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The Transformers 

Transformers (original title)
Two opposing factions of transforming alien robots engage in a battle that has the fate of Earth in the balance.
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During the great Cybertronian War, the Autobots and the Decepticons crash landed on Earth. Millions of years later, geological activity revives the warring factions - the Decepticons want to strip Earth of its vast energy resources, and the Autobots seek to protect the inhabitants of Earth from that fate. And so an endless battle begins in a crucial race to find an energy source for their homeworld Cybertron. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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Trivia

When Optimus Prime transforms into robot mode, his trailer moves backward and disappears from sight, while only the cab becomes the robot body; when he transforms into vehicle mode, his body becomes the cab, and the trailer reappears from nowhere and connects itself to the cab. Many fans wondered what exactly happens to the trailer during the transformations, but no explanation has been ever given. (Although, it has been thought that Roller comes out of the trailer at these times and wheels Primes trailer away. It can be confirmed with Hasbro's masterpiece figures, Roller can attach to Primes trailer.) See more »

Goofs

The second title sequence of Season 3 contains a number of notable animation errors. When the Sharkticon swims towards the screen and opens its mouth, it suddenly turns upside-down for a couple of frames. And in the last shot of the sequence, Ultra Magnus' head is colored entirely blues (his face should be gray), and Kup is drawn with Springer's head. These errors are easy to spot, since the appear in almost every episode. See more »

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Dirk Manus: Slimy, worm-fingered creep!
Quintesson: Unlikable, dry-skinned biped.
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car-robots
17 February 2004 | by (east orange, new jersey) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most popular cartoons of the 80s. It was original and not follow the trend of Hanna-Barbera's copycat mysteries/adventure cartoons a decade earlier. Automobiles that become robot fighting machines,producers couldn't be more creative then that. It was all action which us kids grow into after watching Superfriends or Spiderman and the amazing friends. I remember collecting some of the action figures then giving them away after they became out-dated. Though still a classic and one of the best cartoons of that generation.


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