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Transformers On the Move Again

CmdrTaco posted more than 12 years ago | from the more-than-meets-the-eye dept.

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jonerik writes "In a sequel of sorts to Monday's post on Max Headroom, the Associated Press (by way of CNN) is reporting on the revival of the Transformers. Perhaps the ultimate '80s TV cartoon experience, the Transformers were (and still are) also marketed as a seemingly endless collection of toys; robots that could transform into cars, trucks, planes, and almost anything else their designers imagined. Rhino Records has just released a 4-DVD boxed set of the show's first season, and Hasbro is considering a reissue of the original '80s toy line, something that Japan's Takara Toy Company has already done, with great success."

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FP! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436183)

More than meets the eye!

Fresh Wholesome Creamy HOT GRITS in Red Eye Gravy (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436292)

Fresh Wholesome Creamy HOT GRITS in Red Eye Gravy

6 servings Grits
1/2 cup Brewed Coffee
Ham Drippings
Natalie Portman
1 stick Margarine

Directions

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Could it be fp for me? (-1)

1234567890zxcvbnm (548451) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436187)

I think it could!

I'm getting too old (2)

alen (225700) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436189)

I caught the new transformers on TV a few weeks ago and didn't like it. Actually I'm not into a lot of old TV shows I used to watch as a kid. They seem boring and childish now.

Re:I'm getting too old (1)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436258)

it is not that the cartoons are childish, it is that the animaters and story creators suck now.

Re:I'm getting too old (2, Insightful)

Karlt1 (231423) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436479)

it is not the story creators that suck. They were forced to have childish cartoons by their higher ups. If you look at some of the work of the most admired animated TV writers today like Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, etc. (Batman TAS , Superman TAS, Justice League). They all wrote drek to pay the bills. As you can see from thier work in the 90's, they were talented but just had thier hands tied.

No offense, but tune into cartoon network.... (2)

Rahga (13479) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436430)

Do you remember how bad some of the shows you used to watch actually were? I mean, it's nearly impossible to sit through an episode of Thundercats and actually enjoy it. Or try "Transformers: The Movie"... though the VAs they picked up were impressive at the time, there were some horrible parts to that movie. And it didn't even exploit the full potential of the Stunticons ;)

We don't remember how bad these shows were. This is because there were a lot of shows that made the popular ones look great by comparison....

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Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436426)

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Oh Lord (2, Funny)

Arsewiper (535175) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436193)

Not the "bread van that turns into a killer robot" again. I hate those toy tie-ins.

Re:Oh Lord (2, Funny)

Asprin (545477) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436451)


Not the "bread van that turns into a killer robot" again. I hate those toy tie-ins.

I swear when I read this I thought it said "...WEB van that turns into a killer robot" and it got me thinking - what if they came out with a FAILED DOT COM line of Xformers? All your favorites would be there: WebVan, Pets.com and (the most terrifying) BOO.com!

Better yet, create them as a line of piggy banks that explode as soon as you stop stuffing money into them! ;)

My friend has them on VHS... (1)

PhilJackson (540641) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436198)

and I watched a couple the other day. Is it just me or do the transformers seem a little...camp?

Re:My friend has them on VHS... (1)

Surlyboi (96917) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436307)

A little camp?

A lot. The voice actor for Starscream alone is worth
about three, "Priscilla: Queen of the Deserts"

Hell, pretty much all the cartoons were camp back
then, we were just too young to catch on. Check out
G.I. Joe, (which is mentioned a little further down
in this very thread) Camp city.

They never stopped? (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436199)

I could be wrong, but I didn't think they stopped making transformers? I remember flipping the channels on a saturday mornign to find a show. It was all done with CG and they were dinosaurs, instead of cars and stuff, but it was called Transformers...

Re:They never stopped? (1)

NixterAg (198468) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436245)

That was Transformers: Beast Wars. It was too much of a departure from the original Transformers to capture a nostalgia audience but it was actually fairly well done.

Re:They never stopped? (1)

The Wooden Badger (540258) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436256)

I loved the CG transformers. The episode when Dinobot dies is awesome. Much better than the original.

Re:They never stopped? (1)

fuzzyping1 (266783) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436257)

That was Beast Wars. A really good example of mainstream CG for TV. I hate that they killed off the show... one of the few TF series that really carried a good plot. And some of the toys (RatPack, for example) kicked major ass.

