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Transformers are a line of toys produced by Hasbro and Takara Tomy beginning in 1984, a year after Tonka's Go-Bots debuted. The franchise has expanded in cartoons, comics, movies, and various other media.

References

  • The Fall 1985 issue of Muppet Magazine features a comic called "The Mup-Bots Transform" parodying both Transformers and Go-Bots.
  • Baby Scooter's Trans-Go JoBot from the Muppet Babies episode "Muppets in Toyland" takes its name from an amalgamation of Transformers and Go-Bots. The episode features an epilogue in which Baby Gonzo expresses frustration with "these toys that change from one thing to another" just before Baby Piggy transforms him into a car.
  • In Episode 4261 of Sesame Street Rosita, Elmo, and Telly portray the "Shape-O-Bots" and can transform into any shape (or try to). Before they transform they all sing a parody of the Transformers theme song. Caricatures of Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox also make appearances in reference to the Transformers movies from the 2000s.

Connections

  • Gregg Berger played Grimlock on Transformers (1984-1987) and in Transformers: The Movie (1986).
  • Peter Cullen played Optimus Prime and Ironhide on Transformers (1984-1987) and in Transformers: The Movie (1986). He also played the former role in the live-action films, Transformers: Prime (2010-2013), Rescue Bots (2012-2016) and the 2015 Transformers: Robots in Disguise series (2015-2017).
  • Casey Kasem played Cliffjumper on Transformers (1984-1987) and in Transformers: The Movie (1986).
  • John Moschitta Jr. played Blurr on Transformers (1984-1987), in Transformers: The Movie (1986), and in Transformers: Animated (2007-2009).
  • Leonard Nimoy played Galvatron in Transformers: The Movie (1986) and Sentinel Prime in Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011).
  • Hal Rayle played Shrapnel in Transformers: The Movie (1986).
  • Clive Revill played Kickback on Transformers (1984-1987) and in Transformers: The Movie (1986).
  • Robert Stack played Ultra Magnus in Transformers: The Movie (1986).
  • Frank Welker played Megatron, Soundwave, Rumble, Wheelie and others on Transformers and in Transformers: The Movie (1986). He also played Megatron and Soundwave in Transformers: Prime (2010-2013) and the live-action films starting with Transformers: Age of Extinction.
  • Orson Welles played Unicron in Transformers: The Movie (1986).
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic played a Sumdac Systems technician in the Transformers: Animated episode "Garbage In, Garbage Out" (2008) and Wreck-Gar in two episodes.
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