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10 Coolest Transformers Collectible Toys That Exist

One of the most iconic and beloved franchises to come from the '80s is Transformers. The robots in disguise conquered pop culture through cartoons, comics, live-action films, and, most importantly, through toys. It is no secret that the successful cartoon series was just a ploy to sell more figures, but this was hardly needed as these toys practically sold themselves.

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Even today, collectors love to get their hands on all kinds of Transformers statues and figures, both newly released and original. There is a multitude of collectible figures for fans to hunt down and display. But which ones widen eyes and empty wallets the fastest?

10 Tiger Handheld Games

One of the most popular toys to come from the '80s and '90s was the Tiger Handheld Games. These simple and cheap games revolved around a screen that light up static images to simulate movement.

These games may not be much in terms of gameplay, but they are looked back on fondly in terms of nostalgia. If the recent years have taught consumers anything, it is that nostalgia sells, so these Tiger games have made a comeback. Many collectors seek out these Transformers variants from their childhoods, and just as many buy up the new ones as well for a fun time capsule.

9 Transformers X Collaborations

Transformers is one of the best-known IPs of all time. One of the best ideas to come from Hasbro is to merge them with other known properties - such as Transformers X. This line takes popular vehicles from fan-favorite films and turns them into a transformable Autobot or Decepticon.

Each one also features a unique name to add further charm to the figure. The Back To The FutureDeLorean becomes Autobot Gigawatt. The Ghostbusters' Ecto 1 becomes Ectotron. Most recently, fans can purchase a two-pack featuring a Decepticon T-Rex named Tyrannocon Rex, and a Jeep turned Autobot simply named JP-94, based on Jurassic Park.

8 Star Wars Crossover

Leading up to and following the release of Revenge Of The Sith in 2005, Star Wars was more popular than ever. This was most apparent when browsing any toy aisle at the time. Hasbro already owned the toy rights to Star Wars, so they made the logical choice to cash in on the hype and release a line of Transformers inspired by the galaxy far far away.

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Many fan-favorite characters received their own figure, including Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi, several Darth Vaders (one of which turns into the Death Star), and a two-pack Han Solo and Chewbacca that combine to form the Millennium Falcon. The line lasted from 2005 until 2008 and had a brief resurgence in 2011. Fans are just as eager to purchase these figures now as they were back then.

7 Helmet Replicas

Many collectors agree that one of the coolest kinds of collectibles is replicas. From weapons to artifacts, any kind of nerdy replica will garner major cool points among the community. Imagine then how cool it must be, to see replica heads of the heroic Autobot Optimus Prime, and the menacing Decepticon Megatron inspired by their G1 looks. These GameStop exclusive helmets are incredibly detailed and are enough to make any fan stare in awe.

They can be displayed to cause envy in others, but that's not all. Their eyes have LED lights to either bring hope or strike fear. Both helmets also feature voice clips from their respective character. Whether for display or for creative cosplay, these helmets are sure to bring joy to their owners and they can have one of their own by late August.

6  Studio Series Hot Rod

Recently, Hasbro has released the Transformers Studio Series, a series of highly detailed figures for the adult collector. One of the coolest figures in this line was a Hot Rod figure based on his appearance in Transformers: The Movie.

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Hot Rod has been a fan-favorite character ever since his debut in the animated film, and this is arguably the best figure he has ever received. The figure is highly articulate and, of course, transformable, as well as detailed as a figure based on animation can be. Of all the figures in the line, this is one of the most sought after and praised.

5 Classic G1 Figures

When it comes to a variety of subjects, the original seems to be better. To many, this especially rings true to Transformer figures, as the original line of figures is just as popular now as they were in the '80s. Whether it is original fans living out their nostalgia, or newer fans going back to the beginning, there are plenty of reasons to return to the toy line that started it all.

Of course, well-known characters, such as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, or Megatron, are the most sought after. However, some of the best, lesser-known side characters in the Transformers franchise will bring a retro edge to any fan's collection.

4 Sideshow Jet Power Optimus Prime Statue

There are many conflicting opinions about Michael Bay's Transformers films. One thing not many people can dispute is that there are several awesome moments. One such moment came in Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen when the newly resurrected Optimus Prime returns to battle the Fallen, using parts from Jetfire, the ancient Autobot, to help.

This is one of the most powerful forms Optimus Prime has ever had in Transformers, and the legends at Sideshow Collectables commemorated this iconic moment with an equally iconic statue. Detailed doesn't begin to describe the care taken to make this giant figure as movie accurate as possible. Just because a Transformers figure doesn't transform doesn't lower the cool factor, and this statue is proof of that.

