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1.4 G. The first was the Robots in Disguise series.I.5 IDW publishing (2005 onwards) 1.Related franchises
G. Sequels followed. Energon. respectively. animation. which are further divided into Japanese and British spin-offs. Subsequently. and centers on factions of transforming alien robots (often the Autobots and the Decepticons) in an endless struggle for dominance or eventual peace.3 Dreamwave Productions (2001–2005) 1.2 Beast Wars/Machines (1996–2000) 1. followed by three shows (Armada. while theTransformers: Animated series merged concepts from the G1 story-arc. the franchise has expanded to encompass comic books. a second sequel in 2011. The term "Generation 1" covers both the animated television series The Transformers and the comic book series of the same name. the 2007 live-action film and the "Unicron Trilogy". Initially developed as a brand by Hasbro and made up of renamed. Generation 1 characters underwent two reboots with Dreamwave in 2001 and IDW Publishing in 2005.Transformers: Prime currently airs on The Hub. also as a remastered series. Joe crossovers (2003 onwards) 1. rebranded transforming toys from Takara's Diaclone and Microman toylines. Joe Battle Beasts
Transformers (トランスフォーマー Toransufōmā?) is an entertainment franchise co-produced between the Japanese Takara Tomy and American Hasbro toy companies. video games and films. which became its own mini-universe. the franchise began in 1984 with the Transformers toy line. the universe depicted in the animated series Challenge of the GoBots and follow-up filmGoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords was retroactively established as an alternate universe within the Transformers franchise. There have been other incarnations of the story based on different toy lines during and after the 20th-Century. with a sequel in 2009. In its decades-long history. Although initially a separate and competing franchise started in 1983. and a third sequel coming out in 2014 again distinct from previous incarnations. A live-action film was also released in 2007.1 Transformers: Generation 2 (1993–1995) 1. such as the Generation 2 comic book andBeast Wars TV series. andCybertron) that constitute a single universe called the "Unicron Trilogy". Tonka's Gobots became the intellectual property of Hasbro after their buyout of Tonka in 1991.I.
fresh from the success of the G. The former utilized varying humanoid-type figures while the latter presented robots able to transform into everyday vehicles.
. electronic items or weapons. The Transformers began with the 1980s Japanese toy lines Microman and Diaclone. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline.2009 / 2010) 7 Hunt for the Decepticons (2010) 8 Cyber Missions Webisodes 9 Transformers: Prime/War for Cybertron (2010)/Fall of Cybertron (2012) 10 Official Convention and Collector's Club releases 11 References 12 External links
Transformers: Generation 1 (1984–1993)
Main articles: Transformers: Generation 1 and The Transformers (TV series)
Spider-Man battles Megatron on the cover of The Transformers #3
Generation One is a retroactive term for the Transformers characters that appeared between 1984 and 1993.
2 Robots in Disguise (2000–2001 / 2002) 3 The Unicron Trilogy (2001 / 2002–2006) 4 Transformers: Universe (2003–present) 5 Live-action film franchise (2007–present) 6 Transformers: Animated (2007 . Hasbro.I.
