The History of Transforming Robots! (abridged)

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  1. Dave McFly

    Dave McFly Zemeckis Cube!

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    True, i have i think Deluxe Bumblebee from the last movie, regular and the Premium one (the ones that had painted car bodies, and a redone head with the 'battle mask' deployed). I have Premium BB in bot mode and regular in car mode. I thought it was funny that the 8 dollar BB was more movie accurate in both robot mode and transformation than the 100 dollar 'Ultimate' one that i am glad i passed on ;). As for the Leader Prime from ROTF, whoever designed him is freaking brilliant, if you look at him in robot mode you cannot even TELL he transforms into a truck and vice-versa, plus the switch blade 'energy blades' that store in his arm are a VERY nice touch :awesome:!
     
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  2. The Lizard

    The Lizard Didn't eat Billy

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    I still say the Human Alliance Bumblebee is the best version of that character. Unfortunately the other Human Alliance TFs aren't as good. Skids and Mudflap are pretty movie-accurate, but of course I hate their movie designs to begin with.

    The recently-released pics of the upcoming Human Alliance Barricade were quite disappointing...

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    Bumblebee is still the best HA toy by far.
     
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  3. The Lizard

    The Lizard Didn't eat Billy

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    More custom collectors companies are getting into the act and designing their own transforming robots, as seen here with the 2009 "RoboBus"...

     
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  4. vm-01

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    Excellent thread! I just joined beacuse of it.

    I remember a series from my childhood where a ship or jet actually broke into several pieces, then a computer generated blueprint appeared and the pieces would arrange themselves around it forming a giant robot. I do not think it was included and I think it should. And I would like to know what it was called.
     
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    This (the ship) kinda reminds me of The Pheonix from Gatchaman. The villain (Zoltar?) was some evil intergalactic drag queen? Ok no, but he wore pink lip gloss. lol. Correct me if I'm wrong on names. But I think was called G-Force in the US. The 70's were a long time ago.
     
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    I finally found out what series it was. It is called "Laserion". But I knew it as "el super laser".
     
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  7. Bebop Cowboy

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    Today's date is 9 June 2011. I just found this thread. Lizard this is an absolutely amazing thread and you should be commended for putting this together. How..I'm not sure, but I knew the Transformers were put together from different lines but I didn't know where from. Thanks for all the information and reminding me of all my favourite toys I had when I was a kid... man I wish I knew what happened to them.

    As a child I had several of the small die-cast metal Collector's Shogun toys Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger and Getter Robo from memory. I had no idea of their origins unlike my Masters of the Universe toys that provided a comic. As a kid I had them an was unaware of what their significance was at the time. Man I wish I still had them.

    Then I got a large die-cast toy which I had no ida what it was from my grandparents for Christmas one year. It was my favourite but I lost it soon after and was devatsated. I now know it was Daltanious but it was just a joy to have it. The detail on these toys far out weighed anything else I had in my toybox.

    This thread not only gave me so much info but brought back child hood memories and makes me wish I had a time machine to go back and buy all of the awesomeness.

    Thanks again Lizard!
     
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  8. The Lizard

    The Lizard Didn't eat Billy

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    Thanks for the kind words! I honestly wasn't sure if this thread was still around or not. It probably belongs in a general TF toy thread or something. Glad there are people out there still enjoying it.
     
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    The original english dub was called "Battle of the Planets" [1978].the team was called G-Force.

    A number of years later [1986] they did a 2nd english dub, trying to stay closer to the original scripts, they called that show G-Force: Guardians of Space.
     
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  10. Rodimus_2316

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    Does anyone have, or know where I could find, all the Transformers Generation 2 toy catalogs? I think they were released by each "wave" of each year, when I saw them online last years ago, but lost the link, and can't find them in a google-search. In my google-search for it, however, I ran into this thread, and saw other posted Transformers catalogs. Also, all the G1 mail-order catalogs of each year would be nice, as well as info on when they all (G2 also) were released, precisely.

    Thanks in advance. :)
     
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    Thank for sharing I learned something from this. I watched Tetsujin 28 when I was kid…I like robots which are based on Japanese cartoons.