3 Nightwatch Optimus Prime

Like any toy line of a big-budget movie, there are variants of characters that never happen on screen, such as the case with Nightwatch Optimus Prime. This deluxe figure has a new blue and silver paint job and includes lights and sounds. The figure was bigger than most figures at the time, and it could be quite challenging to transform it.

With some practice, the process became easier, although most left him in robot form so they could admire it. Fourteen years later, the figure is enjoyed just as much by adult collectors, and it makes a fantastic addition to any collection.

2 Studio Series Devastator

Hasbro's Studio Series line has plenty of detailed figures fans love. Perhaps one of the favorites, however, is Devastator based on his appearance in Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen. The package contains four figures, the Constructicons, who each transform into various construction equipment.

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The four can be combined into the appropriate titles Devastator. A similar four-pack was released when the film came out, but this is incredibly movie-accurate and practically begs to be displayed on a collector's shelf. The figure is a perfect example of how the Michael Bay films had some great character designs.

1 War For Cybertron Unicron

Robots that turn into vehicles are cool enough, but a giant robot that transforms into an entire planet that then proceeds to devour other planets is a different beast entirely. Such an awesome character should have an equally awesome figure, and that is exactly what Unicron from Hasbro's War For Cybertron line is.

This massive figure is one of the biggest figures to ever carry the Transformers name and is sure to be the centerpiece of any collection. The planet mode has a base to display it on, but it looks just as incredible in robot form. This figure isn't very play-friendly, as it is a daunting task to switch between forms. However, it does bring joy to fans old and young alike.

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Transformer Toys - Imagination is Tangible

Some kids grow up playing with dolls and building blocks while others grow up playing with toy cars. Irrespective of what they are playing with during their early years, some kids grow up to be tech-savvy. They, along with all the other kids develop their sense of imagination and their choice of toys begin to differ. Some kids just love the transformers.

What are the Transformers

As a parent, it may be helpful to know the origins of the toys your kids love. This would also help you better connect with your child and his or her play activity. 

The Transformers franchise has been around in the form of a book, cartoons and off-lately movies. The movies have very much caught on with many older people too. It’s not just the kids that are going all crazy over the story and its characters. 

As the story goes, the Transformers are a species of sentient living beings. These are not normal beings. They are unique robotic beings that originate from the distant machine planet of Cybertron. Their histories, the stories of their lives, and even their wars and its results have been chronicled across continuities that exist in the vast multiverse.

The reason they are called "Transformers" is that this entire race seems to have a generally-shared ability to transform and change their appearance at will. They manage to do this by rearranging their component parts from an upright humanoid robotic mode to an alternate form. These forms revolve around attractive vehicles, weapons, machinery, or animals. This is the theme that makes the transformer toys interesting. As the story continues, in some continuities, all members of the species have the innate ability to transform. For a few others, the ability to transform came about as a wartime innovation that was adopted to survive and overcome the enemy attack. The group of transformers are made up of the Autobots and the Decepticons. They are also referred to as the Cybertronians as they hail from the planet Cybertron. So, to make it simple the Autobots and the Decepticons are transformers that come from the planet Cybertron. 

Does Playing with a Transform Toy Have a Benefit?

You can use Transformer toys and tell your kids a great story and then let them develop their own storyline and narrate it to you. This will help them develop their imagination. Along with this, they will also develop their communication skills as they narrate a story to you while playing with their transformer toy.

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Transformers (toy line)

Toy line launched in 1984

The Transformers (トランスフォーマー, Toransufōmā) is a line of mecha toys produced by Japanese company Takara (now known as Takara Tomy) and American toy company Hasbro. Initially a line of transforming mecha toys rebranded from Takara's Diaclone and Micro Change toy lines,[1] it spawned the Transformersmedia franchise.

The premise behind the Transformers toy line is that an individual toy's parts can be shifted about to change it from a vehicle, a device, or an animal, to a robot action figure and back again. The franchise's taglines, "More Than Meets The Eye" and "Robots In Disguise", reflect this ability.[2]

The Transformers toy-line is typically divided into two main factions: the heroic Autobots and their opponents, the evil Decepticons. They are known in Japan as the Cybertrons and Destrons, respectively, although more recent releases often use the English terms.

Many spin-offs are based on the toys including a comic book series, an animated television series, and the feature-length animated The Transformers: The Movie. The original TV series has a number of spin-offs and reboots. A live-action film series was launched in 2007 by director Michael Bay.

