Continuity Clarification?

Discussion in 'Transformers Robots In Disguise / Prime Discussion' started by Mark McCann, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. Mark McCann

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    Hi there, I'm relatively new to TF.

    Came in via the IDW's Robots in Disguise after meeting James Roberts, and read his & John Barbers runs, then played through the Fall of Cybertron and Rise of the Dark Spark games on PS4, along with the G1 inspired Devastation. Then I went back and watched G1 (I hadn't seen it since childhood,) and from what I can understand, the G1 continuity that ran in line with the Marvel comics has been changed to fit around a new continuity. But where did that begin?

    I know TF has loads of different continuity strands from Dreamwave, to Armada to the Bayverse, but how do you tell what it mostly canonical and what isn't? it can all be a bit confusing. I started collecting the action figures, and again their box profiles often differ from the versions of the characters I'd known. Skyshadow for instance.
     
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    Okay I'll try and explain this as good as I can.

    the g1 continuity consists of the g1 cartoon , the g1 movie ,beast wars and beast machines .

    Rid 2001 is just a standalone cartoon .

    The unicron trilogy continuity consists of armada,energon and cybertron.

    Animated is a standalone cartoon.

    The bayverse continuity only has the movies It does have a lot of tie in material such as the comics ,novelisations,the cyber mission cartoon and the game adaptions but they aren't canon

    The IDW comics aren't connected to anything else

    The aligned continuity consists of the exodus novels , war for cybertron game, fall of cybertron game , transformers prime cartoon & rid 2015 cartoon

    The combiner wars & titans return cartoon aren't connected to anything else the sequel power of the primes will be out late this year though

    The Cyberverse cartoon coming out late this year isn't connected to anything at least that we know of .

    There is a bunch of Japanese stuff which is where it gets complicated but I've tried giving a basic outline.

    This website should help Transformers Wiki - TFWiki.net

    And

    Here is a video you might find helpful
     
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  3. Mark McCann

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    Hey, thank you very much. This is extremely helpful. I’m trying to find my way through things at a ley level. Is there anything you’d recommend as key pieces of lore? Or series/storylines that are not to be missed? I was recommended Last Stand of the Wreckers as a gateway & have been avidly consuming the material ever since.
     
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    Great video btw. Very illuminating
     
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    @Mark McCann as for things I'd recommend you should definitely watch g1, prime,beast wars ,beast machines and animated . I've only read a couple of comics so I'm not too knowledgable on them and I've watched a small fraction of the unicron trilogy but given fan reaction I'm not in a rush to watch it . What you could do is watch the cartoons in order they came out
    :g1
    :g2 (it's just some g1 episodes with a crappy 3D animation scene transition and good luck trying to find the complete series anywhere .)
    Beast wars
    Beast machines
    Robots in disguise 2001
    Armada
    Energon
    Cybertron
    animated
    Universe (web series )
    Cyber missions (short web series )
    Prime
    Rescue bots
    Robots in disguise 2015
    Combiner wars (short web series )
    Titans return (short web series )
    Cyberverse (tv series due out late this year)
    Power of the primes (short web series due out late this year )



    Japanese cartoons
    Victory
    Zone (only 1 episode)
    Headmasters
    Scramble city (only 1 episode )
    Super god masterforce
    Beast wars ii
    Beast wars neo
    Go ! (Set after prime season 2 it completely ignores season 3 of prime and goes in its own direction)
     
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    It should also be noted that the Alligned continuity is very loosely tied together. They tell an overall general story, but they all exist independently from each other for the most part.
    The novels only follow each other.
    RiD directly (though debatably poorly) follows Prime. Rescue bots is a super loose spin off of Prime.
    The games are also their own thing.
    They all follow the same basic story, each telling it in their own unique take.
    My word of advice is to just treat each of them as their own thing.
     
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    Thanks, guys. Much appreciated :) 
     
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    I really do feel sympathy for anyone who wants to dive into transformers fiction beyond the movies it is confusing as hell to know where to start and I particularly feel sorry for anyone who wants to start reading the IDW comics there is just way to many of them . me personally I've only read a couple of them which came with the figures and the first 10 mtmte comics the problem is that I'm put off reading more of the comics (except the rest of mtmte and eventually lost light ) because their is just so many comics it's overwhelming . Their is no way in hell that anyone who is just joining this franchise will be able to read all these . IDW Publishing - Transformers Wiki
     
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    2010-2013 Transformers Prime is a must watch series
    I never liked the design of the characters so it took me a while to start it ,
    but its the best transformers series ever aired on tv
     
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    Hmmmm. I'm not so sure about any of that.
     
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    So when I first got into the extended fiction. What I did to help keep things manageable was read up on a series of fiction on tfwiki, and if it seemed interesting I'd check it out. Eventually I think I've watched almost everything (not yet done BW2. or Go) and read a lot of what is in comic form. But that might be a good way to look into things. I think almost every series has something entertaining in it, except maybe Energon. So there is a ton of good fiction out there, but it might be easier to stick to one continuity family, which TFwiki has everything split into for your convenience and when you are done you can move to something else.
     
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