If you were a kid in the Eighties then you will probably remember the Transformers. They came on to our screens selling toys as they went. Of course now the Transformers are hugely popular and mainstream again with the success of the recent movies. The characters and indeed a lot of the story elements of the recent movies incorporate things from the original cartoon series which is known as Generation 1.
The Transformers G1 series introduced us to the Autobots, a group of peace loving robots who transformed into mainly auto mobiles. Their enemies are the Decepticons ,a group of evil robots who just want to create havoc. The two warring factions crash land on planet Earth in a journey from their home planet of Cybertron thousands of years before the present day. When they awake in our time they are altered to look like Earth vehicles enabling them to disguise themselves.
The G1 series introduced the characters of Optimus Prime and Megatron who were the leaders of the Autobots and Decepticons rescpectively. They became hugely popular and toys of the Transformers flew off the shelves. The toys combined two of young boys favourites toys. Cars or Jets and Robots. Combined with the heroic and dastardly characterisation of the cartoons the Transformers became popular enough to release an animated movie. The movie was a big success. It told the story of the ongoing war between the Autobots and Decepticons and introduced a new villain in the planet sized robot Unicron. Unicron was voiced by Orson Welles in the movie. The movie took some bold steps in wiping out much of the original G1 Transformers even Optimus Prime and Megatron. After the movie the Transformers series continued with the new line up of bots.
Many of the Generation 1 Transformers toys have become collectors items especially if they are in their original box with all of their accessories. There are hundreds of Transformers changing hands on Ebay all over the world today.