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    Weapons for everybody!One of the simplest innovations in Transformers toys, using universally sized posts for accessories, weapons and figures is something that has characterised several Transformers lines throughout the years. The most common universal post and port size is the 5-millimetre (5mm) post. This size was used throughout Generation 1, Generation 2, and almost universally throughout Armada, Energon, and Cybertron.Using a single, universal size of weapon post allows Transformers toys to swap weapons between one another. During most Transformers toy lines, this interchangeability was seldom advertised as a feature of the toys, but during Armada, that changed. The introduction of the Mini-Cons gave 5mm posts an entirely new purpose: A hollow 5mm post could now become a mounting point for a Mini-Con. The interchangeability suddenly became an advertised feature of the toys.The 5mm post has become pretty ubiquitous in Transformers toy design, with only a few lines (mainly the 2007 live-action movie and Animated) favoring less-interchangeable systems.Contents1 Functionality1.1 Backwards compatibility1.2 A matter of tolerance1.3 Multiple posts and double posting1.4 5mm Screw Holes1.5 Powerlinx Ports2 Generation 12.1 19842.2 19852.3 19862.4 19872.5 19882.6 19892.7 19903 UK Generation 13.1 19913.2 19923.3 19934 Japanese Generation 14.1 Headmasters4.2 Masterforce4.3 Victory4.4 Zone4.5 Return of Convoy4.6 Operation Combination5 Generation 25.1 19935.2 19945.3 19956 Beast Wars6.1 19966.2 19976.3 19986.4 19996.5 Beast Wars II6.6 Beast Wars Neo7 Beast Machines7.1 20008 2001 Robots in Disguise8.1 20018.2 20028.3 20039 Armada9.1 200310 Energon10.1 200411 Cybertron11.1 200512 Classics13 Transformers (2007)14 Animated14.1 200814.2 200914.3 201014.4 201115 Universe (2008)16 Revenge of the Fallen17 Generations18 Power Core Combiners18.1 201019 Transformers (2010)20 Dark of the Moon21 Prime22 Construct-Bots23 Robots in Disguise (2015)24 Notes Functionality Backwards compatibility "Dude, you're right. Guns with their posts in the right place rock!"Probably the biggest, most meaningful aspect of using a universal fist size is compatibility between toys. You can share your accessories or Mini-Cons or even some integral parts of toys around to other toys from the same line. Even better for long-term fans of the franchise is that the continuous use of 5mm posts from Generation 1 onwards into modern lines means that toys are actually backwards-compatible with the accessories from older toys. As well as delightful opportunities for mixing and matching, this means that characters who get new toys can use accessories from their old toys. Even if you don't like "Classics" Optimus Prime's rifle, you can always just give him Powermaster Optimus Prime's rifle, or Star Convoy's.This compatibility works both ways, allowing you to use Armada, Energon and even Power Core Combiners weapons with old Micromaster Bases or Headmasters toys. A matter of toleranceDespite the fact that 5mm posts are supposed to be universally the same size, this isn't always the case. Sometimes, due to play wear or simply to slight (very slight) differences in tooling, some posts are tighter or looser than others. This can mean that sometimes a toy will hold a gun loosely, or that a weapon will be too tight to fit into another toy's hand. Generally, this is only a problem on toys or toolings that have seen a lot of use. A Generation 1 toy like Soundwave that was produced for several years and re-released many times might actually show a difference in tolerance between different samples of the toy. Similarly, toolings which see a lot of use, such as "Classics" Starscream, can begin to show mould wear. There are many reports of later Henkei! Henkei! versions of the mould not being able to hold their weapons correctly because tolerances are poor. There are several recommended actions for fixing loose sockets, such as floor polish.If a toy sees a lot of play, especially if weapons are being removed and replaced repeatedly, a hole (or sometimes a post) can wear down, making the weapons looser. It's possible to increase this problem while swapping weapons between different toys. If a gun post from a Pretender Bumblebee is slightly smaller than the post from Pretender Grimlock, then Grimlock's gun might actually stretch Bumblebee's fists. This could result in Bumblebee no longer being able to hold his own gun firmly. It's advisable when swapping guns between different toys to be aware of the slight differences in tolerances between toys. Multiple posts and double posting "Pssst—hey, bud!" "WHO, ME?!" "Shhhhhh!" "Who, me?" "Riiiiiiiiight."Some Transformers toys come with multiple figures, such as a Pretender shell and its inner robot. Other