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Encyclopedia > Transformers (toy line)

The Transformers is a line of toys designed and produced by the toy companies Takara and Hasbro. Initially reusing previously-released toys from the Japanese toylines Diaclone and Microman, Hasbro issued the toys under the name Transformers in the United States in 1984. The premise behind the Transformers toyline is that an individual toy's parts can be shifted about to change it from a vehicle, a device, or an animal, to a robot action figure and back again. The taglines "More Than Meets The Eye" and "Robots In Disguise" reflect this ability. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Takara Co. ... Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ... Takara Toys Diaclone toys were transforming vehicles piloted by miniature Micromen called an Inch-Man. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Zarbon action figure from Dragon Ball Z made by Bandai An action figure is a posable plastic figurine of a character, often from a movie, comic book, video game, or television program. ...


The Transformers toyline is typically divided into two main factions: the heroic Autobots and their opponents, the evil Decepticons (known in Japan as the Cybertrons and Destrons, respectively). Transformers toys are sold at a number of price points, and various Transformers series utilize unique play features. The Autobots are the protagonists in the Transformers Universe, a collection of various toys, graphic novels, paperback books, cartoons and movies first introduced in 1984. ... The Decepticons (also known as Destrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ...


There have also been a number of spin-offs based on the toys including a Marvel comic book series, an animated television series program presented by Claster Television, a television production company that Hasbro organized for this and similar purposes, that began transmissions in 1984 (Transformers series) and a feature-length movie, The Transformers: The Movie. The original series program was followed by a number of spin-offs with varying levels of popularity. A live-action movie, directed by Michael Bay under the sponsorship of Steven Spielberg, premiered on June 12, 2007 and opened in the United States on July 2, 2007. A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... This article is about the comic book company. ... There have been three main publishers of the comic book series bearing the name Transformers based on the toy lines of the same name. ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Claster Television was a Baltimore, Maryland–based television distributor founded in 1953 by Bert and Nancy Claster as Romper Room Inc. ... Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ... This article is about the year. ... The Transformers (G1) 1984-1987, U.S. This page is a partner page to Transformers Universes, listing the various television series that the Transformer toyline has spawned since its creation in 1984. ... In film and video, live action refers to works that are acted out by human actors, as opposed to animation. ... For the 1986 animated film, see The Transformers: The Movie. ... Michael Benjamin Bay (born February 17, 1965) is an American film director and producer. ... Steven Spielberg (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director and producer. ... is the 163rd day of the year (164th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...

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Creation

The Transformers toyline was developed by Hasbro after they met up with Takara representatives at the 1983 Toy Fair trade show in New York and proposed to combine and re-brand Takara's Diaclone and Micro Change toylines into the Transformers for release in the United States. Thus began a long and successful collaboration between Takara and Hasbro on toy development for the Transformers line, a collaboration which has grown increasingly close. Currently, Hasbro does the vast majority of the concept work and character creation, while Takara continues to control the actual manufacture of the toys. Hasbro markets and sells the toys internationally, while Takara sells them in the Japanese market. The design director for the Transformers brand, as of the first week of July of 2007, was Aaron Archer. Takara Co. ... Takara Co. ... Takara Toys Diaclone toys were transforming vehicles piloted by miniature Micromen called an Inch-Man. ... Takara Toys Micro Change toy line were objects that could transform into robots to fight beside other Microman toys. ... Takara Co. ... Aaron Archer is a toy designer for the Hasbro toy company. ...


The basic back-story of the toyline and subsequent comic books and cartoons was developed by the Marvel Comics writers Jim Shooter and Dennis O'Neil; it was O'Neil who actually changed Convoy's name to Optimus Prime. Most of the subsequent character names and profiles throughout the original run were done by the primary Transformers US comic book writer, Bob Budiansky. This article is about the comic book company. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Dennis Denny ONeil is a comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, and Group Editor for the Batman family of books until his retirement. ... Convoy is the Japanese Equivalent of Prime. ... This refers to the original character. ... Bob Budiansky is a comic book writer, best known for his work on the Transformers comic. ...


Floro Dery was primarily responsible for the look and feel of the Transformers cartoon series program, and he was the visual creator of The Transformers: The Movie. He refined some of the initial season one animated character models done in Japan, and subsequently interpreted the toy box art for further characters, creating the models that would become the visual guidelines both for the comic books and the animated cartoon. Floro Dery was responsible for the look and feel of The Transformers cartoon series and was the visual creator of the Transformers: The Movie. ...


