We’ll Always Have G1

Hot on the heels of Simon Plumbe’s excellent article about the Bay movies: http://www.autoassembly.org.uk/michael-bay-ruined-childhood/ I coincidentally decided to show the first Transfomers Bay movie to my friend’s son today, and it was fascinating to see how he reacted to the movie. When I originally watched the movie, I was surrounded by people who were already very familiar with G1, so it was an interesting contrast to see someone watching the movie that didn’t already have an allegiance to G1, or any other transformers incarnation.

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A Collector’s Life – New Ongoing Series

Today we’re proud to unveil a new series of articles and features here at Infinite Frontiers, spanning all three of our websites. The series is looking at all aspects of collectors and collecting and as well as our own team we’ll be talking to geeks from all over the world about their collections.

You can find the first part online now at http://www.infinitefrontiers.org.uk/2017/03/17/a-collectors-life-part-1-what-makes-us-collect-things/ but we’d love to hear YOUR stories so get in touch and who know, we could be telling your story next…

Three Things We Want from a New Transformers Game

It is fair to say that 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Transformers fans. Not only is there the latest instalment of Michael Bay’s blockbuster franchise – The Last Knight – to look forward to, but also a new mobile game.

Developed by Kabam Games, Transformers Forged To Fight is expected to launch across a range of platforms in the coming months and will allow players to take control of their favourite characters and do battle in several 3D-rendered settings. As well as having the chance to collect and control Autobots and Decepticons in a story mode, players will also be able to take each other on and also team up with friends to battle others in multiplayer modes.

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Michael Bay Has Ruined My Childhood

“Michael Bay, you’ve destroyed my childhood!”. It’s a common phrase (or something far worse that I’m not willing to repeat here) that’s seen online every couple of years each time a new live-action Transformers movie is released, either cinematically or when it makes its way onto home video. There’s no getting away from the fact that his movies are controversial with fandom being split regarding the merits of this branch of the franchise that started a decade ago, but does Michael Bay really deserve all the fan hatred that is hurled in his direction?

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Auto Assembly – back from our hiatus

Regular site visitors will have noticed that we’ve been on something of a hiatus from all of our websites for much of February with little or no content being posted on any of our websites. While we want to post as much material as we can for all of you – our readers – unfortunately circumstances arose that were completely out of our control that meant that work on our sites took an enforced hiatus…

Infact hiatus is probably the most appropriate word as I had been taken into hospital suddenly on 6th February for emergency surgery on a hiatus hernia! The operation went well and I was released from hospital a few days ago and am slowly recovering at home with my family and starting to find my feet again writing and editing content for all of our sites. It will take me a little time to get back up to speed again but we’ll be back up and running fully again in the near future so watch this space!

Thanks everyone for your patience!

Simon
Site Editor, Auto Assembly

Three Transformers Video Games We’d Like to See

Transformers is a behemoth in terms of its ability to generate spin-offs from its core product. Unlike other massive franchises such as Star Wars or Toy Story, Transformers began with the toy and grew from there to develop comics, books, films, animated series and video games. After Hasbro bought the Diaclone and Microman toy lines, they simply ran with it and once the Autobots and Decepticons universe was born it continued to expand into all forms of media and entertainment.

Transformer fans can argue about the movies or certain areas of the animated series being disappointing, but few would contest that the video games have been largely underwhelming. It’s giant robots turning into vehicles and fighting each other. How could this concept fail to produce a killer video game to be held aloft as a true all time classic? The failure by game developers to produce an elite game for Transformers fans is an atrocity and though Transformers: Fall of Cybertron and Transformers: Devastation were very good in their own way, we want more. We could spend all day coming up with Transformers video game concepts, but here are our picks after an unmethodical brainstorm of ideas…

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Does The Transformers Franchise Need To Take A Break?

While the toys themselves have been around since the 1970s, Transformers itself as a franchise has only been with us since 1984. However, in the last 30+ years it has reinvented itself and reimagined the toys, comics, and characters countless times to not only continue to appeal to new generation of fans but, taking a more cynical and no doubt more realistic view, to sell more products to its existing fan base.

However, in that time for the most part we’ve seen the same basic formula repeated over the years ad nauseum. It’s been a continual struggle between Autobots and Decepticons, Optimus Prime and Megatron and we all know that no matter how well a TV series or toy range is doing or how popular it may be amongst the fans, it will be replaced every few years with something new and the reset button will be pressed once again. Toy ranges that were once meant to be limited and special such as the Masterpiece range are now producing so many toys that they’re just regarded as being yet another toy line and there are now so many current ranges on the market that fans simply can’t keep up with everything. It’s no wonder that many have lost track of what toys are available, what TV episodes are being broadcast or what comics are being released as there is such an overload of material. Things then take an upward turn for the worse every 2-3 years when a new movie is released sending the license holders into a manufacturing frenzy!

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Toy Review: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Deluxe Smokescreen

When it comes to Transformers, I’ve always taken quite a different approach to most collectors. With one or two exceptions, I’ve not been one for buying as many toys as possible from specific ranges or aiming for complete sets and buying everything as it is released. I’ve never understood those who have gone out and purchased toys they don’t like just because it’s missing from their collections and it’s needed to fill in a gap. For me I’d concentrated on a couple of favourite characters, a few select toys I really liked (regardless of the range they were from) and then TV-centric toys but again restricting myself to my favourite Transformers shows so predominantly Beast Wars, Robots In Disguise (the original series) and Transformers Prime.

So when I spotted the Beast Hunters version of Smokescreen on sale for half price in a local warehouse store and – inside the packaging at least – looking like a fairly good representation of Nolan North’s character, I thought it would make another great addition to the TF: Prime collection. But was it going to be…?

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How to Transform Transformers into a Modern Day Franchise

When the Autobots first assembled in 1984 and began their onslaught on the mainstream media, the entertainment industry looked very different than it does today. Despite the fact that the toys dominated our view of the brand for most of our childhood, with the G1 cartoon and Marvel UK comics for support, there’s no getting away from the fact that things have changed vastly since then and both for us and fans who are new to the franchise it’s not quite what it used to be… Although the usual suspects such as TV, movies and comic books are all still popular, new mediums such as the internet and mobile platforms have given rise to new opportunities for our sci-fi heroes.

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G1 Plot Holes That Need To Be Fixed Part One – Can Autobots Fly Or Not?

There are still parts of the Transformers Universe that I have yet to explore, but I’m gradually getting there. I used to be a G1 and G1 only guy when it came to Transformers, but over the years I’ve learned to enjoy exploring other iterations such as Armada and Prime.

It was when watching Transformers Prime, and really getting hooked on it, that I had to ask myself a very scary question: “is this better than G1?” There are probably many reasons for me to answer this with an emphatic “yes” but as much as I loved Transformers Prime, it still has to sit very slightly behind G1 in terms of which is my favourite.

There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, G1 started it all, without G1, we don’t have anything that has come after it. Secondly, the marketing machine that is G1 meant that we got a massive breadth of characters to love as Hasbro tried to entice us to buy more and more robots in disguise. In contrast to this, I was always watching Prime wishing for more characters to be introduced. Thirdly, there are some simply fantastic story lines, I love the fact that back stories were created for the characters and the whole race of Cybertronians. Some of my favourite episodes are those that delve into Cybertron’s past, show us glimpses of what Cybertron used to be like and where the Transformers came from. Lastly, and most important for me, G1 brought us Transformers the Movie, but if you’ve read issue 17 of The Cybertronian Times, then you already knew I liked that!

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