10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About…Transformers

Transformer fans unite! To celebrate the release of our amazing new and exclusive Transformers clothing, we’ve been searching the interwebs high and low for some amazing nuggets of retro information about the coolest Alien robots around. We just love to keep you clued up huh! 🙂

For over three decades, our lives have been influenced, impacted, transformed by giant robots from the far away planet Cybertron.  For them, it has been millennia of civil war, fights and trouble, but for us, it has been decades (scary!) of watching, playing and loving these iconic Autobots and Decepticons.

However you came to love these guys, sit back and enjoy our perhaps slightly hidden treasures of some of the most iconic retro characters ever!

1. According to Bob Budiansky, the writer for the Marvel Comics series, Hasbro originally thought the name Megatron sounded too villainous. Budiansky pointed out that was the point and Hasbro went along with the suggestion. Thank you Bob. The evil Decepticon could be known as nothing else!2. Fans of the cartoon Robotech found an odd similarity between the Valkyrie jet-transforming-robot suits and the action figure of Autobot Skyfire. In Japan, they used the same model to produce both toys. In the cartoon, the Decepticon-turned Autobot giant jet didn’t look like the alien-killing Robotech vehicles. But when kids received Skyfire the toy, many little heads were scratched.

3. The Transformers began with the 1980s Japanese toy lines Microman and Diaclone.
Diaclone4. Optimus Prime’s original name before he became Autobot leader was Orion Pax in the television series. Orion is the mythological Greek hunter while Pax is Latin for peace. In Latin, Optimus means “best”; “Prime” comes from primus, meaning “first”.

5. The first Transformer to appear on the series was Wheeljack.

6. Optimus Prime was killed during The Transformers: The Movie but came back to life for the episode Dark Awakening and returned for good in the episode The Return of Optimus Prime.

7. Transformer toys also invented the aspect of giving their Toys Trading card stat cards which kids could trade and collect. Even the boxes these toys came from were collectibles.

8. In Japan, the first Transformers series was called “Fight! Super Robot Life Form Transfomers”.

9. Bumblebee was a VW Beetle in the original series but he’s a Camaro in the live-action Transformers movie.

Bumblebee VW10. One man, actor Frank Welker, voiced more than half of the original decepticons.

Voices for Megatron and Optimus Prime

Phew! Some (hopefully) pretty cool stuff here for all you fans out there. Hopefully you’ve learnt a little something new that you can dazzle your friends with as the next geeky pub quiz 🙂

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Autobots Get a Makeover for Transformers 4!

Great news for all you Transformer fans!

The epic Michael Bay movie series is set to hit our screens once again with number 4 next year (June 29, 2014), but this time the bots have been give more than a lick of paint!

Each character as been given an amazing ‘transformation’ – see what we did, and are looking as ready for business as ever with some million dollar exotics taking the stage and some classic American muscle to back them up.

True hero of the Primes, Optimus will be taking on a slightly more modern look with this custom-built Western Star truck that still adorns the classic flame decals for his iconic look. It was thought that his older look was slightly dated for the new flick but what do you think?

As for the rest of the crew, Bumblebee has taken a look from the past and will now be rocking a classic 1967 Camaro in his signature black and yellow uniform. A slighly older cool look, we love this as it reminds us of some amazing car scenes in classic 70s films. Take a peep!

Autobot swordsman Drift wwill now take the form of a 1,200-horsepower Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse, priced at $2.4million. Yep! What a beast! We think it’s 255mph speeds should help them deal with any issues that they’re bound to have.

Another addition the the pack is a C7 Corvette Stingray in their amazing Synergy green paint, modelled on a production car by Chevrolet that will be out in 2014. How cool are those mirrors!?

Also, for those who don’t yet know, Mark Wahlberg will be taking shape as the new leading man in the next installment. Joining the 41-year-old star in the science fiction movie are veteran actors Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci and up and comers Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz as Wahlberg’s daughter.

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