Most Transformers come with "technical specifications" which detail the Transformer’s characteristics. Older Transformers come with Robot Points which could be redeemed for special Transformers which were not sold in stores, such as the Omnibots or the Decepticon triplets known as Reflector, a character who featured heavily in the early installments of the television series program, despite not being easily available as toys. Each Transformer has tech specs printed on the back of the box that it is sold in. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Transformers toylines

The following Transformers toy series were released in the United States:

  • Transformers (1984-1990 USA) (1984-1993 UK/Canada)--retroactively called 'Generation One' or 'G1' since then. These are considered the "classic" Transformers.
  • Transformers: Generation 2 (1993-1995 USA)(1994-1995 UK/Canada)
  • Beast Wars: Transformers (1996-1999)
  • Machine Wars: Transformers (1997) - a limited release KB Toys exclusive
  • Beast Machines: Transformers (2000-2001)
  • Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2001-2002)
  • Transformers G1 Commemorative Series (2002-2005)
  • Transformers: Go-Bots
  • Transformers: Armada (2002-2003)
  • Transformers: Universe (2003-2006)
  • Smallest Transformers (2003-2004)
  • Transformers: Energon (2003-2005)
  • Transformers: Alternators (2003-2007)
  • Transformers: Cybertron (2005-2007)
  • Transformers: Masterpiece series (2004-Present)
  • Transformers: Titanium (2006-Present)
  • Transformers Classics (2006-2007)
  • Star Wars Transformers (2006-present)
  • Transformers Movie (2007)

See also: Transformers (fiction), Transformers series and Transformers (comic). This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Machine Wars was a short-lived toy series in the Transformers toyline, introduced in 1996. ... K•B Toys (previously known as Kay Bee Toys) is a chain of mall-based retail toy stores in the United States. ... Beast Machines is an animated television series produced by Mainframe Entertainment and distribuited by Universal Pictures that was a direct sequel to Beast Wars and is a television series to take place within the continuity of the original Transformers series. ... Smallest Transformers packaging with Megatron depicted. ... Transformers Classics are a line of Transformers toys that are based on and resemble the first generation characters and figures introduced in the 1980s. ... For the 1986 animated film, see The Transformers: The Movie. ... Transformers are fictional alien robots and the titular characters of a popular[1] Hasbro toy line and its spin-offs. ... The Transformers (G1) 1984-1987, U.S. This page is a partner page to Transformers Universes, listing the various television series that the Transformer toyline has spawned since its creation in 1984. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Transformers: Generation One (1984-1990 USA)(1984-1993 UK/Canada)

Main article: Transformers: Generation 1

The first Transformers toys were created from the different transforming robot toylines from Takara, notably the Diaclone and Micro Change (Microman) series. Hasbro acquired the rights to sell them in the United States but, instead of selling them under their original names, they were rebranded as "The Transformers." The first two years consisted primarily of reusing the Diaclone/Micro Change molds. Some of the models from the Diaclone line still have the pilot's seat in their design. The tagline to the Transformers is, "More Than Meets The Eye!" The earliest toys had some parts made of die-cast metal, which were eventually phased out. Takara Co. ...


It is worth noting that the line was released as "The Transformers" in the USA, Canada and the UK in 1984 but Takara was still marketing Diaclone at least during 1984. Hence in Japan "The Transformers" did not debut under that brand till 1985, when the line was also rolled out to the majority of the rest of the world between Takara and Hasbro. Hasbro Europe still will not accept, however, that the range was released in the UK in 1984 [citation needed], not even with evidence such as Argos 1984 catalogues containing the range, the UK comic launching in September 1984 or even the 1984 Transformers product catalogue produced by "Hasbro Industries (UK) Ltd, Wokingham." It is thought that Hasbro Europe as it now stands did not come into existence till 1985, hence no records of Transformers sales in 1984.[citation needed] UK Transformers toys were sold in identical boxes to those of their American counterparts up until around 1998/9 when the range started to have UK exclusives. Takara Co. ... Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ...


The 1984 and 1985 toy lines contained several figures of note. Megatron, the Decepticon leader, originally transformed into a realistic Walther P-38 pistol with stock and barrel extensions and scope. The Megatron toy was delayed till 1985 for release in the UK. The Constructicons were the first "gestalt" team in the Transformers line, but were different from most subsequent gestalt teams in that they consisted of six members instead of five. The Autobot Jetfire was repainted from a Macross toy, specifically the VF-1 Valkyrie, and the character was renamed Skyfire in the animated television series program for copyright reasons. This article is about the fictional Transformers character. ... Jetfire is the name of two fictional characters from the Transformers universes. ... The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (Japanese: 超時空要塞マクロス, Chou Jikuu Yousai Macross) is an anime television series. ... In the fictional series Macross and its English adaptation Robotech: The Macross Saga, the first mass-produced variable fighter (Macross) or Veritech fighter (Robotech) is called the VF-1 Valkyrie. ...


