One of the best parts of G1 was the fact that it was obvious that neither America nor Japan truly had any clear idea of where to go with this series. I think the concept of robots pasted on GiJoe's good vs evil seemed like a cakewalk to Americans, who had many other shows and toys in line with this concept, but was kinda hard for the Japanese to grasp as the original Dia Clone was primarily a "rescue" force, not good fighting evil. I loved that Transformers pretty shamelessly used 1960's and 1970's sci-fi cliches for some of the villains. I also dug the ridiculous attempts to explain "culture" to Transformers, and the blatant racist stereotypes. These concepts seem pretty half-assed now, but in 1985 we really though we were on the path to cultural and sexual homogenization. Believe it or not things like " Black" Jazz and Mellisa Fairborne were the total opposite of racism and sexism in the 1980's. And the stupid assed monsters they dealt with really payed clear homage to great shows like "The Outer Limits" and " The Twilight Zone." It seems stupid now, but I feel as though when it was written and produced the message that was trying to be conveyed was tolerance and acceptance.