A Question for all Old-timers...

Discussion in 'Transformers General Discussion' started by Rodimus Maximus, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. Rodimus Maximus

    Rodimus Maximus Liege Ultimo

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    And by Old timers, I just mean fans who were kids in the 80's and remember the very beginning of TFs (the American beginning and not the Japanese Diaclone beginning, though that perspective would be cool to hear too!)

    My question for all G1 era fans is this: Are you happy with Transformers as a whole now?

    Are you content with Bay's films, the comics, the toys, the cartoons etc? Are you a blissful sea of contentment, or do you lament the liberties taken with your beloved bots in disguise? What do you like about what's going on now? What do you dislike?

    Let me say though that it's not my intention to start a troll thread. I just want to hear where my fellow Old-timers stand on things, for good or ill. I've been gone from the franchise for a while and in getting back into it has been both fun and more than a little perplexing.

    All opinions welcome of course, though I'd love it if G1-era fans would identify themselves as such (just so I can differentiate the perspectives). Lastly, I ask that peeps please be respectful.

    Thanks in advance to all who would share!
     
  2. exclusacon

    exclusacon Expert with the Scopes!

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    Me, personally, I'm happy..tfs been around over 25 years, only other to survive is star wars...I'm cool with bayformers,becuz it simply got made into live action...any all the toys have been upgraded, some of my figs haven't been made yet...so here to another 25...
     
  3. FreshDebesh

    FreshDebesh <b><font color=brickred>oye chak de phatte!</font> Veteran

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    I remember when More Than Meets The Eye first premiered and it was what we talked about when I hung out with my friends. G1 always had and still has a special place in my heart. I watched it all the way through the Return of Optimus Prime. Never got to see the Rebirth when it aired, but my friend described it to me. I did get into Beast Wars when it was on and it reminded me of how much I loved G1 but I knew it BW was different. I liked it though and I was glad to see Transformers evolved. I loved Car Robots/RiD for its silliness and great toys, but the Unicron trilogy was somewhat meh to me. Animated was the first time it felt like I was watching an updated G1, which it basically was. The Bay movies don't bother me like some people nerdrage about on here, but they have their highs and lows. If you take them for movies with cool special effects and fight scenes, I think there's less room to feel anger towards the movieverse. All in all, for something to live on, it has to evolve and Transformers has successfully done that. They continue to pay homage to the past and write new chapters for the future.
     
  4. Valkysas

    Valkysas Attack Buffalo

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    That's me!

    Very yes.

    The only thing I dislike is the ongoing IDW comic. I loved Last Stand of the Wreckers, and the Ironhide series. The ongoing comic series is honestly the only thing I have a problem with in the entire franchise right now.
     
  5. Cmdr Prime

    Cmdr Prime co-Commander of Autobots TFW2005 Supporter

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    Yes I am very happy with the Transformers as a whole and I don't know if anyone one else agrees with this, but I think that Michael Bay has done an exeptional job with the two films through trying curcumstances :thumbs2: 

    May the Transformers live on :thumbs2: 
     
  6. Recall

    Recall Player Select

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    I'm fine with the current Transformer ways, yet that's mostly down to how little I care for the details. I don't care that a comic gives the wrong personality for a robot, I don't care if the bay movies have dislikable robots.

    Stuff still transforms and i'm happy, as long as that main priciple exists then i'll be fine :) 

    P.S Whenever a TV series doesn't contain the G1 Transformation noise, my heart dies a little on the inside.
     
  7. Solrac333

    Solrac333 G1 got it right!

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    Grew up with G1. Lost interest with G2 and haven't cared or liked anything until the Movies. Still waiting for the perfect G1 upgrade cartoon like the way G.I. Joe Resolute was.
     
  8. grimlock1972

    grimlock1972 "No Mas" My Wallet

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    I am happy with Transformers as a whole. my only fear is they make the toys themselves so complicated and frustrating to TF they push the kids away to other toy lines.
     