In 1986 the Transformers animated movie had been released, and during the run of the movie, through a pamplet that came with certain figures, you could order through the mail certain transformers, Optimus Prime was one of them, that came in a standared brown mailer box, with items, booklet, and a limited Edition Movie certificate and sticker


The 1986 line featured another significant change in that many, if not the majority, of the toys were conceived as futuristic vehicles and bore little resemblance to present-day machinery. This was due to changes in the movie and television series, which leaped ahead twenty years to the year 2005. Many have speculated that this change might have been what signaled the beginning of the end for the Transformers, as part of the novelty of the first lines was the realistic vehicles that turned into robots.


For the 1987 and 1988 lines, Hasbro introduced even more radical ideas through new sub-groups. The Headmasters and Targetmasters came with partners who transformed into the figure's head or weapon, respectively. Powermasters, including the new version of fan favorite Optimus Prime, came with partners that transformed into engines. Each line would see various permutations over the two-year span, including smaller Headmasters, Double Targetmasters, and a Powermaster with two engines. Headmasters are a sub-group of characters from the Transformers meta-series, distinguished by their ability to detatch their heads when transforming into their alternate modes, with the heads then transforming themselves into a humanoid form. ... Targetmasters are a subline of the Transformers toyline that include Nebulan sidekicks who can transform into the Transformers weapons. ... This refers to the original character. ... Doubledealer is a toy in the Transformers toyline. ...


The most controversial line of this period was the Pretenders. Pretenders consisted of a Transformer contained inside an action figure shell who could "pretend" to be either a human or a monster. Complaints with this line were numerous, including the lack of articulation of the figures (the shells could only move their arms), the simple transformation of the robots within, and their increasing lack of resemblance to any sort of modern recognizeable vehicle. Still, despite the complaints, the Pretender line continued through all but the final year of Generation One, with variations such as Beast Pretenders, Monster Pretenders, Classic Pretenders, Mega Pretenders and Ultra Pretenders, each with variations on the theme or increasing levels of complexity. The Pretenders are a sub-group within the Transformers toyline, introduced in 1988, capable of disguising their robotic forms through the use of synthetic organic outer shells. ...


Also during this time, Micromasters were introduced, and would become one of the last sub-groups of Generation One. Micromasters were tiny Transformers created to compete with the Micro Machines, a hugely popular toy line of the time. While many of the figures had simple transformations and little detail due to their small size, the line eventually expanded to feature Micromaster Transports and Bases, in which Micromasters came with larger vehicles or bases that transformed.


In 1989 , the entire line became limited to Pretenders and Micromasters. For the first time, the Transformers received a new design for their title logo. But many also regarded this as a time of a dearth in creativity and the lowest point in the toyline's history. The year 1990 saw the last American burst with the release of more Micromaster characters and the introduction of the Action Masters, non-transforming action figures who came with Transforming companions. Larger Action Master sets came with transforming vehicles and bases. The Action Master line was criticized for its perceived desperation for a gimmick, although it had a few defenders. The line predictably faded and would be the last Transformers output in the US until 1992. The Pretenders are a sub-group within the Transformers toyline, introduced in 1988, capable of disguising their robotic forms through the use of synthetic organic outer shells. ... Micromasters is a Transformers subline composed of small figures that came packaged in groups and with bases that interacted with the figures. ... Action Masters was a sub-line of the Transformers toy line. ...


While Transformers ended poorly for the US market, the same can not be said for the UK, Canada, and Japan markets as they went on to produce their own continuing series between 1991 to 1993, despite the UK market in particular missing a substantial amount of figures prominent in the comics and animated series throughout the line's run. Each country produced their own continuity. The UK and Canada continued with new Action Master figures and introduced the Turbo Masters and Predators. Japan continued with the Micromasters concept.


The 1992 and 1993 European and Canadian releases make up what is often called "Generation 1.5," much to the annoyance of many UK fans. These toys are similar in design to the Generation 2 Transformers, having lightpipe eyes, and pastel colors. The 1993 European figures used the G2 faction symbols which Hasbro UK designed because their licence on the G1 symbols had expired. The 1993 figures were repackaged for European G2 release in 1994, and three subgroup molds got used in the US G2 line.


