Transformers - Collection 1 (Series 1)
With the latest Transformers live action movie just
around the corner, Madman have collected the first season of the
original cartoon series on DVD. Originally released in the 1980’s which
spawned a variety of clones from The Mighty Go-Bots to Voltron, the
Transformer was a truly inspiration cartoon series that told the tale of
two ancient species of robots, the law abiding Autobots and the
nefarious Decepticons who have been waging war against each other for
Although their home planet has been devastated, the war moves
onto planet Earth and this is where the series begins with the humans
joining the Autobots to remove the Decepticons from their planet.
over the top action, gigantic robots that can transform into a variety
of vehicles from cars to trucks and planes, this was the cartoon to
watch in the 80’s and thankfully Madman are now releasing this for the
The first episode sets the scene for both the Autobots
and Decepticons as a deadly space battle takes place aboard the Autobots
ship. As all hell breaks out between both fragments of the Transformers
the ship is severely damaged which unfortunately for man, crashes on our
little blue planet. The first episode also introduces some of the supporting cast who are
also seen in the latest movie and as the Autobots join forces with the
humans with the Decepticons deciding to steal the resources of this
Episodes 2 to 3 continue with the
original story from the first episode which establishes a base for both the
Autobots and Decepticons on Earth that involve guile and stealth from
the Autobots to save their new homeworld. The main characters in the
series include Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Spike, Starscream, Hound and
Skyfire, each with their own different personalities and transformer
“powers” and it’s easy to see how this series became so popular.
characters are introduced as the series progresses, including human
characters, however the star of the series are the Transformers and some
of the battles are quite epic as they each attempt to overpower each
My favourite episode is about mid season when the Decepticons
uncover an ancient Transformer who has been buried in the North Pole and
when they revive him, his name is Skyfire. Skyfire comes up with an ingenious
plan to defeat the Autobots… of course, it generally always fails.
from cars, trucks, helicopters and the like, there’s even some Dinobots
in the series which helps point the story in a new direction and of
course created a wealth of new toys to the market.
current season finishes with Episode 16 which contains one of the most
memorable battles from the entire series as Megatron has somehow
transferred all the powers of the Decepticons to him in order to
challenge Prime. After a massive and truly epic battle, Prime loses… and
the series abruptly finishes with the Autobots leaving Earth… of course
until Season 2.
Although the animation is a little dated, this is still
one of the most impressive cartoons from the 1980’s that spawned a whole
new world of fascination and if you’re a fan of the series or wish your
children to enjoy the TV shows of yesterday, than this is the DVD
collection for you and them. Brilliantly entertaining!