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Robots In Disguise

Check our archive for Robots In Disguise. Includes DVD release info from the UK, interviews with voice actors, Lucky Draw image galleries, and Brave Maximus ftw.

Car Robots Celebrates 15 years!

Posted on 04-05-2015 at 08:55 AM by Matty under Robots In Disguise
CBzMLTTVIAIB20m Thanks to a post from the twitter page of Takara designer Hisashi Yuki, we are reminded today of the 15th anniversary of Car Robots (know as the original Robots In Disguise in North America). Yuki tweeted out an initial draft sketch of what would become Fire Convoy (Optimus Prime) and it shows off some very cool design cues that were not carried over to the toy, most notably being the Maximal insignia on his chest. Yuki designed the Fire Convoy / Optimus Prime toy, be sure to follow his Twitter page today as he'll surely be sharing more great Car Robots history.

Car Robots as a series falls between two bigger continuities, the Beast Era and the Unicron Trilogy, and it was not very successful in its native Japan. However, when imported to the US as the first Robots in Disguise line, it reinvigorated the Transformers line after the lackluster performance of Beast Machines. More importantly, after five years of beasts dominating the line, it brought back realistic cars and other vehicles as alternate modes!

Car Robots / Robots in Disguise has a very rich history here at TFW2005, so in celebration of the anniversary please enjoy another look at some things that celebrate this great time in Transformers history.

Lucky Draw Black Super Fire Convoy High Res Gallery

More Car Robots / Robots In Disguise Galleries

Happy 15th Car Robots!
Views: 6,455 / Credit: AoE of the 2005 Boards!

Lucky Draw Black Super Fire Convoy High Res Gallery

Posted on 07-07-2014 at 04:01 PM by Tony_Bacala under Robots In Disguise
Black-Super-Fire-Convoy-01 TFW2005 is proud to present a blast from the past - a high res "supah cleah" gallery of Car Robots' Lucky Draw Black Super Fire Convoy. As some of you may know, I am personally a big collector of Car Robots / Robots in Disguise from 2000/2001. You can check our side project of love, for proof . This figure has eluded me for nearly 15 years, taunting my soul every time it dropped on eBay. At Botcon 2014 I was finally able to obtain it, and am happy to share a round of pictures I hope does it justice. Read on for some additonal information and some key pics, or jump right to the full gallery here:

Lucky Draw Black Super Fire Convoy - TFW2005 Full High Res Gallery (140+ Pics)
Views: 9,314

Transformers Car Robots Complete Series Fan Sub Now Available

Posted on 05-27-2014 at 08:20 AM by Tony_Bacala under Robots In Disguise
FRONT_FULL Karyuudo Fansubs has dropped by and let us know that their complete subtitling of Transformers Car Robots is now done! For those that don't know, Car Robots is the Japanese version of Transformers Robots In Disguise (2001) in the West. Watching the series subtitled in Japanese will be a different beast for sure, as many liberties were taken when the folks at Saban and Fox Kids translated it into English. Not that it was a bad job, but seeing a series in it's original language should give you a different perspective and is worth a look. On top of the subtitled episodes, Karyuudo also has a ton of bonus content related to the show.

The set includes the following:

- All 39 Episodes in the Original Japanese Audio with English subtitles
- Clean Opening and Ending Songs
- Toy Commercials Spots
- Marionette CD Single Commercial Spot
- A Complete Reference Guide (PDF Format) - Explaining translations, cultural references and information from the series
- Transformers Car Robots - Original Soundtrack
- Blazing Overdrive CD Single
- Marionette CD Single
- DVD Cover Scans
- Scans from Hero Super Guidebook 10 - Transformers Car Robots: Warriors Battle Guidebook!
- Karyuudo Fansubs Promotional Material
- English Cover Song of Blazing Overdrive by Glocktimus Prime
- All 39 script files that we created / timed + the fonts used

Head on over to the forums and discuss!

If you want to catch up on your Car Robots / Robots In Disguise history, you can check out our side project,!
Views: 3,945 / Credit: kary of the 2005 Boards!

TFW's Transformers Collectors Club Sideburn Gallery Now Online

Posted on 04-25-2014 at 05:47 PM by Sol Fury under Robots In Disguise
Collectors_ClubSideburn26 Since we are celebrating Robots in Disguise in today's chapter of the 30 years of Transformers in 30 days, we thought now would be a great time to take a look at one of the many cool homages to Robots in Disguise that has come out across the last few years - the Transformers Collectors Club 2011 membership exclusive, Sideburn!

Sideburn was a redeco of the Transformers Classics Rodimus, which is a nice bit of self-referencing given that the Robots in Disguise Super Sideburn deco was itself based on Hot Rod's own deco. The deco is particularly well-suited to the mold and does a good job of evoking the character, and a clever paint job on the robot mode head helps to give Sideburn his own identity.

