I dont own much G1 but here's my own criteria for if they are good or not.
Cartoon accuracy is just a BONUS. The TOYS CAME FIRST. So, the real deal here is are they GOOD LOOKING in all their modes and are they FUN to transform and play with?
So, here's my list based on what I own:
#1: G1 Optimus Prime. That thing is just perfect in every ways. Even by today's standard!
#2: God Ginrai, AKA Powermaster Optimus Prime with Apex Armor. Sure, this is a partformer but there's so much you can do with him!
#3: Soundwave and his cassettes minions. Awesome in every ways and plenty of playability.
#4: Six Shot. As I found out recently
, Six Shot is one amazing dude. So much possibilities in a mold that is so simple.
#5: Shockwave. Ginormous bot, ginormous gun, ginormous fun.
The following are Gobots. Because for many years, Gobots are part of the Transformers family. They are also vintage from before 1985. You cannot get more G1 than that.
#6: Puzzler. Six matchbox cars that are real looking, transform into individual bots AND combine into a titan without the need of extra parts. That's masterful engeneering right there.
#7: SGB Spay-C. A kibble-free space shuttle that have a unique and clever transformation. The guy could have found himself at home in the TF Armada line with his very "modern" design. A backpack, arms-panels, and an overall kick-ass robot mode.
#8: SGB Cy-Kill. The super Gobot version of Cy-Kill is not only surprisignly well articulated, but it have no dtachable parts at all, rotating all the kibble on the back in a clever way. Also, he have a "good guy" face!
#9: Tux. A Rolls Royce that change into a classy bot with a top hat. Now that's PIMP!
#10: All the "cabin headed" Super Gobots
. I just love their perfectly accurate and kibble free vehicle modes and their retro robot look.
So, that's it. If you love good old bots, try adding these to your collection.