Brief History of the Transformers!

Jun 5, 2023
Written by Philippe

Many of you will be aware of the Transformers, and here at LadyLucks we are big fans ourselves. From your favourite toys, games to blockbuster films and even a Transformers slot, the franchise has been successfully running since 1984 and continued to attract a new generation of fans. Here we will give you a lowdown on how it all came about, how it’s changed and what the future holds.

Where it all began

As mentioned, it all began in 1984, when a Japanese firm called Hasbro released a new toy line, and then things really began to kick-off with the airing of the American animated TV series.

Two years later and Transformers: The Movie was released, it would be the first of many and the first chance for fans to see some of their favourite characters.

New generation of Transformers

By 1992 things had really picked and up, with a fan base secured almost overnight. To maintain their new army of fans (and to attract new ones), Transformers: Generation 2 was released, which were recoloured versions of the original toy.

Four years later, we would see another release of the Beast Wars Transformers, this again would demonstrate how the market would spread.

By 2002 there would be yet another generation of kids who would grow up hooked on the franchise and the all-new and improved, Transformers: Armada toys would be released targeting the younger fans.

2004 would see the 20th anniversary of Transformers, a remarkable achievement. To celebrate Transformers: Energon was released and it was yet another way fans could get involved with their favourite toys and characters.


Hitting the big screen

Another landmark was just around the corner as 2006 was the 20th anniversary of the initial movie and to commemorate the fact it was re-released and available in a special edition.

That was just the start of the movies, as in 2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen became the latest to land on the big screen and capture yet another wave of fans.

The success of the movies meant that they just kept on coming, and in 2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction broke $1bn at the global box office, demonstrating the huge audience that had developed. With such popularity, there is no reason to stop, and further movies are in the pipeline.

The next movie, Transformers: The Last Knight, released in 2017, was not as successful as the previous 2. And this is even less the case for the spin-off Bumblebee, released in 2018, despite being the movie in the franchise to receive the most positive reviews. Having served as a soft-reboot, let’s hope for the saga that the next one, Transformers: Rise of The Beasts in cinemas in June 2023, gets at least the same reception, including at the box office.

So, there you have it, a comprehensive review of Transformers and how it became a worldwide interest, from toys to movies. Plus, there’s much more to come, with movies scheduled for upcoming years for you all to enjoy. It’s just another way the brand is continuing to grow, and it won’t be stopping soon.

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