
    - Commemorative Series II reissue (2003)
    - OTFCC 2003 exclusive Heroes of Cybertron Jet Six Pack PVC (2003)
    - Built to Rule Armada (2003)
    - Energon Deluxe (2003)
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 5 PVC (2004)
    - Sam's Club exclusive Energon two-pack with Prowl (2004)
    - Built to Rule Energon (test market release 2004)
    - Cybertron Supreme (2005)
    - Legends of Cybertron (2005)
    - Toys'R'Us exclusive Cybertron two-pack with Vector Prime (2005)
    - Titanium Robot Masters (2006)
    - Classics Deluxe (upcoming 2006)
    - Titanium Cybertron Heroes (upcoming 2007)

    A modified version of this trademark as a compound term, ENERGON STARSCREAM, was used once as well:
    - Energon Deluxe (2005)

    PROWL: Probably because the name is rather generic by itself, Hasbro seem to have to reuse it as often as possible in order to prevent the character from ending up as "Autobot Prowl" or, even worse, "Patrol-Bot". The name was used no less than 16 (!) times since 2001.
    - Robots in Disguise Deluxe Autobot Brother (2001)
    - Robots in Disguise Deluxe "Super" Autobot Brother (2002)
    - Commemorative Series IV reissue (2003)
    - Armada Mini-Con Emergency Team member (2003)
    - KB Toys exclusive "G1" Spychanger (2004)
    - Armada Mini-Con Emergency Team redeco member (2003)
    - Energon Deluxe (2004)
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Universe Spychanger two-pack with Optimus Prime (2004)
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Universe Deluxe (2004)
    - KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster series I (2004)
    - Universe Ultra Stockade & Magna Stampede Mini-Con companion (2004)
    - Sam's Club exclusive Energon two-pack with Starscream (2004)
    - KMart exclusive Energon two-pack with Checkpoint (2004)
    - Discount chains exclusive Universe Spychanger (2005)
    - Alternators (2005)
    - Alternators re-release (2005)

    A modified version of this trademark as a compound term, PROWL 2, was used twice as well:
    - Robots in Disguise Spychanger (2001)
    - Tiny Tins Spychanger (2003)

    Another modified version of this trademark, PROWL-BOT, was used for the Playskool Go-Bots line once (2002).

    MIRAGE: Possibly similar to Prowl, Hasbro have to reuse the name often in order to prevent the character from ending up as "Autobot Mirage" or "Racer-Bot". The name was used eleven times since 2001.
    - Robots in Disguise Spychanger (2001)
    - KB Toys exclusive Robots in Disguise clear Spychanger (2002)
    - Armada Mini-Con Race Team member (2002)
    - KB Toys exclusive Robots in Disguise clear Spychanger redeco (2003)
    - Tiny Tins Spychanger (2003)
    - Armada Mini-Con Road Assault Team member (2003)
    - Toys'R'Us & Wal*Mart exclusive Energon Race Team & Space Team two-pack member (2004)
    - Universe Tiny Tins Mini-Con (2004)
    - Energon Mega (2004)
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Cybertron Deluxe Hot Shot repackage Mini-Con companion (2006)
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Cybertron Deluxe Override repackage Mini-Con companion (2006)
    - Alternators (2006)
    - Discount chains exclusive Universe Spychanger repackage (2006)

    A modified version of this trademark as a compound term, MIRAGE GT, was used once as well:
    - Robots in Disguise Mega Autobot three-pack (2002)

    Another modified version of this trademark, MIRAGE-BOT, was used for the Playskool Go-Bots line once (2002).

