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Re: your top 10 Transformers.

Post by joefish » Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:08 pm

Antiriad2097 wrote:I couldn't name more than three. They looked cool, but I was too old for them, I'd grown past playing with cars so never got into the lore to know the names and stuff. That it got silly with stuff like a transforming walkman just lost me further - what kid wants a pretend walkman as a toy? Cars, trucks and jets, fair enough, but the walkman was daft.
HASBRO actually bought the designs from two different lines of Takara toys, which is why some turn into toy-scale cars and others into full-scale household objects (even if one is a surprisingly realistic looking gun).

The vehicular Transformers were from the 'Diaclone' range of toys. The walkman and gun designs were from some later 'Microman' designs. If you ever had any 'Micronauts' toys (semi-transparent and chromed plastic action figures from the late 70s, with pull-back-and-go and battery-powered robot vehicles) it was this toy range that produced the designs of Megatron, Soundwave and the like.

Before the transforming toys, Japanese toys and TV tie-ins featured loads of different giant robots, some of which could be re-arranged to make spaceships (Danguard Ace) whilst others had pull-apart vehicle designs (pre-cursors of Power Rangers and combination Transformers like Devastator). These got grouped together and imported under the 'Shogun Warriors' brand in the 70s, together with a Marvel tie-in comic.

One difference is that all the Japanese ones had pilots of one form or another (either human or micro-sized humanoids). None of them were autonomous sentient robots like the Transformers.

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To be honest, the real Transformers always annoyed me with very delicate parts (Jazz's roof and windscreen) or having to pull off fists and guns and hide them in your pocket in vehicle modes. The smaller clones that came out under the 'Gobots' brand were both cheaper and much more robust.

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Re: your top 10 Transformers.

Post by Antiriad2097 » Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:25 pm

I remember Micronauts well, there was a whole display of them beside the Britain farm toys in my preferred toy shop (where I also bought Star Wars figures and Hornby stuff). I only ever had one Micronaut, I think he must have been given to me by a friend or cousin as he wasn't new. Great articulation on them compared to Star Wars figures and sculpted much better than my Action Jacks. Didn't know they were from the same range initially.
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Re: your top 10 Transformers.

Post by joefish » Mon Jan 11, 2016 2:56 pm

I had some Action Jacks, but only because they stopped making Mobile Action Command. I later turned to painting them and adding bits of card and straws since official Star Wars figures were so bl**dy expensive. My cardboard AT-AT actually had light-up drinking straw cannons! Since got a few MAC vehicles off eBay (yellow elevator truck, orange 6-wheeled rescue and grey helicopter) as all mine got chucked. They were kept in the holiday caravan as more transportable alternatives to Action-Man!

I had a transparent orange Micronaut figure with a gold chest; my brother had blue and silver. I think we may have swapped bits. He had an orange pull-back-and-go digger you could re-configure; I saved some money and bought the 'Microtron', which was the tracked robot with swirling arms and rotating drill attached to its 'groinal socket'. :lol:

My younger brothers had the Gobots. Couldn't afford real Transformers, but the neighbours' kid had them.

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Re: your top 10 Transformers.

Post by Treguard » Mon Jan 11, 2016 3:56 pm

joefish wrote:I had some Action Jacks, but only because they stopped making Mobile Action Command. I later turned to painting them and adding bits of card and straws since official Star Wars figures were so bl**dy expensive. My cardboard AT-AT actually had light-up drinking straw cannons! Since got a few MAC vehicles off eBay (yellow elevator truck, orange 6-wheeled rescue and grey helicopter) as all mine got chucked. They were kept in the holiday caravan as more transportable alternatives to Action-Man!

I had a transparent orange Micronaut figure with a gold chest; my brother had blue and silver. I think we may have swapped bits. He had an orange pull-back-and-go digger you could re-configure; I saved some money and bought the 'Microtron', which was the tracked robot with swirling arms and rotating drill attached to its 'groinal socket'. :lol:

My younger brothers had the Gobots. Couldn't afford real Transformers, but the neighbours' kid had them.
I remember when Parker Franks was selling Go-Bots dirt cheap, including all the bases, the combiner suits things, the lot. My brother and I bought loads of them. Then my parents gave them away to needy children when we got to high school. :(

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Re: your top 10 Transformers.

Post by RodimusPrime » Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:36 pm

Don't know why Bay had to mess around with the franchise so much for the recent movies, there were already some amazing characters available.

