History Franchise / TransformersGeneration1

7th Jul '17 7:55:46 PM flamemario12
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* AudienceShift: Most current material based on ''Generation 1'', specifically comics, toys, games (such as ''VideoGame/TransformersDevastation'') and re-releases of the animated series, is aimed towards fans who grew up with the franchise rather than the children that it was originally intended for. The comic series by Dreamwave and later [=IDW=] are particularly DarkerAndEdgier, with frequent character deaths and even different characterizations (

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* AudienceShift: Most current material based on ''Generation 1'', specifically comics, toys, games (such as ''VideoGame/TransformersDevastation'') and re-releases of the animated series, is aimed towards fans who grew up with the franchise rather than the children that it was originally intended for. The comic series by Dreamwave and later [=IDW=] are particularly DarkerAndEdgier, with frequent character deaths and even different characterizations (characterizations.
4th Jul '17 11:49:05 PM flamemario12
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* AudienceShift: Most current material based on ''Generation 1'', specifically comics, toys, games (such as ''VideoGame/TransformersDevastation'') and re-releases of the animated series, is aimed towards fans who grew up with the franchise rather than the children that it was originally intended for. The comic series by Dreamwave and later [=IDW=] are particularly DarkerAndEdgier, with frequent character deaths and even different characterizations (



*** To be fair, this is the identical voice that Alan Oppenheimer uses for Mer-Man in ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''.

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*** To be fair, this is * VillainDecay: Particularly prevalent with combiner teams, but also with characters representing other gimmicks, such as Triple-Changers. Devastator was unstoppable in early episodes, and in more than one episode unbeatable even by the identical voice that Alan Oppenheimer uses for Mer-Man entire Autobot team. Later, he could be broken up by a single shot from Perceptor. This effect was largely symmetrical, as Autobot combiners were also brought in ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''.to replace the formerly formidable older ones. Multiple Autobot characters have been referred to as their "last line of defence", including Omega Supreme and Metroplex.
18th May '17 8:34:58 AM Killerikala
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* WeaksauceWeakness: Megatron orders his troops to retreat after being sprayed by... Fire-retardant foam. Apparently it can short circuit cybertronians, although Ironhide can actually shoot the stuff from his forearms. Why he never used it to drive away the Decepticons once and for all is left unanswered.
7th May '17 2:38:55 PM nombretomado
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''See main article: '''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'''.''

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''See main article: '''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'''.'''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'''.''



* GeneralFailure: Megatron, although this was averted in ''TransformersTheMovie'' when he TookALevelInBadass and actually managed to ''kill Optimus'', among other things.

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* GeneralFailure: Megatron, although this was averted in ''TransformersTheMovie'' ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' when he TookALevelInBadass and actually managed to ''kill Optimus'', among other things.
6th May '17 5:56:01 PM nombretomado
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''Transformers: Generation 1'' (originally simply ''The Transformers'') is the original incarnation of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', and regarded as the most iconic incarnation by some. If you say "Transformers", it's more than likely [[PopCulturalOsmosis people will believe]] that [[FirstInstallmentWins you're talking about this one]] (or the [[TransformersFilmSeries live-action movies]], depending on the audience). It began in 1984 as a way to [[MerchandiseDriven advertise Hasbro's Transformers toy line]], which was made from altering Takara's Diaclone and Microchange lines through retools (mild alterations) and/or redecos (repaints).

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''Transformers: Generation 1'' (originally simply ''The Transformers'') is the original incarnation of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', and regarded as the most iconic incarnation by some. If you say "Transformers", it's more than likely [[PopCulturalOsmosis people will believe]] that [[FirstInstallmentWins you're talking about this one]] (or the [[TransformersFilmSeries [[Film/TransformersFilmSeries live-action movies]], depending on the audience). It began in 1984 as a way to [[MerchandiseDriven advertise Hasbro's Transformers toy line]], which was made from altering Takara's Diaclone and Microchange lines through retools (mild alterations) and/or redecos (repaints).



What made the show really special was the incredible quality of the voice acting. The huge number of characters made it difficult to firmly establish a distinct personality for each one. However, each character had a distinct, very fitting voice, which subtly indicated their personalities without needing to devote an entire episode to them. In fact, Peter Cullen's role as Optimus Prime was so respected that, when it was announced he would be reprising his role in 2007's live-action ''[[TransformersFilmSeries Transformers]]'' movie, fans immediately stopped complaining and started supporting the film.

