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A Transformer is a fictional robot that is able to "transform", rearranging itself into a common and innocuous form, such as a car, aircraft, or animal. The taglines "More Than Meets the Eye" and "Robots in Disguise" reflect this ability. The Transformers were introduced in 1984 by Hasbro in a toyline. Since then they have appeared in countless comics, cartoons, video games and films with their own fictional universes, none of which are definitive according to Hasbro or the fans. Karl Benzs Velo model (1894) - entered into the first automobile race An automobile (or motor car) is a wheeled passenger vehicle that carries its own motor. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ... Various Transformers toys. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


The story features two main factions warring for control of their home planet, Cybertron. The heroic Autobots are led by Optimus Prime and their opponents are the Decepticons, led by Megatron. All Transformer incarnations have been based around this core concept, with some similarities and differences including the Transformer's fictional creator (most popular is the deity, Primus), the presence of Female Transformers and when and why the Transformers came to Earth. Cybertron from the original cartoon series Cybertron is the home world of the Autobots and Decepticons in the assorted stories in the fictional Transformers Universe. ... 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. ... This page is for the original 1984 Transformers character, Optimus Prime. ... The Decepticons (known as Destrons or on occasion Deathtrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the fictional universe of the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. ... Megatron is the primary villain of the Transformers franchise throughout the various Generation 1 series. ... Look up deity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Primus is the benevolent godlike entity in the fictional Transformers comic universe who fought against the Chaos-Bringer Unicron. ... Though rare, Transformers with the outward appearances, mannerisms and voices of the female gender do exist in the original cartoon universe - but not in the US Marvel comic book series, where it was specifically stated that Transformers do not have genders. ... Earth (IPA: , often referred to as the Earth, Terra, the World or Planet Earth) is the third planet in the solar system in terms of distance from the Sun, and the fifth largest. ...

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Generation One/Two (1984 onwards)

Main articles: Transformers: Generation 1 and Transformers: Generation 2
Every G1 character ever released (or depicted) in America. By Don Figueroa, 2004
Every G1 character ever released (or depicted) in America. By Don Figueroa, 2004

The term Generation 1 (G1) originated as an unofficial fan term, retroactively coined after the releasing of the Generation 2 toyline. In the 2000s, however, the term "G1" entered into official use with Hasbro's "commemorative series" re-release toys and Dreamwave's comic books. The term indicates the characters that appeared as toys between 1984 and 1992, and is the only defining aspect of the multiple fictional universes based on this era of the franchise. Image File history File links Megalitho_20thanniv. ... Image File history File links Megalitho_20thanniv. ... Dreamwave Productions was a Canadian art design studio and comic book publisher, best known for their multiple Transformers comic book series. ...


In 1984, the Sunbow cartoon and Marvel comic was launched, immediately creating a split. The Sunbow cartoon went on to a film, and tended to depict the story solely as Prime and Megatron leading Autobots and Decepticons against one another. The Japanese broadcast of the series produced new episodes that sewed in and out of the continuity, before carrying and ignoring the 1987 end of the American series. 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Original Sunbow Productions logo Sunbow Productions is an animation production studio, founded in 1981 and owned up until 1998 by Griffin-Bacal Advertising in New York. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... The Transformers was an 80 issue comic book by Marvel Comics telling the story of the Transformers. ... Transformers: The Movie is a 1986 feature film version of the popular television series Transformers based on the line of toys by Hasbro. ...


The Marvel comic, which originally was part of the main Marvel Universe, depicted it as more of a mess of factions that fight before uniting once it entered the Generation 2 era.[1] A big difference between the comic and cartoon is their backstory: in the TV series, they are former slaves of the Quintessons, but in the comic, Primus creates the Transformers to serve his material body that is planet Cybertron. In the Marvel comics, females of the race do not exist due to the rationale for robots being sexless machines. The movie which soon created material for the Marvel UK comic. Marvel UK's title was weekly, and interspliced original material into US reprints. It has been suggested that Earth-616 be merged into this article or section. ... Textual & Visual Quintesson Guide Quintesson Judge Inquirata (Quintesson scientist) prosecutor Quintesson Quintesson Guard Quintessons in the fictional Transformer Generation 1 cartoon continuum are cybernetic beings that are responsible for creating the Transformers. ...


