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Top 10 greatest and most important events in Transformers fiction history – part 2

Welcome back to the Top 10 Greatest and most important events in Transformers history!  If you missed part 1, you can check it out here!

5- Optimus Prime activates Metroplex – Fall of Cybertron

5 Metroplex puts the smack down on Megatron

Metroplex has always been kind of a mystery in Transformers lore.  He just sort of showed up one day, and everyone carried on their merry way.  At least Trypticon had some sort of bizarre origin story in G1.  Metroplex just was.  It’s taken about 30 years, but finally some lore is being established for the biggest of the big.  The IDW comics and latest Transformers game, “Fall of Cybertron”, have given our famous brute some real meaty backstory and helped explain why such a titanic Transformer would ever exist.  With a behemoth like this, it’s hard to wonder the Autobots could ever lose.  At the end of level 1 of “Fall of Cybertron”, we finally, FINALLY, get to see something that should’ve happened eons ago.  Metroplex rips the roof off and uses his size the way he always should’ve: he pulverizes mini Megatron into the ground, literally.  Players even have the ability to gleefully hit him again and again with the touch of a button. This moment definitely shocked me and has the power to bring the kid’s imagination out in anyone who has a soul from the 80’s. The best part?  Megatron is defiant to the bitter end.

4- Orion Pax becomes a Decepticon – Transformers Prime

4 Orion Pax joins the Decepticons in Transformers Prime

“Transformers: Prime” is an absolute breath of fresh air to Transformers fiction as well as children’s programming in general.  It’s obscene how much detail and charisma the Transformers: Prime staff squeezes out of each episode.  Let’s hope for a full-length movie while we’re at it.  The story arc really picked up at the end of season 1 culminating in the memory loss of Optimus Prime and a bit of cohesive backstory that barrows from multiple arenas of Transformers history. Optimus reverts to his former self, Orion Pax, and follows his long-lost buddy Megatron(us). After a full season of watching the Autobots claw for every victory against an army of Decepticons, one’s heart sinks to a new low as the Autobots watch in horror at the apparent loss of their leader to the bad guys after insurmountable odds. You really feel for them and the weight of the event is crushing. Fans had to wait for the next season to find out if Orion’s new friends were going to welcome him with open arms or at arms. Somewhat unfortunately, the defecting of Orion Pax only lasted for 3 measly episodes. Those hoping for a full season of Autobotic drama forgot this is a children’s show, and seasons-sweeping conflicts don’t often hold a child’s attention.

3- Death of Starscream – Transformers Armada

3 The death of Starscream in Transformers Armada / Micron Legend

Although his first death was rather abrupt and grotesque, Starscream’s removal from the Transformers franchise was rather expected after the first 25 minutes of “Transformers: The Movie”‘s systematic deletion of the season 1 and 2 cast. His death in the “Armada” cartoon series, however, took us a little more off guard. The character had gone back and forth between the good side and bad, expanding his archetypal quarrel with Megatron. Most thought Megatron had gotten the best of old Starscream after stabbing him with the Star Saber, but no.  Starscream was not about to perish lying down and attempted to thwart the dreaded Unicron my powerlinking with his minicon.  The result?  A repeat of his “Transformers: The Movie” execution by the dark lord himself. His relationship with the Alexis was even a bit touching as she witnesses his death from afar, unbeknownst to her. This is still the most memorable scene from “Armada” and “Micron Legend” and results in a truce between the Autobots and Decepticons to fight against Unicron, shaping the final few episodes.

2- Megatron destroys Optimus Prime – Beast Wars

2 Beast Wars Megatron destroys G1 Optimus Prime

Forget Michael Bay, Beast Megatron is who really wants to destroy your childhood!

When it was decided that “Beast Wars” was to exist alongside the original Generation 1 canon, everyone shit their collective pants.  If you were on the internet during the ongoing creation of “Beast Wars”, then this is by far your favorite series.  Truth is, it’s not that good and doesn’t hold a lick to “Transformers: Prime” in regards to production value and over all enjoyability.  That being said, the story holds an integral seat in Transformers lore and helped shape the fandom to this day.  The most important moment of this story has to do with time travel distrubance caused by Beast Megatron.  How could such a little guy take out Mr. Optimus Prime himself?  Let’s not forget that Prime was deactivated, but little old Beast Megatron did what his namesake could never do in a quadrillion years.  The destruction of Optimus Prime sends the entire Transformers universe into a colossal spin with the possibility of not being able to set it back to right.  Of course this scene occurs at the end of an episode, which during the original airing may have caused as much panic as the shooting of JR.

1- Death of Optimus Prime – Transformers Animated Movie

1 The death of Optimus Prime Transformers the Movie

This is a complete no-brainer.  What hasn’t already been said about the death of numero uno, Optimus MF Prime?  Crying children, outraged parents, 30 years of paying for it (and it paying off). Without the death of Optimus Prime, Transformers may not even exist today. Hasbro has come to realize the power of the fiction they paid to have created back when they tried to launch this crazy robot-into-vehicle toy line.  This is apparent with the Transformers Hall of Fame and their continued re-release of specific characters- a far cry from the G1 days when new characters were the norm to replace old. It took something as ludicrous as killing your main character off (Game of Thrones, anyone?) to wake Hasbro and company up to the juggernaut they had created.  Transformers was not just a flash in the pan, it was here to stay, and stay it has. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: No event in Transformers fiction will ever top this, ever.

Honorable mention- The Transformation of Unicron

Galvatron shocked as Unicron Transforms in the movie

Yeah Galvatron, I had the same reaction the first time too!