The term Generation 1 is a retronym; the series was simply known as "Transformers" until the release of the Generation 2 series. However, the term has become semi-official, as both Hasbro and Takara have referred to this era as "Generation 1." New characters are still occasionally added to the line, primarily by E-hobby. (Examples: Sunstorm, Hauler, Detritus, and the like.) Large-scale production of new characters in this line ended with the onset of Generation 2. A retronym is a type of neologism coined for an old object or concept whose original name has come to be used for something else, is no longer unique, or is otherwise inappropriate or misleading. ... e-Hobby is an online Japanese retailer that is perhaps best known for creating and selling exclusive repaints of Transformers by Takara. ... Sunstorm is the name of several fictional characters from the Transformers universes. ...


Transformers: Generation Two (1993-1995 USA) (1994-1995 UK/Canada)

In late 1993, Hasbro relaunched the Transformers franchise with the Generation 2 line, with production again largely being done by Takara. The subgroups concept was done away with for the first year, but there were no new molds or characters. Generation 2 re-used the molds for many of the characters from the 1984 and 1985 line, but with mostly different color schemes and finishes, as well as different weapons and accessories. Megatron's figure was released later on. As noted previously, Megatron's original alternate mode, or "transformation identity," was a handgun with attachments, but in Generation Two, this was changed to a tank due to safety and security concerns. Most of the 1994 figures were re-releases or recolors of European G1 releases. Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ... Takara Co. ...


Unfortunately for both Takara and Hasbro, the Generation Two series of Transformers sold poorly, with the stories generally being considered artistically bankrupt as well [citation needed], and Hasbro abandoned it after two years. There were toys planned that never saw release. Most of these were G1 combiner team recolors or recolors of recent figures. Four unreleased molds were released in the Machine Wars line, and four more resurfaced in the Robots In Disguise series.


Beast Wars and Beast Machines (1996-2001)

With the failure of the Generation 2 series, Hasbro and Takara decided the franchise needed an overhaul. They went in a new direction and a new beginning. While there had been Transformers that change into robotic animals, the premise of the new line was that all figures would transform into animals with realistic appearances. The Beast Wars toyline was launched in the fall of 1995, and Mainframe Entertainment produced a computer-generated imagery, or CGI, animated series program to tie in with the new toyline. A fresh idea coupled with a TV series program with strong stories assured this series the success Hasbro and Takara needed, as this series was a giant hit in international markets as well as in Takara's home market, Japan. Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ... Takara Co. ... Mainframe Entertainment is a Canadian computer animation and design company based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Los Angeles, California, USA. It produces childrens computer animation TV series. ... Takara Co. ...


Hasbro's original plan for the Beast Wars was to have Optimus Prime, renamed Optimus Primal, and Megatron be reformatted versions of their 1980s selves. This was shown in the toys's Tech Specs, and in the comic packaged with the basic Optimus Primal/Megatron two-pack. Hasbro also wanted the "Mutant Heads" found on all of the deluxe sized first year toys as battle helmets, but Mainframe scrapped the idea as it would have required three animation models for each character instead of two. Another designed feature for the 1995/1996 toys was carried over from Generation 2, transparent 'light pipe" eyes. However, most toys had those parts cast in opaque plastic. The Transformers franchise consists of a number of toy lines consisting of robots who could transform into vehicles, animals, and other objects. ... ...


The Beast Wars line was also the first appearance of "flip changer" Basics, where flipping a part of the animal mode (usually the head or tail) would transform the entire toy, and moving the part back would transform the toy back to beast mode. Like other features, this was only used in the 1995/1996 Basics and their repaints.


Beast Wars: Transformers had to be renamed in some countries, particularly Canada, because of concern over the word "war" in the title. So, in some countries, it was released under the title Beasties. Long-time Transformers fans noticed the prominence of the words "Beast Wars" over "Transformers," the latter appearing in small type under the former. The Transformers's fan base splintered into two groups as a direct result, with the one enjoying Beast Wars for what it was and the other refusing to accept it as official canon in the Transformers mythology.


The success of Beast Wars and the change in storyline resulted in its second phase: Beast Machines. Like Beast Wars, the name Transformers was used only as a secondary title. While still a success, the storyline and direction borne by Beast Machines was questioned and criticized by the most ardent fans who knew the previous history of the Transformers. Also, there was a clamor for a return to the original idea of the Transformers, that of their being protean robots with nearly humanlike artificial intelligences who transformed into vehicles or devices.