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Post by Treguard » Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:46 am

RodimusPrime wrote:Don't know why Bay had to mess around with the franchise so much for the recent movies, there were already some amazing characters available.
Because Michael Bay and I are involved in a protracted silent war, where he systematically attempts to destroy every thing I enjoyed in my childhood. He'd deny this if asked, and some might say it's just rampant paranoia on my part and he's just a terrible soft porn director who can't even introduce a TV properly who makes films plotted entirely around how much corporate sponsors pay to be featured in his films with added shaky cam, shouting and needless explosions, but we both know the truth.

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Re: your top 10 Transformers.

Post by RodimusPrime » Fri Jan 15, 2016 12:26 pm

Treguard wrote:
RodimusPrime wrote:Don't know why Bay had to mess around with the franchise so much for the recent movies, there were already some amazing characters available.
Because Michael Bay and I are involved in a protracted silent war, where he systematically attempts to destroy every thing I enjoyed in my childhood. He'd deny this if asked, and some might say it's just rampant paranoia on my part and he's just a terrible soft porn director who can't even introduce a TV properly who makes films plotted entirely around how much corporate sponsors pay to be featured in his films with added shaky cam, shouting and needless explosions, but we both know the truth.
It was sickening to see all those classic characters pimped out to Pontiac and Chevrolet, despite them being closely linked to certain vehicles.

Lamborghini, and Porsche all have modern cars, Could easily have kept with tradition and make the likes of Jazz and sideswipe the right make at least.

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Re: your top 10 Transformers.

Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Sat Jan 16, 2016 9:47 pm

Treguard wrote:
RodimusPrime wrote:Don't know why Bay had to mess around with the franchise so much for the recent movies, there were already some amazing characters available.
Because Michael Bay and I are involved in a protracted silent war, where he systematically attempts to destroy every thing I enjoyed in my childhood. He'd deny this if asked, and some might say it's just rampant paranoia on my part and he's just a terrible soft porn director who can't even introduce a TV properly who makes films plotted entirely around how much corporate sponsors pay to be featured in his films with added shaky cam, shouting and needless explosions, but we both know the truth.
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Re: your top 10 Transformers.

Post by shiftytigger » Sun Jan 17, 2016 10:36 am

Im sure some of the earlier G1 had space for a humanoid pilot figure , including the insecticons (not sure why).
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Re: your top 10 Transformers.

Post by RodimusPrime » Sun Jan 17, 2016 10:40 am

shiftytigger wrote:Im sure some of the earlier G1 had space for a humanoid pilot figure , including the insecticons (not sure why).
Transformers were originally different Japanese toylines. all were along the transforming robots line. some were based on things like guns and tape cassette players etc, others were from a toyline that actually did include figures. Hasbro got the rights to them all and rebranded the lot as transformers.

Which is why so many are so different and are completely different sizes and scale.

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Re: your top 10 Transformers.

Post by Big Shoes » Mon Mar 14, 2016 2:00 pm

Finally got this lot from a guy at work, they are all 100% complete


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Re: your top 10 Transformers.

Post by Treguard » Mon Mar 14, 2016 4:33 pm

Very nice, loving the original price labels!

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Re: your top 10 Transformers.

Post by RodimusPrime » Mon Mar 14, 2016 5:13 pm

Big Shoes wrote:Finally got this lot from a guy at work, they are all 100% complete


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Superb mate.

the original G1 stuff just have a great look about them. the design of the boxes and everything.

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Re: your top 10 Transformers.

Post by station » Thu Mar 31, 2016 4:39 pm

Beachcomber - a nature living hippy, I think he's my favourite
Jazz - cool dude, and ace car
Sideswipe and Sunstreaker - I like the fact these two are brothers, the toys transform differently even though they're both Countachs
Red Alert - really vane and condescending, always giving his partner Inferno grief
Soundwave - robotic version of Goerbels.

And that blue corvette who was clearly gay lol!

I only liked G1 cartoon and comics, do not care about what followed.
Michael Bay films were good action films though, I thought the robots were censored as transformers but good otherwise.
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Re: your top 10 Transformers.

Post by gunbladelad » Thu Apr 14, 2016 6:27 am

I never had the toys, but I read the comics for a short time. Most of my favourites however were the ones that were animal-shaped.

Skorponok, Ravage, Laserbeak and the Dinobots were all great IMO. (Sadly I can't remember the names of any other ones that transformed into animals - so I'll round up that list with Goldbug and Megatron (back when he transformed into a Walther P38)
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