    IRONHIDE: Used ten times since 2001.
    - Robots in Disguise Spychanger (2001)
    - KB Toys exclusive Robots in Disguise clear Spychanger (2002)
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 3 PVC (2003)
    - Armada Super-Con Terrorsaur Mini-Con companion (2003)
    - KB Toys exclusive Robots in Disguise clear Spychanger redeco (2003)
    - Tiny Tins Spychanger (2003)
    - Energon Mega (2003)
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Universe Spychanger two-pack with Ultra Magnus (2004)
    - Built to Rule Energon (test market release 2004)
    - Timelines BotCon 2005 exclusive (2005)

    A modified version of this trademark as a compound term, ENERGON IRONHIDE, was used once as well:
    - Energon Mega (2004)

    ULTRA MAGNUS: The easiest way for Hasbro to reuse the name these days is repainting every new Optimus Prime toy into his "brother". The name was used ten times since 2001.
    - Robots in Disguise Super (2001)
    - Robots in Disguise Spychanger (2002)
    - Commemorative Series I reissue (2002)
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 2 PVC (2002)
    - Universe Sam's Club exclusive (2003)
    - Energon Ultra (2003)
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Universe Spychanger two-pack with Ironhide (2004)
    - Universe Battle in a Box two-pack with Treadshot (2004)
    - Costco exclusive Cybertron two-pack with Optimus Prime (2005)
    - Target exclusive Classics two-pack with Skywarp (ucoming 2006/2007)

    RED ALERT: With "Ratchet" having ended up as "Autobot Ratchet", this is Hasbro's new standard name for (almost) every "rescue"-type Autobot, just like "Prowl" is the standard name for (almost) every "police"-type Autobot. The names was used ten times since 2002.
    - Armada Max-Con (2002)
    - Commemorative Series IV reissue (2003)
    - Built to Rule Armada (2003)
    - Armada "Powerlinx" Max-Con (2003)
    - KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster series I (2004)
    - Cybertron Deluxe (2005)
    - "Cybertron Defense" Cybertron Ultra (2005)
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Cybertron Deluxe repackage with Mini-Con (2006)
    - Target exclusive Cybertron "Critical Path Pack" repackage two-pack with Sideways (2006)
    - Legends of Cybertron (2006)

    And yes, that's two separate trademarks for "Powerlinx" and "Red Alert".

    The Cybertron Ultra toy was released in two variations, one of them being simply named "Red Alert", the other one using a modified version of this trademark as a compound term, CYBERTRON DEFENSE RED ALERT.

    JETFIRE: The surprise inclusion here. Went from obscure non-Takara toy that even had a different name on the cartoon to "big gun" all of a sudden beginning with Armada. Used nine times since 2002.
    - Armada Giga-Con (2002)
    - Armada "Powerlinx" Giga-Con (2003)
    - Built to Rule Armada (2003)
    - KMart exclusive Armada "Powerlinx" two-pack with Optimus Prime (2003)
    - Energon Mega (2003)
    - Cybertron Ultra (2005)
    - Legends of Cybertron (2005)
    - Titanium Cybertron Heroes (2006)
    - Classics Voyager (upcoming 2007)

    And yes, that's two separate trademarks for "Powerlinx" and "Jetfire".

    DOWNSHIFT: Another surprise addition. Obscure mail order-only Omnibot in G1, now already used nine times since 2002, thanks to the frequent reuse of the Armada Mini-Con mold.
    - Armada Mini-Con Race Team member (2002)
    - Armada Mini-Con Road Assault Team member (2003)
    - Toys'R'Us & Wal*Mart exclusive Energon Race Team & Space Team two-pack member (2004)
    - Universe Tiny Tins Mini-Con (2004)
    - Energon Deluxe (2004)
    - KB Toys exclusive Universe Deluxe (2005)
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Cybertron Deluxe Dirt Boss repackage Mini-Con companion (2006)
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Cybertron Deluxe Thundercracker repackage Mini-Con companion (2006)
    - Cybertron Deluxe (2006)

    INFERNO: Surprisingly enough, this is NOT (yet) Hasbro's standard name for every "fire truck"-type Autobot, though he could very well end up that way soon. Used seven times so far since 2003.
    - Armada Super-Con Thrust Mini-Con companion (2003)
    - Commemorative Series V reissue (2003)
    - Armada "Powerlinx" Super-Con Thrust Mini-Con companion (2003)
    - Universe Deluxe (2003)
    - Energon Deluxe (2003)
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Universe Sunstorm Mini-Con companion (2004)
    - Built to Rule Energon (test market release 2004)

    And yes, that's two separate trademarks for "Powerlinx" and "Inferno".