Does anyone remember the Robotech rip-off jet they had back in the day? I would KILL for one of those right now.

-J.

Re:They never stopped? (1)

NightRain (144349) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436345)

Ahhh, you mean Skyfire? A friend of mine used to have him and I was so jealous. But he got lost in a move or something, and has not been seen for the last 10 years or so :(

Ray.

Re:They never stopped? (1)

fuzzyping1 (266783) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436388)

Actually, I think it was JetFire... at least that's what they're listed as on eBay. Hmm... $40 including original box, not bad. ;-)

-J.

Re:They never stopped? (1)

bytor4232 (304582) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436392)

That is Jetfire [xs4all.nl] /Skyfire [xs4all.nl] . Yeah, it was a blatent rip off of Robotech, but it worked for the TV series! Everyone remember like all the Autobots could crawl into his hull and fly away to distant planets! He was the shit, my personal Fav. The poor mans Robotech toy is what my buddies and I called it.

He was origionally a Decepticon, a friend of the weenie Starscreem. For the life of me, I could never figure out why Megatron never just blasted Starscreem into a million bits for his mutiny!

Okay, I'm now starting to get all nestolgic now.

Re:They never stopped? (2)

jmccay (70985) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436467)

That was a good Sequel/prequel series. The Beast Wars were from the future but ended up on Earth after the Autobots crash and before Humanity had gone anywhere. If I remember correctly, they (the good guys) won the Beast Wars and took Megatron (or what ever they called him) back to Cybertron (the future Cybertron).
Then they started another series based on those characters that took place on Cybertron after they had returned to the future. The end of that series resulted in Cybertron being some sort of organic/tech world. It has been a while since I saw those series, but atleast they finished both plots. Sometimes we don't get that lucky.
I don't like the New Transformers because it was too different.

Re:They never stopped? (3, Informative)

Gehenna_Gehenna (207096) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436259)

They ARE [transformers.com] making the vehicle to robot transformers again. Some apear to be new designs, some appear to be re-issues ofthe 80-s transformers I loved in my youth. In a nearlly related story He-Man [he-man.org] is making a comeback as well. Time to get my kids the toys I really want for myself.


Screw the kids. Optimus prime needs to be in my computer room next to his 20 year old brother.

Re:They never stopped? (1)

drsoran (979) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436383)

Since when was Optimus Prime a damned fire truck!? And Megatron... what did they do to poor Megatron? He's supposed to transform into a big ass handgun! That's screwed up. Hasbro really needs to fix those.

Re:They never stopped? (1)

Crimson Midget (41436) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436435)

I checked out that transformers.com...what are they thinking? Galvatron a bat? Grimlock a backhoe? What kind of insanity is this?
I really hope they release some based on the original designs (even if they don't use metal :).

Re:They never stopped? (1)

nite_warrior (151737) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436348)

I've watch those "Beast Wars" they even have Optimus... but he is a Gorilla... that really sucks.. but I wish I could watch again the original episodes those where the best ;)

Awesome! (1)

g0rath (259613) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436201)

I remember how much time I spent colleting those toys. Didn't they try and bring back the actual show one before? I seemed to me that is was nothing more then the orignal with quasi high tech scene transitions.

Go Transformers, Go-Bots, and Vultron, the bane of my youth.

Re:Awesome! (-1)

IAgreeWithThisPost (550896) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436235)

GO BOTS sucked. Damn imitation transformers

Re:Awesome! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436378)

Actually, I heard about GoBots before Transformers. There was an ad for them in my Muppets Magazine. It was over a year later before Transformers came on the scene. At least in Michigan.

Re:Awesome! (2)

Gehenna_Gehenna (207096) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436422)

I liked Go-Bots, and transformers, but I much preffered Voltron [arus.org] to theose folks over at Vultron [vultron.com]

No offense, I love my EZ Pass, but robotic dogs that kick ass are way cooler. :^)

The DVD Set is Good (4, Informative)

NetJunkie (56134) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436207)

The new DVD set is very good. They remastered all of the sound to DD5.1 and touched up the color on the film. The sound is very good, as they split up the channels and really use the sub-woofer and rears. The video is very clear and doesn't look dated or faded like some others.

