Toys in the 1980’s were a fad during the decade. A toy company called “Hasbro” created & acquired a couple of franchises from other toy companies such as Transformers, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, Furby, Mr. Potato Head. Board Games like Battleship, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Candyland, etc.
Due to massive sales from the specific products, Hasbro has made a total revenue of $5.01 billion. Today it’s one of the most profitable companies and it’s part of NASDAQ-100 which is the Stock Market. It’s listed number 45 on NASDAQ as a result of the company still earning big bucks.
Besides selling toys, Hasbro gained further reputation by collaborating with Marvel Comics to crossover their properties including G.I. Joe and Transformers along with co producing an animated television series with now defunct Marvel Productions. This was before Marvel Studios was ever created, sadly, Paramount Pictures owns the films rights to the live action Transformers & G.I. Joe films while Disney/Marvel Studios owns most of the films rights for various characters.
1984 was the year the first ever Transformers cartoon to air on television. The original series aired on CBS for three years ranging from 1984 to 1987. The old school fans from that era grew up on the series which they considered as one of the best Transformers based cartoons of all time.
A feature film adaptation was released in 1986. At first it recieved mixed reviews from critics & fans alike. It also failed at the box office earning only $5.8 million which never surpassed its $6 million dollar budget. As the years went on, it became a cult classic from the older generation of fans.
With the release of Transformers: The Last Knight, I’ve decided to review each of the Transfomers movies before I go see the new one, just to spread the word around.
Fun Fact: This is the very first Transfomers movie before Michael Bay directed the series as a non animated series.
For those who haven’t seen this film, this is a non SPOILER article.
Positive: The Animation is retained from the television series.
Music from the soundtrack is filled with rock music such as the song “You Got The Touch, You Got The Power” & “Dare To Be Stupid” by Weird Al Yankovic.
Action Scenes were outstanding.
Likable characters from the TV series.
Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Leonard Nimoy, Erc Idle, Judd Nelson, Robert Stack, and Orson Welles did an awesome job for their voice-over performances.
An infamous controversial death scene was shown in front of audience members, especially the children. I thought the death scene was planned out carefully because the character I refuse to reveal, already appeared in a bunch of episodes prior to his death, he comes back from the dead episodes later after the events of the movie.
Without trying to give anything away, The Final Battle is a combination of David Vs. Goliath and The Belly Of The Whale.
Negative: Shocking Death Scenes featuring your favorite characters surprisingly killed in battle. It’s as if George R.R. Martin wrote the screenplay. Don’t want to tell you who they are.
In Hindsight, the movie takes place in 2005. Kinda strange for a film to be set in the “present day.”
Final Verdict: A-
I believe this is by far the best Transformers movie to date, besides the 2007 version. I highly recommend this one if you want to introduce your kids to this nostalgic time capsule you grew up watching. It’s worth a watch. Speaking of nostalgia, the entire original series is currently available as a complete series on DVD & Blu-Ray.