  9. Backpack

    Backpack Scattershot who?

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    G1 junkie from age 12.

    I'd say up until last year I was very happy with Transformers. But, since the cancelation of Animated and a disapointing ROTF I've lost a lot of interest.

    I got back into collecting TFs in 2000 with Car Robots and bought nearly everything that came out up to 2009 just before ROTF started. After seeing the movie... I just didn't care that much. It was a mixture of Animated coming to an abrupt end ( a show and toy line which I had great fun watching and collecting), and ROTF being very lack luster cluster fuck.

    So for the last year I've bought hardly any TFs.... just what I consider the best.... like Encore, remaining TFA, and Human Alliance. I keep going back and forth on if I even want to get any of the new Generations figures.

    I still love Transformers, that hasn't changed. But, if I can't say I'm having fun collecting.... I'm not going to collect.

    My hopes are high though.... the Hub seems pretty exciting... and on another network Thundercats is coming back. So I feel like there is a great new age about to open up that is more akin to the 80's cartoons. Then there is TFP and TF3..... Prime has a lot of potential, and if they have learned from their mistakes the third movie should be as good as the first one. TF Prime, may be what really gets my juices going again... but I'm not really a CG guy, I'm more traditional in my love of animation. I can get into a CG show, I liked BW and Star Wars: Clone Wars... it will definatly be more difficult to win me over with CG. So far I like what I've heard and seen.

    Generally I've been pleased with the progress Transformers has seen over the last 26 years. I mean, it is after all made by people... and people make mistakes. So there will be ups and downs. It's just weird for me to not be collecting Transformers in a hard core way... so canceling Animated (for me) was a huge mistep in the franchise (even though it seems to have been a victim of circomstance).
     
  10. exclusacon

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    I think they have already...when I'm @ tru,wally, target, etc...I see a lot of kids skip the tfs, as they're into cards that fight and other things I don't understand....but one thing I think we all can agree on is your toy does something...I mean joes,star wars, dc, marvel, etc...they just stand there...where a tf for 10-15$, you have to actually do something to it...
     
  11. Galva-Cannon

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    I'm happy with Transformers as a whole because they make Classics and G1 reissues for me to buy.

    I have little to zero interest in everything else. Beast Wars is still heresy as far as I'm concerned :tongue:  So that is probably a clue to how I feel about the movie designs. At least Optimus Prime is a truck though (even if he is the wrong kind) haha.

    However, I can watch the live action movies (yes, it's still necessary to distinguish them from THE movie) ;)  I can still watch them like any other popcorn movie and enjoy them for what they are. It's not my Transformers and if I'd directed it, the robots would be some nice bricks with human faces, hands and feet. But I'm happy to watch the films like I'm happy to watch Sylvester Stallone playing Judge Dredd, or the Jean Claude Van Damme version of Street Fighter.

    I don't except G1 to make a comeback in any mainstream form. Obviously I wouldn't complain if somebody went mad and rebooted the movies as a scene-for-scene re-enactment of More Than Meets The Eye parts one through three. Or if the original Marvel Comics were adapted as a CGI series, or something like that. But I'm not gonna complain if that doesn't happen, which is a good thing or I'd be complaining a lot.

    I'm just happy to relive some of my childhood through the G1 stuff that is aimed at adult collectors, while the current crop of kids can enjoy the movies, animated or whatever else.
     
  12. Wingsbr

    Wingsbr Christian TF Fan :)

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    I love the progression of TF's over the years...

    Sure I don't collect the toys like I used to, but all of my dvd's and blu's hold a special place and while I could probably get rid of most of my TF's, I'd have to keep the media. I jump all over the place from animated to G1 to the movies and I still can't get enough of TF media. I like all of the tie in's and even some of the disjointed or alternate universes that are created by various writers.

    I always wonder what would have been if TF's hadn't?!
     
