The Transformer movies, TV series, and comic books have grown more and more popular throughout the years. The first Transformer comic book was released in 1984 by Marvel, which eventually led to a TV series.
Then, in 2007 they made it to the big screen. There has been a lot of changes, but one thing that hasn't changed is growing up wishing that you could have your own vehicle that could transform like Bumblebee or Optimus Prime. Now your dreams can come true; people have made some spot-on replicas of the Transformers over the years and have done some great things with them.
Let's take a look at 10 trucks that look exactly like Transformers.
10 Long Haul - Dump Truck
Long Haul is a transformer that turns into a dump truck. Long haul is a construction Transformer who plays for the bad guys, which is the Decepticons. Long Haul is usually the one who ends up carrying all the Decepticons equipment and is seen in a few of the Transformer movies. But, he is also the transformer that wishes he could spend more time battling it out with the enemy. The way Long Haul sees it, he gets all the work of being a Decepticon without any of the glory and would like to do a lot more than carrying equipment.
9 Onslaught - Western Star 4900SF
Onslaught is a Decepticon tow truck. Onslaught is not the smartest Decepticon, but he is tough. He combines with his comrades to form Bruticus. Onslaught is a Western Star 4900SF and this one pictured isn't an exact replica, but it might as well be.
This truck is tough looking and looks like it could easily pass for a transformer. Onslaught is the lead of the Combaticons and is a missile launching vehicle. He may be big and strong but he would rather design and set up battle plans and designs than battle himself. But just because he'd rather set up the plans doesn't mean he's afraid to battle.
8 Trailbreaker - Toyota Hilux
Trailbreaker is a Generation 1 Transformer and transforms into a Toyota Hilux four-wheel drive vehicle. The character Trailbreaker's name has been changed over the years from Trailcutter to Trailblazer due to copyright issues. Trailbreaker has a great sense of humor and is always ready with a joke to tell to lighten the mood. His bravery overcomes his low self-esteem and has proven to be quite useful to the Autobots team. The Toyota Hilux has been around for eight generations and is a trustworthy vehicle. It has proved to be very reliable surviving in extreme weather conditions used in Antarctica and Arctic and is very popular in Europe.
7 Hound - Jeep CJ
In generation one, Transformers' Hound transforms into a Jeep CJ. These vehicles can be a lot of fun. The doors can come off and you can take them trail riding. These vehicles literally go from the road to the trails. Taking them through the mud and over hills can be very entertaining. In the newer Transformers movies, Hound is an Oshkosh Defense vehicle which is a lot stronger vehicle, but it isn't as practical either. Willy's produced the Jeep from 1945 until 1986. It was also the first massed produced four-wheel drive vehicle in 1945 which made it a much-wanted vehicle.
6 Galvatron - 2014 Freightliner Argosy
Galvatron looks a little different than this with blue LED driving and marker lights, and full LED headlights with a black and silver paint job. Galvatron is a 2014 Freightliner Argosy which had a short-lived time in the United States after regulations changed in the 1980s which allowed for overall longer lengths.
Argosys are still commonly sold in Australia and South Africa. Galvatron was once Megatron but with some added personality traits and a significant upgrade to his physical traits, he's bigger and badder than ever. It's safe to say Galvatron is a mean machine.
5 Sentinel Prime - Rosenbauer Panther Fire Truck
Sentinel Prime transforms into a Rosenbauer Panther 6X6 airport fire truck. The Panther 6X6 is pretty quick for a firetruck and is also quite powerful. This fire truck pumps out 9,000 l/per minute to match Sentinel Primes' power. Sentinel Prime was once the leader of the Autobots and he made a secret alliance with Megatron during their war. Sentinel crashed on the moon and was stranded there for many years. That was until Optimus Prime, his successor, learned that he was on the moon and went there to bring him back. After he was brought back, Sentinel betrayed the Autobots and teamed back up with Megatron. Unlike the vehicle he transforms into, Sentinel isn't reliable.
4 Ratchet - Hummer H2
Ratchet is kind of like the Autobots' doctor. Ratchet is their chief medical examiner and when something breaks, he's the one they call. He's always fixing one thing or another, so Ratchet has to be able to go just about anywhere. Which is probably why they chose to make him transform into a Hummer H2. Most people loved the idea to have an emergency vehicle be a Hummer H2 considering it has an electronically controlled transfer case, making it a four-wheel drive vehicle. Especially in China. They were so inspired that they bought some H2's to use as their emergency vehicles.
3 Ironhide - GMC TopKick c6500
Monroe Truck Equipment—which modifies vehicles for different business owners—teamed up with Marvel to produce a truck that looked exactly like the Transformer, Ironhide.
It has a twin big-rig style smokestack like Ironhide along with 20" black wheels. It has TopKick's standard dualies custom powder coated front and rear bumpers, along with the huge winch on the front. It looks so similar the only way to tell the difference is that Monroe has amber running lights and Ironhide has blue lights.
2 Optimus Prime - 1979 Custom Peterbilt
This Peterbilt looks exactly like Optimus Prime because it was actually used in the Transformer movie. NASCAR team owner, Rick Hendrick bought the real Optimus Prime at an auction in Scottsdale, Arizona for $110,000. For the first Transformer movie, the producer Michael Bay used a 1979 Customized Peterbilt. This truck is pretty fast for a big old truck. You can spin donuts in this truck at 70 miles per hour which is very impressive for such a large vehicle.
1 Optimus Prime - Western Star 5700
This is the only real exact replica of Optimus Prime built with Hasbro's permission. Ryan Fiduccia built this to show his son that dreams can come true.
They make special appearances with the truck and travel the country to share this amazing truck with the world. They matched it up side by side with the Optimus Prime used in the movies, and it's very hard to tell them apart. Ryan got everything right down to the tires. This looks exactly like the real Optimus Prime and is an amazing sight to see.