Scatman Crothersas Jazz. with the revelation of the Quintessons having used Cybertron as a factory. keeping Cybertron in a stalemate during his absence. The Transformers theme tune for the film was performed by Lion with "Weird Al" Yankovic adding a song to the soundtrack. which served the same original purpose as the Creation Matrix (giving life to Transformers). Marvel interpreted the Autobots as destroying a rogue asteroid approachingCybertron. as well as a visit to the Savage Land. Casey Kasem as Cliffjumper. which gives life to machines. Unicron. the Sweeps. Their robots rebel. which is then caught by Hot Rod who subsequently becomes Rodimus Prime later on in the film. the villainous Megatron. The Transformers TV series began around the same time. The Marvel comic establishes early on that Prime wields the Creation Matrix. and crash landing as the Decepticons attack. O'Neil also created the name "Optimus Prime. fears its power and recreates a heavily damaged Megatron as Galvatron. from the start it contradicted Budiansky's backstories. Shockwave is loyal to Megatron in the TV series. as Prime dies he drops the matrix. the Constructicons (who combine to form Devastator). reprints. but in the comic book he attempts to take command of the Decepticons. though unnamed in the movie). giving names and personalities to many unnamed Diaclone figures.which used the Microman technology to great success. The TV series shows the Autobots looking for new energy sources. In the second season.S. the weekly comic book interspliced original material to keep up with U. Eventually. the Decepticon turned Autobot Jetfire (known as Skyfire on TV). In the United Kingdom. the cartoon became the film The Transformers: The Movie. and partnered with Takara. however. and in time the workers become the Autobots and the soldiers become the
. as a fatally wounded Prime gives it to Ultra Magnus. Produced by Sunbow Productions and Marvel Productions. and Omega Supreme.Jim Shooter and Dennis O'Neil were hired by Hasbro to create the backstory. later Hasbro Productions. Cybertron hurtling through the Neutral zone as an effect of the war. Orson Welles as Unicron and Eric Idle as the leader of the Junkions (Wreck-Gar. bought the Diaclone toys. The Movie also featured guest voices from Leonard Nimoy as Galvatron. a transformer who devours planets. with appearances from SpiderMan and Nick Fury. The TV series would also differ wildly from the origins Budiansky had created for the Dinobots. and their finest soldiers crash land onpre-historic Earth in the Ark and the Nemesis before awakening in 1985. Writer Simon Furman proceeded to expand the continuity with movie spin-offs involving the time travelling Galvatron. The Marvel comic was originally part of the main Marvel Universe."Afterwards. Bob Budiansky created most of the Transformers characters. as well as Bombshell becoming Cyclonus. In 1986. The third season followed up The Movie. Rodimus Prime takes out the Matrix and destroys Unicron. The primary concept of G1 is that the heroic Optimus Prime. and The Movie provided much new material. which is set in the year 2005. plus some cameos. one of the Seekersbecoming Scourge and two other Insecticons becoming Scourge's huntsmen. and its guardian Alpha Trion. It introduced the Matrix as the "Autobot Matrix of Leadership". the two-part episode The Key to Vector Sigma introduced the ancient Vector Sigmacomputer.
 albeit in the present day. The comic book featured a resurrected Megatron. The U. the Japanese broadcast of the series was supplemented with a newly-produced OVA. then in illustrated magazine form as Battlestars: Return of Convoy and Operation: Combination. the mythology continued to grow. The UK also had a crossover in Action Force.I. comic book. In the United Kingdom. However.and the UK comic lasted 332 issues and several annuals. Joecrossover and the limited series The Transformers: Headmasters. which further expanded the scope to the planet Nebulon. ignoring the 1987 end of the American series. comic would last for 80 issues until 1991. Due to popular demand. In 2009. Shout! Factory released the entire G1 series in a 16-DVD box set called the Matrix of Leadership Edition. before creating entirely new series to continue the storyline. Optimus Prime is resurrected at the conclusion of the third season. Megatron's second-in-command. later in the 20th-Century. and the series ended with a three-episode story arc. (Note: This appears to contradict background presented in the first two seasons of the series. The extended Japanese run consisted of The Headmasters.whom Furman retconned to be a clone when he took over the U. It led on to the main title resurrecting Prime as aPowermaster. despite the comic book stating the Transformers had no concept of gender. Joe.) It is the Autobots who develop transformation. the UK counterpart to G. Female Autobot Arcee also appeared. It followed The Movie's example by killing Prime and Megatron. Marvel continued to expand its continuity. with her backstory of being built by the Autobots to quell human accusations of sexism. Dinobot leader Grimlock takes over as Autobot leader. They also released the same content as individual seasons.
.  Soundwave. Victory and Zone. criticising the cartoon continuity as an inaccurate representation of history. until it was replaced as Dreamwave Productions. Primus was introduced as the creator of the Transformers. also broke the fourth wall in the letters page.S. to serve his material body that is planet Cybertron and fight his nemesis Unicron. There was a G. Scramble City.Decepticons. which depicted Megatron as still dead. Super-God Masterforce. Just as the TV series was wrapping up.I.S.