R.I.D. 10th Anniversary - 2001-2011

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  1. Moroni Prime

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    Tomorrow, September 8th marks the 10th anniversary of the premiere of the "Robots In Disguise" series from Saban on Fox Kids. Kids everywhere tuned in to the series premiere "Battle Protocol" (Especially Tony Bacala, lol) to await the much anticipated return of Optimus Prime for the first time since Generation 2 (No I don't count Machine Wars).

    To some folks the R.I.D. line may be nothing more than the precursor to the "Universe" brand, with figures from yesteryear repainted and given new life, some from even as far back as Generation 1 such as:

    -Ruination (Formerly Bruticus)
    -Scourge (Formerly G2 Laser Rod Optimus Prime
    -Predacon Trio (Formerly Transmetal Beast Wars Basics)
    -Spychangers (Formerly the G2 Gobots)
    -Fortress Maximus (#^@#ING DROP TEST!!!!)

    However R.I.D. was much more than that. It brought us many new and memorable characters that made the series so much more special. Figures such as:

    -The Autobot Car Bros.
    -The Build Team
    -Megatron/Galvatron (Mangled Piece of Purple/White Crap with Wings)

    But in my mind what would probably be the most fantastic figure from the line would be:

    -OMEGA PRIME (Combination of Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus)


    The toys were fantastic and brought us articulation and engineering that was levels above what we had in the past. Many figures from that line still stand toe to toe with figures in todays market, and have done well to stand the test of time.

    Though for other folks the more important part was the series. Premiering on September 8, 2001, only 3 days before the terror attacks on the U.S., I felthere was something special about having Optimus Prime as a fire engine. It was an odd coincidence, sure, but I feel it was the right mode, at the right time.

    For years the Transformers series had evolved in one way or another, but this was the first time since 1987 that the US had seen Transformers in anime form. Out of all it's different incarnations over the years, R.I.D. was probably the most light-hearted series. It was not unusual to expect gigantic beads of sweat, or chibi style characters in most episodes.

    To this day Robots in Disguise has yet to be released on DVD here in the United States, though it has seen limited release in other countries around the world. It is this fans hope that Shout Factory will release R.I.D. one day as they are with other Transformers series. This was a great series, with a wonderful line. Truly it was a great time to be a collector and a fan.

    So happy 10th Birthday to TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE!
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    ...Who's the greatest shark in town? Who's the coolest shark around? Sky-Byte, that's meeeeee, HA!!!!!
     
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    Definitely want to see this series. All the toys are excellent!
     
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  4. Moroni Prime

    Moroni Prime #TFYLP Podcast

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    You've not yet seen the show? It's great.
     
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    Aernaroth <b><font color=blue>I voted for Super_Megatron and Veteran

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    Fate leads to rebirth
    Old names merged with new faces
    Yet always changing
     
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    Astoriacrew Well-Known Member

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    Omega Prime, Rail Racer, and Landfill are my favorites from Robots in Disguise.
     
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    TrueNomadSkies Airachnid's ratservant

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    Well, it looks like I'll be pulling an all nighter pretty soon haha.
     
  8. MrTuesday

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    Doesn't Disney own RID these days? Since they bought Saban, and all properties associated with it in 2002 (Power Rangers, Digimon, The Marvel Comics cartoons, etc.)

    I know Saban last year bought back Power Rangers, and made a new series for Nickelodeon. But where does ownership of the other properties lie?

    Would Shout have to license RID from Disney to do a DVD of it?
     
  9. Moroni Prime

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    It was my understanding that Saban bought all their properties back from Disney. May have been only PR, not sure. Though with all the money that Hasbro made from the live films, I'm sure it would be no big deal to buy back R.I.D., a 10 year old show that has hasn't aired in years.
     
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    Six-Mode Megatron
    Upgraded to Galvatron
    And Now He Has Ten

    Devil Gigatron
    You need two hand-mode figures
    To count all his modes


    Once Ultra Magnus
    Great Weapon of Cybertron
    Now He's Just A Suit


    See Sideburn Racing
    He Chases A Crimson Dream
    His Love, Not To Be


    See The Spychangers
    Tiny Autobot Ninjas
    They Will Wreck Your Shit
     
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    Wheeljack_Prime Don't eat me

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    Would have been nice if Hasbro re-did the Brothers for the Generations line this year to acknowledge it...
     
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    Yeah, Disney.
     
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    no saban bought practically everything back, they hold the rights to RID, what they will do with it we don't know yet

    they basically bought back everything that fell under the fox kids block, including RID

    i wished i could find that article

    edit:what the hell? why can't i find anything on that, i know for a fact i read an article about them making a deal to get the fox kids stuff back
     
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    TFCC Side Burn? But I agree. I think that Prowl is one of my favorites.
     
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    My 1st transformers were Optimus Prime Sideburn and Brawn from RID so i love it
     
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    I <3 Sky-byte.
    The toys were my favourite part.
    An era I love.
     
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    Ahh the great memeories of RID

    I still have my original RID Megatron I got back in Xmas 2001, my first Transformer ever and I am NEVER gonna sell it.
     
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    RID is a fantastic series both in cartoon and in toy. I recommend it to anybody!
     
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    I vote for a reissue of Ruination and the Build Team, plus that way we might also get a HTS/Club exclusive release of Ruination as G1 Bruticus.
     

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