Conception[edit]

The Transformers toy line was created from toy molds mostly produced by Japanese company Takara in the toy lines Diaclone and Micro Change. Other toy molds from other companies such as Bandai were used as well. In 1984, Hasbro bought the distribution rights to the molds and rebranded them as the Transformers for distribution in North America. They approached Marvel Comics to create a backstory with names and short descriptions for each character, which were written by Bob Budiansky.

The designs for the original 28 figures were made by Kojin Ono, Takashi Matsuda, Hideaki Yoke, Hiroyuki Obara, and Satoshi Koizumi. Hasbro would go on to buy the entire toy line from Takara, giving them sole ownership of the Transformers toy-line, branding rights, and copyrights, while in exchange, Takara was given the rights to produce the toys and the rights to distribute them in the Japanese market.

Overview[edit]

See also: Transformers, List of Transformers TV series, and Transformers (comics)

The following Transformers toy series were released in the United States and Japan:

  • The Transformers (1984–1990 USA) (1984–1993, UK/Canada) (1985–1992, Japan) - retroactively called "Generation One" or "G1" since then. These are considered the first Transformers.
  • Transformers: Generation 2 (1992–1995 USA) (1994–1995 UK/Canada)/Transformers: G-2 (1995, Japan)
  • Beast Wars: Transformers (1996–1999) (1997–1998; 1999–2000, Japan) (released as Beasties in Canada)
    • Beast Wars Super Lifeform Transformers (1997–1998, Japan)
    • Super Lifeform Transformers Beast Wars Metals (1999–2000, Japan)
  • Machine Wars: Transformers (1997) - a limited release KB Toys exclusive
  • Beast Wars II Super Lifeform Transformers (1998, Japan) - A.K.A. "Beast Wars Second"
  • Animorphs (1999) - a line related to the Animorphs book and TV series
  • Super Lifeform Transformers Beast Wars Neo (1999, Japan)
  • Beast Machines: Transformers (1999-2000)/Super Lifeform Transformers Beast Wars Returns (2004–2005, Japan)
  • Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2001–2002)/Transformers: Car Robots (2001 - 2002, Japan)
  • 1-2-3 Transformers (2001–2002)
  • Transformers: Micromaster Collection (2002–2004, Japan)
  • Transformers Collection (2002–2006 Japan)
  • Transformers: Armada/Super Robot Lifeform Transformers: Micron Densetsu (Micron Legend) (2002–2003)
  • Transformers: Expanded Universe (2002)
  • Transformers Commemorative Series (2002–2005; 2009)
  • Smallest Transforming Transformers (2003–2004, Japan) - A.K.A. "World's Smallest Transformers"
  • Transformers: Go-Bots (2003–2005)/Kid's Transformers Rescue Heroes Go-Bots (2003, Japan)
  • Transformers: Dinobots (2003)
  • Transformers: Universe (2003–2007)
  • Transformers: Energon (2004–2005)/Transformers: Super Link (2003–2004, Japan)
  • Transformers: Alternators (2003–2007)
    • Transformers: Binaltech (2003–2008 Japan)
    • Transformers: Binaltech Asterisk (2005, Japan)
  • Transformers: Masterpiece (2003–present)
  • Transformers: RobotMasters (2004–2005, Japan)
  • Transformers: Cybertron (2005–2006)/Transformers: Galaxy Force (2004–2005, Japan)
  • Transformers: Hybrid Style (2005–2006, Japan)
  • Transformers: Timelines (2005–2016)
  • Star Wars Transformers (2006–2008) - later merged with Transformers: Crossovers
  • Transformers: Kiss Players (2006–2007, Japan)
  • Beast Wars 10th Anniversary (2006)
  • Beast Wars Reborn (2006, Japan)
  • Transformers Classics (2006–2007)
  • Transformers: Titanium Series (2006–2009)
  • Transformers (2007 live-action film) (2007)
  • Beast Wars Telemocha Series (2007, Japan)
  • Transformers: Encore (2007–2009, Japan)
  • Transformers: Music Label (2007–2008, Japan)
  • Transformers: Sports Label (2007, Japan)
  • Transformers Animated (2008–2009; 2010–present, Japan)
  • Transtech - this toy line was to follow Beast Machines, but was canceled. The characters, however, went on to appear in convention comics and stories beginning in 2008.
  • Henkei! Henkei! Transformers (2008–2010, Japan)
  • Shattered Glass (2008–2016)
  • Transformers Universe (2008–2009)
  • Transformers: Crossovers (2008–2011)
  • Transformers: Disney Label (2009–2010, Japan)
  • Transformers: Alternity (2009–2011, Japan)
  • Transformers: Chrono Label (was scheduled for a 2009 release, but has been delayed and remains yet-to-be released, Japan)
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
  • Transformers: Device Label (2009–2010, Japan)
  • Transformers/Transformers: Autobot Alliance/Transformers: Reveal the Shield (2010–2011)
  • Transformers: Power Core Combiners (2010–2011)
  • Transformers: Generations (2010–present)/Transformers: United (2010–2012, Japan)
    • Fall of Cybertron (2012)
    • Thrilling 30 (2014)/Transformers: legends (2014–Present, Japan)
    • Combiner Wars(2015-2016)/Unite Warriors (2015-2016, Japan)
    • Titans Return (2016–2017)
    • Power of the Primes (2017-2018)
    • War for Cybertron: Siege (2018-2020)
    • War for Cybertron: Earthrise (2020–2021)
    • War for Cybertron: Kingdom (2021-present)
    • Transformers Generations: Shattered Glass (2021-present)
    • Transformers: Studio Series (2018–present)
      • Transformers: Studio Series '86 (2021-present)
    • Transformers Generations Selects (2019–present, USA and Japan)
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
  • Transformers: Prime(2011-2014)
  • Transformers: Rescue Bots (2011–present)
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
  • Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015) (2015–2018)
  • Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
  • Transformers: Cyberverse (2018–present)
  • Transformers: BotBots (2018–present)
  • Nezha: Transformers (2020)

