A bear called Jeremy and his transforming suitcase

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  1. Movebuster

    Movebuster Hiding True Intelligence

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    Do any of you remember any TV shows from your early childhood that might have predisposed you to fall in love with Transformers later? Some examples from my pre-TF childhood days that I loved in their day:

    A Bear Called Jeremy
    In this stop-motion amimation starring a sweet-voiced singing teddy bear that went on a long quest for some reason and had a magical whistle lodged in his throat, much of the time he carried what for me was the real drawing factor in the show... a hard to control omni-former that usually took the form of a mechanized suitcase, to which Jeremy had lost the instructions.

    Barbapapa
    Barpbapapa was some kind of giant walking amoeba with a family with similar names which he created by planting seeds in the ground. He was clearly organic, but they were nonetheless alien superheroes which were able to transform into any shape they needed. I thought that was fascinating.

    The New Mutants
    OK this was never really any more than a comic book and it came out about the same time as G1... But I confess I had a big crush on Wolfsbane and it was probably because she was a shapeshifter.

    Does anyone else have anything to add?
     
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    Macross.
     
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    The Dai-X from Star Fleet. Three space ships that combine to form a kickass huge red battle robot. I was being primed for Optimus and I didn't even realise it.
     
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    That reminds me of Thunderbirds: 2086. Did that come out before Transformers? If it did, it may have been priming me for Combiners. Their vehicles didn't have robot modes, but some cool merging sequences.
     
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    ftw...definitely macross!!!!!!


    :) 
     
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    deltaprime The Christian Transfan

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    The Digimon toys used to "transform" or digivolve, so that got me going on transformable toys.
     
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    I think both were around a couple of years before Transformers. I think Star Fleet was originally 1980.
     
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    Oh hell yes. I'm hoping that some toy company will release a Masterpiece-style Dai-X. I'd like to add the film Starbirds to the list. I needs me a Soul Of Chogokin Daimos, and I really hope Revoltech do both robots at some point.
     
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    Star Fleet is out on DVD next month. If it doesn't get delayed. Again.

    I would cry tears of joy to have a Masterpiece-style Dai-X.
     
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    Worked out quite well for me, I'm skint for the next week or two. Just hope we get all the special features people wanted. I'd love the Brian May music video to be on there.
     
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    Ruination04 8 Years Old Since 1984!

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    to the best of my knowledge....nothing. I don't remember many toys or tv shows i liked before TFs...
     
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    Loved this show, been itching for the DVD. I got a bootleg a year or two ago, but it's tempremental, only playing every now and again, I've never been able to watch it all through.

    For many many years, I'd describe the show to people, I couldn't remember it's name, but no-one remembered it, everyone thought it must be Terrahawks, and I must be a bit mad. Finally found out what it was on a mate's stagger of all things!
     
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    Seems like this topic is better suited to the Movies & TV forum, but I'll bite:

    Star Blazers
    Robotech
    Mazinger (aka "Tranzor Z")
    Inspector Gadget
    Various 70's/early 80's Filmation and Hanna-Barbera sci-fi/fantasy and superhero cartoons like Space Ghost, Birdman, Speed Buggy, and Flash Gordon (animated show from the late 70's)

    But honestly, with the minor exception of Star Blazers, none of these have the nostalgic resonance with me like Transformers does because it combined the two things I loved most as a kid: cars and robots (and Star Wars).

    Wait... that's three things.

    Anyway, TFs was actually like nothing else I had seen before on TV, and the fact that the toys were pretty danged cool too just made the show that much more appealing.
     
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    This certainly looks like a lovely set. Looks like you'll be getting that music video too:

    Star Fleet (X-Bomber) Homepage - UK DVD Release Review
     
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    Figures and ships would make me very happy. Best I've got are the VHS and the Brian May LP thingy. I think I've also got some old copies of Look-In magazine too when they ran the black and white Star Fleet strips.

    I'd love a movie of this series.

    *cowers before floating head*

    Such hair!
     
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    Centurions...power EXTREME!
     
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    Hadn't checked the site for a while, DVD looks really good, much better than the crappy copy I've got.

    I just know though that after watching it I'll want the toys, everytime I've looked they are always really pricey, Hasbro/Tak-Tom need to slow down their releases to give me some hope of getting Dai-X!
     
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    The Mighty Orbots and Blackstarr
     
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    Herbie Goes Bananas came out in 1981, three years later I see Bumblebee in G1. So, a definate yes.
     

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