Thursday, May 8, 2014

Review Hub - Transformers


Note: The following Review Hub has been updated from its original form, some text from which you can see below the break. Some text is different from the previous version.

With Transformers being one of Hasbro’s longest-running franchises, and with it having a vast and complex multiverse, it can be hard to keep up at times for the uninitiated. In an attempt to rectify this, below is a list of links to every Transformers movie, game, and comic reviewed on the blog up to this point, presented in approximate chronological order and by continuity. (Links to Second Opinions will be posted next to the main review link in parentheses.)

Update (1/6/15): Added Rise of the Dark Spark and Age of Extinction reviews, Dark of the Moon Second Opinion
Update (8/8/16): Added The Transformers: The Movie Second Look

Generation One




Live-Action Movies

 
 



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Thrilling 30 Text

Opening


Today celebrates the 30th anniversary of Hasbro’s Transformers brand, which has been running continuously since 1984. To commemorate this milestone, Hasbro has been releasing 30 exclusive toys, the first two of which were sold at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con. For those of you who don’t know, the brand had its roots in two Japanese toylines, Diaclone and Microchange, which were conceived as transforming vehicles that would be piloted by humans. When representatives from Hasbro saw these toys on display at a Toy Fair in Japan, a deal was struck to bring the two lines over to American shores. During development, the toys became collectively branded as Transformers, with the concept changed to transforming sentient robots and the toys split between Autobots and Decepticons. To bring this concept to life, another deal was made between Marvel Comics, who would make a comic based on the toys, and Sunbow Productions, who would produce a cartoon series presenting a separate story from the Marvel comics. As for what exactly determines why today marks the anniversary of the brand, that can be traced back to the first issue of Marvel’s Transformers comic, published on May 8, 1984, which is the first piece of Transformers merchandise ever released. The rest, as they say, is history.

Marvel Issue #1, the very first piece of Transformers merchandise.

Though my first exposure to the brand was the Robots in Disguise cartoon, an early 2000’s dub of the Japanese Car Robots series, I have since become a big fan of the franchise, and as such I have reviewed a number of Transformers products on this blog that fall under the appropriate criteria. In our own celebration of the 30-year milestone, below is a list of links to every Transformers movie, game, and comic reviewed on the blog up this point, presented in chronological order and by continuity. (Links to Second Opinions will be posted next to the main review link in parentheses.)


Ending

Here’s hoping the Transformers brand remains strong for years to come. Another live-action Transformers movie, Age of Extinction, is on its way to theaters this June (as of this writing), as is a tie-in game for consoles around the same time, Rise of the Dark Spark, and I hope not only that they see financial success like their predecessors, but also that I have a good time with them.

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