If you were around during the 1980s, you probably remember the abundance of quality "kid cartoons": He-Man, Jem, Rainbow Bright, G.I. Joe, Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony, She-Ra, Gummi Bears, Duck Tales, Smurfs, Robotech, Captain N: The Game Master, Inspector Gadget, Thundercats, Voltron, Dungeons and Dragons, and many more. One of these cartoons, however, which started in the Fall of 1984, dealt with the story of sentient, self-aware, and alien robots, fighting a never-ending civil war on their home-planet of Cybertron. These robots could transform into various vehicles, animals and other machines, and eventually took their war to the planet Earth in search of more energy. With the fate of the galaxy at stake, this show was known as The Transformers.
The show was made by both Sunbow Productions and Marvel Productions LTD., and had two factions: Autobots (heroic robots) and Decepticons (evil robots). The Autobots were led by the courageous, kind, and wise Optimus Prime. The Decepticons were led by the evil and ruthless Megatron. Over time, however, different Transformer characters would come and go, including the leaders themselves. Because of this, the ending of the "Robot Fad", and the omitting of old characters from previous seasons, the show lost it's original popularity. It finally ended in the Fall of 1987, with a season 4 that was only three episodes: The Rebirth, parts 1-3 (see the episode listings page for a full list of episodes). The toyline, and everything else tied to the '80s TF line managed to keep charging-along until 1990.
But what if things had happened differently? What if the line's toy company owner, Hasbro, hadn't cancelled the show in '87, and kept it going until its proper end in 1990, still continuing along with the toy line it was supposed to support? What if they hired new writers and other staff, including YOU, to continue the show from where the last staff had left off? And what if Hasbro decided to be more lenient with its writers about what characters could be used (besides Optimus Prime coming back at the end of season 3), while still adhering to the rules of introducing and developing new toy characters into the show? What would the show have possibly been like? This virtual show's purpose is to answer these very questions, by writing fanfic, virtual "episodes" that continue the program to its rightful end.
New and old fans alike have been treated to the next Transformers toy-based cartoon incarnations that followed, such as Beast Wars and Beast Machines, two computer - animated Transformer shows produced by Mainframe Entertainment from 1996-2001 that told of the war between the descendants of the original Transformers. Next came Transformers: Robots In Disguise, a cel-animated, Japanese animation TF cartoon imported from Japan, which aired on the FoxKids Network Saturday mornings and weekdays from 2001-2002. It was set in its own continuity, with Autobots fighting Predacons and Decepticons. The next Transformers cartoons, Transformers: Armada, then Transformers: Energon, and then Transformers: Cybertron, also imported from Japan, made up another new continuity known as "The Unicron Trilogy." Here, Autobots and Decepticons battle over small-sized, "power-up" Transformers called "Mini-Cons." In Summer of 2007, the first live-action Transformers movie, Transformers, was released in theaters, directed by Michael Bay. This would be followed by a new cartoon debuting in late December that same year called Transformers Animated which was the first American Transformers cartoon released since Beast Machines. Both the cartoon and movie were each in their own individual continuitites. In June of 2009, the first live-action Transformers movie sequel was released, called Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, also directed by Michael Bay. There was a new TV station for awhile called The Hub (formerly the Discovery Kids Channel), owned by Hasbro, which was showing episodes of one of the latest Transformers cartoons at the time, introduced in the Fall of 2010, called Transformers Prime. The third and last season of the show gave the series the new subtitle of "Beast Hunters". The next Transformers show, which premiered on The Hub late 2011, is called Transformers: Rescue Bots, which finished season 4 in 2016, and is aimed at a younger audience. After Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters finished up, and a movie finale called Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising was released on DVD and Blu-Ray October 8th, 2013. Check the DVD Price Search site for the cheapest copy to order online.
Both Prime and Rescue Bots are part of a shared Transformers story-continuity. The Hub is now bought out by the Discovery Family Channel, and was once still airing these two shows, as well as the original Transformers cartoon, from which this project is a virtual-continuation of. Also, the third live-action Transformers movie, Transformers: The Dark of the Moon, again directed by Michael Bay, was part three of its story, and was released Summer of 2011. The fourth live-action movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, came out in 2014, and was setup as part four of the series, again directed by Michael Bay. On Cartoon Network, the newest Transformers cartoon, Transformers: Robots In Disguise (nothing to do with the previous show of the same name) began in 2015, and continues awhile after where Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising left off. Two official sites can be found for it, here and here. The fifth live action movie was Transformers: The Last Knight, which came out earlier this year, again directed by Michael Bay, and was part five. Check local listings of Cartoon Network and other stations for airtimes of the new Robots In Disguise and past live-action movies, respectively.
While some of these other shows and movies are decent stories, they all fail to answer an important question: What happened between the end of the original show, and the Beast Wars and Beast Machines era ... a question we hope to answer here ourselves, with virtual episode fanfictions and virtual season intro videos posted on the Episode Guide page.
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