    GALVATRON: In order for Hasbro to keep the trademark, Megatron has to "upgrade" (i.e. be repainted) into Galvatron once every two years at the very least. The name was used seven times so far since 2001.
    - Robots in Disguise Ultra (2001)
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 3 PVC (2003)
    - Armada Giga-Con (2003)
    - Energon Super (2004)
    - Cybertron Leader (2005)
    - Legends of Cybertron (2006)
    - Titanium Robot Masters (upcoming 2007)

    THUNDERCRACKER: Usually achieved by simply repainting Starscream. Used eleven times so far since 2001.
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 2 PVC (2002)
    - Armada Max-Con (2003)
    - Commemorative Series III reissue (2003)
    - OTFCC 2003 exclusive Heroes of Cybertron Jet Six Pack PVC (2003)
    - Built to Rule Armada (2004)
    - Cybertron Deluxe (2005)
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Cybertron Deluxe repackage with Mini-Con (2006)
    - Target exclusive Cybertron "Ground to Air Blast Pack" repackage two-pack with Crosswise (2006)
    - Legends of Cybertron (2006)
    - Titanium Cybertron Heroes (2006)
    - Titanium Robot Masters (upcoming 2006/2007)

    SKYWARP: Again, usually achieved by simply repainting either Starscream or Thundercracker. Used eight times so far since 2001.
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 1 PVC (2002)
    - Commemorative Series IV reissue (2003)
    - OTFCC 2003 exclusive Heroes of Cybertron Jet Six Pack PVC (2003)
    - Armada Max-Con (2003)
    - Universe Deluxe (2004)
    - San Diego Comic-Con 2005 exclusive Legends of Cybertron (2005)
    - Cybertron Deluxe (2006)
    - Target exclusive Classics two-pack with Ultra Magnus (ucoming 2006/2007)

    GRIMLOCK finally made the jump out of the "other well-known G1 names" category. Used seven times since 2001.
    - Robots in Disguise Deluxe Landfill team member (2001)
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 3 PVC (2003)
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Dinobots two-pack with Terranotron/Swoop (2003)
    - Energon Mega two-pack with Swoop (2004)
    - Alternators (2004)
    - Titanium Robot Masters (upcoming 2006)
    - Classics Deluxe (upcoming 2007)

    SOUNDWAVE also made the jump out of the "other well-known G1 names" category. Used seven times since 2003.
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 3 PVC (2003)
    - Universe Ultra two-pack with Space Case (2004)
    - Cybertron Voyager (2006)
    - Legends of Cybertron (2006)
    - Reissue (upcoming 2006)
    - Titanium Robot Masters (upcoming 2007)
    - Titanium Cybertron Heroes (upcoming 2007)

    CYCLONUS: An unexpected inclusion in this category, the name was used six times since 2002 as well.
    - Expanded Universe BotCon 2002 exclusive (2002)
    - Armada Super-Con (2002)
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 3 PVC (2003)
    - Armada "Powerlinx" Super-Con (2003)
    - Built to Rule Armada two-pack with Megatron (2003)
    - KB Toys exclusive Energon Deluxe (2004)

    And yes, that's two separate trademarks for "Powerlinx" and "Cyclonus".

    ROLLBAR: From obscure Throttlebot in G1 to standard name for Jeeps and other SUVs, including G1 Swindle redecos. Used six times since 2001.
    - Robots in Disguise Basic Ruination team member (2001)
    - Armada Max-Con Scavenger Mini-Con companion (2002)
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Robots in Disguise Ruination team member (2003)
    - Energon Mega Treadbolt Mini-Con companion (2003)
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Universe Ruination team member (2004)
    - Alternators (2006)
     
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    Part 4: Other well-known G1 names

    These names, despite being pretty well-known from the G1 days, have occasionally been reused by Hasbro in recent years, but haven't played major parts in any series and/or haven't been reused as often as the "big guns".

