Transformers G1 Coming Back to DVD

All I can say is it is about time this came back out on DVD. The first season of the original 1984 cartoon is coming to DVD on 6/16/2009. I expected this to happen when the 1st new movie was released, but I think it didn’t because of some behind the scenes things that happened. When the series was originally released it was put out by Kid Rhino. A few years ago they lost the license and then it went to Sony Animation. Sony was set to release the series again and even have a preview for it on the 20th anniversary DVD for the original movie. I can’t remember exactly what happened but i think it was Sony Animation was closed down or something to that effect. Then shortly after Hasbro reacquired the rights to many of their old cartoons including G.I. Joe and Transformers. Hasbro gave a sneak peak to everyone by including the first 3 episodes with the 25th Optimus Prime reissue figure. During all this time the old DVD release has shot up in price to roughly $400 for the entire original series. I was glad I bought them on DVD when they originally came out, but I’m glad to see these out there again for new fans that would want the old show.

Wal-Mart already has a listing on their site. Here is the description they have:

During the 1980s, one cartoon series ruled the airwaves…”The Transformers”. This is the complete first season that launched “The Transformers” entertainment franchise. It ran beginning in 1984 and introduced audiences to “The Transformers”, sentient robotic beings from Cybertron who crash land on Earth in search of Energon and must fight between two factions, Autobots and Decepticons. Includes 16 episodes from Season One on 3 Discs.


25 Years of Transformers

For Christmas Sarah got me the 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime reissue that was released several months ago here to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Transformers this year. Like previous U.S. reissues of Prime they had to shorten the smokestacks to comply with new safety laws. I couldn’t have that and ordered some replacement longer stacks for mine. This reissue is a little different than the others in that they made the red and blues lighter and the trailer is also a light grey instead of a dark grey. It has been said it was to help make Prime resemble closer to the cartoon colors. One final change are the autobot symbols on the shoulders are now pre printed instead of stickers. I didn’t mind the changes since it makes it another variation to the 4 other Primes I already own. 🙂

The set also comes with a reprint of the 1st Transformers comic and a DVD with the first 3 episodes of the original cartoon series. Overall I think it is a pretty cool set of one of the greatest toys to come out of the 80’s. I am still appreciative that my dad bought me an original Optimus Prime as a kid. It has always been one of my favorite toys and it was well played with.

Here are some pics I took of the new prime and a comparison shot with my 25 year old original.










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Encore 15 & 16

Here are the next two sets in the Japanese Transformers Encore line. Number 15 is going to be a pack of 4 reissue cassettes for Soundwave and Blaster. In the set you get Lazerbeak, Ravage, Eject, and Rewind. I’m still trying to decide if I want this. I already have Lazerbeak and Ravage from previous reissues, so I don’t really need another. Rewind and Eject would be nice to go with Blaster though. This set will be released in March.

Number 16 is going to be Bruticus. Bruticus is a larger robot formed from 5 smaller transformers. The group is called the Combaticons. This is the second merge group that Takara has reissued. The new movie coming out this summer is supposed to have Devastator which was formed from 6 Constructicons, so with the release of this figure it has been speculated that we might also get Devastator. I hope this turns out to be true.