While following my kids in the toys aisle of a big department store, I spotted a strange crossover : Star Wars and Transformers :


How could it possibly happen? The Transformers's home world wasn't supposed to be in our galaxy, or at least contemporary, and Star Wars "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...."?

Is there any explanation on how the 2 universes could merge or it is just a thoughtless commercial combination?


Taking the second question first:

Is there any explanation on how the 2 universes could merge or it is just a thoughtless commercial combination?

For the most part, yes, in 2008 Hasbro launched the Transformers Crossovers line; this was purely for commercial gain, and it was never done with any intent of defining canon.

Now taking the first question:

How could it possibly happen?

Parallel/alternate universes and bridges between them are always a good explanation for these types of things.

Depending on which representation of the Transformers you are referring to (there are a number of different representations of the Transformers in media), there is support for the idea that alternate universes do exist in many versions of the Transformers universes:

a mysterious and malevolent realm that exists beyond the plane of "normal" space.

That said, it's safe to say that alternate universes do exist in the realm of the Transformers universe(s), and it's only through that could that universe and the Star Wars universe collide.

Now whether or not that actually did happen or supports this toy's existence is a separate question.

Basically, it could and it's not outside the realm of possibility but not currently supported in canon from either fictional universe.

1 It is debated whether or not the Marvel comics version of the Transformers existed in Earth-616. However, the opponents of that idea counter that the Transformers actually existed in Earth-120185, which still supports the idea that the Transformers exist within the Marvel Multiverse and subject to exposure from alternate realities.

  • I thought parallel universes definitely did exist in the Transformer world. E.g. After G1 was tied in with Beast Wars (so one universe), there was Armada and then the new movies. I thought that the universe toy line was based on this concept, with Unicron pulling characters from different universes. – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Dec 30 '11 at 13:35
  • There was, in the Marvel comics, an excellent crossover series between the Transformers and GIJoe, which I have around the house somewhere. But you're right, there are at least half a dozen different Transformers universes defined by marketing, if not more. With Transformers, it's entirely about marketing, not canon. – BBlake Dec 30 '11 at 14:15
  • @BBlake The four issue limited series had Spider-Man in it, so it stands to reason that the Transformers (at least in the Marvel comics adaptation) exist on Earth-616. Additionally, the Marvel cross-over still dealt with that reality, so if it is Earth-616 (where alternate realities are rampant), then it stands to reason it's more prevalent than I implied. I've updated the answer, as this fact doesn't change the core fact that it would be an alternate universe. – casperOne Dec 30 '11 at 20:17
  • @Wikis I'm not sure where G1 was tied with Beast Wars (I didn't follow), but based on BBlake comment, the G1 comic series is set in Earth-616, so it's more prevalent. I've updated the answer to reflect that without taking away the gist that it would be an alternate universe. – casperOne Dec 30 '11 at 20:18
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    Come to think of it, the whole story makes more sense when you realize that Anakin Skywalker was simply a Decepticon Pretender all along. – Omegacron Jun 19 '15 at 20:47

Well, since the Transformers exist contemporaneously with our world, and the "Star Wars" movies exist in our world, perhaps some Transformers happen to be fans and decided to cosplay.

  • I like this more as an answer. Occam's Razor at it's finest. – Sydney Sleeper Jun 29 '18 at 3:36

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