History YMMV / Transformers

27th May '16 6:20:32 AM hullflyer
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* MyRealDaddy: Simon Furman, who breathed new life into the comics, established much of the lore and characterizations for the franchise, and has wrote a good majority of ''Transformers'' comics.

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* MyRealDaddy: Although writer/artist Bob Budiansky created the personalities for most of the original G1 characters, and wrote many of the early comics, Simon Furman, who breathed new life into the comics, established much of the lore and characterizations for the franchise, and has wrote a good majority of ''Transformers'' comics.
12th May '16 1:18:54 AM CaptainTedium
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** Transformers were initially devoid of female Autobots or Decepticons because Hasbro reasoned that boys wouldn't be interested in girl toys. Not only have there been female Transformers in nearly every continuity, but the devoted fan base of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic a certain cartoon based on a franchise that was generally considered girly]] has most certainly disproved Hasbro's belief that focus on female characters would alienate the interest of boys.

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** Transformers were initially devoid of female Autobots or Decepticons because Hasbro reasoned that boys wouldn't be interested in girl toys. Not only have there been female Transformers in nearly every continuity, but the devoted fan base of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic a certain cartoon based on a another Hasbro franchise that was generally considered girly]] has most certainly disproved Hasbro's belief that focus on female characters would alienate the interest of boys.
10th May '16 12:50:28 AM CaptainTedium
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* HilariousInHindsight: There's an unmade transformer called [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Buffalo_Dump Buffalo Dump]]. I wonder if [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd James Rolfe]] knows about this guy?

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There's an unmade transformer called [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Buffalo_Dump Buffalo Dump]]. I wonder if [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd James Rolfe]] knows about this guy?guy?
** Transformers were initially devoid of female Autobots or Decepticons because Hasbro reasoned that boys wouldn't be interested in girl toys. Not only have there been female Transformers in nearly every continuity, but the devoted fan base of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic a certain cartoon based on a franchise that was generally considered girly]] has most certainly disproved Hasbro's belief that focus on female characters would alienate the interest of boys.
5th May '16 8:09:29 PM whateveryousay21
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** "Third Party" Transformers toys made by unlicensed companies. Not the typical bootleg toys, mind you- new toys designed to mimic or update franchise characters, add-on sets for existing toys, etc. The mentality behind these is "if they won't make it officially, WE will!". This can range anywhere from unofficial Masterpiece toys(we have seen 3P toys based on Mirage and various other characters that have yet to see official toys, and Shockwave had TWO unofficial updates before the official release!), IDW characters or designs that may not get official toys, or "artist interpretation" designs. The fandom is highly split on this issue because of the legality(these toys are being made with no license or permission) with some taking a strong pro-corporate stance and others going with the "if Hasbro won't make it, I'll buy from someone who will" line of thought. Hasbro themselves have been unusually quiet on the issue, taking no real legal action against these companies(granted, many of them are located in China which could make things difficult, and some new designs are so different that Hasbro may have little legal ground- considering they themselves often do unauthorized homages in their toy lines), failing to go after online stores that carry them, etc, with a sort of "we're okay with add-on kits that require buying our toys" quiet approval of that part of the market. However, Takara HAS gone after online retailers, at least in Asia, and the management of Botcon was very strict about not allowing ANY such toys at the conventions(including threats to confiscate any toys people bring, even personal copies- which they may have no actual legal authority to do).



* CrackIsCheaper: The Masterpiece figures. Want a G1 cartoon-accurate Soundwave or Megatron? Prepare to plonk down upwards of 100 bucks then! The third-party bootleg masterpieces aren't any cheaper too, mind you.

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* CrackIsCheaper: The Masterpiece figures. Want a G1 cartoon-accurate Soundwave or Megatron? Prepare to plonk down upwards of 100 bucks then! The third-party bootleg masterpieces aren't any cheaper too, mind you.you- often more expensive, actually. The "Takasa Tony" bootlegs are cheaper, though it often leads to legal or moral arguments over buying knockoffs amongst the fandom.
1st May '16 8:08:43 AM whateveryousay21
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** We are getting a proper Computron in a box set, although the solo Scattorshot was still released with only minor changes, with the combined mode being named Betatron and using only existing random limbs.

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** *** We are getting a proper Computron in a box set, although the solo Scattorshot was still released with only minor changes, with the combined mode being named Betatron and using only existing random limbs.



* Primus vs. Quintessons: Some fans prefer the Marvel Comics origin which says that Cybertron is a shell around an ancient god named Primus, with Unicron also being an ancient god. Primus created the Transformers as a means to fight Unicron some day. Others prefer the cartoon origin which says the Quintessons colonized a dead asteroid, building a mechanical factory planet on it, and building the Transformers as mere consumer goods to be sold to alien races. The machines eventually developed intelligence and ran their creators off to escape slavery. Unicron is also a giant WMD created by Primacron, merely an oversized robot that became too powerful for its creator to control- it's weak to the Matrix because Primacron owned it at the time and built in the weakness as a failsafe.

