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Ever since the official Hasbro YouTube channel dedicated to fans (Hasbro Pulse) first launched in 2019, fans of The Transformers have been requesting for the Generation 1 (aka G1) episodes to be added.

Optimus Prime from Season 1 of The Transformers. (Images: Hasbro)

Now it appears the company has fulfilled its fans' requests. The first season of The Transformers have begun adding full episodes of the series after the Hasbro Pulse Fan Fest 2021.

Check out the details below of The Transformers Cartoon on the Hasbro Pulse YouTube channel below.

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The Transformers G1

The Transformers started its life in Japan as the Diaclone and MicroChange toys by toy company Takara. But these toys did not have any underlying story behind them. They were simply robots that could transform into everyday items, from cassette players to cars and military vehicles.

It would later be discovered and adopted by American toy company Hasbro. As part of the marketing for the new line of robot toys, Hasbro worked with Marvel Comics and Marvel Productions to develop a comic book and animated series to create a mythology.


Unlike Japanese toy-buying children, the kids in the United States required some sort of story to be enticed by toy products. This was evident in earlier toy lines such as Micronauts, Super Powers (based on the DC Comics properties), and, of course, Star Wars.

A similar strategy was being carried out at the time with another Hasbro toy line, G.I. Joe with G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comics and animated series. The 1970s through the 1990s was the era when cartoons were essentially 30-minute advertisements for toy lines.

Then Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics Jim Shooter created the outline for The Transformers story, establishing the conflict between the two sides of these alien robots: the noble Autobots and the malevolent Decepticons. Although writer Denny O’Neil did the initial concepts, it would be Bob Budiansky who would ultimately create the iconic names like Optimus Prime and Megatron, as well as the basic characterizations.

For the artwork, Shōhei Kohara did the initial modifications based on the toys, while Floro Dery further simplified the complex robot designs. Dery would later be hired as the lead designer for the animated series as well.

It should be noted that The Transformers comic book does not completely follow the cartoon’s continuity. This is also similar to how G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comic and animated series have separate timelines and characterizations. But regardless of this, both are considered part of the umbrella that fans refer to as Generation 1, as the comic and the cartoon came out at roughly the same period of time, which helped establish the popularity of The Transformers.

The Transformers Cartoon

The Transformers G1 cartoon started airing in September 1984 as a three-part mini-series. The mini-series established the main characters of the series as well as the conflict between the Autobots and Decepticons that began on Cybertron.

With both sides depleting their energy resources, the Autobots build the Ark, an interstellar ship that will be used to explore other worlds where Energon can be harvested. Headed by the Autobots’ heroic leader Optimus Prime himself, the Ark is ambushed by the Decepticons led by the despot Megatron. The ensuing battle causes the ship to veer off-course and crash land on prehistoric Earth.


Millions of years later, an earthquake causes the self-repair systems of the Ark to revive both the Autobots and Decepticons. And so, amidst the young human civilization, the eons-long war between the two robotic factions begins anew. Aside from the Autobots and Decepticons, the mini-series would also introduce the two human allies of the Autobots, Sparkplug and his son Spike Witwicky.

Furthermore, apart from the three-part mini-series, another 13 episodes were ordered by Hasbro and developed by Marvel Productions and Sunbow Entertainment, in association with Toei Animation. The mini-series and these 13 episodes would comprise Season 1 of the Transformers G1 cartoon.

Many of the tropes familiar with The Transformers franchise would begin in this first season, notably the rivalry of Optimus Prime and Megatron, as well as their now-famous voice actors, Peter Cullen and Frank Welker, respectively. Season 1 of The Transformers would also introduce the familiar "More than Meets the Eye" tagline of the franchise, the Dinobots, the Constructicons, and the Insecticons.


This first season of Transformers G1 ran on syndication to an extremely successful viewership. The cartoon series (along with the comic books) successfully marketed the transforming toys gimmick to kids of the era. A second season would be quickly ordered by Hasbro midway through the first season’s run in 1984 and the rest would be history. The popularity of The Transformers continues to this day, with the most recent entry being the Netflix's War for Cybertron.