Overall, the TCC Sideburn was a particularly sharp deco and looked good on the Rodimus mold. If you're a fan of Robots in Disguise, you could do a lot worse than seeking this toy out for your collection. Check out SydneyY's excellent gallery and judge for yourself.

Transformers Collectors Club Exclusive Sideburn
Views: 4,915 / Credit: SydneyY of the 2005 Boards!

30 Years of Transformers in 30 Days - 2001

Posted on 04-25-2014 at 12:00 PM by Sol Fury under Robots In Disguise
2001 2001 was a year of change for the Transformers brand, both in public and also behind the scenes. What was obvious to fans was the cancellation of the Beast Machines line leaving some toys unreleased and the Japanese Car Robots line being imported as Robots in Disguise, which brought back realistic vehicular Transformers, Autobots, Decepticons, and the classic faction symbols which had last been widely used in 1992. Behind the scenes, Hasbro and Takara made a deal to co-produce the next Transformers series, laying the groundwork for what would come to be known as the Unicron trilogy the fruit of this deal would be seen in 2002.
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Super Fire Convoy 2014 Reissue

Posted on 08-05-2013 at 11:56 PM by Shin Densetsu under Robots In Disguise
Fire-Convoy-Super-Mode_1268575779 A very interesting pre-order has been posted at BigBadToyStore, a pre-order for none other than Super Fire Convoy from the fan-favorite series, Car Robots AKA Robots In Disguise! This was last the mainline prior to the Armada trilogy and it left big shoes to fill. It also introduced once of the most popular and unique versions of Convoy/Optimus Prime.

For those of you who missed out, the pre-order page can be accessed here. Price is $149.99. BBTS has stated that the Toys R Us exclusive Master Sword is rumored to be included. That may factor into the higher price, but we aren't completely sure. Since the sword is rumored to be included and was used for the God Fire Convoy combined mode with God Magnus...perhaps the latter isn't too far behind? Stay tuned as we'll keep you posted!
Views: 7,474 / Credit: grimlock1972 of the 2005 Boards! Relaunched - Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Robots In Disguise!

Posted on 12-15-2011 at 04:47 PM by Tony_Bacala under Robots In Disguise
TFW2005 is proud to announce the launch of the all new, our network's little side project that's been sitting around for years. The mini-site dedicated to any and everything "Robots In Disguise" has been completely redone, upgraded, and added-to, heavily. We've been working on this in the background for a while now, and just squeaked in the relaunch during December 2011, which happens to be the 10th Anniversary of Robots In Disguise in the United States! So, to celebrate the 10th anniversary, even if only for another 16 days, enjoy the all new RID FOREVER.

Things of note:
  • Completely redone site, new skin, layout, system.
  • Tons of new entries added for toys, coming very close to (or hitting) absolute completeness.
  • 3rd Party Merchandise area created, documenting the US, Japan, and Korean items.
  • All figures and 3rd party items we have access to have been reshot this year, using semi-professional gear and lighting.
  • Over 7000 New High Resolution Images of RID Toys, spanning 293 Entries for figures and merchandise.
  • Over 2500 High Quality Screen Captures, spanning all 39 Episodes. Sorted by Character.

Here are some pages of interest to get you started.

There is way too much to list here on what's new, so we invite you to check out the all new...


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TFWe 05 Robots in Disguise PDF Issue Released - BONUS CONTENT!

Posted on 10-12-2011 at 02:29 PM by Kickback under Robots In Disguise
TFWe-05-cover The issue of TFWe you've been waiting to download is finally here! We've just released TFWe issue 05 (Robots in Disguise Anniversary Special) in .PDF format. And the best way to celebrate our favorite Transformers series is to pack it full of bonus content!

As well as our normal extra content (a TON more images to boot), we've also included a special Robots in Disguise Art Book - By Fans For Fans at the end of the issue! Our Fan Art regulars may remember our dear friend Joe Moore asking for all of your RiD artwork and customs that you've done - well, if you submitted it to him, it's here in this book! That's right - it's our largest issue yet, clocking in at a whopping 35 pages!

(the link is right under the image of the cover)

A special thanks to all RiD fans for submitting your artwork and customs, and always, big kudos to Joe Moore for another bang-up issue in .PDF format. We hope you enjoy it! Leave some feedback! And stay tuned for Issue 06, when the TFWe staff looks at Transformers and Halloween ... (you can almost taste the cosplay article, can't you?) See you soon!
Views: 5,551

TFWe 05 Release - Robots in Disguise Anniversary Special

Posted on 09-29-2011 at 10:14 AM by Kickback under Robots In Disguise
TFWe-05-cover TFWe, the monthly e-magazine from TFW2005.COM, has released their 5th issue and it's a Robots in Disguise Anniversary Celebration issue! Packed entirely of nothing but the fan-loved Transformers: Robots in Disguise, join the staff of TFWe AND TFW2005.COM as we look at the history of Robots in Disguise, where the franchise is now in terms of ownership, some of our favorite toys, and of course...

