History Franchise / Transformers

21st Jan '18 2:47:27 PM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' (1996) was animated in CGI and produced by MainframeEntertainment, famous for the first CGI television show, ''ReBoot''. At first, ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' was controversial simply for the change into transforming into animals. (This culminated in the '[[TheyChangedItNowItSucks Trukk Not Munky]]' [[MemeticMutation meme]], which came about because it was mistakenly believed that the original Optimus Prime and Megatron were the protagonist and antagonist respectively.) But over time, the depth and direction of the story was praised, and the series as a whole is currently very well-regarded. Treating the events of Generation One in BroadStrokes as historical legend, it featured a determined Maximal crew under the rookie captain Optimus Primal (who takes on the form of a gorilla) fighting a rogue band of Predacon criminals led by Megatron (who took on the name of the original Decepticon) on what turned out to be [[spoiler:prehistoric Earth (an EarthAllAlong halfway through the series)]]. It also introduced several plot points that would go on to greatly influence future fiction, notably [[OurSoulsAreDifferent sparks]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' (1996) was animated in CGI and produced by MainframeEntertainment, Creator/MainframeEntertainment, famous for the first CGI television show, ''ReBoot''. At first, ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' was controversial simply for the change into transforming into animals. (This culminated in the '[[TheyChangedItNowItSucks Trukk Not Munky]]' [[MemeticMutation meme]], which came about because it was mistakenly believed that the original Optimus Prime and Megatron were the protagonist and antagonist respectively.) But over time, the depth and direction of the story was praised, and the series as a whole is currently very well-regarded. Treating the events of Generation One in BroadStrokes as historical legend, it featured a determined Maximal crew under the rookie captain Optimus Primal (who takes on the form of a gorilla) fighting a rogue band of Predacon criminals led by Megatron (who took on the name of the original Decepticon) on what turned out to be [[spoiler:prehistoric Earth (an EarthAllAlong halfway through the series)]]. It also introduced several plot points that would go on to greatly influence future fiction, notably [[OurSoulsAreDifferent sparks]].
4th Jan '18 9:58:16 AM Locoman
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** ''ComicBook/TransformersVsVisionaries'': Science and magic clash when the mystical [[WesternAnimation/{{Visionaries}} Visionaries]] descend on Cybertron.
28th Dec '17 10:42:36 AM HelloLamppost
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Considering its origins ''as'' a toy line, the show is highly MerchandiseDriven, each incarnation serving to pimp a line of transforming toys. The original toy line sold in America came about when Creator/{{Hasbro}} imported several disparate Japanese toy lines, primarily Takara's "Diaclone" (launched 1980) and "Microchange" lines (the latter part of the more larger "Microman" toy franchise of 1974-84). The piecemeal origins of the individual toys are largely responsible for the enormous disparity in scale and style of the early toys (the original Optimus Prime, for example, has a cockpit designed to hold a Diaclone action figure, while the original Jetfire's toy is easily recognizable as a Valkyrie from ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]''). When brought together as a single toy line, they were given the ''Transformers'' brand and established the "sapient robot" aspect of the story.

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Considering its origins ''as'' a toy line, the show is highly MerchandiseDriven, each incarnation serving to pimp a line of transforming toys. The original toy line sold in America came about when Creator/{{Hasbro}} imported several disparate Japanese toy lines, primarily Takara's "Diaclone" (launched 1980) and "Microchange" lines (the latter part of the more larger "Microman" toy franchise of 1974-84). The piecemeal origins of the individual toys are largely responsible for the enormous disparity in scale and style of the early toys (the original Optimus Prime, for example, has a cockpit designed to hold a Diaclone action figure, while the original Jetfire's toy is easily recognizable as a Valkyrie from ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]''). When brought together as a single toy line, they were given the ''Transformers'' brand and established the "sapient robot" aspect of the story.
28th Dec '17 10:41:48 AM HelloLamppost
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A [[LongRunners long-running]] franchise consisting of dozens of toy lines, many AnimatedSeries, quite a few ComicBooks, and a series of live-action movies. Reduced to its simplest terms, ''Transformers'' is the story of an eons-old battle between two factions of a race of TransformingMecha, usually called the Autobots and Decepticons, whose battles frequently take them to [[EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Earth]]. Traditionally the Autobots transform into civilian automobiles, while the Decepticons transform into military hardware, though this distinction has grown less obvious over time.