  13. Backpack

    Backpack Scattershot who?

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    Gobots. :D 
     
  14. chrisr291

    chrisr291 Master of the Unknown

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    I would say, i'm very happy with the way Transformers are going. Sure, I don't like the movies but they have done a good job of bring transformers main stream again and making the brand relevant to the children of this generation. Meaning the brand has a very bright future :thumbs2: 

    The only sad thing is... I do feel like i'm running out of time. I'm in my late 20's and don't really want an apartment full of toys anymore.:cry 

    I'll keep a few when I cross that bridge but that will be a tough decision for me to make.
     
  15. Feralstorm

    Feralstorm I ship Nick & Judy TFW2005 Supporter

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    I might prefer that Movie-based styling not be the current dominating style, but overall I'm pretty durn happy.
     
  16. CZ Hazard

    CZ Hazard Sons of Unicron PTT

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    I am happier with Transformers now then I have ever been. Finding kitbashing and customs has drawn me closer into the hobby than ever before, I have met some great people and had some really cool experiences with Transformers that I wouldn't have had otherwise.
    I have been very, very lucky.

    The toys are brilliant at the moment and I truly feel there is something for everyone, I am content to skip PCC and the movie line and there are still loads for me to look forward to.
    Hasbro really seem to be taking control of the brand as a whole and the new "official history" direction has me intrigued. There is a slight bittersweet-ness to the whole thing as I truly miss TFA, but rather than bitching that it got shit-canned three seasons in because of stupid corporate decisions, I am just glad we got 42 episodes.
     
  17. Auto Morph

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    I was 6 in 1984 so I grew up with Tfs all the way. I actually could not be happier with the franchise as it stands now.
    Sure, I might feel like going back and erasing some of the cartoons/toys during the 2000's but if I did would we still be at the point where we are today? Probably not, so I say stick with the bad because as well as the good it's got us to here, and I like 'here' a helluva lot.

    Moreover I'm also excited and optimistic about the future of the franchise.
     
  18. FatMick Prime

    FatMick Prime Aaaaarrrrgggghhhh!!!!

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    I think where the Transformers franchise is right now is in a very cool place.

    I love G1 through-and-through - cartoon, Marvel comic, toys - it's all fantastic to me.

    As for the movies, as others have said, they're not G1, but don't really try to be. I love watching them as movies, but don't get the same buzz as proper G1 stuff. But what the movies have done is bring Transformers back into the mainstream, giving it a new lease of life.

    What I love most about Transformers right now, is sharing my love for the franchise with my 7-year old son, who's as big a TF fan as me.

    It was a shame about the cancellation of Animated, as that had enough G1-nods to make it entertaining for me so me and my son could watch it together. Hopefully Prime will equally as good!
     
  19. Nez Pierce

    Nez Pierce @evildanish

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    Then you need a bigger apartment...or a house. More space equals more space to fill.
    I'm happy that Transformers are still around today. Sure, some of the movie figures are way too complex for their own good, but it's reassuring that I can pick up, say, WFC Bumblebee or Animated Arcee and still figure (ha!) them out without instructions.
    I also hope that this goes on for at least another 10 years since I have a little fan living with me who absolutely adores TFs. It's one thing to relive or reminisce about your own childhood, but it's another entirely to see a child grow into the fandom right before your eyes, and without much prodding in that direction.
     
  20. Magnus' Mate

    Magnus' Mate Well-Known Member

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    I was there since 1984. Been a fan ever since. Am I happy?

    Of course! Transformers has done what very few franchises manage (even Star Wars took a decade break from toy aisles) and been a constant presence on toy shelves worldwide (I know US took a brief break in the early 1990s, but Hasbro UK didn't!) and remained consistently popular more than 26 years after emerging. Whether you like or dislike individual components that make up that rich history is kind of irrelevant. Transformers has needed to...well, transform, to survive.

    And it does it with style.

    Here's to the next 26 years.
     

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