Hasbro Pulse YouTube

The Hasbro Pulse YouTube channel launched on August 8, 2019, with the intention of being a hub for fans of the different brands under the Hasbro line. As the channel itself states:

Hasbro Pulse is a place where fans come first.

As fans ourselves, we have an idea of what you – our fans – want. Hasbro Pulse is where you’ll find some of the best product offerings and experiences from the brands you love, a glimpse at more behind-the-scenes material and insider details that you can’t get anywhere else.

We made Hasbro Pulse with you, the fans, in mind. We hope you’ll make it your first stop when you’re looking for insider info about your favorite Hasbro brands.

The channel mainly focused on announcements and news about toys and the conventions.

However, beginning August 28, 2021, the channel uploaded the entire first season’s 16 episodes of The Transformers G1. The quality of the videos are also notably enhanced for internet viewing, without the interlacing that would be present from TV episodes (a technique often used in broadcast television to improve video quality on analog devices). Thus, these episodes of The Transformers on YouTube are arguably the best quality one can find online.

It is interesting to note that these episodes are on Hasbro Pulse, but not on the official Transformers YouTube channel, which instead has episodes of the newer Robots in Disguise and Cyberverse series, aside from short clips and snippets from the other Transformers series. This is in contrast to G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero on the official Hasbro YouTube channel, which has full episodes of the entire original cartoons, and even has a 24/7 live viewing.

More seasons than meets the eye?

Currently, only the first season of The Transformers G1 is uploaded. However, the series actually ran for four seasons. Will Hasbro upload the rest and follow the precedent of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero? Perhaps its own 24/7 live viewing?

There is a high probability of that, as Hasbro has also been updating its Power Rangers content with full season episodes of the original series (i.e. Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers).

We will have to wait and see. But for now, longtime and newer fans of The Transformers franchise are happy to watch the first season for free on the YouTube platform.


The Transformers (TV series)

This article is about the original Transformers animated series. For information on other Transformers animated series, see List of Transformers animated series.

1980s American animated series

The Transformers is an American animated television series which originally aired from September 17, 1984 to November 11, 1987 in syndication. The first of many series in the Transformers franchise, it was based upon Hasbro's Transformers toy line and depicts a war among giant robots that can transform into vehicles and other objects.[4]

The series was produced by Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions in association with Japanese studio Toei Animation[5] for first-run syndication. Toei co-produced the show and was the main animation studio for the first two seasons. In the third season Toei's involvement with the production team was reduced and the animation services were shared with the South Korean studio AKOM.[6] The fourth season was entirely animated by AKOM. The series was supplemented by a feature film, The Transformers: The Movie (1986), taking place between the second and third seasons.

This series is also popularly known as "Generation 1", a term originally coined by fans in response to the re-branding of the franchise as Transformers: Generation 2 in 1992, which eventually made its way into official use.[citation needed] The series was later shown in reruns on Sci-Fi Channel and The Hub (now Discovery Family). It is also the first installment in the Generation 1 cartoon era.

Production background[edit]

The Transformers toyline and animated series were inspired by the Japanese toyline, Microman (an Eastern descendant of the 12-inch G.I. Joe action figure series) by Takara.[7] In 1980, the Microman spin-off, Diaclone, was released, featuring inch-tall humanoid figures able to sit in the drivers' seats of scale model vehicles, which could transform into humanoid robot bodies the drivers piloted. Later still, in 1983, a Microman sub-line, MicroChange was introduced, featuring "actual size" items that transformed into robots, such as microcassettes, guns and toy cars. Diaclone and MicroChange toys were subsequently discovered at the 1983 Tokyo Toy Fair by Hasbro toy company product developer Henry Orenstein, who presented the concept to Hasbro's head of R&D, George Dunsay. Enthusiastic about the product, it was decided to release toys from both Diaclone and MicroChange as one toyline for their markets, although there were eventual changes to the color schemes from the original toys to match the new series.[8]

