I grew up with G1 (adding G.I. Joe here as well)in the late 80s/early 90s. I read some the Marvel comics. After I became an adolescent I stopped watching these series and never followed any new stories. Looking back as an adult the original cartoons are almost unwatchable (I tried to get my twelve year old nephew to watch and he said "it's the same thing over and over again, the Decepticons or Cobra attack then lose in the dumbest way possible and that the Cobra characters are idiots". Going back to my question are the rest of the Transformer franchise the same basic concept of Decepticons (the supposed bad ass intelligent, tactical, stronger faction) attack and lose over and over?