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We don't know the exact number, but we do know that it is in the millions of years. In the 1984 cartoon series, the Aerialbots travel 9 million years to the past and meet Orion Pax and witness him being rebuilt into Optimus Prime. So if we consider Optimus's age just from that point onward then he's 9 million years old and possibly much older if we figure ...


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I decided to email the voice actor (Hal Rayle) who played Snarl in the original Transformers series. Question: Was there any reason that Snarl had such a limited role in The Transformers Movie (1986) ? Hal Rayle: It was out of my control. Based on other powers that be. Question: Perhaps you could elaborate a little more. Was it simply that the character ...


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There are three Autobots who became Decepticons that I can think of: Wheeljack from the Armada continuity Wheeljack was once an Autobot in the same military unit as Hot Shot, looking up to his peer due to his own inexperience in battle, and they considered each other good friends. However, that friendship was broken one day when Wheeljack was trapped ...


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Speaking strictly about movie canon... Regarding The Primes (per TF wiki): Eons ago, the AllSpark created thirteen beings, the first Cybertronians, who had the ability to move between dimensions. [...] According to Jetfire, the Dynasty of Primes was formed by the first Thirteen Cybertronians. These beings could not transform, but they and their transforming ...


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The rise of the term Autobot differs with each continuity. In the Aligned continuity (which is the most similar to the Michael Bay movies), the term Autobot is coined by Orion Pax as a description for the concept of abolishing the caste system that the Cybertronians were living under, not as a description for the race as a whole. "Autonomous" as in deciding ...


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Another alternative explanation is: The Matrix itself chooses who becomes the Prime The cartoon G1 continuity is a cobbled up mess, but if we fill in the gaps with info from the other, better explored, continuities and extrapolate from there then we realize that the Matrix is a religious/mystical relic as well as being a symbol of leadership. The rank of ...


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In the Gen 1 cartoon continuity, The Quintessons created the Transformers. So, the real question is: why did the Quintessons choose a "humanoid" form? But there's a problem there. What are we calling "humanoid"? The fact that they have a body shape that has roughly the same anatomical structure as humans? We never learn just how long ago the Transformers ...


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Even the screenwriters have no scenario in mind, see this interview with co-writer Ehren Kruger: Q: So you’re shifting gears in this film. You’ve got new human characters. But you never actually mention in the film, maybe in the script I don’t know, what happened to Sam. Was there a line of dialogue that got cut where you addressed that? A: I ...


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To date, no one has explained why there are two genders, what the origin of said genders were and why a machine-based species even bothers having remnants of a dimorphic species (reproductive genders) if they were always machine-based having no previous organic origins. "Boys Toys" For a dozen years, female Transformers weren't even acknowledged as ...


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Majority of the film set in present day, with only the first few opening minutes and brief flashbacks set in the past. True. The movie starts in medieval times, and flashes back a few times, but takes place in an unidentified current-ish year. Mark Wahlberg's character has an intro where he gets used to Transformers in his daily life. Mostly ...


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This makes a leetle more sense if you watch the very first episode. I'm going to do my best to give an answer without writing too much of a lecture: In the first episode we see bumblebee and another autobot transform into their original transformations- which were NOT earthly vehicles. After their space ship crash lands on earth, all of the transformers ...


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TL;DR - You can "have" the Matrix without "having" the Matrix. Some of this answer is, by necessity, based on speculation. However, this is an educated guess based on the G1 cartoon continuity. Much of what you describe can be explained by differentiating between "possessing" the Matrix of Leadership and "accepting" the Matrix of Leadership. The Matrix is ...


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They certainly need maintenance of some kind. While we don't know the details, there are a few specific things we know or can guess: Transformers need to refuel on some regular or semi-regular basis; energon is clearly an extremely energy-dense material but they still need to go through a lot of it. (In the G1 comics, earthbound Transformers were able to ...


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As with most of sci-fi movie series, there's nothing in Transformers movies which needs explanation from external sources. So, even if you are not familiar with Transformers universe, you can watch movies directly in release order. If want to dive deep in Transformers movies' story continuity, I'd recommend you to go for related comic series. Here's viewing/...