Robots in Disguise (2001-2002)

While Beast Machines was still running in the United States, Japan’s Takara made a bid to return to the familiar vehicle-transforming robots concept. In 2000, Car Robots was released. This line was brought by Hasbro to America as the Robots In Disguise series, and featured the Autobots facing off against the Predacons. This series is usually regarded by most as filler while Hasbro contemplated the next direction for Transformers. However most fans of Transformers recognise that most if not all of the toys released from this line were of excellent quality, combining the ball-joint articulation with detailed, well painted alternate modes. Takara Co. ...


Once again Optimus Prime and Megatron were re-engineered, with Prime now a fire truck and Megatron a six changer, whose modes included a dragon, bird-creature, jet, land-craft and a giant hand. Another G1 character to get a new toy for this line was Ultra Magnus, who could combine with Optimus Prime to form Omega Prime. Other combiners were created for the series too, Such as Build-King, and Bullet Train. Bruticus, a combiner from G1 was also recoloured and introduced into the series, with a coinciding toy re-release. The combaticons that formed Bruticus were the first of the Decepticons to be introduced into the show along with Scourge, who as a toy was a black repaint of G2 Laser Prime. These were not the only toys to be re-released for this series, with many from past lines being repainted and packaged in RID boxes. Robots In Disguise was responsible for introducing a lot of concepts that would be re-used often in the next incarnations of Transformers.


Also of note, Megatron's toy was repainted and re-released (retooled to allow 4 new altmodes) under the name Galvatron, beginning a tradition of repaints that would follow through with Armada and subsequent toy lines.


Transformers: Armada (2002-2003)

In 2003, Transformers: Armada launched a pivotal new era in the toy line. After several lines of toys produced by one company or the other, Hasbro and Takara united to produce what was purported to be a single, identical line of Transformers for release worldwide. In tandem with this new endeavor, Armada signaled a new continuity in its accompanying animated series and a new focus in both the show and the toys on Mini-Cons, a new faction of Transformers. The Mini-Cons were much smaller robots (not much larger than humans) who were neutral in the Autobot/Decepticon fight, but due to their incredible power and abilities, were sought by both factions.


The lowest priced toys in the Armada line were three-packs of Mini-Cons. Each larger price point consisted of an Autobot or Decepticon who came with a Mini-Con partner. Mini-Cons could be used to unlock a variety of features on each larger robot, such as firing weapons, electronic lights and sounds, or alternate modes. Some three-pack Mini-Cons combined into other forms or had additional features. According to the storyline, Mini-Cons also enhanced the power of other Transformers, giving incentive to collect as many of them as possible.


Other items of note in the Armada line:

  • The Armada line featured the first commercially available figure of Unicron, who was a legendary character from Generation 1, and the main villain of The Transformers: The Movie. Unicron was a robot who transformed into an entire planet.
  • The Mini-Cons often mimicked features associated with Generation 1 sub-groups such as the Headmasters and Targetmasters, transforming into weapons and, in three cases, a Transformer's head.

Transformers: Energon (2003-2005)

After the successful Armada toy line, Hasbro/Takara introduced Transformers: Energon. The accompanying television series program was a direct continuation of the events of Transformers: Armada and featured many of the same characters in new forms. This was reflected in the toy line, as characters such as Hot Shot, Jetfire, Optimus Prime and Megatron were all released with entirely new molds.


Transformers: Energon introduced several new concepts to the toy line. Two new sub-groups, the Omnibots and Terrorcons, joined the fray, representing smaller factions of the Autobots and Decepticons respectively. The smaller toys in these sub-groups came with Energon weapons that could be used by the larger Autobots and Decepticons, along with Energon chips that could be fastened to the larger figures to enhance their power. Energon weapons and chips came in a variety of colors of translucent plastic. Many Autobot figures in the line were able to combine with a partner to form a larger robot through the "Powerlinx" process. The Decepticons were designed instead with alternative "attack modes." While no longer the focus of the line, there were several Mini-Con releases in Energon as well.


