Woah! Look what we have here. That's right, today is the 15th anniversary of TFW2005
. Why today? Well, TFW2005 had a slow running start, evolving from a simple Angelfire page, to a sub-hosted front page with music and Car Robots episodes from Japan, then to a forum, and it grew from there to what it is today. April 20th was the first day of the first version of the 2005 Boards, so we count that as the day TFW2005 was born. And that was 15 years ago, today. That image attached is the only copy of what V1 TFW2005 looked like way back then, an incomplete internet archive rendering of it. If you remember that, you are officially OG.
A lot has happened in that 15 years. Transformers turned 20. Then 25. Then 30. Four billion-dollar movies have been made. We've seen the figures evolve and return to being a top boys brand. We've seen beasts and Mini-Cons, new comics, new TV shows. Epic video games retelling Cybertron's origins. We've seen this community grow from 10 people joking more about the ridiculousness that there WAS a forum to talk about Transformers online, and that I was running it (2 of those other 9 people were my post college roommates) - to almost 75,000 members. 11 million posts, 860,000 threads. 17,000 news stories. All just going back to 2003 (we had a hiccup).
I could spout on and on about memories and such, this post would turn into a book. So I'll keep this short, hit us on the boards
and everyone can walk down memory lane together. I would like to say though - I deeply appreciate everyone here. I am blown away by the fact that this place is still here and strong all these years later. My life has taken a weird winding path because of this place, this hobby and this brand. And I'm grateful for it all. The regular members, the causal fans who just pop in and check news. The old heads who remember when this place started, the younger folks who came in because of the movie. The folks that signed up yesterday. The Mods, Admins, Newsies and Contributors of all types, past and present. Especially them.
YOU make this place what it is. You are the only reason this place is still around 15 years later. So long as you keep coming, we'll do our best to keep this place going for another 15. We'll continue to adapt and change, transform if you will, to keep this place fun and relevant. To make sure we all have a chill spot for after work, after school, when the kids go to bed - a place to be with like-minded folks and enjoy our hobby.
We have some things planned for later in the year which should set us up for the next phase of TFW2005. New tech, new coat of paint, and more. We hope you'll join us on the ride.
Until then, see you all on the boards. WORD!