I hope they reissue the toys in the US, I'd buy some. I just won't pay what the Japanese imports cost.

Re:The DVD Set is Good (1)

sporty (27564) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436238)

Heh, too bad they couldn't fix the errors in the shows. I mean real errors.. like there being two starscream's "on set" at the same time, or colouring certain charachters incorrectly.

Or at least fill in the big plothole that Optimus was unkillable until the movie. Geez.. they shot him how many times? :)

Re:The DVD Set is Good (1)

nickyj (142376) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436372)

Not to meantion that 20% of the show is watching them transform. I even remember one episode where that was all they were trying to do!

The DVD set is sold out (2)

mblase (200735) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436374)

According to sites that monitor this sort of thing [rightstuf.com] , demand has already oustripped the first run. So if you're late in coming, you'll have to wait for a second run of DVDs.

Rhino Records? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436209)

Why does Rhino Records link back to /.?

Can slashdot slashdot itself?

We can sure as shit try! (n/t) (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436322)

i said, (n/t)!

WTF? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436217)

Call me flaimbait if you want, but how the hell is this news? Who cares? Are we going to start getting beanie baby updates on the slashdot front page now? Argh! The insanity.

/. is funny (1)

C. Mattix (32747) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436221)

I think it is rather funny that 2 posts down we are talking about how sucky the IT job market is now and pay cuts and living paycheck to paycheck, but at the same time here we are talking about DVD sets and toys. Just an interesting observation.

Re:/. is funny (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436227)

Look who posted it....you think Taco has a real job where the economy affects him? Nay.

i love it...bring back more... (2)

bje2 (533276) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436225)

i wish stations like maybe cartoon network would play more original 80's cartoons like transformers...even more then that, i'd love for them to play the original 80's G.I. Joe...although, i think i read somewhere that it would just cost too much money for someone to aquire those rights...but to me it seems silly, becuase if this transformers thing works, then there will be millions to be made with toy lines, and video game tie ins...the same thing could work with G.I. Joe....could you image a G.I. Joe vs. Cobra real-time strategy game like Red Alert, or Galactic Battle Grounds...now that would be cool...

excpet no one ever dies in G.I. Joe...

Re:i love it...bring back more... (2, Funny)

Fig, formerly A.C. (543042) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436232)

Didn't you know? G.I. Joe and Cobra trained at the Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy...

Re:i love it...bring back more... (2, Funny)

EnderWiggnz (39214) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436275)

i thought they all trained at the top-notch academy that trained the A-Team...

Re:i love it...bring back more... (2)

Drachemorder (549870) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436286)

Hmm, that might go a ways toward explaining why G.I. Joe and Star Wars figures were, for the most part, interchangeable. It was just that G.I. Joes were more poseable, so when you "killed" them you could contort the dead bodies in all sorts of interesting ways.

Yes, I was a vicious little kid. ;)

Re:i love it...bring back more... (1)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436324)

I use to hack my Gi Joes and interchange the body parts...all you needed was a tiny screw driver and somthing to hook the torso rubber band back to the legs.

Re:i love it...bring back more... (2)

benwb (96829) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436347)

My favorite was a combination of Cobra Commander and Recon

Re:i love it...bring back more... (1)

The Wooden Badger (540258) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436386)

Oh yeah! now you're talking. I have a bunch of old GI Joe toys but I don't think any of my figures are original. I frankenstiened all of them. Some of them turned out REAL good. My favorite is Gung-ho's legs, firefly's body and arms and Seal's head. Touch up with a bit of model paint and you've got one bad dude. I even took the bayonet and stalk off of Airborne's assault rifle and put them on an Uzi. And my wife wonders why I want to get into case mods.

Re:i love it...bring back more... (2)

Drachemorder (549870) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436251)

"excpet no one ever dies in G.I. Joe..."

Serpentor died. Got shot in the face with an arrow, IIRC. Cobra Commander got shot in the back and replaced. I'm sure I could think of some more people who died, if I thought long and hard enough.

Re:i love it...bring back more... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436312)

Serpentor died. Got shot in the face with an arrow, IIRC. Cobra Commander got shot in the back and replaced. I'm sure I could think of some more people who died, if I thought long and hard enough.

