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Transformers Generation One
With The Transformers being a hit in the movie theaters with the third installment titled: Dark of the Moon, we have to go back to where it all started from back in the 80's. For the past four decades, The Transformers have evolved and has made dramatic changes. There are even a couple of series that didn't even make it to the United States. But I'm going to break down to you every series that was ever created. Both the ones that we know and love and the ones that stood overseas. So if you think you know about The Transformers, there is more than meets the eye. So try to keep up with the timeline because it can be a bit confusing.
The Transformers: Generation 1
This series was the one that we all know and love debut back in 1985. It introduced us two of one of the biggest rivalries in the pop culture. The Autobots and the Decepticons. Led by Optimus Prime, the Autobots have battled back and forth with the evil Megatron and his Decepticons for most of two seasons. This series even spawned out a motion picture where we saw the death of Prime and the emergence of a new Autobot leader, Rodimus Prime. Now in the future for their third season, Rodimus led the way against and newer and eviler model of Megatron called Galvatron. The series ended on a high note as Optimus Prime was brought back to life to lead the way to save the universe from a deadly plague. Now here's where it gets confusing. In the U.S., while they had a four episode 4th season that featured the new Headmaster, overseas in Japan have broke away from the U.S. storyline and made a whole new season of their own called Transformers: Headmasters.
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This was an 1 episode show that bridges between the last episode of Generation One and Transformers: The Movie. It features a battle between the Autobots and the Decepticon monster called Devestator. Making their first appearance was the Autobot city, Metroplex and the newly arrived Ultra Magnus. This episode never made it to America but shouldn't be missed by the true fans.
Taken place right after season 3 in America, The Headmasters storyline takes a turn for something totally different. First off, Optimus Prime gets killed once again, leaving Hot Rod forming back to Rodimus Prime and taking the leadership role once again. The Autobot Headmasters are lead by Fortress Maximus, but butts heads at times with Chromedome over leadership. The Decepticons are still lead by Galvatron until he gets lost in space and are taken over by the Headmaster leader Scorponok. The rival of the two tape decks Blaster and Soundwave reaches new heights as they took each other out in battle and were each reincarnated as Twincast and Soundblaster respectfully. The Decepticons even had a ninja six-changer that went by the name of Sixshot, who in the series killed Ultra Magnus. Scorponok even evolved into MegaZark to do a final battle with Fortress Maximus. But this was just the beginning of what would be a Japanese trilogy. Masterforce would soon born.
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Transformers Super God Masterforce
Masterforce is the series that came out right after Headmasters but it once again the storyline takes a swerve of it's own. Now the Autobots are back on Earth defending it against a brand new generation of Decepticons. These Autobots are lead by a robot named Ginrai, who in America is known as Powermaster Optimus Prime. Although in America Powermaster Prime is the same as the original, Ginrai is a totally different robot. This series is also notable for not having anyone from Headmasters series appear. A new breed of Transformers emerge in the for of Pretenders, Powermasters and Junior Headmasters. Pretenders were Transformers who had used a outer shell in the form of a human (Autobots) and monsters (Decepticons). Speaking of humans, they play an even bigger role in Masterforce than any series for they take the form of engines for the Powermasters and the heads for the Junior Headmasters. The Decepticons were lead by Black Zarak and Devil Z, who would merge together in the final battle against Ginrai and Grand Maximus, Fortress Maximus younger brother. This would not be the end for there would be one more to the series entitled: Victory.
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With Headmasters and Masterforce out of the way, it's finally time to bring out the finally installment to the Generation 1 Transformers. Taking place now in the year 2025 A.D., Victory tells the story of a brand new leader of the Autobots named Star Saber, who was also a swordsman. His mission was to defeat the new leader of the Decepticons, Deathsaurus who were trying to once again take over the Earth. This series also saw the return of two Autobots, Wheeljack (Who looked to be dead in 'Transformers: The Movie') and Perceptor. The series also saw the return of Ginrai in the form of God Ginrai from Masterforce to help defeat the Decepticons. Ginrai, due to damage from battles, involved into Victory Leo and together with Star Saber, they would merge into Victory Saber to do a final battle with the Decepticons. This series was also know for having the best animation out of the three Japanese series. From what I was told that as of July 2011, they are already beginning to dub and make English versions to be put out on official DVD's starting with Headmasters for 2011. So now true fans will get the ultimate experience. But they do have unofficial copies out there that you can enjoy for now.
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This was supposed to be a new series right after Victory but was scrapped after one episode. It featured a new Autobot leader named Dai Atlas as he and the Micromasters try to defend the newly made Metroplex against all the Decepticon giant warriors, Devestator, Bruticus, Menasor, Abominus,Predaking and King Poseidon.