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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 Marvelís 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 TFWís 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. Letís 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: 2,858 / 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: 3,668 / 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!
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Toy Fair 2014 - Loyal Subjects Transformers

Posted on 02-17-2014 at 11:25 AM by Joe Moore under Generation 1
Toy-Fair-2014-Loyal-Subjects-Transformers-026 Check out The Loyal Subjects display at Toy Fair 2014. They had a bunch of vinyl Transformers figures on display.
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Kids Logic Optimus Prime Commercial Reveals Possible Future Releases

Posted on 02-05-2014 at 10:14 PM by SilverOptimus under Generation 1
Kids-Logic-G1 A commercial for Kids Logic Optimus Prime is available at their Offical You Tube Channel and it hints at possible future releases including: Megatron, Soundwave, Starscream, Bumblebee and Grimlock inspired by G1.

Kids Logic Mecha Nations 001 - Transformers Optimus Prime Action Figure

Kids Logic proudly presents the deformed Optimus Prime from the Transformers G1 series. Sculpted with amazing details and painted in metallic to an incredible finishing.
  • The action figure is poseable, stands approx. 6 inches / 15cm tall.
  • LED lights up Creation Matrix, Optimus' Eyes and fog lights.
  • Optimus' chest can be opened to access the removable Creation Matrix.

Views: 3,369 / Credit: MartyMcfly160

Upcoming Transformers Mr. Potato Head Figures Revealed

Posted on 01-30-2014 at 08:31 AM by SilverOptimus under Generation 1
Transformers-Mr-Potato-Head-3 Thanks to the Brazilian toy site; HobbyBrinquedos, we have with us some images of upcoming Transformers Mr. Potato Head Figures.

The toys feature Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Starscream and Grimlock.

Strangely, one of the descriptions mention that these Potato Heads are for Transformers: Rescue Bots. This may have been due to a slight mistake since all the figures seem to be inspired from Generation 1.
Views: 6,445 / Credit: Venksta of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers Generation 1 Cartoon 30th Anniversary DVD Release

Posted on 01-27-2014 at 04:30 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
TF30th1Cover72dpi Shout! Factory have put up listings for a new DVD release of the original Transformers Generation 1 cartoon series. The packaging art looks largely the same as the previous releases - just with a "thrilling thirty" logo on the packaging - so expect these to be the same as their last release, just reissued in time for the 30th anniversary. They are due for release on 4/29/14, so they will be right on time to celebrate the anniversary! Check out the order pages on Shout's website:

Transformers More Than Meets The Eye!: Season One [30th Anniversary] | Shout!Factory
Transformers More Than Meets The Eye!: Season Two, Volume One [30th Anniversary] | Shout!Factory
Transformers More Than Meets The Eye!: Season Two, Volume Two [30th Anniversary] | Shout!Factory
Transformers More Than Meets The Eye!: Seasons Three and Four [30th Anniversary] | Shout!Factory
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