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  12. The Lizard

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    Been a while since I've been here, but I feel the need to update this thread with the last couple years releases in the awesome Transformers Masterpiece series:

    Early 2011 (Japan release, US release late 2011) - MP-9 Hot Rod/ Rodimus Prime:

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    2011 (Japan release, US release 2012)- MP-10 Optimus Prime, rescaled and resculpted:

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    Late 2011 (Japan release, Released in US in 2012 as Thundercracker color scheme) - MP-11 Starscream, resculpted with improved leg transformation:

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    2012 (Japan release) - MP-12 Sideswipe (AKA: Lambor)

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    Coming soon, scheduled end of 2012 (Japan release) - MP-13 Soundwave w/ Laserbeak, other cassette minions released in early 2013:

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    Great stuff, eh? Good to see the TF toy line continuing on with quality in Japan, regardless of what we see happening with the movie toys in the US.
     
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  13. KyleStark

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    Lizard this is a good history lesson..... I am going to research even more cause I am a transformer fan.... might try to find these and get off ebay
     
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  14. Goldenage

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    Nice thread..however it should be noted that the first transforming robot was actually the precursor to G1 Sunstreaker. In 1974 Takara registered the patent for the Microman Cosmo-Countach. It was a sentaur-like version of Sunstreaker...robot upper body, car lower body. http://www.kaikodo.net/by4/653.html
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  15. G1er

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    i found this video on tfw and i had to join this community just to show you this video and to thank you for your info. i have had your post saved for a long time now and i was just so happy i could not wait to thank you and show u this video, so here it is
    http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqiQdw1zmuM
     
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  16. The Lizard

    The Lizard Didn't eat Billy

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    Four months later, I finally show up and get to see that video. A great piece of toy history - thanks for sharing!

    Also, this time of year marks the anniversary of the first wave of Transformers toys sold in the USA in 1984, so happy 30th anniversary to the TF franchise!
     
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    I saw this awesome post and had to register! Back in the 80's there was this Japanese car toy. It consisted of like 10-15 cars and it combined together to create one huge vehicle. It sort of looked like a tank. I saw it at Shirokiya back in Hawaii and on a commercial. Anyone know what I'm talking about? TIA!
     
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  18. SymbioteSeb

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    MP Transformers are freaking amazing, can't wait for Wheeljack!(my personal favorite autobot)
    Let's also give some love to the Generations line, case and point, Springer. The person who designed that should be in charge of everything a Hasbro. Genius.
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  19. Quiof

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    Federal Men by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster already had piloted robots in New Comics #8-10 (1936):
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    http://brad-ricca.com/history-proves-again-and-again-siegel-and-shusters-atlantic-rim/


    https://ultraboy8888.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/new-comics-9-federal-men/

    http://fourcolorshadows.blogspot.com.br/2011/11/federal-men-siegel-and-shuster-1936.html

    https://ultraboy8888.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/new-comics-10-federal-men/

    http://dccomicsartists.com/superart/JOE_SHUSTER2.htm

    http://mikegrost.com/federal.htm


    The brazilian comic strip Audaz, o demolidor by Messias de Mello debuted in A Gazetinha #445 (December 17, 1938).

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    http://artistamessiasdemello.blogspot.com.br/
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/messiasmello/

    http://www.messiasdemello.com.br/

    according to Overstreet's Comic Book Price Guide, Bozo the Iron Man was the first robot to appear in a comic book cover, but, however, not he, before he and the Audaz. In fact, the first robot in a magazine cover was a robot created by Hergé (creator of Tintin) in Les Aventures de Jo, Zette et Jocko, more precisely the story arc "Le 'Manitoba' ne répond plus", published in Le Petit Vingtième in 1937.
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    http://www.toonopedia.com/bozorobo.htm




    Jackie Law and the Boy Rangers (1943)

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    http://awesomerthanthou.blogspot.com.br/2009/09/teen-rangers-with-robots.html

    http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Loco
    http://comicbookplus.com/?dlid=35766

    http://comicbookplus.com/?dlid=21262
     
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    Hasbro's Transformers toys are 30 this year. Ryan looks back at their strange origins, including Jetfire's complicated history...
     
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  22. Quiof

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    Brick Bradford and the Metal Monster (02/13/1939 – 03/16/1940) 342 strips

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    Cover by Alex Schomburg (1948)

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    Il terrore di Allagalla, Luciano Pedrocchi (script) et Enrico Bagnoli (art), 1946

    Portuguese edition

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