Other items of note in the Energon line:

  • Energon contains perhaps the most homages to Generation 1 Transformers in any subsequent line, with toys featuring similarities to classic figures such as Omega Supreme, Skids, Wheeljack, Galvatron and Ravage.
  • Many larger figures in the line came with no weapons, to fit with the concept that Omnibots and Terrorcons provided energy and weaponry for them. Fittingly, then, the smaller robots were often armed to the hilt with weaponry.
  • In a break from tradition, Energon Optimus Prime's large mode resembled a configuration similar to Voltron or to the Power Rangers action figures. This design was unpopular with many fans due to design issues with the toy. The small robot's body was large in proportion to his arms and legs which made the figure appear fat, earning it the nickname "Fatimus Prime" or "Obese-imus Prime". The 4 vehicles that combined with the robot were small, lacking the intricate detail that made other toys in the line popular. Fans were also angered by early releases of this toy in which the head was molded with a mouth rather than the traditional muzzle design. Later releases of the toy did feature a more traditional Prime head.

Original run 10 September 1984 – 18 November 1985 Episodes 123, plus a one-hour Fleet of Doom special Voltron is a giant mecha robot first featured in the 1980s animated television series Voltron: Defender of the Universe. ... Power Rangers is a long-running American childrens television series adapted from the Japanese tokusatsu Super Sentai Series, though it is not simply an English dub of the original. ...

Transformers: Cybertron (2005-2007)

Transformers: Cybertron, named Galaxy Force in Japan, was a follow-up to the successful Armada and Energon lines. The companion anime series program is only partially a continuation of the Armada/Energon storyline, as several inconsistencies exist. Once again, a new feature was introduced for the line--Cyber Keys, which activated special functions on the figures in a manner similar to the Mini-Cons in Armada. Each figure came with a Cyber Key regardless of size, but there were several Cyber Keys crucial to the plot of the anime series which only came with certain figures. Again, many of the same characters were included but with entirely new figures from new molds.


Also of note in the Cybertron line:

  • Primus, the creator of the Transformers conceived by Simon Furman for the UK Transformers comic, received action figure treatment in the Cybertron line. He transformed into the planet Cybertron itself.
  • For the first time since Rodimus Prime in Generation One, Cybertron featured a Prime other than Optimus--Vector Prime, said to be one of the first 13 Transformers ever created.
  • By this time, Hasbro/Takara was using a higher ratio of repaints consisting of figures from the Armada and Energon lines. In addition, by the end of its run, Cybertron was competing with several other simultaneous lines, including Universe, Alternators and Titanium.
  • Many of the repaints taken from the Armada line had remolded parts retro-fitted to the original designs so their Mini-con features would now use a planet key instead.

Simon Furman is a comic book writer, particularly associated with of a number of notable Transformers comics for Marvel UK, Marvel US, Dreamwave, and most recently, IDW. He also wrote the final episode of the Beast Wars: Transformers cartoon, the Transformers Ultimate Fan Guide, and several convention exclusive comics and...

Transformers: Kiss Players (2006)

(translated from the Japanese Wikipedia article)


The Transformers: Kiss Players was a Japan-only line of Transformers toys, manga, and audio dramas released in 2006. Kiss Players is set in an alternate Transformers universe where the Transformers are powered by the kisses of young girls. The toys themselves come packaged with small, scale figurines of the girls who power them. The toyline was openly admitted to be aimed at a specific part of the market--slightly perverted adults, rather than children. The comic that accompanied the Kiss Players was an unashamed reflection of this, with several images which were considered by some to be very sexually themed.


Kiss Players continued the theme of the metaphysical power potential of human beings empowering Transformers. Previous examples were the Japanese series programs Godmasters and Car Robots.


Takara's official Transformers: Kiss Players website


Transformers film (2007)

The live-action Transformers movie was slated to premiere in the U.S. on July 3, 2007, and was a joint collaboration among DreamWorks SKG, Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, Inc. Paramount Pictures was slated to release the film in the United States, as it had by now made DreamWorks Pictures one of its wholly owned subsidiaries, and was also to be responsible for the international release of the film through United International Pictures, its joint venture with Universal Studios. The feature was directed by Michael Bay from a screenplay written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. It was a new story, set apart from the previous incarnations of the cartoon(s) and comic(s). A new origin and characters were introduced. Steven Spielberg, who with Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen had established DreamWorks SKG, was the main executive producer of the film, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Tom DeSanto and Don Murphy serving as co-executive producers. In practice, this meant that they were the primary financial sponsors of the film. Transformers is a 2007 live action science fiction film conceptually based on the Transformers franchise and toy line. ... Transformers is a 2007 live action science fiction film conceptually based on the Transformers franchise and toy line. ... is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... This article is about the film studio. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ... United International Pictures (UIP) is a joint venture of Paramount Pictures (owned by Viacom) and Universal Studios (owned by NBC Universal), to distribute some of the two studios films outside United States (including territories) and Canada. ... This article is about the American media conglomerate. ... Michael Benjamin Bay (born February 17, 1965) is an American film director and producer. ... Alex Kurtzman wrote the screenplay for the 2005 film The Island. ... Roberto Orci wrote the screenplay for the 2005 film The Island. ... Steven Spielberg (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director and producer. ... Jeffrey Katzenberg (born December 21, 1950 in New York City) is an American film producer and Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation SKG. He is perhaps most famous for his period as studio chairman at The Walt Disney Company, and for producing the movie Shrek (2001). ... David Geffen (born February 21, 1943) is an American record executive, film producer, theatrical producer, philanthropist. ... This article is about the film studio. ... Lorenzo di Bonaventura (1957) is an American producer. ... Tom DeSanto (born in Edison, New Jersey, 1968) is an American film producer and screenwriter. ... Don Murphy (born ca. ...