    WHEELJACK: Used five times since 2003.
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 4 PVC (2003)
    - Armada Super-Con (2003)
    - KB Toys exclusive "G1" Spychanger (2004)
    - Discount chains exclusive Universe Spychanger (2005)
    - Alternators (2005)

    SCOURGE: Mostly used for black/evil Optimus Prime repaints or "evil leader" characters that aren't named Megatron these days. Used six times since 2002.
    - Robots in Disguise Spychanger (2002)
    - Robots in Disguise Toys'R'Us exclusive (2002)
    - KB Toys exclusive Robots in Disguise "Destructicon" (2003)
    - Cybertron Ultra (2005)
    - Legends of Cybertron (2005)
    - Titanium Cybertron Heroes (upcoming 2006)

    And yes, that's two separate trademarks for "Destructicon" and "Scourge".

    A modified version of this trademark as a compound term, CRYO SCOURGE, was used once as well:
    - Cybertron Ultra (upcoming 2006)

    SMOKESCREEN: Used seven times since 2002.
    - Armada Super-Con (2002)
    - Built to Rule Armada (2003)
    - Commemorative Series VI reissue (2003)
    - Alternators (2003)
    - Universe Battle in a Box two-pack with Ransack (2004)
    - Titanium Robot Masters (2006)
    - Cybertron Deluxe (upcoming 2006)

    I'm not including the unreleased Universe Battle in a Box Smokescreen vs. Drench two-pack here since it, well, wasn't released.

    PERCEPTOR: Used six times since 2002.
    - Armada Mini-Con Street Action Team combined form (2002)
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 4 PVC (2003)
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Universe Sunstorm Mini-Con Street Action Team companions combined form (2004)
    - Energon Basic Mini-Con team combined form (2004)
    - Discount chains exclusive Universe Basic Mini-Con team combined form (2005)
    - Classics Legends (upcoming 2006/2007)

    HOIST: Used five times since 2003.
    - Armada Super-Con (2003)
    - Commemorative Series V reissue (2003)
    - KB Toys exclusive "G1" Spychanger (2004)
    - Discount chains exclusive Universe Spychanger (2005)
    - Discount chains exclusive Universe Spychanger Ironhide repackage (2006)

    BUZZSAW: Used four times since 2002.
    - Armada Mini-Con Destruction Team member (2002)
    - Armada Mini-Con Road Wrecker Team member (2003)
    - Toys'R'Us & Wal*Mart exclusive Energon Road Wrecker Team & Night Attack Team two-pack member (2004)
    - Cybertron Deluxe (2005)

    LASERBEAK: Hasbro got the name back, after apparently having temporarily lost it a few years ago, which is why we got "Lazorbeak" during Beast Wars instead. Used three times since 2002.
    - Armada Role-Play (2002)
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 5 Megatron PVC accessory (2004)
    - Cybertron Voyager Soundwave companion (2006)

    RAMJET: Used four times since 2003.
    - Armada Giga-Con Tidal Wave Mini-Con companion (2003)
    - Energon Ultra Tidal Wave Mini-Con companion (2003)
    - Universe Toys'R'Us exclusive (2004)
    - Cybertron Mini-Con two-pack with Scythe (2006)

    I'm not sure if the BotCon 2005 exclusive Legends of Cybertron toy counts, since the instructions said "Skywarp" and the name "Ramjet" was not officially printed anywhere.

    THRUST: Used three times since 2003.
    - Armada Super-Con (2003)
    - Armada "Powerlinx" Super-Con (2003)
    - Cybertron Mini-Con two-pack with Anti-Blaze (2006)

    And yes, that's two separate trademarks for "Powerlinx" and "Thrust".

    DIRGE: Used three times since 2003.
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 4 PVC (2003)
    - Commemorative Series VII reissue (2004)
    - Timelines BotCon 2005 exclusive (2005)
     
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    Part 5: Third-stringers

    I know some of you may not agree with me here, but I had to draw a line somewhere, and these names haven't exactly been used that much in recent times, even though some, if not all of them, certainly were well-known G1 characters once.