Don't forget Duke. He died too. Other than that I don't think many people did die. Mostly just massive laser firefights where nobody got hit. :-) In today's atmosphere the politically correct losers would say they were too violent just like they complain when Daffy Duck gets his head blackened and his beak blown around the back of his neck when Elmer Fudd shoots him in the face with a shotgun. I mean, come on people, it's just a god damn cartoon. The only people taking these seriously are YOU morons in the PC crowd.

Anyway, I'm 26 years old but I still miss them from my childhood. I wouldn't mind watching GI Joe or Transformers again because they were entertaining.. not like the horseshit the kids are watching these days. What the fuck was up with that Powerranger bullshit? And Pokemon? When the Japs tried to brainwash us 20 years ago at least they made a decent effort. This shit they watch today is just idiotic.

Re:i love it...bring back more... (1)

The Wooden Badger (540258) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436321)

If you go to the comic book then there is more killing. I think they killed someone of pretty early in the book, something like 12 or 15. He was a great character too. That's right, Kwinn.

Re:i love it...bring back more... (1)

Fig, formerly A.C. (543042) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436325)

Ok, two people died. And they shot, what, 40 or 50 thousand rounds of ammo in that time? Not to mention countless bombs, missiles, and such. That's almost as poor a ratio as the US got in a famous land war in Asia! :-)

Re:i love it...bring back more... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436382)

We killed over a million gooks bitch

Re:i love it...bring back more... (1)

poot_rootbeer (188613) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436399)


Not in the cartoon show, they didn't.

As with Transformers, the G.I. Joe stories in the comic books and the TV show followed different continuities.

Re:i love it...bring back more... (1)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436295)

look what it has done for scooby doo....my god, the kids love that old show and look at all the marketing...they have a movie coming out, they have a kiddy stage show, dolls, toys, books, hell my son's leap pad has scooby stories.

I will admit, the stories are not a scary as I recal and the mysteries are easier than I recal to figurout...must be all those years I spent getting smart :-)

Re:i love it...bring back more... (2, Informative)

jimmcq (88033) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436346)

i wish stations like maybe cartoon network would play more original 80's cartoons like transformers

That's what Boomerang [cartoonnetwork.com] is for. Its a 24 Hour network of "Classic Cartoons"... their focus might be a little earlier than the 80's, but they still show a lot of of the cartoons that I used to watch when I was younger.

Re:i love it...bring back more... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436473)

Currently Turner Broadcasting (owner of the Cartoon Network) has the rights to GI Joe. It's been rumored that GI Joe *might* be returning to it later this year.

See here for more info:

http://cybertoon.tripod.com/gijoe.html
http://q ktheatre.com/faq/

news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436242)

I saw this story in my Sunday paper.

75% of 'news' is 'new'

Test (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436250)

Trolling, trolling, one two three.

Stay tuned, more to come...

I hope the toys come back better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436262)

I had purchased some transformer toys not too long ago, but they sucked. They were made out of plastic and only had like two moving parts. I hope if they really bring back the toys there made out of metal like the old days.

This IS a big deal, actually (3, Interesting)

gevmage (213603) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436265)

Remember, that in 1986, Hasbro (producer of the transformers) was KING of the toy market. They had GI Joe and Transformers, the two best selling toy lines of that era.

The 1986 _Transformers The Movie_ included cast voice cast:
Lenard Nimoy
Robert Stack
Orson Welles
(the guy who did the micro-machines commercials)
Judd Nelson
It was not a small thing to be able to assemble a cast like that for any animated film.

Re:This IS a big deal, actually (1)

acesfull (572287) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436313)

I'd like to see that again. If I remember right it was rated PG, and some of the Transformers died with smoke pouring out of their mouths. It was much better that the TV series.

movie: only time they swore or died (1)

gevmage (213603) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436359)

You are correct, it was rated PG.

I believe _Transformers The Movie_ was the only time that Transforms swore ("dammit" was used), and just about the only time that they died.

Several characters in the series were killed, like dead, for real, and it changed the cast around for the seasons following the movie.

Re:This IS a big deal, actually (2)

JimPooley (150814) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436338)

And 'Weird Al' Yankovic was on the soundtrack album.

link to the Transformers encyclopedia (2, Informative)

NixterAg (198468) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436271)

Transformers Encyclopedia [geocities.com]


There is also always a lot of Transformers stuff for sale at Ebay pretty much at all times.