toys are small and merge with bigger toys to become still larger. Other toys come with a trailer or base which has larger weapons than the core robot. Because of the size difference between the two components, two different weapon post sizes are required.The early Pretenders usually handle this by simply giving the gun two different posts: a larger 5mm post for the outer shell, and a smaller post for the inner robot. The result is that the two figures hold the same gun in different ways. For the purposes of this article, we'll refer to these as "multiple-post weapons".Another solution, one often used with combiners, is simply to have the two posts one on top of the other—the smaller post on the bottom and the larger post on the top, both forming the same handle of the gun. Grimlock's accessories are one of the earliest examples (albeit unintentional), with rings or ridges widening the pegs to 5mm. The problem with this solution is that, when one gives weapons to unrelated toys, Transformers with fist holes that don't go all the way through the hands (such as Armada Hot Shot) often can't hold these guns. We'll call that "double-posting" or "double-posted weapons" for the purposes of this article. 5mm Screw HolesMany Transformers over the years have indented holes to allow screws to hold two pieces of the toy together. These screw holes come in all shapes and sizes but often they are also 5mm ports. Sometimes this is intentional, and the screw hole is deliberately moulded to 5mm to give the toy more functionality. Most of the time though, they aren't intentionally 5mm ports and are either very tight or slightly loose.5mm screw holes can add functionality to many toys which otherwise aren't 5mm compatible, especially if a fan is creative. However, we have only included 5mm screw holes in the compatibility list below if they are particularly notable. So if you suspect a toy's screw holes are 5mm and he's not on the list, at least give it a try. Powerlinx Ports I want it all, and I want it now!During the Armada toy line, a new spin on the 5mm post and port was developed: the Mini-Con Powerlinx. Using hollow 5mm posts with a "trigger" contained inside, Mini-Cons could activate the gimmicks of other toys or simply mount on other toys. Because the Mini-Cons use a special kind of port, they cannot be mounted on 5mm posts that aren't hollow. In theory, this means only toys with specific Powerlinx ports can hold Mini-Cons. In practice, this isn't the case at all.Throughout the history of the Transformers franchise, for one reason or another, toys have come with 5mm posts which are hollow, creating a kind of unintentional back-compatibility with many Mini-Cons. We'll list this back-compatibility in individual toy entries further down the page.The other significant aspect of the Powerlinx ports is that they act like regular 5mm posts too. This means that you can use them to mount any weapons or accessories that are designed to mount on 5mm posts. Does mounting a bunch of miniature cars on Armada Starscream's arms seem silly to you? Maybe it's time to use the guns from the Micromaster Anti-Aircraft Base. Generation 1In the first few years of the toy line, partly because of the mix-and-match nature of the line itself, Transformers didn't have very standardised fist sizes. The Diaclone-descended toys usually had no single standard, with only the toys with the biggest weapons or fists having 5mm posts. The Micro Change-descended toys were much more consistent about post size, using 5mm posts on almost all of the toys with weapons or accessories, because of the size being one of the standard connectors for Microman toys.As Generation 1 evolved 5mm posts and ports became nearly universal. Only the switch to smaller toys with Action Masters changed this — a new, smaller, universal post size was used for that line. These smaller sized posts carried over into the UK Transformers, while in Japan the rise of Micromasters led to 5mm staying predominant throughout the line. 1984AUTOBOTSOptimus Prime — The only Autobot this year to use 5mm posts, Prime's main rifle sadly has a terrible design flaw (that has never been corrected, despite all the reissues) which makes it much less interchangeable with other toys. The gun's handle is moulded in the wrong place, and there's a false handle where the real one should be. Prime has actually been retooled to allow him to hold the rifle better — by increasing the size of the rims on his fists. Too bad they didn't just put the rifle's handle post in the right place. In addition to the rifle, Roller's fuel pump is also a 5mm post. It's possible to use this to either give the pump to other toys or to pump up Roller with some heavy weaponry.DECEPTICONSAll the 1984 Decepticons use 5mm posts in some capacity.Soundwave Shattered