By 1984, U.S. regulators had removed many of the restrictions regarding the placement of promotional content within children's television programming. The way was cleared for the new product-based television program. Hasbro had previously worked with Marvel Comics to develop G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero for a three-pronged marketing scheme – the toyline, a tie-in comic book by Marvel, and an animated mini-series co-produced by Marvel's media arm, Marvel Productions, and the Griffin-Bacal Advertising Agency's Sunbow Productions production house. Given the success of that strategy, the process was repeated in 1984 when Hasbro marketing vice president Bob Prupis approached Marvel to develop their new robot series, which Jay Bacal dubbed "Transformers."[4]

Marvel's Editor-in-Chief at the time, Jim Shooter, produced a rough story concept for the series, creating the idea of the two warring factions of alien robots – the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons.[9] To flesh out his concept, Shooter called upon veteran editor Dennis O'Neil to create character names and profiles for the cast, but O'Neill's work did not meet with Hasbro's expectations, and they requested heavy revisions. O'Neill declined to make said revisions, and the project was turned down by several writers and editors approached by Shooter until editor Bob Budiansky accepted the task. Hastily performing the revisions over a weekend, Budiansky's new names and profiles were a hit with Hasbro, and production began on a bi-monthly four-issue comic book miniseries, and three-part television pilot. Both comic and cartoon would wind up continuing for years beyond these short-term beginnings, using Budiansky's original development work as a springboard to tell the story of the Transformers in very different ways from one another, forming two separate, unrelated continuities for the brand out of the gate.

Japanese designer Shōhei Kohara was responsible for creating the earliest character models for the Transformers cast, greatly humanising the toy designs to create more approachable robot characters for the comic and cartoon. His designs were subsequently simplified by Floro Dery, who went on to become the lead designer for the series, creating many more concepts and designs in the future.


This series focuses on the Transformers, split into two warring factions: the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons as they crash land on Earth and continue their eons long conflict there.

Broadcast history[edit]

Main article: List of The Transformers episodes

See also: List of The Transformers (TV series) characters

UK broadcast history[edit]

Pilot miniseries[edit]

The three-part pilot miniseries (retroactively titled "More than Meets the Eye") first aired in the United States in September 1984. The story follows Optimus Prime's heroic Autobots and Megatron's evil Decepticons as they leave their metallic homeworld of Cybertron to search for new sources of energy to revitalize their war efforts, only to crash-land on Earth, where they remain entombed and offline for 4 million years.[10] Awakening in the year of 1984, the Decepticons set about pillaging the energy sources of Earth, while the Autobots—aided by human father and son Sparkplug and Spike Witwicky—attempt to protect the new world on which they find themselves. The miniseries concludes with the Decepticons believed dead after their space cruiser is sent plunging into the ocean depths, while the Autobots prepare to return to Cybertron.[11]

Season 1[edit]

The 13-episode first season, commissioned and produced before the pilot miniseries aired, was broadcast between October and December on Saturday mornings. Story-edited at Marvel Productions by Bryce Malek and Dick Robbins, the season begins with the revelation that the Decepticons have survived the events of the pilot and follows them as they set about constructing a "space bridge" to teleport resources back to Cybertron. A loose story arc centered on this technology spans the season, culminating in "The Ultimate Doom",[12] a three-part episode in which the Decepticons teleport Cybertron itself into Earth's orbit. The paraplegic computer expert Chip Chase joins Spike and Sparkplug as a new human ally for the Autobots.