    BUMBLEBEE: Yes, he's back. Two uses confirmed so far.
    - Titanium Robot Masters (2006)
    - Classics Deluxe (upcoming 2006)

    SUNSTREAKER: Used three times since 2003.
    - Universe OTFCC 2003 exclusive (2003)
    - Alternators (2005)
    - Titanium Robot Masters (upcoming 2007)

    CLIFFJUMPER: Used three times since 2003.
    - Armada Super-Con Cheetor Mini-Con companion (2003)
    - Energon Mega (2004)
    - Titanium Robot Masters (upcoming 2007)

    WINDCHARGER: Used only once so far.
    - Alternators (2004)

    RUMBLE: Surprise. Looks like Hasbro got the name back.
    - Alternators (upcoming 2006)

    SNARL: Used three times since 2003.
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Dinobots two-pack with Sludge (2003)
    - Universe Deluxe (2003)
    - Cybertron Deluxe (2005)

    SLUDGE: Used only once so far.
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Dinobots two-pack with Snarl (2003)

    SWOOP: Used three times since 2003.
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Dinobots two-pack with Grimlock (2003)
    - Energon Mega two-pack with Grimlock (2004)
    - Classics Mini-Con Dinobots member (upcoming 2006)

    The "Dinobots" two-pack also came in a variation with the name "Terranotron" instead of "Swoop".

    SHOCKWAVE: Say goodbye to "Shockblast", Hasbro just got the name back. So far only used once.
    - Cybertron Mini-Con two-pack with Tankor (2005)

    The Mini-Con was later also available as a Target exclusive repackage (2006) that came with Mudflap.

    BONECRUSHER: Used four times since 2002.
    - Armada Mini-Con Land Military Team member (2002)
    - KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster series II (2004)
    - Energon Basic Constructicon Maximus team member (2005)
    - Target exclusive Universe two-pack with Scavenger (2006)

    SCAVENGER: Also used four times since 2002.
    - Robots in Disguise Mega Autobot three-pack (2002)
    - Armada Max-Con (2002)
    - KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster series II (2004)
    - Target exclusive Universe two-pack with Bonecrusher (2006)

    LONG HAUL: Used twice so far since 2004.
    - KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster series II (2004)
    - Target exclusive Universe two-pack with Hightower (2006)

    KICKBACK: Used only once so far.
    - Energon Basic Bruticus Maximus team member (2005)

    BEACHCOMBER: Used only once as well.
    - Energon Mega (2004)

    ASTROTRAIN: Used three times so far.
    - Commemorative Series IX reissue (2005)
    - Transformers Collectors' Club exclusive (upcoming 2006)
    - Classics Deluxe (upcoming 2006)

    OMEGA SUPREME: Two uses so far since 2004.
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 5 PVC (2004)
    - Energon Supreme (2004)

    SILVERBOLT: After being used repeatedly throughout Beast Wars and Beast Machines, the name has faded back into semi-obscurity, with only three uses since 2003 so far.
    - Universe Deluxe (2003)
    - Playskool Go-Bot (2002)
    - KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster series IV (upcoming 2006)

    The Go-Bots toy is simply identified as "Silverbolt" on the front of the packaging. The bio note on the back calls him "Silverbolt II", but the trademark claim is directly after "Silverbolt".

    A similar name, SILVER-BOT, was used for the Playskool Go-Bots line twice as well:
    - Playskool Go-Bot (2003)
    - "Flying Fists" Playskool Go-Bot (2004)

    AIR RAID: Used twice since 2004.
    - Universe Deluxe two-pack with Wind Sheer (2004)
    - KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster series IV (upcoming 2006)

    SKYDIVE: Also used twice since 2004.
    - Universe Deluxe (2004)
    - KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster series IV (upcoming 2006)

    FIREFLIGHT: Used three times since 2004.
    - Universe Deluxe (2004)
    - KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster series IV (upcoming 2006)
    - Classics Legends (upcoming 2006/2007)

    SUPERION: Only one use of the single term in recent years so far.
    - KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster series IV combined form (upcoming 2006)

    For the Energon Air Team's combined form (2004-2005), however, Hasbro used a modified version of this trademark as a compound term, SUPERION MAXIMUS, instead.