Shia LaBeouf portrays the lead human character, Sam Witwicky, in the film with Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, and Megan Fox in supporting roles. Peter Cullen reprises his role as the voice of Optimus Prime. Megatron's voice is provided by Hugo Weaving. Shia Saide LaBeouf[1] (pronounced SHY-uh luh-BUFF, IPA: [2]; born June 11, 1986) is a Daytime Emmy Award-winning[3] American actor and comedian. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Tyrese Darnell Gibson (born December 30, 1978), often known simply as Tyrese or Black-Ty, is an American R&B and hip hop singer, songwriter, rapper, actor, and former fashion model and MTV VJ. After releasing several successful albums, he made the transition into films, with lead roles in several... Megan Denise Fox (born May 16, 1986) is an American actress and model, perhaps best known for her roles on the television series Hope & Faith and in the 2007 film Transformers. ... Peter Cullen, born in Montreal, Canada is a voice actor who is best known for providing the voices for Optimus Prime and Ironhide, in the original Transformers series and the narrator in both American Voltron series. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


It was expected that the release of a new movie would involve the production and release of associated toys from Takara and Hasbro. Images surfaced, on-line, of some toy prototypes, notably Starscream and a new Decepticon who was to be named Blackout, along with packaged samples of movie preview "Protoform" Optimus Prime and Starscream toys. Similarly, fans found preliminary artwork of multiple characters, although it was not known at the time how close these were to the final designs. The designs were significantly different from those of the Generation 1 characters with the same names. Reactions varied widely: some fans objected strongly to the designs, occasionally going so far as to threaten a boycott if the designs were not changed to be more traditional, while others liked them. The issue became a divisive one, as detractors accused supporters of lacking respect for the franchise's history, while supporters accused detractors of being "stuck in the past", and not accepting change. Look up Boycott in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


In the "Transformers" film, the robots had more of an alien feel to them to fit the theme of an alien invasion. The robots (stated by Optimus Prime) in the film are actual sentient organisms and not just giant, mindless, and mechanical machines. The robots can also speak their own alien language sounding like what seems to be based on different pitches and frequencies. Along side of that, they gave them more alien features that probably wasn't mentioned in the comics or T.V. series such as an highly advanced exoskeleton, force field, and a special "alien meteoroid" mode which they transform into individually and arrive on earth in. The exoskeleton is a "self-regenerating metal" in which the aliens are composed of (stated in the film) that is the equivalent of living skin that heals itself. An exoskeleton is an external anatomical feature that supports and protects an animals body, in contrast to the internal endoskeleton of, for example, a human. ...


Even though the transformers were heavily modified for the film for a more alien "feel", they still kept some key features from the G1 look to stay true to the character's origins. Examples: Optimus' faceplate and primary colors, and Megatron's arm cannon. Megatron's head also resembles a helmet-like shape.


Also, as a new feature, most figures include advanced "automorph technology", which is designed to create quicker and easier conversion, which means moving one part of the vehicle or robot causes other parts to move, creating a final shift to battle mode.


Transformers trivia

  • Contrary to what people may think, there has never been a break in the production of new Transformer toys; there have been new Transformers toys every year since its debut in 1984 because the UK and Japan produced their own continuing series in the period of 1991 to 1994.
  • Like G.I. Joe's Larry Hama, Robert Budiansky wrote the majority of the tech specs, the personal profile of each Transformer, for the Generation 1 series.
  • The Hasbro toyline Battle Beasts was known as Beastformers in Japan, and was a part of the Japanese Transformers toyline.
  • London electro band Robots In Disguise are named after the famous Transformers tagline.

