Hmm. My collection seems a little deficient given that I have only... er... one of that mold. Although that one is more than enough for me.
I've got the AOE 2 pack version, with the chromed upper legs, and the blue Delta Magnus.
Have owned the original Classic & Classic Ultra Magnus.
Don't think I currently own ANY classics toy, save the legends and Minicons. Prime's an AOE one, as above, my BB was the one with grey replaced by black in a Movie 2(3?) pack, and my Hot Rod's are the Universe Battles & Planet of Junk set. Really should get Mirage. And maybe Jetfire.
Mirage has been on my radar a good while so picking one up from the Fu has been on the cards for the last couple of cons. The unusual robot appeals and I like it even more in hand. Transformation is good too. This is great. I wanted to get this now to compare it to the Siege one in due course, but I reckon it'll be one of the pre-T30 CHUG figures that outdoes the modern equivalent.
It's true, Classics Deluxe and Voyager were WONDERFUL and a real high watermark in design IMO. They struck a really good balance between well proportioned figures, no kibble, well hidden robot parts in alt mode, playability and posability, without the need for gimmicks or overly complex transformations. Thus appealing to both children and collectors.
Although I'm assuming we're not including The Ultimate Battle box here...
The BB is brilliant, really well done, as are the jets. BB I have the three pack version, not got any jets (AndyK/Nick, did the club G2 Ramjet sell?) BB's Clif jumper repaint was decent, really good 3p head kit for it IIRC
The Astrotrain I *REALLY* liked. I know some didn't like the updated train mode, but I did. Obviously superseded by the TR and Siege versions. No longer own an Astrotrain version, But I have the mould as Shouki/Skystalker.
I like the Hot Rod. Subsequent iterations have improved it and the Planet of Junk version is really nice. Shame it doesn't have 5mm hands.
Op could do without the kibble hanging of his forearms, my only problem with that mould. Have the AOE version with the chromed grill and the blue Magna Convoy repaint.
The Jetfire was fun, but now superseded twice. Got his Universe Micromaster character repaint.
Don't own a Megatron, regret selling my United repaint to Andy K. Got the deco bang on. Surprised it's never had a purple Galvatron repaint.
I loved both the Optimuseses. I still have the delux, even though he falls in half all the time. There's just something about the figure I like. CW Devastator has been known to grip him in one hand on occasion. The voyager one I like also.
The Megatron wasn't as good IMO, but fun enough.
Jetfire is a dream! A dream that became a reality and spread throughout the stars! Although he is still in the possession of the Eldest, he is still MY Jetfire and joins our games frequently.
Bumblebee was superb, again now owned by the Eldest, Mirage, Astrotrain, even the Hot Rod (PPPFFFTT!), damn decent figures. And of course Classics 2 gave us a pretty good Prowl. Not perfect, but at the time he was a dream! A dream that became reality and spread throughout the stars!
But the Strike Plane mold was a dream! A dream that became a reality and spread throughout the stars! I had all six main characters. It's just a shame THEY WERE TOO SMALL!!!! GAAAHHHHH!!!!
I never owned a Grimlock. Delux is just too small for him.
So, did Classics kick-off the Generations drive by Hasbro with its popularity?
I was the one who let you know, I was your sorry ever after, '84, '85. Give me new toys and I'll decide, but I'm really only after, '84, '85.
Classics was intended as a filler between Cybertron and Movie, hence the completion of the jets in that Botcon boxset which so wound people up.
That, and the clamour for more cars, led to Universe 2, and then Generations and Reveal The Shield. Things went a bit quiet post RTS, with the Generations name used for just repaints for a while, and when Generations did return with new toys it was Fall of Cybertron - War For Cybertron had shared space with G1 remakes in the first Generations line. It's only when Thrilling 30 starts do the proper remakes return.
Sadly our original Classics thread is lost to a previous version of a forum and this one is a modern one :-(
Grimlock is great, but not big enough, and based on the wrong one (Pretender).
Which is why I love it. And not just to be awkward (well, partially), but because it seemed to incorporate design elements from each of his G1 iterations, and I really liked that. Although I never did get used to his feet...
Classics Bumblebee, on the other hand, has still to be bettered. And that includes the Masterpiece.