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What made the show really special was the incredible quality of the voice acting. The huge number of characters made it difficult to firmly establish a distinct personality for each one. However, each character had a distinct, very fitting voice, which subtly indicated their personalities without needing to devote an entire episode to them. In fact, Peter Cullen's role as Optimus Prime was so respected that, when it was announced he would be reprising his role in 2007's live-action ''[[TransformersFilmSeries Transformers]]'' ''{{Film/Transformers}}'' movie, fans immediately stopped complaining and started supporting the film.
6th May '17 12:06:40 PM nombretomado
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The movie is infamous for killing off a large number of characters in order to give screen time to new toys. The deaths of [[MessianicArchetype Optimus Prime]] and [[DracoInLeatherPants Starscream]] in particular caused such consternation among fans that both characters were brought back in season three, after a fashion. And the replaced characters/toys such as Hot Rod and Ultra Magnus are subsequently disliked by some for being inferior [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute copies of the older characters.]] Interestingly, both of the aforementioned characters' [[DeathIsCheap deaths and revivals]] established now-time-honored traditions in ''Transformers'' fiction--that Starscream has an immortal spark (in G1 and related continuities) or is immortal by some other token (for example, in ''[[TransformersAnimated Animated]]'', where he manages to stay alive because of an Allspark shard lodged in his forehead), and that Optimus Prime is prone to making {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s from which he will fairly quickly return.

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The movie is infamous for killing off a large number of characters in order to give screen time to new toys. The deaths of [[MessianicArchetype Optimus Prime]] and [[DracoInLeatherPants Starscream]] in particular caused such consternation among fans that both characters were brought back in season three, after a fashion. And the replaced characters/toys such as Hot Rod and Ultra Magnus are subsequently disliked by some for being inferior [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute copies of the older characters.]] Interestingly, both of the aforementioned characters' [[DeathIsCheap deaths and revivals]] established now-time-honored traditions in ''Transformers'' fiction--that Starscream has an immortal spark (in G1 and related continuities) or is immortal by some other token (for example, in ''[[TransformersAnimated ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Animated]]'', where he manages to stay alive because of an Allspark shard lodged in his forehead), and that Optimus Prime is prone to making {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s from which he will fairly quickly return.
18th Apr '17 2:26:40 AM Killerikala
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** Soundwave's alternate mode is a perfect example. He turned into a casette player; an useful disguise back then, nowadays not so much. Of course, some more... nostalgic fans (luckily a minority) disagree with any attempt at modernization.
5th Mar '17 5:36:16 PM nombretomado
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The first of these was published by MarvelComics. It is sometimes stated that the comic came before the cartoon; while issue 1 of the comic hit the newsstands quite some time before the first episode of the cartoon aired, the cartoon went into production long before the comic.

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The first of these was published by MarvelComics.Creator/MarvelComics. It is sometimes stated that the comic came before the cartoon; while issue 1 of the comic hit the newsstands quite some time before the first episode of the cartoon aired, the cartoon went into production long before the comic.
12th Feb '17 12:07:17 PM morenohijazo
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* {{Underlighting}}: It used underlighting frequently for the yellow Autobot gunshots, the purple Decepticon gunshots, and sometimes the red and blue glowing eyes.
21st Nov '16 10:20:50 AM kyojikasshu
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It finally ended after 80 issues (in America) or 332 (in Britain) due to declining interest in ''Transformers'', though Marvel would later publish the short-lived ''[[ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2 Generation 2]]'' comic. In 2012, IDW Publishing announced ''Transformers: Regeneration One'', a relaunch of the Marvel Transformers continuity picking up 21 years after where issue 80 left off. The series is slated to run until issue #100.

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It finally ended after 80 issues (in America) or 332 (in Britain) due to declining interest in ''Transformers'', though Marvel would later publish the short-lived ''[[ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2 Generation 2]]'' comic. In 2012, IDW Publishing announced ''Transformers: Regeneration One'', a relaunch of the Marvel Transformers continuity picking up 21 years after where issue 80 left off. The This series is slated to run until ran for 22 issues (including #80.5, given away for Free Comic Book Day 2012, and issue #100.
#0, set between #94 and #95), concluding definitively with issue #100 in March 2014.
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