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Transformers is the name of a line of toys produced by Hasbro from 1984 onwards, and also of a number of spin-offs based on the toys including a Marvel Comics series, an animated television series that began airing on 1984 (Transformers series) and a feature-length movie, Transformers: The Movie. The original series was followed by a number of spin-offs with varying levels of popularity.
A Transformer is an intelligent robot (usually a large humanoid, though there are many exceptions) that is able to "transform", reconfiguring itself into a common and innocuous form, such as a car, airplane or animal. The taglines "More Than Meets the Eye" and "Robots in Disguise" reflect this ability.
Transformers originally featured two main factions warring for control of their home planet, Cybertron. The heroic Autobots were led by Optimus Prime, and their opponents the Decepticons were led by Megatron.
Floro Dery was responsible for the look and feel of the Transformers cartoon series and was the visual creator of Transformers: The Movie. He interpreted the toy box art and created the models that would become the visual guidelines both for the comics book and the animated cartoon.
Each Transformer comes with tech specs which detail the Transformer’s characteristics, and older Transformers come with Robot Points which could be redeemed for special Transformers which were not sold in stores.
See also Beast Wars.
Transformers TV series
- Transformers (1984 - 1987) (98 episodes)
- Beast Wars: Transformers (1996 - 1999) (52 episodes)
- Beast Machines: Transformers (1999) (26 episodes)
- Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2001) (39 episodes)
- Transformers: Armada (2002) (52 episodes)
- Transformers: Energon (2004) (52 episodes)
- Transformers: Cybertron (2005)
- Takake! Cho Robot Seimeitai Transformer (1985)
- Takake! Cho Robot Seimeitai Transformer 2010 (1986)
- Transformers: The Headmasters (1987)
- Transformers: Chōjin Master Force (1988)
- Transformers: Victory (1989)
- Transformers: Zone (1990)
- Transformers: Battlestars: The Return Of Convoy (1991)
- Transformers: Operation Combination (1992)
- Beast Wars: Cho Seimeitai Transformer (1997)
- Beast Wars Second: Chō seimeitai Transformer (1998)
- Chô seimeitai Transformer: Beast Wars Neo (1999)
- Transformers: Beast Wars Metals (1999)
- Transformers: Car Robots (2000) (39 episodes)
- (English language version: Transformers: Robots in Disguise)
- Transformers: Micron Legend (2003)
- (English language version: Transformers: Armada)
- Transformers: SuperLink (2004)
- (English language version: Transformers: Energon)
- Transformers: Galaxy Force (2004)
- (English language version: Transformers: Cybertron)
See Transformers Series for more detailed information on the series, including the comic book adventures.
The Autobots are the protagonists and are led by Optimus Prime. Their ship crashed on the planet Earth and now they must stay here until they can repair the ship. They must also defend Earth from the Decepticons.
The Decepticons are led by the cunning and mighty Megatron, who is obsessed to a fault with power and domination. They too crashed on Earth after boarding the Autobots's ship, and now wish to plunder Earth's energy reserves to aid the war on Cybertron.
These feature in Transformers: The Movie but are neither Autobots or Decepticons. The Quintessons are not even Transformers, though they are credited with creating the Transformers long ago.
Ravaged from the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons, Cybertron was almost completely drained of its energy resources. Neither side had enough energy reserves to continue the battle, which led to a stalemate. The Autobots, with their leader Optimus Prime, leave their home planet to seek new sources of energy. The Decepticons pursue them and board the Autobot starship (called the Ark in the comic). During the ensuing fight they crash-land into a volcano on prehistoric Earth. Awakened in 1984 when the volcano erupts, the Decepticons are repaired by the ship's computer and flee, leaving the still-deactivated Autobots behind. Megatron soon discovers that Earth has nearly limitless energy resources. Hoping to tip the war's balance in favor of the Decepticons, Megatron plans to transfer Earth's energy to Cybertron even if it means ruining the Earth in the process.
Unfortunately, the Decepticons made a fatal mistake by leaving the Autobots behind. Just after the Decepticons were awakened, the Autobots were still deactivated and among them on the Ark. In a twist of fate, the Decepticons failed to terminate them when they had the chance. Upon fleeing, the Decepticons blasted the rocks around the ship to seal the entrance. The jolt moves an Autobot into the Ark's repair beam. The remaining Autobots are subsequently revived and rise up to become the protectors of life on Earth and the Decepticons' nemeses.
- Internet Movie Database profiles of
- Transformers (the original series)
- Transformers: The Headmasters
- Transformers: Chôjin Master Force
- Transformers: Victory
- Beast Wars: Transformers
- Beast Wars Second: Chô seimeitai Transformer
- Beast Machines: Transformers
- Chô seimeitai Transformer: Beast Wars Neo
- Transformers: Beast Wars Metals
- Transformers: Car Robot
- Transformers: Armada
- Transformers: Micron Legend (AKA Myclone Legend)
- Stanley Lui’s Transformers On-Line Encyclopedia
- Electric Escape - Rob’s Transformers Page
- Ben’s World of Transformers - Features episode summaries and toy reviews.
- TFU.Info - Growing archive of nearly every TransFormers toy from the beginning.
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