    HOT SPOT: Used only once in recent years.
    - KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster series I (2004)

    STREETWISE: Also used only once in recent years.
    - KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster series I (2004)

    FIRST AID: Used only once in recent years as well.
    - KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster series I (2004)

    DEFENSOR: Again used only once in recent years.
    - KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster series I combined form (2004)

    DEAD END: Used three times since 2003.
    - Armada Chaos Bringer Unicron Mini-Con companion (2003)
    - Energon Supreme Unicron Mini-Con companion (2003)
    - Alternators (2004)

    MENASOR: Used once thus far.
    - Cybertron Ultra (2006)

    SWINDLE: Used five times since 2002.
    - Armada Max-Con Starscream Mini-Con companion (2002)
    - Built to Rule Armada Starscream Mini-Con companion (2003)
    - Alternators (2004)
    - KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster series III (2005)
    - Cybertron Scout (2005)

    BRUTICUS: Only one use of the single term in recent years so far.
    - Robots in Disguise Deluxe (2001)

    For the Energon Destruction Team's combined form (2005), however, Hasbro used a modified version of this trademark as a compound term, BRUTICUS MAXIMUS, instead.

    RODIMUS PRIME: Used three times since 2003.
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 3 PVC (2003)
    - Commemorative Series VII reissue (2004)
    - Titanium Cybertron Heroes (upcoming 2007)

    BLURR: Used twice since 2002.
    - Armada Super-Con (2002)
    - Cybertron Deluxe (2005)

    SWERVE: From obscure year 3 Minibot to three uses since 2004.
    - Universe Deluxe (2004)
    - Alternators (2005)
    - Cybertron Scout (2005)

    METROPLEX: Two uses since 2004.
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 5 assembled PVC (2004)
    - Cybertron Leader (2006)

    TRYPTICON: Only one use in modern times thus far.
    - Classics Legends (upcoming 2006/2007)

    SKY LYNX: Only one use so far.
    - Cybertron Mini-Con two-pack with Thunderblast (2005)

    The Mini-Con was later also available as a Target exclusive repackage (2006) that came with Leobreaker.

    PREDAKING: Used once so far.
    - Titanium Robot Masters (upcoming 2006)

    RUNAMUCK: Used only once in recent years.
    - Cybertron Deluxe (2005)

    BROADSIDE: Used three times in recent years.
    - Armada Mini-Con Night Attack Team member (2003)
    - Toys'R'Us & Wal*Mart exclusive Energon Road Wrecker Team & Night Attack Team two-pack member (2004)
    - Classics Mini-Con Demolition Team member (upcoming 2006)

    RAZORCLAW: Used twice in recent years.
    - Universe Ultra (2003)
    - Cybertron Mini-Con two-pack with Steamhammer (2005)

    The Mini-Con was later also available as a Target exclusive repackage (2006) that came with Evac.

    DIVEBOMB: Used twice so far.
    - Energon Basic Terrorcon (2004)
    - Classics Mini-Con Night Rescue Team member (upcoming 2006)

    FORTRESS MAXIMUS: Used only once in recent years.
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 4 assembled PVC (2003)

    SCORPONOK: Three uses since 2004.
    - Energon Ultra (2003)
    - Built to Rule Energon (test market release 2004)
    - Titanium Robot Masters (upcoming 2006)

    A modified version of this trademark as a compound term, DARK SCORPONOK, was used once as well:
    - Cybertron Ultra (2005)
     
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    Part 6: Other obscure G1 names

    Those are the ones that either never appeared on the cartoon, or only in the last episodes where they hardly left any lasting impression whatsoever.

    RANSACK Once nothing more than an obscure Deluxe Insecticon, the name has been used no less than five times since 2002.
    - Armada Mini-Con Adventure Team member (2002)
    - KMart exclusive Armada "Powerlinx" Optimus Prime & Jetfire two-pack Adventure Team member (2003)
    - Universe Battle in a Box two-pack with Smokescreen (2004)
    - Toys'R'Us exclusive Energon Adventure Team & Sea Team two-pack member (2004)
    - Cybertron Scout (2005)

    A modified version of this trademark as a compound term, RANSACK GTS, has also been used once:
    - Cybertron Scout (2006)