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A [[LongRunners long-running]] franchise consisting of dozens of toy lines, many AnimatedSeries, quite a few ComicBooks, and a series of live-action movies. Reduced to its simplest terms, ''Transformers'' is the story of an eons-old battle between two factions of a race of sentient TransformingMecha, usually called the Autobots and Decepticons, whose battles frequently take them to [[EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Earth]]. Traditionally the Autobots transform into civilian automobiles, while the Decepticons transform into military hardware, though this distinction has grown less obvious over time.
23rd Dec '17 7:59:55 PM nombretomado
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* VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron is a video game that dives into the basic history of the Autobot[=/=]Decepticon war and meant to be a stepping stone showing how that war finds its way to Earth. It takes major mythology points from various sources and re-presents them to the audience, setting up the greater franchise (such as why Starscream is TheStarscream and how come [[BondVillainStupidity Megatron doesn't just shoot him]]). It was built from the [[EpicGames Unreal engine]] and was released on PC, UsefulNotes/XBox360, [[strike:UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}]], UsefulNotes/{{DS}}, and [=PS3=] in July 2010.

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* VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron is a video game that dives into the basic history of the Autobot[=/=]Decepticon war and meant to be a stepping stone showing how that war finds its way to Earth. It takes major mythology points from various sources and re-presents them to the audience, setting up the greater franchise (such as why Starscream is TheStarscream and how come [[BondVillainStupidity Megatron doesn't just shoot him]]). It was built from the [[EpicGames [[Creator/EpicGames Unreal engine]] and was released on PC, UsefulNotes/XBox360, [[strike:UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}]], UsefulNotes/{{DS}}, and [=PS3=] in July 2010.
17th Nov '17 4:23:36 PM Rabukurafuto
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** ''ComicBook/GIJoe2016'': Skywarp is a member of the Joes. [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Yes, really.]]

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** ''ComicBook/GIJoe2016'': Skywarp is a member of the Joes. [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Yes, really.]]
4th Nov '17 7:12:11 PM BNSF1995
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** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise2015'' is a [[NamesTheSame confusingly]] [[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo named]] {{sequel}} to ''Prime'' now airing in 2015. The art style is a blend of the ''Prime'' and ''Rescue Bots'' styles. Set some years after "Predacons Rising", for the first time the story doesn't focus on an Optimus or even a Prime, but upon the now speaking Bumblebee, who heads back to Earth on a mission from the 'dead' Optimus, only to be unwittingly joined by a RagtagBunchOfMisfits who he must lead to neutralise a Decepticon threat on Earth.

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** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise2015'' is a [[NamesTheSame confusingly]] [[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo named]] {{sequel}} to ''Prime'' now airing in 2015. The art style is a blend of the ''Prime'' and ''Rescue Bots'' styles. Set some years after "Predacons Rising", for the first time the story doesn't focus on an Optimus or even a Prime, but upon the now speaking Bumblebee, who heads back to Earth on a mission from the 'dead' Optimus, only to be unwittingly joined by a RagtagBunchOfMisfits who he must lead to neutralise a Decepticon threat on Earth. As the series goes on, it becomes clear something sinister is going on behind the scenes...



In 2017, Hasbro announced a brand new series titled: ''Transformers: Cyberverse'', which is planned to be released next year. Hasbro also stated that each season will be dubbed as chapters, and will focus on the characters and lore of the Transformers Universe.

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In 2017, Hasbro announced a brand new series titled: ''Transformers: Cyberverse'', which is planned to be released next year. Hasbro also stated that each season will be dubbed as chapters, and will focus on the characters and lore of the Transformers Universe. It will likely be yet another ContinuityReboot for the franchise.
28th Oct '17 6:00:12 PM jormis29
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** ''Comic Book/RomVsTransformersShiningArmor'': ''[[ComicBook/RomSpaceknight Rom]]'' meets the Transformers after he raises an orphaned protoform into a new Space Knight.

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** ''Comic Book/RomVsTransformersShiningArmor'': ''ComicBook/RomVsTransformersShiningArmor'': ''[[ComicBook/RomSpaceknight Rom]]'' meets the Transformers after he raises an orphaned protoform into a new Space Knight.
27th Oct '17 12:12:46 PM Locoman
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** ''Comic Book/RomVsTransformersShiningArmor'': ''[[ComicBook/RomSpaceknight Rom]]'' meets the Transformers after he raises an orphaned protoform into a new Space Knight.
27th Sep '17 5:55:57 PM DG89
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* ''[[Film/TransformersUniverseBumblebee Transformers Universe: Bumblebee]]'' (2018)
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