Many Transformers come with tech specs (short for technical specifications) printed on the back of the box that they are sold in. The owner of the new Transformer is encouraged to cut out the tech specs and save it. This card has information on the Transformer, and will usually include the character's name, picture, indication of allegiance (Autobot, Decepticon or other), function, a quote, a description of the character, and numerical values of the character's various attributes. Although only the numbers can be truly deemed "technical specifications", the entire card is usually referred to as the Transformer's tech specs. Each specification is rated by a value from 1 to 10, 1 being the lowest, and 10 being the highest.

Transformers: Generation One (1984–1990 USA, 1984–1993 UK/Canada)[edit]

Main article: Transformers: Generation 1

The first Transformers toys were created from two different transforming robot toy lines from Takara, the Car-Robots and Micro Change, from the Diaclone and Microman series, respectively. Hasbro acquired the rights to sell them in the United States but, instead of selling them under their original names, they were rebranded as "The Transformers". The first two years consisted primarily of reusing the Car-Robots/Micro Change molds. The earliest toys had some parts made of die-cast metal, which were eventually phased out.

The term Generation 1 is a retronym; the series was simply known as "Transformers" until the release of the Generation 2 series. However, the term has become semi-official, as both Hasbro and Takara have referred to this era as "Generation 1". New characters are still occasionally added to the line, primarily by E-hobby. (Examples: Sunstorm, Hauler, Detritus, and the like.) Large-scale production of new characters in this line ended with the onset of Generation 2. Transformers fans often are very upheld with the G1 community. This has led to controversy among fans who consider G1 to be the only "pure" form of Transformers.

The line was later commemorated as a sub-series of the Transformers: Universe line.

Transformers: Generation Two (1992–1994 USA, 1994–1995 UK/Canada)[edit]

Main article: Transformers: Generation 2

In 1992, Hasbro relaunched the Transformers franchise with the Generation 2 line, with production again largely being done by Takara. The subgroups concept was done away with for the first year, but there were no new molds or characters. Generation 2 re-used the molds for many of the characters from the 1984 and 1985 line, but with mostly different color schemes and finishes, as well as different weapons and accessories. Megatron's figure was released later on.

The line was later commemorated as a sub-series of the Transformers: Universe line.

Beast Wars and Beast Machines (1996–2001)[edit]

Main articles: Beast Wars and Beast Machines

With the failure of the Generation 2 series, Hasbro and Takara decided the franchise needed an overhaul. They went in a new direction and a new beginning. While there had been Transformers that change into robotic animals, the premise of the new line was that all figures would transform into animals with realistic appearances.

Robots in Disguise (2001–2002)[edit]

While Beast Machines was still running in Canada, Japan's Takara made a bid to return to the familiar vehicle-transforming robots concept. In 2000, Car Robots was released. This line was brought by Hasbro to America as the Robots In Disguise series, and featured the Autobots facing off against the Predacons. The line was later commemorated as a sub-series of the Transformers: Universe line.

