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So a question about Transformers,how did it get so.,, "fannish"

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So a question about Transformers,how did it get so.,, "fannish" by that I mean with DC and Marvel, or even stuff like Dr Who, fans eventually take over, it's the natural order of nerdy things, but with TF, you have stuff like Ask Vector Prime and Universal streams and AllSpark Alamancs, that just seem so...fullkf artifice, like there is this entire autism driven subculture of the franchise that has a litle foothold inthe publication, and while I love it when various stry threads and concepts are woven into something new, when that is done as a end to itself it smacks of headcanon fanwank rather than legitimate story telling.

Especially the funpub stufd where you have plotlines and stories contorting all over the place to justify irl concepts.
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Old fan here, the fan universal stream stuff is the fruit of two things.

1- TF fans are really territorial about their nostalgia and want to be told over and over that the old stuff they like is not gone forever.

2- 20 years of interaction between Hasbro staff and fans means that a lot of people have become good friends, some of those friends were already working in the publishing and media business, so some of them got hired into those positions.

So it's exactly what happened with DC and Marvel, except a little crazier and goofier because they don't think anyone takes that Funpub-style material seriously, so they have fun with it.

It's technically canon and official, but nobody other than some majorly autistic fans really takes it in stride.
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>>77498235
Yeah I understand that I just found t odd, that there is an entiee region of the official lore that is the exclusive domain of fanwank.Like, imagine if Hypercrisis threads were officially published by DC.
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>>77498285

Right, but all of that lore is only relevant in their own niches. You're not seeing that stuff outside of the funpub comics (which are only read by hardcore fans that actualy enjoy that inside-joke-ish stuff) and so on.

The people that work on it take it less seriously than fans do because they know at the end of the day they're nothing compared to the people working in the retail-released comics and cartoons.
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>>77498171

because the people who grew up with G1 are now adults and many of them are now in the writing industry because of the franchise.

James Roberts was inspired by Simon Furman for example.
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>>77500558
How old is the hardcore fandom that 1 is the touchstone? That adds up to guys in there mid forties?
Wouldn't the fandom naturally be a mix of folks who grew up on g1, RiD, the UT, and Animated?
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There are adult collectors who don't care about the stories because the stories are dumb. So they get a bunch of nostalgia wank. And then there are the younger tumblr fans who want to fuck robots. So they get robot yaoi comics. And then there are the kids who will watch anything. So they get shit.
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Didn't Avp say Sideways raped airazor or some bullshit?
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>>77502267
Nope. Beast Wars and later series were only watched by the hugbox loser generation.
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>>77505276
what?
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>>77502267

a lot of them have been around since the nineties and naughties.

I got in around the Unicron Trilogy myself
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>>77505416
tfwiki is still retarded for counting shit lime IDW and Cloud World of all things as.g1
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>>77498171
Didn't the tfa crew say this was all fanfic they made up?
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>>77507694
The AllSpark Almanac was written by different people than the show writers and they made up some of their own stuff. That's not really fanfic though since it's officially licensed and they were paid for their work.
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Transformers is an entirely different beast than almost any other franchise out there. Its origins are so complicated that people still can't agree on whether it's an American or Japanese franchise. It's had an outright stupid number of different continuities just to promote a goddamn toyline.

That's the bottom line, I think. Transformers is a huge multi-media franchise made to promote a toyline. Since the story has always been secondary, they don't mind having fun with it and going into full fanwank mode at times.
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>>77498235

Rassafrassin... lousy Fun Pub... getting rid of multiversal singularities...
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>>77508274
Shame Funpub can't get rid of itself.
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>>77508274
It's anything but a bad thing. There's still a point in Multiversal time when they still exist, so you want just place your ideas within that timeframe. Now there are MUCH less continuity errors and everything involving them is flexible.
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>>77508592
They seemed to be trying really hard for this year's BotCon
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>>77507694
Fun fact: all fiction is made up at some point.
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>>77508789
Wow, that's deep.
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>>77508737

Yeah, but I really want toys of the Original Thirteen.

And how are they gonna do that when theres no set lineup?
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>>77508811
Like your asshole, which I'm going to find and tear apart from the inside.
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>>77509806
Well aren't you just a bundle of sticks.
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>>77509352
It's Tf, just wank the aligned and mv 13 into analogs of eachother.

