Transformers is a media franchise produced by American toy company Hasbro and Japanese toy company Takara Tomy.
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The Transformers began with the 1980s Japanese toy lines Micro Change and Diaclone.
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Transformers mecha were largely designed by Shoji Kawamori, the creator of the Japanese mecha anime franchise Macross.
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Primus was introduced as the creator of the Transformers, to serve his material body that is planet Cybertron and fight his nemesis Unicron.
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Attributes taken from the cartoon include Transformers that were female, the appearance of Starscream, and appearances of the Plasma Energy Chamber and Key to Vector Sigma.
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The series added extra complexities such as not all Transformers believing in the existence of Primus, corruption in the Cybertronian government that first lead Megatron to begin his war and Earth having an unknown relevance to Cybertron.
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Devil's Due had Cobra re-engineer the Transformers to turn into familiar Cobra vehicles, and released further mini-series that sent the characters travelling through time, battling Serpentor and being faced with the combined menace of Cobra-La and Unicron.
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In Japan, the series Transformers: Cybertron showed no ties to the previous two series, telling its own story.
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Just as Marvel produced a companion comic to Generation One, Dreamwave Productions published the comic Transformers Armada set in a different continuity to the cartoon.
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Transformers received mixed to positive reviews and was a box office success.
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Transformers: Animated is a cartoon that was aired in early 2008 on Cartoon Network in the United States.
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Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy is a 3D computer-animated three-part series that was developed as a co-production between Rooster Teeth, Netflix and Hasbro.
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