Transformers: Armada (2002–2003)[edit]

In 2003, Transformers: Armada launched a pivotal new era in the toy line. After several lines of toys produced by one company or the other, Hasbro and Takara united to produce what was purported to be a single, identical line of Transformers for release worldwide. In tandem with this new endeavor, Armada signaled a new continuity in its accompanying animated series and a new focus in both the show and the toys on Mini-Cons, a new faction of Transformers. The Mini-Cons were much smaller robots (not much larger than humans) who were neutral in the Autobot/Decepticon fight, but due to their incredible power and abilities, were sought by both factions.

The line was later commemorated as a sub-series of the Transformers: Universe line.

Transformers: Universe (2002–present)[edit]

A catch-all line initially filled with mostly redecos and repackages of older toys. This line was revitalized in 2008 with new molds and the introduction of various sub-series from previous popular Transformers lines like Classics.

Transformers: Energon (2003–2005)[edit]

After the successful Armada toy line, Hasbro/Takara introduced Transformers: Energon. The accompanying television series program was a direct continuation of the events of Transformers: Armada and featured many of the same characters in new forms. This was reflected in the toy line, as characters such as Hot Shot, Jetfire, Optimus Prime and Megatron were all released with entirely new molds.

Transformers: Cybertron (2005–2007)[edit]

Transformers: Cybertron, named Galaxy Force in Japan, was a follow-up to the successful Armada and Energon lines. The companion anime series program was not originally conceived or produced as a continuation of the Armada/Energon storyline, and it was only later that it was retconned to be a continuation. Thus, several inconsistencies exist. Once again, a new feature was introduced for the line—Cyber Keys, which activated special functions on the figures in a manner similar to the Mini-Cons in Armada. Each figure came with a Cyber Key regardless of size, but there were several Cyber Keys crucial to the plot of the anime series which only came with certain figures. Again, many of the same characters were included but with entirely new figures from new molds.

The line was later commemorated as a sub-series of the Transformers: Universe line.

Transformers: Kiss Players (2006)[edit]

The Transformers: Kiss Players was a Japan-only line of Transformers toys, manga, and audio dramas released in 2006. Kiss Players is set in an alternate Transformers universe where the Transformers are powered by kisses. The toys themselves come packaged with small, scale figurines of the girls who power them. The toy line was aimed at a specific part of the market — adults, rather than children.

Kiss Players continued the theme of the metaphysical power potential of human beings empowering Transformers. Previous examples were the Japanese series programs Masterforce and Car Robots.[3]

Transformers: Classics (2006)[edit]

Transfomers: Classics was a filler line for Hasbro, to fill the gap between the end of Cybertron and the 2007 Movie line. It mostly consisted of "Classic" Generation One characters, with contemporary re-designs and updated alternate modes.

The line was later commemorated as a sub-series of the Transformers: Universe line, where it had the nickname of "Classics 2.0".

Transformers Animated (2008)[edit]

The Transformers Animated series was broadcast internationally in 2008 except in Japan, where it aired in 2010. This new series uses a very different art-style from the previous series. The Autobots and Decepticons, while fighting in space for possession of the Allspark, crash-landed onto a futuristic Earth and resume their battle after laying dormant for years. In addition to the Decepticons, the Autobots have to face the human villains as well. Classic characters such as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Prowl, Starscream, Megatron, Jazz and Ultra Magnus appear in this series.

Originally, Transformers: Animated was to be called "Transformers: Heroes", but its name was changed to avoid confusion with the Transformers live-action film.

The line was released alongside a sub-series of the Transformers: Universe line for its Legends size figures.

Star Wars Transformers (2006)[edit]

This line featured robot versions of various Star Wars characters. Confirmed figures are Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett, Commander Cody and Jango Fett. Darth Vader turns into his custom TIE fighter while Luke Skywalker turns into an X-wing. Jango Fett and Boba Fett become Slave I, and Commander Cody turns into a Turbo Tank. There is combiner of Millennium Falcon of two characters, Han Solo and Chewbacca and Primus/Unicron-like Death Star that transforms into a giant Darth Vader. There are more Star Wars characters into Transformers like General Grievous and Obi-Wan Kenobi. This line was later revived and merged into the Transformers: Crossovers toy line, many more Transformers included characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars like Ahsoka Tano who transforms into her Jedi starfighter, and Captain Rex who transforms into an AT-TE.[4]

Transformers: Crossovers (2008)[edit]

This line featured robot versions of various Marvel Comics superheroes (and later more of the Star Wars Transformers figures once it merged with this line). Confirmed figures are Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Venom and Hulk. Hulk turns into a tank while Iron Man turns into a jet. Spider-Man becomes a helicopter, Wolverine turns into a 4WD, Venom turns into a turbochargedretro car. They are not to be confused with the Marvel Megamorphs toy line, which also featured transformable mecha piloted by the superheroes. Eventually, the Star Wars Transformers figure joined the line with reissues of previous figures, as well as all new molds.