In 2002, Dreamwave Productions began a new universe of G1 comics that faithfully pulled together both cartoon and Marvel comic. Also part of this universe were three novels, and a DK guide, as well as plans to make Beast Wars (see below) a part of a definitive continuity. In 2005 however, they went bankrupt, and the following year IDW Publishing rebooted the entire series from scratch within various limited series, beginning with The Transformers: Infiltration. This allowed long time writer of Marvel and Dreamwave comics Simon Furman to create his own universe without continuity hindrance, similiar to Ultimate Marvel.[2] Dreamwave Productions is a Canadian art design studio and comic book publisher, best known for their multiple Transformers comic book series. ... Dorling Kindersley (DK) is an international publishing company specialising in reference books for adults and children. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... IDW Publishing (Idea and Design Works) is an American comic book company, created from the remenants of Dreamwave Productions, which went out of business in late 2004, early 2005. ... Reboot, in series fiction, means to discard all previous continuity in the series and start anew. ... The limited series is a term referring to a comic book series with a set finite number of issues. ... Simon Furman is the writer of a number of notable Transformers comics for Marvel Comics UK, Marvel US, and Dreamwave. ... The various characters of the Ultimate Marvel Universe, as seen on the cover to Ultimates (v2) #12. ...


Beast Era (1996 onwards)

Main articles: Beast Wars, Beast Machines, and Transformers: Universe

The 1996 Beast Wars TV series used elements of the G1 series and comics as a historical backstory. Unlike the various contradictory and separate G1 universes, its spin-offs form an extended and cohesive story. Beast Wars TV series logo. ... The logo of Beast Machines. ...


The Canadian CGI animated series Beast Wars and its sequel Beast Machines, which ended in 2000, depicted the descendants of the Autobots and Decepticons, Maximals and Predacons, time travel to prehistoric Earth in a battle for the future. It exists in the same universe as "a" Generation One, with references to the comics only God Primus and important female characters, and some appearances from G1 characters too.


After the first season of Beast Wars (comprising 26 episodes) aired in Japan, the Japanese were faced with a problem - the second Canadian season was only 13 episodes long, not enough to warrant airing on Japanese TV. So, while they waiting for the third Canadian season to be completed (thereby making 26 episodes in total when added to season 2), they produced two exclusive cel-animated series of their own, Beast Wars II (also called Beast Wars Second) and Beast Wars Neo, to fill in the gap. The 2006 IDW comic book Beast Wars: The Gathering eventually confirmed the canonicity of these series with appearances of the Japanese characters within a story set during Season 3. Beast Wars II (aka Beast Wars Second or Beast Wars the Second) is the 1998 Japanese Transformers television animated series, movie and toyline. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ...


The storyline of Transformers: Universe, mainly set following Beast Machines sees characters from many assorted alternate continuities - including existing and new ones - encounter each other. The story was told in an unfinished comic book exclusive to the Official Transformers Collectors' Convention.


Robots in Disguise (2001)

Main article: Transformers: Robots in Disguise

A 2001 39-episode animated series from Japan. In this version, Megatron creates the Decepticons as a subfaction of the Predacons on Earth, a potential reference to the return to the vehicle based characters following the previous dominance of the animal based characters of the Beast Era. It is a stand alone universe with no ties to any other Transformers fiction. Some of the characters from Robots in Disguise did eventually make appearances in Transformers: Universe, including Optimus Prime, Sideburn and Prowl. This article is about the year 2001. ...


Unicron Trilogy (2002-2005)

Main articles: Transformers: Armada, Transformers: Energon, and Transformers: Cybertron

These three lines, launched in 2002 and dubbed "The Unicron Trilogy" by Transformers designer Aaron Archer, are co-productions between Hasbro and Takara, simultaneously released in both countries, each lasting 52 episodes. But in Japan, the series Transformers: Cybertron showed no ties to the previous two series, telling its own story. The American version is linked directly to Armada/Energon. Plot elements have been changed from the Japanese story into references to the previous shows to enhance continuity, but they largely only add up to mentioning Unicron once or twice. Aaron Archer is a toy designer for the Hasbro toy company. ...


Just as Marvel produced a companion comic to Generation One, Dreamwave produced companion comics to the new cartoon series, lasting 30 issues. Unfortunately, Dreamwave went bankrupt and ceased all publications before the storyline could be completed. But the Transformers Fan Club made it into the Cybertron era.


