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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: 5,338 / 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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G1 DVD Roar Of The Dinobots Coming From Shout Factory

Posted on 04-07-2014 at 02:59 PM by Tony_Bacala under Generation 1
RoaroftheDinobots Shout Factory has updated with a new budget DVD offering due out in July 2014. To keep with the upcoming live action Transformers Movie theme, they'll be collecting Dinobot focused episodes of the G1 cartoon onto a disc titled Transformers More Than Meets The Eye!: Roar Of The Dinobots Check out the PR hype and cover art after the break!
Views: 2,899 / Credit: captain N of the 2005 Boards!

AcidFree Gallery Guido Guidi Prints On Sale

Posted on 03-27-2014 at 10:15 AM by Tony_Bacala under Generation 1
guido-tfvs AcidFree Gallery will go live with their latest Transformers prints today at 12:30 PM Eastern, this time from famed TF artist Guido Guidi. The set features two prints, one side Autobot, one Decepticon, lining up ready for battle. You can grab both, one or the other, or a glow in the dark version of the set as well. Check out the images after the break, and grab yours at the links below!

Transformers 2 Print Set by Guido Guidi, Autobot Print by Guido Guidi, Decepticon Print by Guido Guidi, Variant Set by Guido Guidi
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New Transformers Images And Info From Australian Toy Fair: 30th Anniversary Celebrations

Posted on 03-26-2014 at 11:12 AM by SilverOptimus under Generation 1
2014tf34 Fellow Australian fansite Ozformers is bringing us more Transformers details and images from the recently concluded Australian Toy Fair 2014.

They have captured some great images of Transformers 30th Anniversary Celebration items as well as some prototype images.

An update and roundup of [Goldie] figurines.

30 figurines, over two waves of 15.
Wave 1 - March/June
Wave 2 - October

Each wave of 15 will be available in the following formats...
  • 15 blind-bagged figures
  • 15 carded figures
  • 5 three-packs (most are character themed)
  • 3 five-packs (series themed - Gen1, TFPrime, Movie)

Wave 1 (each comes with a character card/puzzle piece to form Gen1 Optimus)
  • (Note - each row is the 5-pack, each column is the 3-pack)
  • Gen1 - Optimus, Megatron, Ratchet, Starscream, Soundwave.
  • TFPrime - Optimus, Megatron, Ratchet, Starscream, Bulkhead.
  • Movie - Optimus, Megatron, Ratchet, Starscream, Sentinel Prime.

Wave 2 (each comes with a character card/puzzle piece to form Gen1 Megatron)
  • Gen1 - Bumblebee, Shockwave, Ultra Magnus, Grimlock, Rodimus.
  • TFPrime - Bumblebee, Shockwave, Wheeljack, Soundwave, Insecticon.
  • Movie - Bumblebee, Shockwave, Ironhide, Soundwave, Barricade.

Check out the images here, here and here.
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Kids Logic Transformers Mecha Nation Line - New Teaser Image

Posted on 03-26-2014 at 10:29 AM by StayingInTheBox under Generation 1
10151417_10151927540452610_678860360_n Hat tip to TFW2005 Boards member MartyMcfly160 for pointing us towards the new Kids Logic teaser image for their upcoming line of Transformers figures: Mecha Nation Line.

Kids Logic updated their cover photo on their Facebook page that teased upcoming figures of Soundwave, Starscream, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Grimlock.

Check out the teaser image after the jump and let us know what you think.
Views: 3,719 / Credit: MartyMcfly160 of the 2005 Boards!

Fewture Ultimetal UM-03 Megatron

Posted on 03-14-2014 at 03:47 PM by KidDynamite under Generation 1
1524703_10202966848719845_2089804594_n 2005 Boards member Cheem The Rup bring us news from the HK based C3 festival, the Ultimetal Optimus Prime is going to have an adversary to stand off against as Fewture releases a companion Ultimetal Megatron! Like Optimus, Megatron is based on his G1 design and looks to be very large and very expensive. At this time we do not have any more info on this release but stay tuned for more details!
Views: 9,979 / Credit: Cheem The Rup of the 2005 Boards!
 
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