In America anyway... A lot of fans treated them like they are an awaited reboot of the franchise after years and years from the first series. But, The reboots were kicked off by Beast Wars in 1996, And afterwards was Beast machines in 1999. But as in 2001, there were Transformers for every one or two years. 2001 was Robots in Disguise, 2002 was Armada, 2004 was Energon, and 2005 was Cybertron. And two years later, the live action movies. Again, it would be understandable if there was a huge time gap between the first series, but as mentioned, there were already Transformers shows that filled the gap and they were around us ((Well, technically, you the Americans)). So, why the excitement back then? Was it because it was a live-action movie? Was it because it had Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime again? Was it because it had a lot of characters that didn't appear since G1? Or was it for something else?