Sold Transformers to buy PS2 (1)

gevmage (213603) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436297)

Yep, this story is not a surprise. A couple of months ago, I sold the last of my Transformers collection for about 3x the original price to finance the purchase of a PS2.

LUNIX SUCKS!!! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436280)

LUNIX SUCKS!!!

Second grade, baby! (5, Funny)

phallen (145919) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436282)

Transformers were my life when I was in second grade. Soundwave! Braun! Starscream! Damn, I couldn't do math or read out loud worth a crap, but I could transform those sucksers in about 1 second. I still have a box of them in the basement back home where I grew up... maybe I'll drag them out next time I'm home and pop in the dvds :)

Oh yeah, anyone remember MASK? I really got into these, too, after Transformers. Cars turning into tanks, cool little action figures, fun story... still love that crap and I'm 26 years old! Ahhhhhh....

Re:Second grade, baby! (1)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436396)

my mom tried to go cheep on me when I got into transformers, she got me a GoBot :-p

I was happy, but when she found out that the kids made fun of me, she never bought an off brand or knock off competeor again.

My letter was published in Go-Bots Magazine! (1)

phallen (145919) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436460)

I had Go-Bots, too! But get this: Go-Bots had this cheesie magagize that you could subscribe too, and little kids could write letters saying stupid stuff like "RoboMax is my favorate Go-Bot because he always saves the day!" That's more or less what I wrote and I got published in the letter's section.

The funny thing is that I didn't care about the letter; I drew a picture of one of the bots and wanted them to publish that! They didn't.

The memories flood back...

Its amazing how some toys come back (2, Interesting)

GnomeKing (564248) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436287)

My nephew is now 5. About a year or so ago, I gave him one of my old transformers - the last one I had left (after selling most of them, loosing them or violently throwing them against my bedroom wall)

It was the same one as is the cover picture for the transformers home page

He was absolutely thrilled and has spent many hours playing with it
and thats all without the TV series to get his interest going

I do hope they bring transformers back
but I think it would be better as a new cartoon rather than just reshowing the old ones...
get some new high tech transformers too

the movie (1)

waspleg (316038) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436289)

has been out for some time on dvd, i own it, it's very good with some extra stuff and cool menus =)

When dooes everyone grow up? (1)

InfoSec (208475) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436290)

Here's a question. When did we all grow up? I mean, I loved the Transformers and still do, but every time I taslk to any of myfriends I get a ration of disdain from them about watching cartoons. In the meantime, they watch Invader Zim and that's alright... Hrrrmmmm... Viva La Tranformers!!!!

Transformers Revival! Woo! (1)

Thenomain (537937) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436294)

Yeah, bring back the good ol' ... uh, the ...

Hey, wait, hasn't Transformers been revived so many times that it should be shut down for illegal cloning?

There was Transformers, then the Hypercube, then me in college so I'm not sure what incarnation happened, then Beast Wars.

G.I. Joe [joeheadquarters.com] ranks second for The Series That Wouldn't Die. And that's not a close second.

Transformers Storylines? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436300)

Anybody know of a site that has the storylines for various episodes/archs?

Some of that stuff was pretty cool, but I only remember bits and pieces..

thank you rhino! (0)

pstreck (558593) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436301)

I must say this is something i have been hoping they would do for a long time. I love transformers, there are about 12 of them in my cube now :) I got my copy pre-ordered and the beer chilling in the fridge. Who's up for a season 1 party? Phil

Metal toys I hope (1)

Aiku1337 (551438) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436308)

A re-release of the toys better be made of metal. A friend of mine recently bought one of those new Optimum Prime figures, and it was all plastic. It felt so flimsy and crappy. It kinda made me feel old.

Me: "Why when I was young toys were made of metal. And you could hurt yourself with them! We used to swallow parts of toys and almost die, and we liked it!"

Child: "Meh-tul? Is that like a plastic?"

Twit! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436349)

Dat's OPTIMUS PRIME, foo!

link (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436310)

more informations [alexa.com]

in the spirit of 80s cartoons (1)

NixterAg (198468) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436318)

You might also be interested to know that He-man is returning with a spectacular looking new toy line as well as a new cartoon. Information and pictures can be found here [he-man.org] .

Cmon... (5, Funny)

NiftyNews (537829) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436332)

This is perfect. Just think about the advertising crossovers.