The season also introduced several new characters from the upcoming 1985 product line in advance of their toys' release including Skyfire, the Dinobots, the Insecticons and the first "combiner" team, the Constructicons, who are able to merge into a giant robot, Devastator, whose introduction was set alongside a climactic one-on-one duel between Optimus Prime and Megatron that served as a part of the season finale.[13]

Season 2[edit]

Forty-nine further episodes were commissioned for the show's second season in 1985, bringing the total up to the "magic number" of 65 required to move the series into weekday broadcast syndication. Compared to the first season, Season 2's stories are more episodic, with many of them able to air in whatever order networks chose. Episodes would often spotlight individual characters or groups of characters as a means of promoting their toys and later in the season, the lore of the series would be expanded on as the history of Cybertron and origin of Optimus Prime were discovered and significant cartoon-original characters like Alpha Trion and the first female Transformer characters were introduced. A new recurring human cast member was also added in the form of Spike's girlfriend Carly.

Partway into the season, the remainder of the 1985 product line was introduced, mostly through the two-part episode "Dinobot Island." These new characters, like the first year cast, were largely derived from Takara's Diaclone and Micro Change lines, including new Autobot car and mini-vehicles and Decepticon jets and the giant Autobot sentinel Omega Supreme and Decepticon "Triple-Changers" Astrotrain and Blitzwing. To expand the line, however, Hasbro also licensed several toys from other companies, including Takara's Japanese competitor, Bandai. Legal complications that arose from incorporating the first of these, Skyfire, into the first season resulted in the character quickly being phased out early in Season 2 and meant that none of the other Bandai-derived characters featured in the series.

Toward the end of the season, the first 1986 product was introduced into the series: the Aerialbots, Stunticons, Protectobots and Combaticons, four combiner teams based on an unmade Diaclone line that was aborted in Japan in favor of importing the Transformers toy line itself. To promote these new toys even further in Japanese markets, a single Japanese-exclusive episode, Transformers: Scramble City, was released direct-to-video in spring of 1986.

The Movie[edit]

The gap between seasons two and three was bridged by The Transformers: The Movie, which was released to theaters in the summer of 1986. Set 20 years after the second season, in the year 2005, the film featured the deaths of many characters, including Optimus Prime himself, clearing away all the discontinued product from the 1984 and 1985 toy lines and introduced a new cast of the characters designed for the film, who were then made into toys for the 1986 range. Young Autobot Hot Rod used the power of the Autobot talisman known as the Matrix of Leadership to become the new Autobot leader Rodimus Prime and defeated the world-eating robot planet Unicron.

Season 3[edit]

Season 3 picks up where the movie leaves off, with the Autobots now in control of Cybertron once more, working to restore their homeworld and serving as peacemakers for worlds all across the galaxy. The Decepticons, meanwhile, are in exile on the ruined world of Chaar, led now by Galvatron, the rebuilt, upgraded version of Megatron recreated by Unicron. Interconnected episodes, running plot threads and small story arcs became more common in the series, including the return of Starscream (following his death in the movie) as a ghost, frequent battles between the giant Autobot and Decepticon cities of Metroplex and Trypticon and the threat to both sides posed by the alien Quintessons, introduced in the movie and revealed in the season's premiere miniseries "Five Faces of Darkness" to be the true creators of the Transformers.

This season saw story-editing duties transfer from Marvel Productions to Sunbow, overseen by Flint Dille, Marv Wolfman and Steve Gerber. Animation for around half the season was provided by producer Nelson Shin's animation studio AKOM, creating a different "look" for the show that encompassed its opening sequence and commercial bumpers.

The death of Optimus Prime proved a controversial move and did not sit well with the viewing audience, resulting in a letter-writing campaign that ultimately compelled Hasbro to resurrect the Autobot leader in a two-part season finale called "The Return of Optimus Prime", which aired in March 1987.

Season 4[edit]

The fourth season, consisting of a three-part finale miniseries named "The Rebirth", was broadcast in November 1987. This packed adventure, written by regular series writer David Wise, sent the Autobots and Decepticons to the alien world of Nebulos, where they bonded with the native Nebulans to become Headmasters and Targetmasters. The miniseries concluded with the successful restoration of Cybertron at last, but the Decepticons stole the final scene, their threat not yet quashed.