G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers (2002 onwards)

G.I. Joe characters existed within the original G1 Universes. In the early 21st century, Dreamwave Publications and Devil's Due Publishing published their own separate G.I. Joe/Transformers crossovers. 1960s Action Soldier Classic G.I. Joe Adventure Team Image, circa 1973 G.I. Joe is an American cartoon soldier. ... Devils Due Publishing company logo. ...


Devil's Due's story comprised three limited series. The first series lasting six issues, the second series lasting four issue and the third series, subtitled The Art of War lasting five issues. A fourth limited series, entitled Black Horizon is scheduled for January 2007. In this universe, the Cobra Organization uncovered the Ark, and the Transformers within, and reconfigured them into various Cobra vehicles. The second series then featured G.I. Joe travelling throughout time to recover several missing Transformers to save both Earth and Cybertron. The third series focused on the repercussions of leaving parts from the defeated Decepticons, from the first crossover, in the hands of the government, leading to the creation of Serpentor. The Cobra Organization (officially called Cobra Command) is the fictional nemesis of the G.I. Joe team, and part of a line of action figures sold by Hasbro, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. ... Serpentor the Cobra Emperor Serpentor is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe toyline. ...


Dreamwave's story comprised one six-issue limited series. The second, subtitled Divided Front had six issues planned, but only one was published due to Dreamwave's bankruptcy. Similar to Devil's Due's approach, Cobra discovers the Transformers' craft and makes an alliance with the Decepticons, except here, the action is set during World War II, with the Transformers redesigned to transform into contemporary war-era vehicles and weapons and G.I. Joe reimagined as a WWII infantry team. Its sequel series, set in the present day, did not make it beyond its first issue before Dreamwave closed. Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Nazi Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead...


IDW Evolutions (2006 onwards)

Main article: The Transformers: Evolutions

In addition to their new G1 universe and TV-series-compatible Beast Wars: The Gathering comic (mentioned above), IDW are also exploring numerous Elseworlds styled stories in the series The Transformers: Evolutions beginning with Hearts of Steel, a four-issue story which sets the action in the Industrial Revolution era. Elseworlds logo. ... A Watt steam engine in Madrid. ...


Film (2007)

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Like most comic book movies the live-action film is expected to be inspired by previous incarnations to form its own unique story. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (654x863, 81 KB) Summary www. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (654x863, 81 KB) Summary www. ... Transformers is a 2007 live action science fiction film conceptually based on the Transformers franchise and toy line. ... It has been suggested that List of graphic novels adapted into television or film be merged into this article or section. ... Transformers is a 2007 live action science fiction film conceptually based on the Transformers franchise and toy line. ...


The film will feature classic Transformers looking for the Allspark on Earth, with humanity in the balance. Characters included are Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee, Starscream, Jazz, Frenzy, Ironhide, Scorponok, Ratchet, Brawl, Bonecrusher, Barricade and Blackout. The AllSpark is the Transformers afterlife, a term from the Beast Machines animated series, comprising part of the Transformers universe. ... Earth (IPA: , often referred to as the Earth, Terra, the World or Planet Earth) is the third planet in the solar system in terms of distance from the Sun, and the fifth largest. ... Humanity refers to the human race or mankind as a whole, to that which is characteristically human, or to that which distinguishes human beings from other animals or from other animal species primal nature. ... This page is for the original 1984 Transformers character, Optimus Prime. ... Megatron is the primary villain of the Transformers franchise throughout the various Generation 1 series. ... Bumblebee is the name of a fictional character from the various Transformers universes. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Jazz is an Autobot Transformers character who has appeared in multiple stories. ... Frenzy is a fictional character in the Transformers toyline. ... Ironhide is the name of five different characters in the Transformers universes. ... Scorponok Scorponok (MegaZarak in Japan) is the name shared by several characters across three of the various fictitious Transformers universes. ... Ratchet is a character in the Transformers toyline and cartoon. ... The Combaticons toy packaging art The Combaticons (known as the Combatrons in Japan) are a group of Decepticon military vehicles in the assorted fictional universes of the Transformers. ... Bonecrusher is the name of several characters in the Transformers Universe. ... Barricade is the name of several fictional Transformers characters. ... Blackout is the name of four different fictional characters in the Transformers universes. ...


