Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by bindingmachines, Jan 27, 2010.
What is the origin of Transformer Toy ? I mean how did it born ?
Hasbro got their original '84/85 toys from the Diaclone toyline, which is essentially Transformers progenitor.
Millions of years ago, an asteroid hit Earth and was discovered by a kid in the 80's who was tired of being called lame for having lame toys. When he found the "meteorite", it scanned a truck, and became an Optimus Prime... toy. A bystanding Hasbro employee was inspired by this incident and volia! Transformers!
Historical Revisionism is awesome.
There was a Toyfare article about this several years back. Apparently the whole thing stemmed from GI Joe. Joe was licensed to Takara back in 1967. They released him in Japan as was and the line did so well that in the early 1970's they started making their own. They shrunk him down, made him a cyborg and those toys are what became known as Microman here in the US. Then in the late 70's and early 80's, they shrunk him down even further and gave him transforming vehicles and weapons. That line was known as Diaclone and the little figures are the reasons why some toys like the Insecticons and Dinobots have cockpits. It was this line that Hasbro purchased the molds to which became the Autobots and Decepticons that we all know and love. There were a few other Takara lines that also got worked into the Transformers line: Beet Gottol is where the deluxe Insecticons come from and Micro Change is where Megatron, Soundwave, the mini Autobots and others came from and Jetfire came from the Robotech line.
Edit: Well this is officially what happened, but Xaddion's second scenario is far more entertaining.
I always found this to be good read on the origin of transforming robots:
Tfs pre-history: a timeline
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