Who here wouldn't be interested in a bright yellow BumbleBee Edition VW Beetle, complete with AutoBot logo on the hood?

Legend of the Golem (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436339)

I AM THE GOLEM! THIS IS MY FIFTH DIMENSION! I WILL SEND YOU THE FIFTH DIMENSION CONSTITUTION. FROM THIS DAY ON, I WILL BE RIDING AND SURFING ON YOUR CYBERWIND!

i am the golem! this is my fifth dimension! i will send you the fifth dimension constitution. from this day on, i will be riding and surfing on your cyberwind!

oh my god (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436354)

Taco, what the fuck is wrong with you man? "Transformers"?

THE TRUTH WHO THE EYES MET BEFORE ! (1)

sqlzealot (553596) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436355)

Excellent engrish for "More Than Meets The Eyes!" found on takara site [takaratoys.co.jp] .

My experience, now with my daughter.... (4, Interesting)

Rahga (13479) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436358)

From what I can tell of the current line, it still reeks a bit of the beast wars transformers crap they pulled.... let's face it, robots that transform into animals make even less sense than the robot buildings Tom Hanks showed off on "Big". Cars and other machinery are still the way to go, and those poor decepticons aren't going anywhere if some of the best of them transforms into nothing more than a shark. Anyway.....

The 2-for-$10 packs they sell at Wal-Mart are good enough to make me and my 3-year-old daughter happy. She loves her "bobot cars".... All they need is to pull down on the nosecone, or pull up the spoiler, and poof, it transforms ;)

I think it was Scooby Doo that began all this (2)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436364)

I mean look at how well that show took off when this generation of rug rats caught site of it on Cartoon network.....

now they have a full product line of toys, they have a movie on its way, they have a live state show.

transformers is next, then Heman, then thundercats, then thundar the barbarian......my god I feel like a kid again :-)

I just hope that the reisuence of the transformer toys are Quality, not the plastic crap that they came out with later on, that stuff sucked and barly worked.

Transformer: Beast Wars! (2)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436368)

I never could get into the original transformers. The animation was so bad -- but beast wars. That show was gorgeous. And the story line was completely cool for a kids show.

I would hurry home every afternoon to watch it. And there are still some episodes that I missed. If all the episodes of Beast Wars are available on DVD I would buy that in a heartbeat.

.

Re:Transformer: Beast Wars! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436450)

what are you talking about!!! you think that crapy CGI is better than classic cartoons?

go watch your rolly polly olly on disney you freek!! :-)

What about Voltron (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436376)

When can I see this on a TV channel near me??? I have satellite and TiVo and a wishlist for Voltron but no results. :(

Memories... (1)

ari{Dal} (68669) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436380)

I remember waking up early on saturday mornings to be the first in front of the TV, remote control in hand, ready to battle my brothers for TV supremacy... me fighting for Transformers, Robotech, and other psuedo-anime cartoons, them battling for Hulk Hogan's Rock n Wrestling and other assorted WWF trash.

How times change...

Now I battle with my boyfriend for TV supremacy when I want to watch my Macross and Neon Genesis DVDs or an anime toon marathon while HE wants to watch wrestling... *sigh* i couldn't just pick a fellow geek, could i?

What's that old parable about 'the more things change, the more they stay the same'?

On another note, as much as we might lambast the squeaky-clean lather, rinse, repeat beating the old anime imports took from the network censors, these were what introduced me to the entire genre in the first place. Had it not been for those cheesy edits of Robotech on Saturday mornings, I might never have started picking up the Macross movies when I came across them in the video stores. And god knows they would NEVER have made it on in their original formats... Network Censor "WHAT ARE THOSE?! NIPPLES?! ARE YOU *** CRAZY??" /NetworkCensor

Re:Memories... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436454)

stone cold steve urkel could kick optimus prime's ass!

Got your transformers right here! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436390)

Watch this stuff transform!

http://deimos.siliconsamurai.net/stuff/

Ugly products (2)

Diabolical (2110) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436397)

Compared to the toys from the first series the line of toys now don't look all that nice to me...

This is more or less a tryout of re-introducing series which were hits back then.. probably hoping they could have the same impact on toy sales as their first line...

