Why Is G1 Still Going Strong In 2018

It’s expected now that pop culture franchises are accompanied by a swathe of spin-off merchandise and related products attached to the brand. Whether it’s books, comics, toys, video games – you name it, you can find it. However, in many cases these licensed products take an interesting turn as they themselves spawn their own spin off products. And Transformers, as you would expect, has been no stranger to them.

With Transformers though, it would seem that the merchandise has evolved and developed something of a life of its own and even influenced the shows that spawned them…

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Transformers Movies – A New Era?

It’s been over 30 years since Transformers made their debut on the big screen. It was 1986 when the animated film, The Transformers: The Movie hit screens around the world. For fans of the toys, comics and cartoons it revolutionised the franchise and marked the beginning of a new era. We saw countless characters killed off, new ones introduced but for Hasbro themselves it marked the first step in what was to become an extended love affair with the cinema and the riches that Transformers movies would bring them…

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Second Bumblebee Movie Trailer Released

A couple of days ago, Paramount unveiled the second full-length trailer for December’s upcoming Bumblebee movie and once again it’s reinforced our gut feelings that we’re in for a treat as finally we’re getting the type of live action movie that we’ve hoped for since 2007.

There’s more shots revealing the character development this time but most importantly we get to see more of the other bots in the film and this is what has really got people talking as the look of all of the other characters are based on their original G1 designs including Optimus Prime, Soundwave and Ravage! Whether these are appearances in flashback sequences or not is unknown but it’s great to finally see the classic look acknowledged in more than just the look of Bumblebee.

Of even greater surprise was the sound effect used for Ravage’s transformation in the trailer. The original sounds used for the 80s animated series. Whether this has been used as a placeholder sound effect just for the trailer or if it is in the final movie or not isn’t clear but it’s a wonderful touch and hopefully it’s in to stay.

You can watch the full trailer below and we’d love to know what you all think.

As someone who had little interest in the five previous movies, I have to say that this is one I am genuinely looking forward to. From the trailer at least it seems to have captured the spirit of G1 while retaining enough action and adventure to satisfy modern cinema-going audiences. That should ensure that it will be a box office hit keeping the studio happy as well. Personally I think it’s going to be the most accessible of all six films to date, will avoid the misogynistic tendencies of previous movies and should avoid the toilet humour in them as well and will be all the better for them.

Think we’re going to be in for a wild ride.

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We Want YOUR Transformers News!

We’re working to expand the roles of all three of our websites, Twitter accounts and Facebook pages and as part of that we felt that it was time that some of our websites had a major increase in their news coverage.

It’s something we’ve generally limited here on the Auto Assembly website but we want to change all that and with YOUR help. We want to reach out to publishers, creators, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, artists, writers, toy companies… absolutely anyone involved in the development of anything transformers related as we’d love to cover your work and upcoming products here on the site.

If you send all your news announcements, press stories and images to us at contact@assembly.org.uk and we’ll strive to get as many of them published as we possibly can.

For anyone interested in helping us with this, we may be looking at adding one or two news writers/editors to our team as well so get in touch at the above email address if that’s something that might be of interest to you too.

“Shadows rising” represents the first new Transformers game in years

From the earliest days of the Commodore 64 back in the 1980s, computer and video games have been an essential part of the Transformers world. The forthcoming release of the live action Bumblebee spin off has brought the welcome news that it will be accompanied by an all new video game. However, this is not something you are likely to be able to download to your phone or play on your PC – at least, not initially.

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Episode Review: Transformers S01 Ep04 Transport to Oblivion

“Lookoooooouuuuuut………..Decepticon”

The episode opens with a narrated recap about how our heroes ended up on earth. As this happens, we see Cliffjumper come out of the ark and mistake a rock formation for a Decepticon, highlighting the Autobots ongoing anxieties over the threat of their enemies. Ironhide, Cliffjumper and Prime debate whether or not the Decepticons are gone for good.
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Bumblebee Movie First Trailer Released

In advance of the upcoming live action Bumblebee spin-off movie set to hit cinemas this December, Paramount have released the first teaser trailer.

The movie is a prequel to the five existing Michael Bay films and is set 20 years before the original films in 1987 with a lone Bumblebee hiding on Earth disguised in a form familiar to G1 fans everywhere…

Starring John Cena and Hailee Steinfeld and directed by Travis Knight the film is set for release in December 2018.

The Changing Shape Of Transformers Video Games

Transformers gaming has changed dramatically over the years. Since the release of the first game from Ocean Software in 1985 for the Commodore 64 and Spectrum, we’ve seen a diverse range of titles release for almost every contemporary platform of that era. While the games themselves have changed with the times, often being limited to genres that were technically feasible (and more often than not relatively easy to develop) based on the available hardware growing available, games based on the Transformers franchise grew as hardware progressed steadily.

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Episode Review: Beast Wars S01 Ep04 “Equal Measures”

Years ago, when I first watched this episode of Beast Wars, I still had no interest in Transformers at all. I had been bought – and given away – a solitary toy, watched most of G1 during school holidays as a teenager but didn’t feel any real connection to it so Beast Wars really had a lot to prove and had a lot of work to convince me that any Transformers series was worth watching. Having enjoyed the series to that point, I was still eager to see what was coming…

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Will The Transformers Franchise Join The VR World?

It seems as if everyone is jumping on the VR bandwagon. With Sony’s PlayStation VR becoming a runaway success, most mobile platforms having VR software available for them, and an increasing number of PC games supporting one or more of the popular VR systems it seems only natural that Transformers will become the latest in a long line of franchises to add a VR product to its brand.

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