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The box art always fascinated me, and it's something that's rare these days. Today, either you'll get a plastic display where you can see the actual toy, or you'll get a poorly computer generated image. With Transformers, and to an even greater extent G.I. Joe, we had amazing box and card art for every toy. With G.I. Joe, we also had small images on the back showing other figures in the line. Transformers boxes gave composite images, showing many relevant and contemporary robots in epic battle.
|Box art 1984|
As you can see, Optimus Prime resembles his G1 toy more than his cartoon and comic versions. And the artist had no problem drawing several copies of the same character. You can for instance see two Ravages. All of the robots above were part of the first year of Transformers, and you can see notable characters like Starscream in the center shooting at Optimus, Wheeljack coming in slightly behind Starscream. Sunstreaker and Prowl right above Optimus and Bumblebee in the far distance.
|US and Europe 1985|