Transformers Toys and Action Figures
Transformers is a well-known toy line of robot action figures that transform from machines to robots. The toys came out in the 1980s and have since evolved into several different subsequent toy lines. Transformers also had their own TV show in the 1980s and have been featured in many major movies.What is the origin of Transformers toys?
Transformers began as a toy line in Japan produced by Takara Toys, until the line was purchased by Hasbro, an American company, in 1984. The original toy line, referred to as Generation One, contained the defender robots known as the Autobots and the attacker robots known as the Decepticons. The clans battled for control of their home planet, Cybertron, until their planet was lost. The 28 original Transformers landed on earth during prehistoric times and lay dormant, buried, until the 1984 volcanic eruption brought them out of hibernation. Some of the original characters from Generation One include:
- Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots, who transformed into a cab and trailer truck
- Megatron, leader of the Decepticons, who transformed into a Walther P-38 pistol
The Transformers were a culturally iconic toy of the 1980s, and several toys from that era are still quite well known. Some of the more recognizable Transformers toys include the following:
- The original 1984 release of Optimus Prime
- Computron, formed by combining the five Technobots
- Red Bumblebee
Since their first release by Hasbro in 1984, there have been several generations of Transformers as different story lines have been developed and various movies have launched. Each release builds on the basis of the original story. Generations and toy lines for the Transformers include the following, and more:
- Generation One, released in 1984, features the original Autobot and Decepticon figures.
- Generation Two, released in 1993, was essentially a relaunch of the original toys with one key change: Megatron no longer transformed into a pistol but instead became a battle tank. This generation also saw the release of new toy lines within the franchise such as Cyberjets, Auto Rollers, and Laser Cycles. Production ceased in 1995.
- Beast Wars was based on a story line about the Maximals attempting to defend Cybertron from the Predacons. Original characters appeared in this story line's corresponding television series. The time period for production was 1995 through 1999.
- Beast Machines and Robots in Disguise were released from 2000 through 2001.
- Heroes of Cybertron and the Transformers Armada were released from 2002 through 2003.