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Generation 1

Get the scoop on what's coming out related to the original Transformers line, G1. Includes updates for Japanese reissues, US re-releases, Knock Off alerts, DVD and Blu-Ray udpates, TF:G1 Statues and Busts, and anything else related to the classic Transformers series.

30 Years of Transformers in 30 Days - 1994

Posted on 04-18-2014 at 12:00 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
1994 While 1993 was the resurrection of the Transformers brand in the US with Transformers Generation 2, it was 1994 that was its true renaissance. A very important innovation was added to the line in this year – full articulation! No longer were the Transformers just vehicles that turned into robots – now they were full-blown and fully poseable action figures! Elsewhere the Transformers Generation 2 comic concluded on a cliffhanger, and at Fort Wayne, Indiana, a group of fans gathered for a tenth anniversary party for the Transformers. The name of that party? Botcon…
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30 Years of Transformers in 30 Days - 1993

Posted on 04-17-2014 at 12:00 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
1993 1993 arrived and Transformers were back! Transformers Generation 2 arrived in force, with a mixture of recolored and retooled old toys, and some brand new toy designs as well. For the first time since 1988, there was a Transformers cartoon on screens in the US in the form of repackaged Generation 1 reruns, and it was all topped off by the return of Transformers to comics, complete with a crossover with G.I. Joe to kick the series off. While the line was over in Japan at this time with no new toys released, Europe and the other international markets continued to lead the way for Transformers toys, with a wider range of toys released.
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Takara Tomy Transformers 30th Anniversary Plans Revealed

Posted on 04-17-2014 at 03:53 AM by SilverOptimus under Generation 1
Takara-Tomy-30th-Anniversary-Optimus-Prime Another site update from Takara Tomy reveals their plans for the 30th Anniversary of the Transformers Franchise.

4 projects will be carried out to celebrate this wonderful event:

Project 1: A special edition Optimus Prime toy featuring the likeness of his G1 self (news post image). The truck and the trailer is slightly modernized but overall a good update to the Autobot Leader.

Update: As it turns out Google Translator has incorrectly translated Project 1. The G1 Optimus Prime is not a toy according to 2005 Boards Member PoweredConvoy but rather a modified actual truck and a trailer.

Project 2: Midnight Launch of Transformers Movie Advance Line on May 16th. The launch is titled "Transformers Celebration 2014" and will be held at Toys 'R' Us, Sunshine City.

Project 3: A convention titled "Transformers Expo" is also organized and is set to become the biggest Transformers Expo ever held. The expo will feature dioramas and holographic images. As a part of this project G1 colored AOE Slug will be available for purchase. For more info about the Expo and about G1 Slug, you can read our News Post.

Project 4: The 4th project is dedicated to apply an Optimus Prime inspired deco to a SUPER GT car belonging to the Team Mach. A fictional story of Optimus Prime scanning a Mach will serve as a backstory.

You can find out more at Takara Tomy. More images can be found, after the jump.
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Transformers 30th Anniversary Neck Ties

Posted on 04-16-2014 at 01:59 PM by ORIO under Generation 1
ties Another announcement today from Kotobukiya as they've revealed another image of how they intend to promote the 30th Anniversary of the Transformers! Yesterday it was the classy business card holders, today, it's proper neck ties. Perfect for nerdy professionals looking to prompt a conversation with a prospective client.

Check out all six designs by clicking the title bar and join in the discussion.

Now, who can tie a tie?
Views: 3,958 / Credit: Gaokaiser of the 2005 Boards!

30 Years of Transformers in 30 Days - 1992

Posted on 04-16-2014 at 12:00 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
1992 1992 was a very quiet year for the Transformers. With neither a comic nor a cartoon to support the brand, and no toy releases in the US, the line slumbered. The Japanese Transformers line, which had been running since 1985, came to its end with Operation Combination. Europe, Australia and Canada among other international markets continued to do well though, with a few more Japanese designs making it over along with some all-new toys. And although it was a quiet year, an important feature in the form of light-piped eyes would make its debut in 1992 – and would remain a feature of Transformers design off and on for the remainder of the line’s history.
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30 Years of Transformers in 30 Days - 1991

Posted on 04-15-2014 at 12:00 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
1991 The Transformers brand was effectively finished by 1991 in the US, with the last embers fading out early in the year as the long-running Marvel comic finished in both the US and the UK - with a promise that the comic would continue in the UK being utterly, cruelly dashed at the last by Marvel UK itself folding. The Transformers toyline in Japan started to slow down with fewer new toys released as Takara’s new Brave franchise found its legs and took Transformers’ place as the company’s main transforming robot action property. In Europe, Australia and Canada, some toy releases continued, with a handful of additional Action Masters, reissued original toys and even some Japanese imports. Even in this bleakest of times, the Transformers brand soldiered on.
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Transformers 30th Anniversary Business Card Holders

Posted on 04-15-2014 at 09:46 AM by StayingInTheBox under Generation 1
13869206335_cef968d298_z Does anything say "I mean business" better than your own Transformers business card holders? We didn't think so either. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Transformers, the company Kotobukiya will be making 3D Embossed Business Card holders. The two holders feature images of Generation 1 Optimus Prime and Megatron. The slick addition to your business attire will be released this July at approximately 2,800 yen (or roughly $27.47 USD).

