Transformers is a media franchise, produced by American plaything firm Hasbro as well as Japanese plaything business Takara Tomy. Originally a line of transforming mecha toys rebranded from Takara’s Diaclone and also Microman toylines, the plaything line began in 1984 with the Transformers plaything line, and fixate extraterrestrial intrigues of sentient self-configuring modular robot lifeforms (typically the Autobots and also the Decepticons) in an unlimited civil war. In its history, the Transformers franchise has actually expanded to encompass comic books, animation, video games and also films.
The term “Generation 1” covers both the computer animated tv series The Transformers and the comics series of the exact same name, which are additional separated into Japanese as well as British spin-offs, specifically. Follows up followed, such as the Generation 2 comics and Beast Battles TV collection, which became its own mini-universe. Generation 1 characters went through two reboots with Dreamwave in 2001 and also IDW Publishing in 2005, with a third beginning in 2019. There have actually been other versions of the story based on various plaything lines during and after the 20th century. The very first was the Robots in Disguise series, adhered to by 3 programs (Armada, Energon, and Cybertron) that make up a single universe called the “Unicron Trilogy”. A live-action film series started in 2007, once more distinct from previous versions, while the Transformers: Computer animated collection merged principles from the G1 connection, the 2007 live-action movie and also the “Unicron Trilogy”. For most of the 2010s, in an attempt to minimize the wave of reboots, the “Lined up” continuity was developed. In 2018, Transformers: Cyberverse debuted, once again, distinct from the previous versions.
Although at first a different and also competing franchise business began in 1983, Tonka’s Gobots ended up being the intellectual property of Hasbro after their acquistion of Tonka in 1991. Ultimately, deep space shown in the computer animated collection Challenge of the GoBots and follow-up film GoBots: Fight of the Rock Lords was retroactively developed as an alternating universe within the Transformers robot superhero storyline.