How would these films change by setting them in the 1980s, say circa 1984 or so? This is a hypothesis as to what would a non-contemporary setting do for the series, and not like over-faithfulness to G1. So to start with, it would have been in the style of Spielberg’s retro adventure fantasies, INDIANA JONES and BACK TO THE FUTURE being key examples, as well as perhaps MBay’s own historical fantasy PEARL HARBOR (I refuse to call it an accurate depiction of the event, but the action is just as edgy and frantic as in the TFilms). The result would likely be something like WATCHMEN, but with robots instead of heroes. This, while distancing some audiences who wanted it tailored to today’s times, would also find appeal as a fantasy adventure. The world, a Cold War but pre-9/11 era, was innocent, less crowded and more closed-off and private. Arguably more peaceful... In terms of publicity, the battles/invasions should probably be easier to cover up; with no Internet and only some newspapers back then, it should be easy enough to silence witnesses, clean away the mess, remove evidence, and reduce word of mouth. The technology back then was not as developed as it is today. We all know how PCs, servers, modems and the like work and every man on the street possesses at least one cellphone, but back then it was mostly analogue, radios and landlines. Besides, tech that is considered functional today would be seen as fantastic and near-mystic back then (NORAD, military/TV satellites). This would make the Transformers, a race of sentient organic robots, stand out further and make them more alien. In regards to the human-involvement factor, I’d call NEST a more successful element of the Movieverse: a classified strikeforce of military soldiers allied with the Autobots –in addition to having a pain-in-the-butt bureaucrat like Galloway sticking around there’d also be someone like PRIME’s Agent Fowler to assist (or even keeping Simmons around for that matter). I’m uncertain on the civilians, but I guess Witwicky and his girl/family would be ordinary nice guys (Tobey Maguire SPIDER-MAN nice) rather than the edgy near-parody characters of 2007. The kind of civilians whom, when all hell breaks loose they’ll be right in the eye of the storm and rise to the occasion to stand alongside the Autobots to defend their world. The Transformer designs would remain about the same (they were a major game-changer and money-maker after all). So would MOST of the alternate modes: e.g. there were no Buffalo/Hummer/Solstice vehicles, or Raptor jets back then. There would probably have been more functional disguises rather than the stylish automobiles just off the line (only Jazz deserves to have a smoking hot alternate mode IMO). I was born in 1987, so I have a dim idea how a 1980s setting might work, but if anyone else from that era has any ideas they’re welcome to share them and (if/where necessary) correct me.