Later developments[edit]

The Transformers did not disappear from American airwaves, as a fifth season aired in 1988.[14] It consisted of reruns of 15 episodes from the original series, along with The Transformers: The Movie edited into five episodes. This season featured a new title sequence using footage from previous episodes, the movie, and toy commercials as well as all new framing scenes featuring a human boy named Tommy Kennedy (portrayed by actor Jason Jansen) and a stop-motion/machine prop Optimus Prime puppet.

From 1993–1995, select episodes of the series were rebroadcast under the title Transformers: Generation 2. The stories were presented as though they were historical recordings displayed by the "Cybernet Space Cube", which added computer-generated borders and scene-transitions to the original animation.

The story was later continued in Transformers: Generation 2: Redux, a Botcon magazine which is set 22 years after the events of the final episode where the first generation of the Autobots led by Optimus Prime pursue Galvatron and Zarak into deep space and a new generation of Autobots and Decepticons are introduced.

Supplemental sequences[edit]

Each of the first three seasons of the series featured its own tailored opening sequence, featuring completely original animation and a unique arrangement of the theme tune. Additionally, the third-season premiere "Five Faces of Darkness" had its own specialized opening, depicting events that occurred in the mini-series. The fourth season, however, did not feature any new animation in its opening sequence, instead combining together footage from the third season opening and various clips of animation from 1987 toy commercials; likewise, the fifth season featured commercial animation mixed in with footage from The Transformers: The Movie. Both used the season three musical arrangement.

The series featured a distinctive scene transition that saw the Autobot and Decepticon symbols "flipping" from one to the other, accompanied by a distinctive five-note refrain. This transition technique became a hallmark of the series, and was used throughout the entire four-year run. Commercial breaks were segued into and out of using commercial bumpers featuring brief eyecatch-styled original animation with a voice over by series narrator Victor Caroli.

A set of five proposed public service announcements were created to be tagged onto the end of episodes from the second season of the series, re-using the scripts from similar PSAs created for sister series G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, complete with the catchphrase "...and knowing is half the battle!" These were never actually aired on television, but eventually appeared as bonus features on various DVDs and video games. For the third season, episodes were tagged with "The Secret Files of Teletraan II", a series of short featurettes that used clips from the show and new narration from Caroli to provide histories for the Autobots, the Decepticons, the Quintessons, and other subjects.

Japanese release[edit]

In Japan, the first two seasons of the show were collectively released as Fight! Super Robot Life-Form Transformers (戦え!超ロボット生命体トランスフォーマー, Tatakae! Chō Robotto Seimeitai Toransufōmā), then rebranded as Transformers 2010 (トランスフォーマー2010, Toransufōmā Tsūōwanō) for Season 3, with all seasons aired on Nippon TV. Following the conclusion of the third season, the Japanese opted not to import "The Rebirth", but instead created a series of new animated shows to continue the story, beginning with Transformers: The Headmasters in 1987, and continuing into Transformers: Super-God Masterforce in 1988, Transformers: Victory in 1989, and the single-episode direct-to-videoOVATransformers: Zone in 1990.[15] Supplementary manga written by Masami Kaneda and illustrated by Ban Magami ran alongside each series in Kodansha's TV Magazine.

VHS, Betamax, and DVD releases[edit]

In the 1980s, episodes from the first and second seasons as well as the third season's "Five Faces of Darkness" and "Return of Optimus Prime" were released on VHS and Betamax by Family Home Entertainment.

Between 1995 - 1999, Canadian home entertainment company Malofilm (later renamed as Behaviour Distribution) released several episodes of the series on VHS, and some under the Transformers: Generation 2 name. None of the Malofilm VHS cover art was specifically related to the contents of the episodes either, as they were all various segments of promotional art related to the 1986 spin-off animated feature The Transformers: The Movie.