...TFW2005.COM's campaign, Scourge, Not Nemesis Prime!


Your cover art is courtesy of both Don Figueroa (pencils), and Joe Moore (inks, colors, layout). We also use a lot of information thanks to Jon Hartman and a not-so-well-known sister-site of TFW2005.COM, RIDFOREVER.INFO. We review the Toys'R'Us Exclusive from 2002, RID Scourge, TFCC Side Burn, compare US to Japanese names, and we're given a special introduction from the owner of TFW2005.COM and all the 2005 Network sites, Tony_Bacala.

What are you waiting for?


Special thanks to all who helped with this issue. Give us a read and as September comes to an end, let's give one last big hurrah to one of our favorite series ... TRANSFORMERS: Robots in Disguise!!!!!!
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TODAY is the 10th Anniversary of Robots In Disguise!

Posted on 09-08-2011 at 12:14 PM by Tony_Bacala under Robots In Disguise
1112_G September 8th, 2001 - This was the American debut of Robots in Disguise - the US dub of Japan's Car Robots series from the year before. And today marks 10 YEARS since that happened, to the day.

This series has been ignored, forgotten, and tossed to the side by the powers that be, but there are still fans of it, both the show and toys, out there. It was the transition between the Beast Era and the new Millennium, encompassing many things we take for granted today. Autobots and Decepticons for starters. Realistic vehicle modes. Repaints of old molds into new characters. The "reboot" of continuity, while keeping core elements. G1 redecos of toys with similar style. All while keeping the Beasts in play for a bit longer, to transition those late 90s kids to the return of the Autobots.

There is a nice discussion of the series as a whole going on in relation to the 10 year anniversary here: R.I.D. 10th Anniversary - 2001-2011, feel free to join in and share your thoughts. TFW will be doing some more RID celebrating before the year is out, so stay tuned!

Oh, and one more thing....

Views: 5,536 / Credit: Moroni Prime of the 2005 Boards!

TFCC Sideburn Shipping Soon

Posted on 07-13-2011 at 01:03 PM by Sol Fury under Robots In Disguise
Sideburn Good news Robots in Disguise fans! The Transformers Collectors Club membership exclusive - Sideburn - has finally cleared customs and arrived in the US. Now all that remains is for them to be processed for mailing according to the post on the TFCC Facebook page - stay tuned for more updates!
Views: 3,313 / Credit: Lumpy of the 2005 Boards!

First Ever Gallery of Lucky Draw Car Robots Black Ultra Magnus and Black Omega Prime

Posted on 08-18-2009 at 04:13 PM by Sol Fury under Robots In Disguise
cr-black-god-magnus-041 Transformers @ The Moon's sister site, Lucky Draw Transformers, has put up a gallery of the Lucky Draw Car Robots Black God Magnus (Ultra Magnus in Robots in Disguise). This piece, which was first unveiled to the public over this past weekend at Auto Assembly 2009, is one of only 10 pieces ever made and is shown here in full detail, including, for the first time ever, combined with the Lucky Draw Black Fire Convoy (Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime) to form Black God Fire Convoy (Omega Prime).

Check out the full gallery by clicking on the link above, and then talk about it on our 2005 Boards.
Views: 9,047 / Credit: TF@TM of the 2005 Boards!

TFW2005 Interview with Neil Kaplan - Voice of RID Optimus Prime

Posted on 01-25-2008 at 12:58 PM by Tony_Bacala under Robots In Disguise
ridprime Neil Kaplan is best known to Transformers fans as the voice of Optimus Prime in Transformers: Robots in Disguise where he also lent his voice to the character of Ro-Tor. TFW2005 content contributor aksmth recently had a chance to interview Mr. Kaplan. You can check out the interview here: Neil Kaplan Interview! Enjoy!
Views: 3,856 / Credit: aksmth of the 2005 Boards!

New Robots In Disguise DVD Releases in the UK

Posted on 06-19-2007 at 05:12 PM by ams under Robots In Disguise
429594678524c29f79 A number of DVDs featuring select episodes from the Robots in Disguise series will be released at the beginning of next month (July 2)! Please note these are Region 2 DVD releases. For more about RiD, visit
Views: 3,916 / Credit: Tony_Bacala

Bob Papenbrook The Voice of Mega Octane and Ruination Passes Away

Posted on 03-22-2006 at 03:36 AM by Super_Megatron under Robots In Disguise
1143043169 Beloved character and voice actor Bob Papenbrook born in San Diego, California, on September 18, 1955, passed away March 17, 2006, from complications arising from a serious, chronic lung condition. Bob is best known for his tremendous vocal talent and character roles and performed in over 200 movies, television productions, plays, video games, radio and commercial spots. Bobs prolific career spanned over 35 years. Having taught for 10 years in the martial arts arena, Bob was a loved and respected kickboxing coach and corner-man, touching many young lives with his humor and enthusiasm.

Thanks to TF@TM for the heads up.
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