Yesterday I saw the Transformers episode of The Toys That Made Us (on Netflix), and for the most part I did like it, but…….and I hate saying this…..I did have a few “issues” with the episode.
One problem was some of the omissions, of course this is to be expected from a documentary that is less than an hour talking about a franchise as large as The Transformers….(had a similar issue with the G.I.Joe episode).
Some of the omissions was the years of 2000-2007, Transformers really grew during those years, with many fans discovering the brand through shows like RID or Amanda. Let alone all the comics made during that time, and the fact that it was because of those comics that the love of G1 reemerged.
Sure the 07 movie made the brand more recognized, but it was those years after Beast Wars, that a lot of fans began to get reacquainted.
Then there was the fact that the show made it seem that Peter Cullen was “the one, the only” voice of Optimus Prime. Let me explain, I know that I know he wasn’t and you know he wasn’t, and even he knows he wasn’t, but to a laymen that might be watching to learn a little something about the robots in disguise, they now think he was….cause that is how it was presented. And trust me I watched the show with a person that knows nothing about Transformers and that is exactly how he felt the info was conveyed.
Of course I wish there was more then just Cullen, like maybe Gregg Berger, or Frank Welker…..heck why not Neil Kaplan, but like I said it was a short episode considering. The lack of even a mention of Simon Furman was a bit irritating, but oh well he didn’t do too much for the brand now did he.
Now on to my MAJOR grievance of the show……besides the Cullen voice issue…..
The fact that they made it seem that after 1986 Takara had no more influence on the toyline until the Beast era. Sure they talked to the designers (which was the best part of the show BTW) and I am sure they know more than I. But facts prove this just can not be true. And it is presented in such a way that it made it seem like Takara cut all ties with Transformers, not like maybe the design team changed, and all those “fugly” designs of the late 80’s and early 90’s were all Hasbro’s fault.
Then explain to me why Takara’s name is still printed on all those toys.
And the fact that they made figures EXCLUSIVE TO ONLY JAPAN aka their market during that time, like Metalhawk (which was a Pretender), Star Saber, Deathsaurus, Star Convoy, and the big MFing elephant in the room POWERMASTER OPTIMUS PRIME……which is the figure they showcase when making the point that these designs were made by only Hasbro……..so Takara had no hands in making Super Ginrai for Masterforce, those redesigns were all Hasbro’s doing……..
Also I guess that the animated series of
don’t exist……that is strange since I have these JAPANESE PRODUCED shows (expect for Zone) on DVD.
So again the show was fun to watch, I love the part with the designers (expect what was mentioned above) and the origins was pure awesomeness (the highlight of the episode), but the tin can to the offices of Marvel…..loved it.
But please do not change or omit correct information just to make a show or a documentary more “entertaining” …….it is just a disservice in my opinion.
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Whats on my mind now.
- Don’t transform history to entertain.
- Quick reviews of movies I saw in 2017-2018.
- What is……was Toys R Us….and why should we care.
- The Firework Show Effect, my opinions on the future of the Transformers Live Action Universe and what is planned.
- The start of a collection that may not have been really the start cause there were some before and some after that got lost.
- Two movie reviews of recent movies I just saw, but is really not that recent, but still is since it is still summer…….so here are my reviews and thoughts on the two movies……Cars 3, and Transformers: The Last Knight!!!
- It is hip to be fake, annoying reviews and the faux geeks that make them to seem kewl.
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The division of my mind
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