Region 1[edit]

Seasons 1–4 were released on DVD in the U.S. by Rhino Entertainment Company/Kid Rhino Entertainment (under its Rhinomation classic animation entertainment brand) (a subsidiary of AOL Time Warner) (a division of Warner Music Group) between April 23, 2002, and March 9, 2004.[16] Due to degradation of the original 1-inch master tapes, some sections of the Rhino Entertainment release use earlier incomplete animation, often introducing errors, such as mis-colored Decepticon jets, Skyfire colored like Skywarp, missing laser blasts, or a confusing sequence where Megatron, equipped with Skywarp's teleportation power, teleports but does not actually disappear. This version also added extra sound effects that were presented in the remixed 5.1 surround soundtrack, but not present in the original broadcast version.

In 2005, Rhino lost the rights to distribute Transformers on DVD. The license was subsequently acquired by Sony Wonder (a division of Sony BMG). Sony Wonder announced in October 2006 that they would re-release the first season of the series in 2007, with the other seasons presumably following.[17] In June 2007, Sony BMG dissolved Sony Wonder and moved the label to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, without releasing any DVD sets.[18]

In May 2008, Hasbro re-acquired the rights to the Sunbow library of shows, including Transformers.[19]

In March 2009, Shout! Factory announced that they had acquired the license from Hasbro to release Transformers on DVD in Region 1 with Vivendi Entertainment. They subsequently released The Complete First Season on June 16, 2009. Season Two Volume One was released on September 15, 2009. Season Two Volume Two was released on January 12, 2010.[20]Seasons Three and Four was released together in one set on April 20, 2010.[21] These releases corrected most of the newly introduced Rhino animation errors, but this was necessarily accomplished by using lower quality sources taken from the original broadcast master tapes. Rhino's added sound effects were discarded in favor of a sound mix more faithful to the original mono audio.

On October 20, 2009, Shout! Factory released the complete series in a box set for the first time in Region 1. This set, dubbed Transformers: The Complete Series - The Matrix of Leadership Collector's Set, features all 98 remastered episodes along with all new bonus features.[22]

DVD name Ep. # Release date
The Complete First Season: 25th Anniversary Edition16 June 16, 2009
Season Two Volume One: 25th Anniversary Edition28 September 15, 2009
Season Two Volume Two: 25th Anniversary Edition21 January 12, 2010[20]
Seasons Three and Four: 25th Anniversary Edition33 April 20, 2010[21]
Transformers: The Complete Series - The Matrix of Leadership Collector's Set98 October 20, 2009

Region 2[edit]

Maverick released Season 1 in the U.K. in 2001. Three individual volumes were released (though the episodes are in the wrong order), a box set of the three disks, which included a fourth disk containing bonus features, and one volume of Transformers: Generation 2 with five episodes that had the Cybernetic Space Cube graphics added. They also released a volume of Transformers: Takara, which included the first six episodes of the Asian English dub of Transformers: The Headmasters.

Metrodome Distribution released Seasons 1–4 in the U.K. between November 17, 2003 and October 11, 2004. Their first release was a budget-range DVD of the Transformers movie, released through Prism Leisure. The seasons were released in four box sets: Season 1, Season 2 Part 1, Season 2 Part 2 and Seasons 3–4. Notably, Season 2 was released first by Metrodome because Season 1 had been released by Maverick. Metrodome's releases use the remastered production masters, which originated with the Rhino release of the series (and contain all the inherent errors). Additionally, they include Magno Sound & Video's 5.1 audio (with added sound effects), but use a modified version of their 2.0 track.

DVD name Ep. # Release date
Season One16 October 11, 2004
Season Two Volume One28 November 17, 2003
Transformers: The Movie — Reconstructed98 September 5, 2005
Season Two Volume Two21 May 3, 2004
Seasons Three and Four33 August 30, 2004

Region 4[edit]

Madman Entertainment released the four seasons in six box sets in Australia and New Zealand (Region 4): Season 1, Season 2.1, Season 2.2, Season 3.1, Season 3.2 and Season 4.

