Being a Brit I’m not really up to speed with US army paraphernalia, but I was under the impression that Hound was specifically meant to be a military jeep, rather than a civilian one, no? “Had to”, as in, it was mandated from on high. Not “had to”, as in, it was their only option. Apologies if I was unclear. Yeah, this was done so that his eventual switch to the Autobot faction would be easier for the writers. The fact remains, though, that in order to justify the presence of an Autobot flier, both the comic and the cartoon deliberately show him as a non-Autobot who later joins the Autobots. Cheers for the info! Not that I don’t believe you, but do you have a link to any evidence of this? I’ve seen a couple of examples of a pre-rub Skids with the ‘84 box art, and some vintage 1984 newspaper ads for Jetfire and Shockwave, but nothing for the Dinobots, I don’t think. If you can send me the info it’d be greatly appreciated, thanks!