Ironhide - Transformers: Generation 1 - Toys

Toys

The Ironhide toy originated as a toy before the actual Transformers toyline began, in a line called Diaclone. As with many Diaclone toys, the vanette (the term mini-van would not be used until the first Dodge Caravans were sold in 1984) toy was released in 1984 as a new character called Ironhide. Not being designed to be a sentient robot in the Diaclone line (he was piloted by a tiny driver figure who sat in the driver's seat), the toy of Ironhide did not have a proper head, instead having a pilot's seat behind his windscreen. A sticker with a face on it applied to the seat was to represent the head. This toy was not the most suited to be a Transformer but the character of Ironhide went on to become one of the best-known identities in Transformers. According to store listings there were plans to reissue Trailbreaker and Ironhide as commemorative toys in 2005, but due to poor sales of the line, they were never released. However in late 2007, Ironhide did make it into a toy reissue as a part of the TakaraTomy Encore series. An extra feature of this Encore release is a cardboard cartoon-style Ironhide head which can be mounted on top of the toy's windshield in his robot mode.
Remolded into Ratchet.
  • Generation 2 Power Master Ironhide
In Europe, Ironhide received a further upgrade as a "Power Master" (not to be confused with the Generation 1 Powermasters) where he now transformed into a Hummer. The European Power Masters (also called Powered Masters) were simple pull robots with pull back motors which propelled them in either form, like the Generation 1 Throttlebots, but they would only go forward when their weapons were inserted into their base.
This version of Ironhide is described as being a battle-tested veteran with heavy armored plating.
  • Generation 2 Go-bot Ironhide (1995)
For Generation 2, Ironhide was reformatted into a silver Ford F-series pickup truck. Although he received a new bio and motto, he still functions as security. The toy was a recolor of the Autobot Motormouth.
Ironhide's tech spec described him as a stubborn survivor and incredible strength. He's been upgraded from his old armored form to a lightweight alloy frame with a major boost in speed. Ironhide has never appeared in this form in any official fiction.
Packaged together with Beast Wars Prowl and Beast Wars eagle Silverbolt.
This toy was later redecoed into Beast Wars Second Santon.
  • Timelines Deluxe Ironhide (2005)
A BotCon exclusive remold of Energon Towline. Came packaged in a box set with Chromia, Fallback, Ricochet, Buzzclaw, Deathsaurus and Dirge.
  • Universe Classic Series Deluxe Ironhide (2008)
A new mold that combines the look of the original G1 cartoon character with the detail and articulation of modern Transformers toys. The figure sports a license plate that reads, "OREGON" - the home state of the Autobots' Earth base.
The mold for this figure was also used for Universe Autobot Ratchet and the BotCon 2012 exclusive Soundwave.
  • Henkei! Henkei! C-11 Deluxe Ironhide (2008)
The Japanese version of the Universe Deluxe figure by Takara Tomy has the front grille, headlights, taillights and gun molded in chrome silver. In addition, the Oregon license plate is omitted and a yellow stripe is added on the SUV mode's side panels.
A Mighty Muggs doll of Ironhide with gun. Ironhide and Prowl were to be released in Wave 4 of the Transformers Mighty Muggs line, but Hasbro canceled the line and sold Prowl as a San Diego Comic-Con International exclusive in 2010, leaving Ironhide's availability in limbo.

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