Is TRANSFORMERS fandom toxic?

As with any fandom that has been going on for more than 5 minutes, TRANSFORMERS fans have had their ups and downs. I mean, more ups than downs, hopefully. But still, nothing is always rosey, 100% of the time. In fact, TRANSFORMERS fans have sometimes been accused of being elitists. I want to give my thoughts on this, because, happily, it hasn’t been the case for me.

THE G1-ers.

These are the people old enough to be found on places like goldenriviera casino en ligne, but who are most likely to be meandering near the toy isle at their local superstore. G1 fans have been around for a long, long time. They are protective of the source material, and get the worst reputation of all.

While I’ve found people in this group to be very dismissive of the Bay-verse (for good reason), I’ve never sensed a personal animosity toward me for liking the Bay films. In fact, most of my pieces here are about those films. And yet, I’ve never received abuse or threats. In fact, the very person who runs this website, our fearless leader Simon Plumbe, is a G1 fan. And here I am, being employed despite my views.

So, no. G1-ers aren’t toxic at all.


On the other side of the scale, we have the people who enjoy the Michael Bay films for what they are. Not quite truthful to the source material, but fun cinema romps. Mostly on the younger side, they get a reputation for being dismissive of the source material and its social commentary.

“What do you mean, he pees on me?”

But far from disrespecting the older peeps who are also fans of a franchise (but in a different way), Bay-verse fans are usually casual movie goers. As such, they don’t have any fierce allegiance to anything, and are therefore uninterested in causing drama or “being right”.

So, no. Bay-Verse fans aren’t toxic, either.


Now, this is probably the part of the fandom with which I’ve had the least contact. It’s a bit of a shame because we have a lot of great reviews here on the site, written by just such people. You know the type: more likely to be browsing the Goodwill auctions than perhaps a new online casino. But by and large, these people are interested in toys. They are serious collectors with a wealth of knowledge and a respect for the sustainability of the hobby.

The last thing they are interested in is driving people away from the toys or the franchise. And also, they usually don’t care if you like G1 or the Bay-verse or anything in between. They live and let live.

Not toxicity whatsoever.


And that’s what it comes down to: my personal experience. And the truth is, my experience within the TRANSFORMERS fandom is very, very positive. You may have encountered a different reality on your travels (usually online), and if that’s the case, I’m sorry.

But don’t let that discourage you from seeking out other fans like yourself. We’re always here to help and support you, no matter what. Whether you like G1, Dark of the Moon or just the toys, there’s always going to be a place for you at Auto Assembly

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Lover of portable gaming and horror cinema. Indie filmmaker and game developer. Multimedia producer. Born in Paraguay, raised in Canada. Huge fan of "The Blair Witch Project", and "Sonic 3D Blast". Deputy head at Vita Player and its parent organization, Infinite Frontiers. Like what I do? Donate a coffee: