Tomorrow, September 8th marks the 10th anniversary of the premiere of the "Robots In Disguise" series from Saban on Fox Kids. Kids everywhere tuned in to the series premiere "Battle Protocol" (Especially Tony Bacala, lol) to await the much anticipated return of Optimus Prime for the first time since Generation 2 (No I don't count Machine Wars). To some folks the R.I.D. line may be nothing more than the precursor to the "Universe" brand, with figures from yesteryear repainted and given new life, some from even as far back as Generation 1 such as: -Ruination (Formerly Bruticus) -Scourge (Formerly G2 Laser Rod Optimus Prime -Predacon Trio (Formerly Transmetal Beast Wars Basics) -Spychangers (Formerly the G2 Gobots) -Fortress Maximus (#^@#ING DROP TEST!!!!) However R.I.D. was much more than that. It brought us many new and memorable characters that made the series so much more special. Figures such as: -The Autobot Car Bros. -The Build Team -Megatron/Galvatron (Mangled Piece of Purple/White Crap with Wings) But in my mind what would probably be the most fantastic figure from the line would be: -OMEGA PRIME (Combination of Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus) The toys were fantastic and brought us articulation and engineering that was levels above what we had in the past. Many figures from that line still stand toe to toe with figures in todays market, and have done well to stand the test of time. Though for other folks the more important part was the series. Premiering on September 8, 2001, only 3 days before the terror attacks on the U.S., I felthere was something special about having Optimus Prime as a fire engine. It was an odd coincidence, sure, but I feel it was the right mode, at the right time. For years the Transformers series had evolved in one way or another, but this was the first time since 1987 that the US had seen Transformers in anime form. Out of all it's different incarnations over the years, R.I.D. was probably the most light-hearted series. It was not unusual to expect gigantic beads of sweat, or chibi style characters in most episodes. To this day Robots in Disguise has yet to be released on DVD here in the United States, though it has seen limited release in other countries around the world. It is this fans hope that Shout Factory will release R.I.D. one day as they are with other Transformers series. This was a great series, with a wonderful line. Truly it was a great time to be a collector and a fan. So happy 10th Birthday to TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...Who's the greatest shark in town? Who's the coolest shark around? Sky-Byte, that's meeeeee, HA!!!!!