Heroes (2007)

In a Cartoon Network 2007 Program Schedule shown at ToonTalk, a new series called Transformers Heroes was included. Its expected to premiere next fall, and it is the first in the series to be produced by CN Studios, and the first US Transformers since Beast Machines. Little is known about it, but it will appear to be stand alone. The rumored characters for Heroes are Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee, Ultra Magnus, Prowl, Starscream plus some human characters.


It is rumored that David Kaye will voice Optimus Prime in this series.


Recent rumors have recently showed up

  • Animation studio not Gonzo ... rather it's Answer and Mook. Whether they're associated with Gonzo, no idea. - Not "anime"
  • Only TF related writer that's even submitted details/info is a guy who did some story editing on Beast Machines (ie: no beast wars writers)

( Character design ... guy from Teen Titans, Legion of Superheroes, Fosters...

  • Director ... did work on Teen Titans, X-Men Evolution
  • Cartoon Network is partner in the show, not just the airing network The overall look is brand new ... like nothing seen before in Transformers. It will not look like the Amarda/Energon/Cybertron trilogy.

References

  1. ^  Simon Furman (w),  Manny Galan (p),  Jim Amash (i). "Escalation/Tales of Earth (Part 5)" Transformers: Generation 2 #8 June 1994 Marvel Comics.
  2. ^ Simon Furman talks Stormbringer. Comics News International (2006-06-22). Retrieved on 2006-12-21.

Simon Furman is the writer of a number of notable Transformers comics for Marvel Comics UK, Marvel US, and Dreamwave. ... June is the sixth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with a length of 30 days. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Entertainment, Inc. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Transformers.com - Official Hasbro Transformers Site
  • TFU.Info - The most complete toy image gallery on the web.
  • TFKenkon.com - Photo galleries of more recent toys.
  • Lukis Bros Transformers Collector Site - Transformers collector site with pictures and profiles from all universes.
  • Cybertronian-Alliance.com - Character information database, gallery and forums.
  • Transformers @ The Moon - Largest Transformers toy gallery, and huge Transformers resource founded in 1999
Transformers
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Toy Line Transformers (Generation 1) (1984-1992) | Generation 2 | Beast Wars | Machine Wars | Beast Machines | Robots in Disguise | Armada | Universe | Energon | Alternators | Cybertron | Titanium | Classics | BotCon
Comics Marvel Series: The Transformers| Transformers/G.I. Joe | Headmasters | Universe | Generation 2
Dreamwave Series: Generation 1 | Armada/Energon | Transformers/G.I. Joe | The War Within | More Than Meets the Eye (G1/Armada) | Summer Special | Micromasters
IDW Series: Infiltration | Stormbringer | Spotlight | Escalation | Beast Wars | Generations | Evolutions
BotCon Exclusives: The Wreckers | Universe
Animated Series Generation 1: The Transformers | The Headmasters | Super-God Masterforce | Victory | Zone
Beast Era: Beast Wars | Beast Wars II | Beast Wars Neo | Beast Machines
Robots in Disguise
Unicron Trilogy: Armada | Energon | Cybertron
Characters Optimus Prime | List of Autobots | Megatron | List of Decepticons | Primus | Unicron | Optimus Primal | List of Maximals | Megatron | List of Predacons
Movies The Transformers: The Movie (1986) | Transformers (2007)
Factions Autobots | Decepticons | Maximals | Predacons | Vehicons | Mini-Cons
Video Games Battle to Save the Earth | Convoy no Nazo | Beast Wars | Beast Wars Transmetals | Transformers (2003) | Transformers (2004)

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Transformers (2484 words)
A Transformer is an intelligent robot (usually a large humanoid, though there are many exceptions such as animal forms) that is able to "transform", reconfiguring itself into a common and innocuous form, such as a car, airplane or animal.
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 (which featured heavily in the early episodes of the television series, despite not being easily available as toys).
While Transformers ended poorly for the US market, the same can not be said for the UK and Japan markets as they went on to produce their own continuing series between 1991 to 1993.
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In Transformers history, the Vok were mysterious and powerful aliens who had evolved beyond the corporeal world.
Their base of operations - be it another planet, location in space, or entire dimension - is dubbed "Nexus Zero." The Vok's influence was present on prehistoric Earth during the Beast Wars period of Earth's history (hundreds of thousands of years BCE).
However, when they became aware of the continued existence of the Transformers, they judgement chose to combine the bodies of Airazor and Tigatron into the demigod Tigerhawk, and possess the body, using it with the intent of passing judgement on Megatron for his attempts to alter history.
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