They later released the remastered Shout! Factory version of Transformers in the same volume arrangement as the American release. In 2007, Madman Entertainment released a 17-disc complete collection box set.

Other releases[edit]

A collector's tin box set was released in Asia by Guangdong Qianhe Audio & Video Communication Co., Ltd. under license by Pexlan International (Picture) Limited. The set includes the entire series, The Transformers: The Movie, a set of full color postcards, a rubber keychain and a full color book (graphic novel style) which serves as an episode guide. While the book is almost entirely in Mandarin, the chapter menus contain English translations for each episode. The set is coded as Region 1.

In July 2009, Transformers G1 Season 1 (25th Anniversary Edition) was made available for digital download via the PlayStation Network's video store in the United States for $1.99 per episode.

On October 10, 2010, The Hub (formerly Discovery Kids, later Discovery Family on October 13, 2014) started airing the original episodes of the Transformers G1 series on the network (alongside Beast Wars: Transformers and Beast Machines: Transformers).


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Original Transformers Cartoon Is Free On YouTube

Robots in poor disguists

I may be a tea-stinking dirty colonialist Brit, but thankfully the paucity of UK cartooning meant my childhood was Americanized (with a z) enough to at least include the first generation of the Transformers cartoons. However, worry not if it were never a part of yours, as Hasbro has added the entire first season of the 1984 cartoon to their YouTube channel.

As Xfire reports, the original Transformers cartoon (now known by robot-in-disguise fans as “G1") was a co-creation between Hasbro and Marvel, the former having brought over Japanese toys Diaclone and MicroChange to America, the latter hired to write a backstory for the robots to build a universe around the figures (well, a second universe, alongside the comics).

And so it came to be that Autobots and Decepticons crash-landed on a prehistoric Earth, only to lie very still for four million years, before being awoken by a volcano for some reason. (The “FOUR MILLION YEARS LATER” screen caption is a thing of joy.) They picked up right where they left off, firing lasers while shouting pithy bon mots at one another, but now fixed up to transform into Earth vehicles.

It was still better than Michael Bay’s storytelling.

Transformers storytelling in a single screenshot

The first 16 episodes of their antics are now available to watch for free on Hasbro Pulse, the toymaker’s YouTube channel. I found myself doing exactly that at 6.50am this morning, on my phone, immediately on learning the news that they were there. They remain extremely watchable, and wow the art in the opening scenes set on Cybertron.

Even better news, Hasbro intends to release another season every weekend for the next four weeks. Although if you’re planning to keep up, that’s going to make for some pretty varied viewing habits. Season 2 has 49 episodes, season 3 has 30, and season 4 has, er, three.

Of course, The Transformers: The Movie bridged the gap between seasons 2 and 3, although it seems unlikely that’ll be appearing on their YouTube. A film that is of note for being, trivia fans, Orson Welles’ last ever role. Glad he went out on a high.

I fully intend to subject my six year old to these, because it’s important that he experience my childhood instead of his own. That’s parenting. Also, anything to stop him watching The Thundermans for the third time.


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The same pushes pushed Korndike's stone member into her - and he, too, could not help groaning, singing along to her: oo. The horse rhythmically threw them up, pouring discharge after discharge into the genitals. This torture differed from real sex in only one thing: it did not bring satisfaction. They tried to drown her with conversations - Korndike told Rachel about the Indians, about their customs and life, and Rachel told him her favorite books - but at some.

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No, and was not going to. I just asked if he had more than two sex, and he told me no. Irina fell silent, plunged into herself and did not take her eyes off the porn film.

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I went up to my nephew, pushed Sergey aside and delightedly entered his ass. My nephew moaned and waved to me. He already had a poor idea of who was fucking him. And he could not look.

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Now, the dose has already been administered. And it would seem no change. But…. suddenly a violent tremor shook the girl's body.

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