This is a question that has been bugging me for like... forever. We all know that these days, Hasbro tries to model some of their Transformers' alt modes on actual vehicles - such as Universe Prowl's Nissan 350Z or Sunstreaker's Lamborghini Gallardo - but is careful enough to make subtle changes to the design to avoid infringement. A textbook case would be Classics Bumblebee, who was distanced from his original Volkswagen Beetle mode, given the company's stance on promoting their vehicles as machines of war. It's all understandable. The question is, why didn't these rules apply in the 1980's? I somehow doubt Hasbro and Diaclone managed to obtain the licenses for all the vehicles they carefully reproduced, least of all Volkswagen. And even if the practice was legal back then, I sincerely doubt Hasbro would be allowed to rerelease the figures in the Encore line without paying royalties. So how come every vehicle company and their grandmother isn't breaking down Hasbro's door, demanding their share of the dough? How can Hasbro possibly rerelease Bumblebee without Volkswagen clamping down on them?