Blog #526: Transformers Artifact of the Week: Transformers Napkins (Including Generation One Variations)

Transformers Napkins (Including Generation One Variations)

I know what you’re thinking.  An artifact of the week on napkins?  Really?  Yes.  A week ago I wouldn’t have bothered, but I recently found a number of variant Generation One napkins, so I thought it was worth a post.

G1 Luncheon Napkins

I’ve found three different variations on the G1 Luncheon Napkins.  I am calling them version one, two, and three, but it’s an arbitrary designation as I really have no idea what order they would have been released in.  The differences are described below.

Luncheon Napkins Version One

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Luncheon Napkins Version Two

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Luncheon Napkins Version Three

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I’m going to do this a little bit backwards.  Version two and three are almost identical.  The only difference is the color of the text on the package insert “16 Luncheon Napkins”.  It is white on version two and black on version three.  Otherwise version two and three appear identical.  There is a slight difference in the shade of blue on the napkins themselves, but that seems more of a printing inconsistency than an actual change.

Version One:
1. Pink box border goes all the way to the edge of the card.
2. Slightly bolder text “16 Luncheon Napkins”.
3. Text “13.5 In.”.
4. Text “(175.5 SQ. IN.)”
5. Slightly larger text “1984 Hasbro Bradley, Inc. All Rights Reserved”.
6. The blue on the napkin is significantly darker.
7. On the napkin slightly larger text “1984 Hasbro Bradley, Inc. All Rights Reserved”.

Version Two and Three:
1. White Border outside the pink boxes.
2. Slightly less bold text “16 Luncheon Napkins”.
3. Text “13 In.”.
4. Text “(169 SQ. IN.)”
5. Slightly smaller text “1984 Hasbro Bradley, Inc. All Rights Reserved”.
6. The blue on the napkin is significantly lighter.
7. On the napkin slightly smaller text “1984 Hasbro Bradley, Inc. All Rights Reserved”.

G1 Beverage Napkins

On the Beverage Napkins, I’ve only found two variations, and they are not as many changes.  As above, I’ll call them arbitrarily version one and two.  The differences are described below.

Beverage Napkins Version One

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Beverage Napkins Version Two

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Version One:
1. Large barcode.
2. Slightly bolder text “16 Beverage Napkins”.
3. All black text is slightly larger.
4. On the napkin, smaller text “1984 Hasbro Bradley, Inc. All Rights Reserved” and the text is on the left.

Version Two:
1. Small barcode.
2. Slightly less bold text “16 Beverage Napkins”.
3. All black text is slightly smaller.
4. On the napkin, larger text “1984 Hasbro Bradley, Inc. All Rights Reserved” and the text is on the right.

I suspect that there might be a third version of the Beverage Napkins with black text like there is for the Luncheon Napkins, but I don’t have one and couldn’t find a picture of one online.

That’s it for the G1 USA Napkins.  Here are the other TF Napkins I have in my collection.  Unfortunately, I only took pictures of one side of them.

G1 From Canada

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Interestingly, the Canadian packaged napkins are of far better quality and use the box art.

G2 Jazz

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Energon Autobot

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Energon Decepticon

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Movie

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Animated From the UK

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Revenge of the Fallen Autobot

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Revenge of the Fallen Decepticon

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Prime Bumblebee

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Prime Optimus Prime

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Dark of the Moon Optimus Prime

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A note on this.  You’ll notice that these do not use the Dark of the Moon graphics, but just the “Transformers” design.  This is because a lot of merchandise that was planned for release in 2010 as part of the Transformers 2010 line was held and repackaged for Dark of the Moon.  The reverse of these do say “Transformers 3” on the label, making them officially a Dark of the Moon item.

Botcon 2007 Hasbro Charities Movie Screening and Awards Party and Concert Autobot

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Botcon 2007 Hasbro Charities Movie Screening and Awards Party and Concert Decepticon

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These last two napkins were available at the Hasbro Charities screening of Transformers at Botcon 2007 and were also available (I believe, my memory is a little fuzzy) at the Awards Party and Concert that was part of the convention.

Thanks for reading!

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About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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