Glass Ravage prefers flowers.Buzzsaw, Frenzy, Laserbeak, Rumble and Ravage — Due to the post holes in their bodies, they can be pegged onto Mini-Con ports, or similar 5mm posts.Starscream, Thundercracker and Skywarp — Their wings and their weapons have 5mm posts.Megatron — Most notably his large chrome rifle has a 5mm post on it, allowing it to be given to other toys. 1985AUTOBOTSGrimlock — Grimlock's fist holes are smaller than 5mm (being the size of Rhisling's lower hilt), but ridges on the upper sections of his launcher and sword's pegs and a ring on the upper part of the gun's peg make them 5mm.Tracks — Tracks' missile mount is on a 5mm peg. This means Tracks can have any 5mm peg weapons mounted over his head or on his car or flight modes. Possibly the only Diaclone-based Autobot Car with a 5mm weapon.BlasterTopspin and Twin Twist — These toys do NOT have 5mm post holes, but their rifles have a 5mm base to the gun peg, effectively creating a very shallow double-peg that allows their guns limited inter-changeability with toys with 5mm fists.PerceptorDECEPTICONSDevastator — Devastator's is a classic double-posted rifle. Devastator's fists are 5mm holes, but he shares his rifle with Mixmaster and his tiny, tiny fists.Dirge, Ramjet and Thrust have the same 5mm compatibility as Starscream and company from the previous year.Blitzwing — The strange construction of Blitzwing's weapons and fists makes interchangeability... awkward, as his fist holes are on the sides instead of the top; the weapons are sculpted to still look like he's holding them normally. Of course, if you're a fan of punch daggers, or Blitzwing holding someone else's guns 'gangsta-style', then more power to you. 19861986 saw the introduction of the Transformers Special Teams, or Scramble City-style combiners. All of these combiners used 5mm posts as standard to peg in their fists and feet in combined mode, meaning you could swap these parts between any of the combiners. The fists of the combined forms almost universally used 5mm holes (all except Superion and Piranacon) and almost all the leaders of the teams (except Silverbolt) used 5mm posts for their fists. The smaller members of the Special Teams almost all had small pistols or rifles that used variably compatible smaller posts, and larger alt mode weapons that used 5mm posts — often taking advantage of post holes used for the combined form's fists or feet. The earlier toys often used weapons with 5mm ports which would peg onto the robot — allowing those weapons to be pegged onto Mini-Con ports and other similar 5mm posts. The later toys tended to use 5mm posts which peg into ports on the toy.AUTOBOTS Where the bloody hell am I? Right here, mate. Right here!Outback — The only Mini Vehicle with a weapon at all, Outback sports a 5mm post that lets him use all kinds of crazy weapons.Steeljaw and Ramhorn — But not Rewind or Eject, strangely. Ramhorn's peg holes are very loose.Superion — Barely. The Aerialbots are the only Special Team whose leader doesn't use 5mm posts, and who have no members with larger vehicle weapons which use 5mm posts. Superion doesn't have 5mm fists either. Only the posts and ports for the combined form's hands and feet are 5mm posts. Superion even has what looks like a hollow 5mm peg on the underside of his combined form's chest plate — however this peg is just slightly too big to be of use.The Protectobots — In the standard style of the Scramble City teams, described above.Wreck-GarUltra Magnus — Most of Magnus' accessories use 5mm posts. Interestingly enough his rifle has two ways of being held — the large robot uses a larger peg than the small inner robot's 5mm post. So you can only let other toys hold the gun in the same way as Magnus' inner robot.Metroplex — Uses 5mm posts for his weapons, and his fists. He can happily wear any Scramble City fists instead of his own. Six-Gun and Scamper do not use 5mm pegs for their weapons, however Slammer does. His turret is on a hollow 5mm post so it can be mounted on (or rather under, most of the time) Mini-Cons!DECEPTICONSRatbatThe Stunticons — In the standard style of the Scramble City teams, described above.The Combaticons — In the standard style of the Scramble City teams, described above.The Predacons — Unlike the Scramble City toys, all the Predacons use 5mm posts as standard, with no accessories at all with smaller pegs, making all their weapons usable by Predaking.Scourge — Only his head-mounted gun, his rifle uses a smaller peg.Galvatron — However remember, Galvatron's weapons pegs can be any size he wants!Trypticon — Full-Tilt does not use 5mm posts. On the other hand, Brunt's tank turret does use them. It's completely possible to mount the turret as an arm cannon for an Armada toy, or anyone else with 5mm posts. 