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Weird places you can find Transformers!

In just over thirty years we’ve seen Transformers make the incredible evolution from being a kid’s toy to an all-conquering movie franchise phenomenon. But as you’d expect from these robots in disguise, they’ve also been prone to pop up in the most unexpected places from mobile slots games to petrol station forecourts!

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Third Party Transforming Toys – Do We Know Enough?

We may be playing a game that we’ve indulged in since we were young children, but we’re not kids any more. We are in the position to make ethical, responsible choices about our purchases. With that in mind, I’d like to ask how much we really know about the purchases we’re making when we’re collecting transforming toys…

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Geekology – Masterpiece Tracks & Road Rage

The Geekology team take a look at the Masterpiece releases of Tracks from G1 and Road Rage from what some know as Neo-G1.

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Episode Review: Beast Wars S01 Ep03 “The Web”

With the pilot episode out of the way, which I’ve already taken a look at in more detail previously, Beast Wars’ first season can commence properly with its third episode, The Web. Now that we’ve been introduced – albeit briefly in some cases – to all of the show’s primary cast, it’s time for the series to start giving characters their own episodes, and as the title implies it focuses on one of the shows 8-legged villains as well as a personal favourite of mine…

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Game Review – Transformers: Battle For Cybertron

Looking at the title, you’d be mistaken into thinking that this is the latest in the series of games from Activision for contemporary consoles, based on the extensive Fall Of Cybertron video game series. Well, although Activision isn’t directly credited in the game, to a degree this is correct as the Generations-based series moves away from consoles to the lucrative online slots genre…

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Could The Transformers Movie Franchise Take A Leaf Out Of Marvel’s Book?

Things have come on a long way for the Transformers movie franchise. It’s been 30 years since the first cinematic outing for Transformers with the animated film back in 1986 which is still held with incredibly high regard by fans across the globe for it’s depth, animation, voice acting and thumping rock soundtrack, it’s the live action movies helmed by Michael Bay that have helped bring Transformers back to a mainstream audience for the last decade.

Despite having four movies under his belt and with a fifth, The Last Knight, in the early states of production, the hard core fans haven’t quite warmed to them as much as the studio would have liked. There’s no denying that they are huge box office hits, have generated millions in terms of merchandise sales and have reinvigorated the franchise and brought Transformers to a new generation of fans who are discovering a plethora of toys, ranges and characters beyond BayFormers but there’s still something lacking…

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Episode Review: Beast Wars S01 Ep02 “Beast Wars, Part 2”

Following on from my review of the opening episode of Beast Wars, the two parter continues where the story left off, with Optimus Primal and Predacon turncoat Dinobot bringing their head-to-head to a close as they challenged each other over the position for the leadership of the Maximals…

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Geekology – Masterpiece Ramjet

The Geekology team take a look at Takara Tomy’s limited release Masterpiece MP-11NR Ramjet.

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Geekology – Arms Micron Leo Prime

The Geekology team take a look at Takara’s Arms Micron Transformers release, AM-28 – Lio Convoy/Leo Prime.

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Episode Review: Beast Wars S01 Ep01 “Beast Wars, Part 1”

G1 was never my thing. Born in 1971, Star Trek and Star Wars were really the two main sci-fi “franchises” that I grew up with and yes, I’m one of those people who actually remember seeing Star Wars (before it was given the Episode IV subtitle) in the cinema. As such, Transformers passed me by first time around and I’d already hit my teens by the time Transformers reached our shores and our television screens.

I had no interest and I didn’t make the conscious decision to watch any episodes of any show until I was “persuaded” to by Sven Harvey, a couple of years after Beast Wars started to air in America and it’s that show that I have to thank to becoming a fan of Transformers. But I digress. Watching that show became a pivotal moment for me. If it hadn’t been for Beast Wars, I probably wouldn’t have given the go-ahead for Infinite Frontiers to start publishing The Cybertronian Times and I certainly don’t think Auto Assembly would have started (or at least not as part of Infinite Frontiers) nor would I have been involved. The rest, as they say, is history.

But that’s in the past. Right now, I’m taking a look back at the series, episode by episode, to see if they have managed to stand the test of time, starting with the pilot…

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