    WIDELOAD (Throttlebot): Used three times so far.
    - Energon Basic Constructicon Maximus team member (2005)
    - Discount chains exclusive Universe Basic (upcoming 2006)
    - Classics Mini-Con Demolition Team member (upcoming 2006)

    SLUGSLINGER (Targetmaster): Used only once so far.
    - Energon Deluxe (2004)

    NIGHTSTICK (Targetmaster Cyclonus Nebulan companion): Also used only once so car.
    - Commemorative Series IX Ricochet "reissue" Targetmaster/Nebulan companion (August 2004)

    REPUGNUS (Monsterbot): After some trouble finding a store willing to carry the remaining Universe toys, the name has finally been used again – twice, even:
    - Target exclusive Universe two-pack with Overbite (2006)
    - Cybertron Scout (2006)

    LANDMINE (Pretender): Used three times since 2004.
    - Energon Ultra (2004)
    - Cybertron Deluxe (2005)
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Cybertron Deluxe repackage with Mini-Con (2006)

    OVERBITE (Seacon): Again only used once so far.
    - Target exclusive Universe two-pack with Repugnus (2006)

    DREADWIND (Powermaster): Used only once in recent years.
    - Target exclusive Robots in Disguise two-pack with Smokejumper (2003)

    DREADWING (Powermaster Dreadwind and Darkwing combined form): Also used only once so far.
    - Energon Mega (2004)

    NIGHTBEAT (Headmaster): Used twice since 2003.
    - Armada Super-Con Side Swipe Mini-Con companion (2003)
    - Universe Battle in a Box Ultra Magnus vs. Treadshot two-pack Mini-Con companion (2004)

    LANDFILL (Targetmaster): Also used twice in recent years.
    - Robots in Disguise Deluxe Landfill team combined form (2001)
    - Robots in Disguise Wal*Mart exclusive (2003)

    QUICKMIX (Targetmaster): Used twice in recent years as well.
    - KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster series II (2004)
    - Cybertron Voyager (2006)

    RICOCHET (Targetmaster Quickmix Nebulan companion): Used three times since 2004.
    - Commemorative Series IX reissue (2004)
    - Timelines BotCon 2005 exclusive (2005)
    - Alternators (2006)

    OVERRIDE (Triggerbot): Used three or four times depending on how you count.
    - Cybertron Deluxe (2005)
    - Wal*Mart Cybertron Deluxe exclusive repackage with Mini-Con (2006)
    - Target exclusive Cybertron "Drag Race Pack" repackage two-pack with Hot Shot (2006)

    I can't tell for sure whether the unreleased Mini-Con that was originally supposed to come with Energon Ultra Magnus counts as "practical use" or not. The name was printed on the box, but the toy itself was not included.

    A modified version of this trademark as a compound term, OVERRIDE GTS, was used once as well:
    - Cybertron Deluxe (2006)

    ROADHANDLER (Micromaster): Only used once so far.
    - Universe Deluxe Swerve Mini-Con companion (2004)

    OVERLOAD (Micromaster): Surprisingly used no less than three times since 2003.
    - Armada Max-Con (2003)
    - Costco exclusive Energon two-pack with Optimus Prime (2004)
    - KB Toys exclusive Universe Micromaster series III (2005)

    SLEDGE (Micromaster): Used twice so far.
    - Energon Basic Constructicon Maximus team member (2004)
    - Classics Mini-Con Demolition Team member (upcoming 2006)

    BLACKOUT (Micromaster): Used three times since 2002.
    - Armada Super-Con Demolishor Mini-Con companion (2002)
    - KB Toys exclusive Energon Deluxe Demolishor Mini-Con companion (2004)
    - Energon Basic Bruticus Maximus team member (2005)

    BARRICADE (Micromaster): Used twice so far.
    - Energon Deluxe Bruticus Maximus team member (2004)
    - Discount chains exclusive Universe Deluxe (2005)

    BLUDGEON: Used only once in recent years.
    - KB Toys exclusive Robots in Disguise "Destructicon" (2003)

    And yes, that's two separate trademarks for "Destructicon" and "Bludgeon".

