People of different ages from all over the world fell in love with the Transformers as early as September 17 1984, when the first episode of the 30-minute American animated TV series was launched. It did not take long before Transformers: The Movie was seen in cinemas in 1986 but grown-up fans wanted more, and filmmakers were listening.
A little over two decades later, the live action film titled Transformers debuted in 2007, followed by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and the soon to be shown Transformers: The Last Knight. But it’s not just on television or in the movies that our favourite Transformer characters can be seen; they are practically everywhere. Read on for some of our favourites…
The cookie we love to twist, lick, and dunk carried the Autobot insignia for a limited time and those who were lucky to have seen and bought them in stores were able to enjoy them in not just the original vanilla flavour but also in chocolate, berry, and fruit crème. In all the Transformer stories, the Autobots were the heroes. They originated on the planet Cybertron and were led by Optimus Prime. These Transformers morph into non-combat modes of transport, such as cars, domestic vehicles, trucks, and rescue vehicles.
This well-loved “little brother” of the Autobot faction is hard to miss. Named Bumblebee because of his yellow base colour and black stripes, most of this Transformer’s alternative vehicle modes were inspired by numerous generations of the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird muscle cars. In the live action film versions, real Camaros were used for this character. The original vehicle mode, however, was based on a Volkswagen Beetle.
An interesting bit of trivia here: Bumblebee is called Abejorro in Mexico, Bumble in Japan, Moscardo in Portugal, Űrdongó in Hungary, and Maggiolino in Italy.
Transformers Bingo Cards
Now, here’s another way to play the all-time favourite game, bingo. Instead of the usual numbers, the bingo cards show Transformers characters and the first player to mark off three pictures in a row shouts out “bingo!” and wins a prize. It’s refreshing to see the old game of bingo presented in this fashion but it’s not a new idea; online bingo providers have become very creative with their offering. For instance, Sun Bingo offers 75, 80, and 90 ball variants along with themed games based on existing franchises such as Deal or No Deal Bingo, while special pattern cards, requiring the player to mark off an “X” or the outline of a square are increasingly popular with players.
A custom ring with the Autobot symbol embedded on its shoulder, the part where the stone is set in, could be the perfect ring to give to an avid Transformers fan as a gift for a special occasion or even as an engagement ring. For someone who is looking for a jeweller that will customise this engagement ring, the best way to ensure that the jeweller is credible is to do some research about how long they have been in the industry. It will also be a good idea to purchase the stone and the setting separately.
Autobot and Decepticon Nails
The nail art craze is here and it is here to stay. From designer nails to edible chocolate nails, the ideas and inspirations for nail art are endless. While most fans would most probably be Team Autobots, there might be those who would want to give the Decepticons a few moments of glory, and this nail art is one of the few instances when the villains get to share the limelight with the heroes. What’s nice about this nail art is the fact that black-based nail art pieces bearing the Autobot and Decepticon symbols can work for both sexes.
Fandom has now evolved from collecting toys and memorabilia like mugs, keychains, shirts, and action figures to so many other things. It is not surprising that this has happened though. The Transformers franchise has been with us for such a long time that these characters have grown to be family. These are just some of the Transformer stuff we have seen so far but, chances are, there are so much more to find out there.
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