Transformers: Disney Label (2009)[edit]

A Japanese exclusive, this line featured Transformers toys shaped from Disney characters that were first introduced in 2009. Originally revealed in the November 2008 issue of Figure Oh! Magazine in Japan, it was a collaboration project between Takara Tomy and the Walt Disney Company. The first line of the toy series is the Mickey Mouse Transformer which was modeled after Optimus Prime with the same colors as its Transformer counterpart and can transform into a cartoonish trailer truck like the original version. The toy was released on February 26, 2009 following with the Black and White Version a month later on March 26, 2009. A figure of Donald Duck based on both Bumblebee and Herbie the Love Bug, and a second repaint of the Mickey Mouse trailer in Halloween colors, are also planned for release.

In 2010, a Transformer version of Buzz Lightyear was released to celebrate the release of Toy Story 3. This figure transforms into his spaceship (similar to the box packaging of the original Buzz Lightyear toy), with his head transforming into a miniature Buzz Lightyear pilot figure.

Reception[edit]

In 1986, film critic Richard Martin called the original toy series a more fun counterpart to Rubik's Cube in "[helping] children develop their hand-eye coordination and their spatial reasoning skills, but Hasbro kept quiet about this, believing no self-respecting 10-year-old boy would bug his parents half to death to buy him an educational toy". He said "[kids mastered] its difficulties in no time [but it makes] grown-ups feel like klutzes". He said the resulting TV show "has topped the ratings every week since its debut in 1985, thus setting the stage for The Transformers: The Movie (1986) [which is] designed to sell more toys to more kids. [...] Transformers don't really die, they just become new products."[5]

Legacy[edit]

Ralston produced breakfast cereals based on 1980s cartoons, including Transformers Chocolate Flavored Cereal, similar to Cocoa Puffs.[6]

The official international Transformers convention is BotCon, but other fan events include Auto Assembly and TransForce in the UK and past Transformers only events have included BotCon Japan, BotCon Europe and "OTFCC". The first larger Transformers convention in the Nordic countries is called "The NTFA Mini-Con", with official support from Hasbro Nordic, and was held by members of the NTFA - The Nordic TransFans Association, for the first time on November 3–4, 2007. The second NTFA convention with official support from Hasbro Nordic, now renamed "NordCon" (to avoid copyright problems with the name "Mini-Con") was held in Aalborg, Denmark from 19 June to 20 June 2010. It featured Simon Furman as a guest of honour. In 2011, NordCon and Auto Assembly joined forces to create a new convention called Auto Assembly Europe, which first took place in Uppsala, Sweden, in November 2011.[7][8]

A Transformers Hall of Fame was created in 2010. The Botcon 2010 inauguration included Bob Budiansky, Peter Cullen, Hideaki Yoke, Ōno Kōjin, and the characters Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, Starscream, and Dinobots.[9][10]

Video games[edit]

Main article: List of Transformers video games

References[edit]

  1. ^"The History of Transformers on TV". IGN. Retrieved 2010-08-16.
  2. ^"Document Moved". thestar.com.my. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  3. ^Takara's official Transformers: Kiss Players websiteArchived April 18, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^Star Wars TransformersArchived April 13, 2016, at the Wayback Machine Transformers Wiki
  5. ^Martin, Richard (August 9, 1986). "Film about Transformers carries on successful creation". The Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved April 25, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^Transformers Cereal Box WantedArchived July 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine CerealBits
  7. ^"nordcon.net". Nordcon.net. Archived from the original on 28 September 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  8. ^"NORD STAR". Simonfurman.wordpress.com. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  9. ^"The Allspark: Transformers News Movie Comics Animated - HASBRO "ROLLS OUT" TRANSFORMERS HALL OF FAME". 27 September 2011. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  10. ^"TRANSFORMERS FAN BUILT BOT POLL 2012". 19 June 2013. Archived from the original on 19 June 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)

External links[edit]

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