    THUNDERWING (Mega Pretender): Used three times since 2003.
    - Armada Mini-Con Air Military Team member (2003)
    - Toys'R'Us exclusive Universe Ramjet Mini-Con companion (2004)
    - Universe Deluxe Fireflight Mini-Con companion (2004)

    ROADBLOCK (Ultra Pretender): Again only used once.
    - Energon Deluxe (2005)

    TREADSHOT (Action Master): Used two times so far.
    - Universe Battle in a Box two-pack with Ultra Magnus (2004)
    - Energon Basic Superion Maximus team member (2004)

    SKYFALL (Action Master): Used only once so far.
    - Transformers Collectors' Club exclusive (2005)
     
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    Part 7: Non-toy G1 names

    Some names are remembered as part of the G1 era, even though they never got a toy back in the day (although Hasbro had planned toy versions of at least some of them). Still, they did finally make it into the toy-verse in recent years.

    SKYFIRE: Yes, he's the cartoon version of the Jetfire toy, but there was a toy named "Skyfire" once as well.
    - Robots in Disguise Deluxe (2001)

    However, Hasbro later lost the trademark, therefore the Energon toy/character designed as a G1 Skyfire homage had to be named "Skyblast" instead (not to be confused with the Mini-Con "Sky Blast"), used twice:
    - Energon Basic Omnicon (2003)
    - Built to Rule Energon (test market release 2004)

    ARCEE: Used three times since 2002.
    - Heroes of Cybertron wave 1 PVC (2002)
    - Energon Basic Omnicon (2004)
    - Discount chains exclusive Universe Basic (2005)

    I didn't include the BotCon exclusive because this list starts with RiD.

    CHROMIA: One toy so far.
    - Timelines BotCon 2005 exclusive (2005)

    UNICRON: Used five times since 2003.
    - Armada Chaos Bringer (2003)
    - Energon Supreme (2003)
    - Titanium Robot Masters (2006)
    - Cybertron Deluxe (2006)
    - Cybertron Supreme Cybertron Primus head accessory (2006)

    • "Primus": Well, looks like it didn't work that way. The official name per Hasbro is going to be CYBERTRON PRIMUS instead.
    - Cybertron Supreme with Unicron head (2006)
    - Cybertron Supreme without Unicron head (2006)
    - Wal*Mart exclusive Cybertron Supreme with bonus Mini-Cons (upcoming 2006)

    STEAMHAMMER (random character from the UK 1990 annual text story "The Magnificent Six"): Used three times so far.
    - Energon Deluxe Constructicon Maximus team member (2004)
    - Discount chains exclusive Universe Deluxe (2005)
    - Cybertron Mini-Con two-pack with Razorclaw (2005)

    The Mini-Con was later also available as a Target exclusive repackage (2006) that came with Evac.
     
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    Boardwise is scary - Sig Killer - M Super Mod

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    One small alteration.
    Overbite was a member of the Seacons, not Sharkticon.

    Otherwise, very informative.
     
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    Fixed. :) 
     
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    Ger_Hankey Now hiring evil minions

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    For the love of God, Nevermore, please tell me somebody is paying you for all your hard work. You are putting way too much time into all this to not get someting back for it!!!

    That said, its well appreciated. You are the fountain of all TF knowledge, and I bow before you :thumbs2: 
     
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    QFT & Ditto! Thank you Nevermore from the bottom of my Energon pump. May your wires never cross nor your luster ever dull. I salute you! :rock 
     
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    Nevermore It's self-perpetuating a parahumanoidarianised!

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    In case you didn't notice, this thread is actually just an updated repost of an older therad that fell victim to the recent database pruning. :) 
     
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    Is it possible Runabout is unusable do to Star Trek toys/models, due to the ship?
     
  15. Nevermore

    Nevermore It's self-perpetuating a parahumanoidarianised!

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    If there's been one released in recent years, then pretty sure, yes.
     
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    Nevermore It's self-perpetuating a parahumanoidarianised!

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    Erm, way too many updates to list them here. Classics, Titaniums, reissue Soundwave, the last waves of Cybertron, lots of new toys actually released, all that jizz.
     
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    wow...that was really informative and i actually read it all :thumb 
     

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