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Transformers events

The official international Transformers convention is BotCon but other fan events include Auto Assembly and TransForce in the UK and past Transformers only events have included BotCon Japan, BotCon Europe and "OTFCC". The first larger Transformers convention in the Nordic countries is called "The NTFA Mini-Con", with official support from Hasbro Nordic, and is held by members of the NTFA - The Nordic TransFans Association, on november 3-4, 2007. Various other events also celebrate Transformers. Display cases for upcoming Transformers at BotCon 2006 BotCon, briefly known as The Official Transformers Collectors Convention (or OTFCC), is an annual convention for Transformers fans and collectors. ... Founded in 2000 by Sven Harvey, Auto Assembly is a Transformers convention that is held in Birmingham, UK. The first convention was held in 2000 and has been held annually, except in 2002. ...


Transformers video games

In 1986 , Ocean Software Ltd. released a video game based on the Transformers. It was available for ZX Spectrum [1] and Commodore 64 [2]. It was rated slightly above average in the reviews. In 1986 Activision also released a Transformers game for the Commodore 64 [3]. The Transformers is a platform / shoot em up game based on the Transformers franchise. ... The ZX Spectrum is an 8-bit personal home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. ... C-64 redirects here. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Activision, Inc. ...


Takara released a Famicom game named Transformers: Convoy no Nazo, which controlled mainly the "powered" form of Convoy, known in the United States as Ultra Magnus. The game was poorly received in Japan and was not released overseas. “NES” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Convoy (disambiguation). ... Ultra Magnus is the name of several fictional characters characters from the various Transformers universes. ...


The most recent video game was released for the Sony PlayStation 2 by Atari; simply titled as Transformers, it was based on The Transformers: Armada. The game's reception was mixed, particularly due to the popularity of a PS2 Transformers game released at the same time for a Japanese-exclusive market, though the Armada game was of a higher quality and featured much better gameplay. The game not released in America was based on the Generation 1 storylines. Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $66. ... PS2 redirects here. ... This article is about the corporate game company. ... Transformers is a video game based on the Transformers: Armada animated series. ...


Hasbro sold the digital gaming rights various properties, including My Little Pony, Magic: The Gathering, Tonka, Playskool, and The Transformers,) to Infogrames for 100 million dollars in American money in 2000, buying back the rights for 65 million in American money in June of 2005.[1] Fizzy and Galaxy, the unicorns from the My Little Pony animated series My Little Pony is a line of colorful toy ponies marketed primarily to young girls and produced by the toy manufacturer Hasbro. ... Magic: The Gathering (colloq. ... For the rocket fuel, see Tonka (fuel). ... Playskool is a toy brand owned by Hasbro. ... Infogrames Entertainment SA (IESA) is an international holding company headquartered in Lyon, France. ...


Activision and Traveller's Tales, creators of the Lego Star Wars games, planned to release Transformers: The Game in 2007 to tie in with the live-action feature film for the Sony PlayStation 3, the Microsoft Xbox 360, the Nintendo Wii, and the Sony PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 2. The player would be able to play as both the Autobots and the Decepticons, pick up and throw objects, and transform at any time. The steering in vehicle mode was compared to that of the Grand Theft Auto games and was planned to have a free-roaming environment. Activision, Inc. ... Travellers Tales Ltd is a British software house established in 1990 and based in Knutsford, Cheshire. ... Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $66. ... The PlayStation 3 , trademarked PLAYSTATION®3,[3] commonly abbreviated PS3) is the third home video game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment; successor to the PlayStation 2. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... It has been suggested that Xbox 360 Elite be merged into this article or section. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun we, IPA: ) is the fifth home video game console released by Nintendo. ... Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $66. ... The PlayStation Portable , officially abbreviated as PSP) is a handheld game console released and currently manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. ... PS2 redirects here. ... The Autobots are the protagonists in the Transformers Universe, a collection of various toys, graphic novels, paperback books, cartoons and movies first introduced in 1984. ... The Decepticons (also known as Destrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... Grand Theft Auto may refer to Motor vehicle theft, a crime in many jurisdictions Grand Theft Auto (film), a film directed by Ron Howard Grand Theft Auto (series), a computer and video game series Grand Theft Auto (video game), the first game in this series Category: ...


References

  1. ^ "HASBRO REACQUIRES DIGITAL GAMING RIGHTS FROM INFOGRAMES FOR $65 MILLION", Hasbro press release, 9 June 2005.

External links

  • Transformers.com - Official Transformers Web Site

 
 

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