1987By 1987, 5mm posts had become almost universal. Only some smaller toys, and those toys without weapon accessories, didn't have them.AUTOBOTSThe Technobots — In the standard style of the Scramble City teams, described in the 1986 section above.Fastlane & CloudrakerPunch-CounterpunchThe MonsterbotsThe Targetmasters — Kup, Hot Rod and Blurr were retooled to be 5mm peg compatible so that they could use Targetmasters this year. The other Targetmaster moulds were all made with 5mm pegs in mind.The Headmasters — Fortress Maximus was the only Headmaster not to use 5mm pegs exclusively. Nearly all his accessories and the weapons for his smaller components were 5mm pegs. However his larger rifles were so huge they used much, much larger peg sizes which are not compatible with any other Transformers mould.DECEPTICONSThe Terrorcons — Blot and Cutthroat are the only small Special Teams members outside the Aerialbots not to have alt mode weapons with 5mm posts. Blot has a backpack, and Cutthroat has a transforming tail weapon, instead.Slugfest & OverkillPounce & WingspanSixshotThe Targetmasters — Cyclonus and Scourge were retooled to be able to use the 5mm pegs associated with Targetmasters and released again as part of this range.The Headmasters — Scorponok is the only Decepticon Headmaster not to use 5mm pegs universally. Most of his accessories use them, except for his four large double-barrelled cannons and his shield, which has a slightly wider peg hole. The shield does have a hollow 5mm peg on it, though, allowing you to mount a Mini-Con on the shield. Sweet! Oh yeah, that does mean, by the way, that his tremendously enormous rifle does use both 5mm pegs and 5mm peg holes. Fasttrack doesn't use 5mm pegs for his hands, but his arms are mounted on 5mm pegs, so you can give him all sorts of crazy gun arms. 1988 5mm pegs on Pretenders: A demonstration.1988 introduced a new line dependent on the 5mm peg, the Pretenders. As mentioned above, in the section on multiple posts and double posts, the Pretender shells all had 5mm pegs, while their robots had smaller (less universally sized) pegs. Pretenders usually had at least one weapon (sometimes more) that was meant for both the shell and the inner robot. For the 1988 Pretenders, these weapons had multiple pegs on them, allowing different components to hold them in different ways. These weapons were also usually a part of the Pretender's vehicle mode, and mounted on them in that mode using 5mm pegs.Later Pretenders used double-posting instead of multiple-posting, so that the inner robots often lacked the 5mm compatibility in their vehicle modes that earlier Pretenders enjoyed. But for 1988 it was 5mm compatible city!AUTOBOTSGrand Slam & RaindanceThe TargetmastersThe Headmasters — Unlike in 1987, the 1988 Autobot Headmasters had two sets of weapons with different post sizes. There was a single main rifle for the main robot with a 5mm post, and two smaller pistols that were both vehicle mode weapons and antennae for the robots' head.The Powermasters. — Powermaster Prime in particular is notable because his weapons are massive, badass and freakin' awesome. You know they are. Admit it.QuickswitchThe Pretenders — Including the regular Pretenders, Pretender Beasts and Gunrunner, the Pretender Vehicle.DECEPTICONS That gun mode stinks!The Seacons — Because of his Targetmaster gimmick, Piranacon is one of only two (the other being Superion, the piker) Generation 1 combiner robot without 5mm post hole fists. Instead he has special ports for the square pegs which are used as part of the Special Teams style combination. Each of the five smaller Seacons also come with a special Targetmaster stand which allows them to use their gun forms independent of Piranacon. The stand is divided into three parts, a connector, a post and a base. The post is moulded to look like a large rifle and has multiple pegs on it (of different sizes) letting it be held as a weapon both by the small Seacons and by anyone with a 5mm fist. The connector is even cooler, since it has a 5mm post hole and can be used to mount the Seacons on Mini-Con ports or other similar gun posts when in gun mode. It can also be used to make any Scramble City style combiner limb 5mm post compatible, so any of them can become a giant Mini-Con. How awesome is that?Squawktalk & BeastboxThe TargetmastersThe Headmasters — The small Decepticon Headmasters did not have two sets of weapons like their Autobot counterparts and relied entirely on 5mm posts.The Powermasters — Doubledealer came with a special Powermaster Engine cover with a 5mm post on it. The post is hollow, allowing you to mount a Mini-Con on it.The Pretenders — Including the regular Pretenders, Pretender Beasts and Roadgrabber, the Pretender Vehicle. 1989This year introduced t
     

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