I couldn’t decide where this should be placed in the top 10 and since I’d already referenced the animated movie already, I figured this could be a runner-up. As a child in the theatre, my mind just wasn’t ready to accept that this big talking, planet-eating planet who lived in the world of Transformers was going to transform and be a giant robot.  Blew my mind to smithereens. I don’t have many memories from that age, but telling my sister in the parking lot about how this awesome giant orange guy showed up is one of them. I can’t tell you how bad I wanted a toy of that big orange guy.  Well 3-year old me, you finally got your wish, you finally got it.  Thanks for reading!

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Fall of Cybertron Metrotitan could be coming

Fall of cybertron decepticon metro titan toy

His big and mean and possibly dropping on the USA toy scene?

How cool is that we are getting a redone Metroplex, and not only that, one that can finally put to bed the debate of who is the biggest Autobot. Fans have spent years debating who is actually the biggest, Fortress Maximus or Metroplex. Those that have been clinging to Fort Max as the champ due to his toy size have been shunned by the super Titan class reveal last week at Toy Fair 2013.

A toy this big requires a significant production investment, and it’s hard to deny that we will be seeing more version of this big boy before its mold it put into retirement. So prepare, Decepticon fans, for not a Trypticon foil to Metroplex, but METROTITAN!!!!!!

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In case you couldn’t tell… Fall of Cybertron Jazz and Sideswipe are remolds

Transformers Fall of Cybertron Sideswipe and Jazz

Don'tcha'll pull a fast one on me, ya hear?

I knew something wasn’t right when I saw Fall of Cybertron Sideswipe during the Hasbro panel at Botcon. It wasn’t completely obvious, but it is true: Sideswipe is a remold of Jazz with a huge ass gun instead of a pea-shooter.

So maybe before you start praising Sideswipe, make sure you weren’t one of the FOC Jazz haters, mmm kay?

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Fall of Cybertron Perceptor spotted

Transformers Fall of Cybertron Perceptor

Probability: High

I spy with my little eye Autobot Perceptor in this video. Enjoy.

And hey, I still function!

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Fall of Cybertron combining Bruticus – the iron fist of Hasbro silences the land

Fall of Cybertron Bruticus on screen

"And our prayers were answered by fists of steel and rain of blood..."

Today was a day where the mighty returned and the weak were silenced. Today was a day where wrongs were made right and a solidarity that has been fragmented for years was made whole again. Today was the day that the true king to the throne returned and that king is a company named Hasbro.

Let’s get a bit more realistic now and explain what happened this week in Transformerland. This year (it’s only been one month long so far!) has been one of the most insane years to be a Transformer fan since the movies started in 2005. Let us list the notable events, shall we?

  • We’ve already weathered through the madness of registering for Botcon
  • Tolerated Funpub’s dismal track record with a webstore they’ve only had, well, about 5 years to perfect
  • Discovered rather shockingly that Transformers Prime contains a rather large multitude of toys that we were kept very successfully in the dark about (jolly show, Hasbro secret service, jolly show)
  • Discovered even more shockingly that all the fabulous, and expectantly readily available First Edition Prime toys were to become exceedingly desirable and hard to find, especially in the USA
  • SDCC will featured another GI JOE / Transformers crossover, this time with a Shockwave-styled Hiss Tank

It’s already been a topsy-turvy year and without going into begrudging detail about the Transformers Prime toy fiasco, let’s just set the stage to a world where everyone is feeling a bit frustrated and disappointed. Put yourself on that stage, and then feel yourself get nailed by a giant cream pie of surprise. Hasbro just knocked everyone’s socks off with the announcement of a figure no one dared dream would become a reality – a fully formed gestalt figure the way it was meant to be done. Five (supposedly) deluxe individually transforming figures that include minimal extra parts or internal connections. There is not a ton of data other than what was discovered in the latest issue of Game Informer, but it’s enough to drop any current transfan to their Primus worshiping knees.

Fall of Cybertron Bruticus revealed

Bruticus! Bruticus! Bruticus!

Beyond the excitement, what does this all mean? Well I couldn’t call myself a Collecticon if I didn’t figure this shit out for you so here goes.

– Some say that these 5 figures are what remains of the supposed 8 figure count for the Fall of Cybertron line, as reported at the UK Toyfair. While possible, to me this seems unlikely due to a weighted consistency of Decepticons amongst the ranks. We are likely to see Grimlock, maybe Jetfire, Ironhide or Ratchet, and with any luck, some seekers. They didn’t just re-design Megatron for nothing, either.

– Another question is whether these will be sold individually or as a large set. The answer? Who fucking cares. You’re going to buy them so move on.

– Is this really happening? After what feels like a prison riot full of 3rd party companies doing “everything that Hasbro won’t”, did the giant just stir in its sleep? It sure seems like it to me. Like always, Hasbro follows through but not in the 3 day timeframe that the Transfan manbabies decree. Enjoy your shoddy-plastic 3rd party Devastators boys, they will all be made obsolete soon. And that, my fellow Collecticons, is a fact.

Fall of Cybertron Bruticus from the trailer

Bruticus says: Don't fuck with hasbro

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Fall of Cybertron Shockwave coming to life in plastic – hallelujah!

Fall of Cybertron Shockwave and Jazz announced

Fall of Cybertron Shockwave and Jazz!!! Wait a sec... that's not... oh weird

Thanks Kapow toys for blowing the lid off of what Hasbro is surly expecting to be a big reveal at this year’s Toyfair – the identities of 3 of the upcoming Fall of Cybertron toys!

We are getting Optimus Prime (duh), Jazz (already noted), and Shockwave who should’ve been in the first round of figures last year.

Can’t wait for this one!