If IDW somehow is Fucking G1, anything is possible
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>>77505586
IDW made sense to call it that until about 2012. Before that was in order trying to take what worked about G1 comics and setting to a modern covert warfare setting and self-insert fanfiction for the G1 cartoon. And it still has the strongest influence from G1 out of any continuity family in dynamics, characterization, universe rules, etc. while other ones usually are just bit parts and fanservice cameos.
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>>77509352
You wait until actually relevant characters.
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>>77512098
What the holy fuck are you on about? IDW was ALWAYS a heavily G1-centric universe. The fact that they were operating in slightly deeper cover than usual doesn't change the fact that the cast in Infiltration were all 1984 guys with updated alt modes (and Runamuck and Runabout because they were the first Decepticon cars that don't have the baggage of being a Special Team). Sure they did some stuff differently like having Hardhead be Hot Rod's partner and not a Headmaster, and having Sunstreaker be an actual Headmaster, but it was still GEEWUN all the way down. Sure the Nova Prime mythos bit was "original", but only inasmuch as Furman found a new way to do the same apocalyptic evil schtick while also doing the Optimus-Prime-overcomes-self-doubt schtick he loves doing.

Characters from other series like Beast Wars, Cybertron and RiD only started showing up recently.
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>>77513333
Where is that image of a greeble as fuck Hot Rod face when I need it?
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>>77509352
Goddamnit Boco, it's people like you that're the reason we're going to get Prime Wars after Titans Return, and that's going to be exactly what you want so I hope you're happy.

Me, I'm really sick and tired of this prehistoric mythology bullshit.
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>>77513363
...wait, do you think that's what IDWformers ALWAYS used to look like? No, faggot, that was a brief artistic shift because Don Figueroa thought the movie aesthetic looked cool, and so would most readers if he suddenly shifted the whole style between issues with no rhyme or reason. It didn't end well. But the robot design style has always pretty much been "GEEWUN, but with more technoporn", just usually not to Dreamwave "Give Optimus mouth herpes" levels.
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>>77513463
Why is Prowl so hot.
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>>77513373
Prime Wars is the collective name of Combiner Wars, Titans Return, and a third unannounced sub-brand that follows a similar line-wide gimmick. No confirmation for any such thing as that. Could as easily be something like modernized Pretenders where instead has second robot mode evocative of armor/monsters, Micromaster combiners, Duocons, and Clones scaled up to be mix and match components line, or some bullshit re-imaging pulling characters from a bunch of series and making ambiguous funky versions like the first Universe line.
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>>77513373

I'm sorry Anon...

I just love the world-building TF does. Its like... Star Wars level of deep.
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>>77513495
>Vaguely angry gundam cluckold
>hot
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>>77513533
Well, first was Combiners, then Headmasters... logically the next step is Target/Powermasters.
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>>77513606
So very hot.
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>>77513552
I fucking LOATHE Star Wars history bullshit too. Only good example of it were the KOTOR games because they were told as a self-contained story and it didn't really matter that they were prequelling something.
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>>77513623
Seems like a step down from the integration of current guys to just "they all use 5mm holes to they can hold each other's weapons". Just should make the other master guys Headmasters.
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http://www.allspark.com/forums/topic/122128-a-complete-transformations-techniques-reference-guide-for-the-2001-robots-in-disguise-cartoon/

Yeah things have kinda gone a little crazy.
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>>77513533
Mark my words, the third line will be each of the Thirteen "Primes" getting their own toy, with each of them being "Prime" of a different gimmick - Nexus' is combination, both scrambled and Headmasters, so expect more redecos of CW and TR molds, Micronus' gimmick is MiniCons, Onyx is beasts... actually that doesn't sound too bad, but I still really don't care for the whole "Dynasty of Primes" bullshit.
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>>77513780

>all of that

Yes PLEASE!
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>>77513780
Vector Prime's gimmick is that he is a reissue with no electronics and a new color scheme
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>>77513892
topkek
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>>77513951
>Australian accented gambling addict space pirate space shuttle that gets touchy when noted she shares a bodytype with a more famous male.

Based.
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