Ultimate?!? (1, Flamebait)

Juju (1688) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436402)

Perhaps the ultimate '80s TV cartoon experience

MY GOD! Don't tell me some people really think that! I mean, can anyone seriously think that these cartoons are worth anything...

Anyway, if you are into that kind of thing, you should look over at X-Entertainment [x-entertainment.com] .
There are some pretty funny revious of old cartoons over there (including Transformers and the incredibly stupid Master of the Universe)

More 80's cartoon updates (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436404)

Taco, can you give us updates on the Thunder Cats fan club? Idiot.

Go-Bots? (1)

goldenfield (64924) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436406)

Anyone remember those cartoons and toys? Remember having to explain to your parents how Go-Bots were different than Transformers, and why you had to have both! =)

Re:Go-Bots? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3436481)

Me Grimloch!

Transformers and Impact on Animation (2)

Spencerian (465343) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436421)

Like most American animation (which we call "cartoons") Transformer storylines weren't all that deep. One particular thread that was pretty cool involved the last fight between the Autobots and Decepticons, particularly when the Autobot leader, Optimus Prime, "dies," and Megatron is transformed by some planet-sized robot (Omicron?). The storyline advances a bit to the figure where a Prime successor has to deal with Galvatron, a crazier, more powerful version of Megatron.

Sure, it was a little reaching, but for the time (pre-"Batman:TAS", which I consider the start of the American animation renaissance where storyline and animation quality began anime-like improvements) Transformers was pretty good. Its animation was better than many other shops. However, Batman:TAS and other WB shows ("Justice League" being the most recent) is, in my opinion, good American animation that has matured and doesn't insult young or old. Imagine a Transformers show directed by Paul Dini...

Mind you, I was watching this stuff first-run in my latter years of COLLEGE, so not only am I old and still remember this stuff, but I would still pick the series Voltron (I prefer the Lion Robot over the Car Robot) over Transformers any day. I would recommend Transformers to my son for some early-years robot geek action since I think he's a little young to handle Dad's obsession with BattleBots.

And don't get me started about that pesky Sabon and his Power Ranger crap that stole ideas for both Transformers and Voltron, and even the "G-Force" old anime. Ugh.

Revival (1)

Murdoc (210079) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436428)

DVDs and first gen toys too?!? This is too much! I just found out about this "revival" a few weeks ago when Dreamwave Procuctions [dreamwaveprod.com] came out with a new comic series with the first gen Transformers. I picked up the first copy and was quite impressed! I admit that when I saw some of the original cartoon before it did seem a tad childish (loved it anyway), I didn't get that impression at all from the new comic. I mean, it was only one issue so far, but it looks like they are planning the plot quite in advance. The artwork is quite well done too. I think that it is worth a check-out.

M.I.A.

According to IMDB (1)

delphin42 (556929) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436439)

There are 8 cartoon series and the movie. The movie was given an average score of 6.3/10 by over 3800 voters.

"Transformers" (1984)
Transformers: The Movie, The (1986)
"Transformers: The Headmasters" (1987)
"Transformers: Chôjin Master Force" (1988)
"Transformers: Victory" (1989)
"Beast Wars: Transformers" (1996)
"Beast Machines: Transformers" (1999)
"Transformers: Beast Wars Metals" (1999)
"Transformers: Robots in Disguise" (2001)

But don't take those toys on planes! (5, Interesting)

rosewood (99925) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436443)

As seen on this slate article [msn.com] :

According to information released by the Dallas Fort Worth Airport, an even more detailed list [dfwairport.com] (requires Adobe Acrobat [adobe.com] ) was issued by the FAA in February that helpfully advises passengers not to bother trying to bring automatic weapons, hand grenades, blasting caps, or meat cleavers. Also banned are corkscrews and toy transformer robots.

Transformers sound archive (1)

Faust7 (314817) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436462)

Anyone remember the really really cool voice Soundwave had? :) If you'd like to experience it again, I've put up a collection [drgw.net] of sound bites from the show.

Just be gentle... it's off DSL :)

Funny ass site (1)

IsoRashi (556454) | more than 12 years ago | (#3436475)

This site has popups, unfortunately, but it's one of the best I've ever been to. Nearly non-stop laughs. Great stuff for all the people who grew up watching He-Man, Transformers, Thundercats, GI Joe, etc etc etc.

X-Entertainment [x-entertainment.com]
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