4. A Generational Thing
Clearly unwilling to let their cash cow stop mooing, the Transformers’ rights holders kept the ‘toon series going for at least three more seasons after the movie.
And there were other comic books and novels. 'Generation One' spanned from the toys’ inception in 1984 to 1992.
'Generation Two' launched in 1992, with Marvel using a GI Joe spin-off to kick off a new arc of the story, including talk of the ‘bots breeding.
Yes, breeding. Asexually, in case you were wondering...
The next toy line to launch was 'Beast Wars: Transformers' (above), which had its own accompanying TV series, set 300 years after the great war between the forces of good and evil.
Based around descendants of the original teams, the Maximals (Autobots) and Predacons (Decepticons) battle it out on a planet with a high level of Energon, which results in the robots assuming animal shapes to protect their robot forms from Energon poisoning.
Also arriving in the later '90s were new takes on the comic-book stories that blended the first-generation cartoon plots, and IDW Publishing’s comic, which rebooted everything with a new origin story.
The ‘toon series' and comics kept flowing, and it was only a matter of time before the big screen called again…
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