Monday, August 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Unicron: 'The Transformers: The Movie' Turns 25

In the 1980’s, America’s toy companies realized that syndicated cartoons where perhaps the most effective vehicle for marketing their wears to kids.  Mattel opened to the floodgates with a Filmation produced series based on its Masters of the Universe toy line.  The joint venture was a resounding success, helping to move Masters of the Universe merchandise out of toy stores by the truck load.  Not to be outdone, Hasbro had similar plans for a new product that was actually a hybrid of the Microman and Diaclone toy lines from Japan.  It featured robots that transformed into a variety of vehicles, weapons, and even animals.  There would even be an accompanying Marvel comic in the vein of Hasbro’s successful G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero line.  The formula worked yet again, as Marvel/Sunbow’s syndicated Transformers cartoon proved wildly popular.  A feature length animated film was released on August 8th of 1986.  It was meant to serve as a bridge between the shows second and third seasons.  The film unintentionally became a rite of passage for fans, exposing them to the harsh realities of death and loss.

Television Series Review: ‘Thundercats’ Episode 3 – “Ramlak Rising”

Amidst the smoldering ruins of Thundera, Lion-O mourns his father and contemplates revenge.  He then sets out to find Mumm-Ra’s lair with Tygra and Cheetara in tow.  WileyKit and WileyKat tag along against Lion-O’s wishes.  When the quintet reaches the treacherous Sea of Sands, they encounter Captain Koinelius Tunar and his crew of fishmen.  Tunar is obsessed with capturing a creature known as Ramalak.  Lion-O and company find themselves as participants in Ramalak’s wild quest, whether they like it or not.