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* ** Primus vs. Quintessons: Some fans prefer the Marvel Comics origin which says that Cybertron is a shell around an ancient god named Primus, with Unicron also being an ancient god. Primus created the Transformers as a means to fight Unicron some day. Others prefer the cartoon origin which says the Quintessons colonized a dead asteroid, building a mechanical factory planet on it, and building the Transformers as mere consumer goods to be sold to alien races. The machines eventually developed intelligence and ran their creators off to escape slavery. Unicron is also a giant WMD created by Primacron, merely an oversized robot that became too powerful for its creator to control- it's weak to the Matrix because Primacron owned it at the time and built in the weakness as a failsafe.
1st May '16 8:08:15 AM whateveryousay21
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* Primus vs. Quintessons: Some fans prefer the Marvel Comics origin which says that Cybertron is a shell around an ancient god named Primus, with Unicron also being an ancient god. Primus created the Transformers as a means to fight Unicron some day. Others prefer the cartoon origin which says the Quintessons colonized a dead asteroid, building a mechanical factory planet on it, and building the Transformers as mere consumer goods to be sold to alien races. The machines eventually developed intelligence and ran their creators off to escape slavery. Unicron is also a giant WMD created by Primacron, merely an oversized robot that became too powerful for its creator to control- it's weak to the Matrix because Primacron owned it at the time and built in the weakness as a failsafe.
1st May '16 8:02:28 AM whateveryousay21
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** We are getting a proper Computron in a box set, although the solo Scattorshot was still released with only minor changes, with the combined mode being named Betatron and using only existing random limbs.
1st May '16 8:00:37 AM whateveryousay21
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** Generations Devastator: the return of the original combiner was divisive to say the least. One side loves him, as a massive solid figure, and the perfect recreation of the green giant whose flaws pale in comparison to how good it is. The other side takes issue with all the sacrifices made to achieve the mold such as hollow plastic, and dumbing down the Constructicons themselves to get a better Devy (most infamously are the elbows, with Hook and Mixmaster's being uncomfortably thin, Long Haul's elbows only bend sideways, and Scrapper has no elbows). His size is either praised for giving him the towering presence he deserves, or criticized for not being in scale with all the other combiners (being half a foot taller than them). Then there's his price tag of a solid $160, with his parts sold in box set. Some feel this is an acceptable price for such a massive popular toy, others feel Devy should have been smaller and more affordable.

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** Generations Devastator: the return of the original combiner was divisive to say the least. One side loves him, as a massive solid figure, and the perfect recreation of the green giant whose flaws pale in comparison to how good it is. The other side takes issue with all the sacrifices made to achieve the mold such as hollow plastic, and dumbing down the Constructicons themselves to get a better Devy (most infamously are the elbows, with Hook and Mixmaster's being uncomfortably thin, Long Haul's elbows only bend sideways, and Scrapper has no elbows). There is also the matter of Mixmaster's vehicle type being changed so that the mixer faces forward, leaving Devastator's foot as the smaller back engine block rather than the cab section, a change some have questioned since the other five remained faithful to their original designs. His size is either praised for giving him the towering presence he deserves, or criticized for not being in scale with all the other combiners (being half a foot taller than them). Then there's his price tag of a solid $160, with his parts sold in box set. Some feel this is an acceptable price for such a massive popular toy, others feel Devy should have been smaller and more affordable.
20th Apr '16 9:10:35 PM troperHearts
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* CrackIsCheaper: The Masterpiece figures. Want a G1 cartoon-accurate Soundwave or Megatron? Prepare to plonk down upwards of 100 bucks then!

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* CrackIsCheaper: The Masterpiece figures. Want a G1 cartoon-accurate Soundwave or Megatron? Prepare to plonk down upwards of 100 bucks then!then! The third-party bootleg masterpieces aren't any cheaper too, mind you.
20th Apr '16 8:44:44 PM HamburgerTime
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** The "Ask Vector Prime" feature, which ran on the official Website/{{Facebook}} page from April 2015 to February 2016. The feature allowed fans to ask questions of writer Jim Sorenson, in-character as GuardianOfTheMultiverse Vector Prime, with the answers becoming part of official ''Transformers'' canon. Fans are split on if it was a clever way to resolve mysteries that likely would have no answers otherwise (like the names and fates of minor characters) or a sad excuse for fans to add their own FanWank to canon by adding leading questions of Vector Prime.
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