Check out the images after the break!
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Hallmark Keepsake Generation 1 Optimus Prime Ornament

Posted on 04-14-2014 at 05:39 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
optimus-prime-root-1495qxi2656_1470_1 Hallmark have unveiled a 2014 Transformers Keepsake ornament. Perhaps fittingly for the 30th anniversary year, this ornament is inspired directly by the toy that started it all for many of us, the Generation 1 Optimus Prime, in a pose reminiscent of how he appeared in the original Generation 1 box art. Check it out and see what you make of this item.
Views: 4,813 / Credit: Blazere of the 2005 Boards!

30 Years of Transformers in 30 Days - 1990

Posted on 04-14-2014 at 12:00 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
1990 And so we reach 1990, the final year of Transformers Generation 1 for the USA. By now Transformers was truly coming to an end, with the original Generation 1 comic series reaching what writer Simon Furman had intended to be a finale with issue 75. The Transformers toyline carried on with more Micromasters and also the Action Masters – poseable Transformers that did not transform – which are sometimes blamed for killing the toyline, and there is no doubting they were a nail in the coffin. Even Japan, which had persisted with cartoons and new toys all of its own, began to show signs of a decline with Transformers Zone being a single episode direct-to-video release instead of a full broadcast TV series. With the comic coming to a close and no new cartoons on TV anywhere in the world, it was a very bleak time for the Transformers brand.
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30 Years of Transformers in 30 Days - 1989

Posted on 04-13-2014 at 12:00 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
1989 1989, the fifth anniversary of Transformers, saw the line in decline. With no cartoon in the US, and increasing competition from other lines including Ninja Turtles and Micro Machines, the Transformers toy line floundered. Pretenders stuck around, undergoing downsizing and simplification, and new pocket-sized Transformers complete with bases and vehicles called Micromasters were introduced. Japan continued in its own direction with almost no US imports in this year, instead making its own toys, and another new cartoon, Transformers Victory.
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30 Years of Transformers in 30 Days - 1988

Posted on 04-12-2014 at 12:00 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
1988 The Transformers toyline released in 1988 was a continuation of the diversification of the line and the integration of more gimmicks into the line. Ideas used from the previous year, like six changers, Headmasters, Targetmasters and toys that shot sparks were all carried over, and other new gimmicks were introduced, including Powermasters, which used small engine Nebulans to unlock the transformation of their partner, and Pretenders, simplified robots who fit into plastic shells to masquerade and humans or monsters depending on the faction. 1988 was also the first year that the Transformers toys were downsized, with returning gimmicks simplified and the overall size of the toys decreasing.
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30 Years of Transformers in 30 Days - 1987

Posted on 04-11-2014 at 12:00 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
1987 Proving that you cannot keep a good robot down, Optimus Prime returned to the land of moving parts in a two part episode titled The Return of Optimus Prime in 1987. The toyline began to diversify, introducing new gimmicks such as the Doublespy, Headmasters and Targetmasters. Meanwhile Japan diverged from the US cartoon continuity and got a new full-length series called The Headmasters, and for the first time, Transformers toys were released as Japanese market exclusives.
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30 Years of Transformers in 30 Days - 1986

Posted on 04-10-2014 at 12:00 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
1986 In 1986, Transformers entered its third year and featured the debut of the first assortments of Transformers toys that had been designed specifically for the Transformers line, with characters like Hot Rod, Kup, Galvatron and Metroplex making their first appearance this year. The Transformers comics continued strongly with the introduction of the RAAT and a crossover with G.I. Joe in the USA, and in the UK, a classic story, Target 2006. And on August 8, 1986, Transformers arrived on the big screen for the first time with Transformers the Movie - and a generation of children were shocked for life as they learned that sometimes, even heroes die.
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30 Years of Transformers in 30 Days - 1985

Posted on 04-09-2014 at 12:00 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
1985 The Transformers debuted to great excitement in 1984. Their initial success was such that the cartoon show was extended with an additional 49 episodes and an animated movie was also put into production. The comic, originally intended as a four issue limited series, became an ongoing ably written by Marvel’s Bob Budiansky, while the UK comic, which had debuted in 1984 along with the US Marvel comic, began to create its own stories written by the one and only Simon Furman. The toyline underwent an expansion with its 1985 range, adding not only more toys from Diaclone and Microchange, but toys licensed from other Japanese toylines and manufacturers as well.
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30 Years of Transformers in 30 Days - 1984

Posted on 04-08-2014 at 12:00 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
1984 Welcome to TFW’s Transformers at 30 retrospective! Over the next 30 days we will be counting down to the anniversary of the franchise we all know and love with a year-by-year walk down memory lane, remembering the highs and the lows, the cartoons, the comics and the toys which have contributed to the franchise and shaped what we know as Transformers today. Let’s dive right in with the year that started it all - 1984.
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