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Yes. In the IDW continuity several bots undergo complete body swaps and upgrades. In the old ongoing Megatron gets a himself completely new body built by Shockwave and Soundwave (with a completely different alternate mode and arm canon) after being badly wounded. It was a major operation, but it was not mystical in any way. Before After And he's not the ...


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Originally for toy reasons. The Autobots were all cars in the original run in 1984, so Automobile-Robots. Decepticons because they are the bad guys. Bob Budiansky is crediting with naming the first batch of guys if I remember correctly.


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He was first created for the Transformers: War Within: The Dark Ages comic book mini-series published by Dreamwave, a story line that was never concluded due to Dreamwave going bankrupt. In the Aligned continuity (War for Cybertron, Fall of Cybertron and Transformes: Prime), the Fallen was a name given to Megatronus, one of the Thirteen Primes and the first ...


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According to the film's official novelisation (by Alan Dean Foster) it wasn't a jet fighter, it was merely jet-fighter shaped, perfect for escaping at high speed from the hangar. As to how Megatron had managed to create one, given the unique design of the "alien aircraft", it's most likely that Megatron scanned it before setting off for Earth: The ...


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The majority of the film is set in 1987 California and the state had no motorcycle helmet law until 1st January 1992. To evaluate helmet use in California before and after the introduction of an unrestricted helmet use law on January 1, 1992, observations of motorcycles and their riders were made at 60 locations in seven California counties, twice before ...


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For the most part, Transformers refer to themselves as "robotic", but there are instances of them calling themselves "robots". Transformers - Live Action Movies The closest thing any of the Transformers come to using the word "robot" is the Optimus explaining "We are autonomous robotic organisms from the planet Cybertron." However, we also see Sentinel ...


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No one knows. Not even the Transformers themselves. In the IDW comics, a popular theory among Cybertronians is that they are indeed immortal. That they can only die through violent means. This theory, however, is challenged by many including the Autobot's Chief Medical Officer Ratchet. The disease known as Cybercrosis is often cited as a refutation to the ...


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The AllSpark and The Matrix of Leadership were special artifacts, that had sufficient energy to reignite a Transformer's Spark. Other than that, Transformers can die for sure. In all the cases you mentioned, the Transformer had died, except Case 8. To generalize, damage to a Transformer's Spark effectively kills it. Also, physically ripping out a ...


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The out-of-universe reason: Because it's a franchise primarily targeted at a younger audience who won't want to read subtitles. They need to speak English so viewers can easily understand them. The in-universe reasons: In the G1 cartoon, this is largely glossed over. While we see/hear the Transformers speaking "English" on Cybertron, it's a fair ...


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I, Wayne Molinare was the original designer of the Transformer Logo, Autobot and Deception Icons, and Packaging for Hasbro. At the time I was an Art Director at Coleman, Lipuma, Segal & Morrill (CLS&M) in NYC. CLS&M was a branding and consumer packaging firm, and we were doing a lot of packaging work for Hasbro. This was a very fast paced ...


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While most continuities that include gendered Transformers only mildly hint at romantic relationships, the Beast Wars/Machines franchise includes a very definitive romantic relationship between Silverbolt and Blackarachnia. At first, the emotional attachment is one-sided, with Silverbolt professing his love for Blackarachnia, but over time, the ...


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In Dark of the Moon, there was the slow motion moment on the highway chase scene where Bumblebee not only transforms, but ejects Sam out of his vehicle as he did so. He then transformed around Sam afterwards. In Age of Extinction there was another slow motion with Cade, Tessa and Shane being ejected from Bumblebee as he transformed and basically tossed ...


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From the Transformers Universe book: Megatron overlooks the potential threat Starscream represents for one very good reason: Starscream is very good at his job. Online entry: Starscream.


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Lack of available information I narrowed down the creator of the sound to eight individuals, all of whom were sound engineers or foley artists when work began in 1984 on the original Transformers cartoon, where the sound first appeared. They were: Jim Blodgett Michael L. DePatie John Detra Ron Fedele Michael Tomack Richard B. Elliot Richard S. Gannon ...


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TL;DR: The creation of ammo is a natural bodily function. In Transformers: The Reign Of Starscream, it is theorized that their weapons and ammo grow like our own hair or fingernails. However, while logical (ok, as logical as anything in Transformers), this is conjecture on the part of the humans. It should be noted, however, that while this comic line was ...


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