The Unicron Trilogy Positivity Thread - What did you like about it?unicron trilogy transformers armada transformers energon transformers cybertron
Posted 23 December 2013 - 11:23 AM
Posted 23 December 2013 - 11:26 AM
It gave us a lot of fun molds that ended up making great Classics updates for some G1 characters!
Edited by Spectre, 23 December 2013 - 11:26 AM.
Posted 23 December 2013 - 11:47 AM
I think one of the important things that happened was RiD and Armada set the franchise to be in good shape when the nostalgia boom hit. CN cartoon, big toylines, good public awareness of the brand... and all of it going forward, with new material and concepts, independent of the nostalgia-heavy G1 revisitings that we ALSO got from reissues and the Dreamwave comic.
That's a pretty awesome formula that's never really gone away, and I think a big contributing factor to how Transformers has outlasted other nostalgia-benefited properties.
Edited by lastmaximal, 23 December 2013 - 11:48 AM.
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Posted 23 December 2013 - 11:50 AM
I also really liked a lot of the Armada designs, that I should have mentioned along with Overload. Starscream had a great design (I couldn't choose if I liked it more than the Cybertron design though. They're both equally awesome. Energon SS just does nothing for me), Scavenger (he still stands out today. Would love to see him get the Gen Rhinox treatment), and Armada Hot Shot (great design, even if the toy was simpler than I'd have liked. They came so close to greatness with the Universe version, if only they'd fixed the back kibble clipping issue).
Cybertron is just everything. I actually love the cartoon series, and the toys are still among my favourites for quite a few. I love the aesthetic of the designs, and the Cyber Key gimmick was much better than the Energon combining thing. It also introduced our first taste at one of the best things they've done in the past decade: Legends toys.
Posted 23 December 2013 - 12:02 PM
Edited by Fnu Aw, 23 December 2013 - 12:03 PM.
Posted 23 December 2013 - 12:11 PM
The return of the G1 set-up of Autobots vs. Decepticons. I'm almost burned out on G1 stuff by now, but back then, it felt special, even if it wasn't as G1 as later series would be. and even though back then the limited articulation was a disappointment after RiD, Now I can see the toyline as, thematically, based off G1. They were trying to make 80's style figures in the early 2000's. I think that's kinda cool, now.
The Minicons, as said a billion times already, were a great addition to the franchise. I really liked how they had their own unique look from the larger figures: tube arms, wheel feet, and all sorts of other things that worked on the smaller scale. And the gimmicks with the larger scale figures were a ton of fun. I love Scavengers passenger seat, Red alert's leg platform, Tidal Wave's launching station, etc.
The Energon Terrorcons. I dig all these buggers. Energon's weapon gimmick was great, even if I would've preferred opaque weapons to the rock candy ones.
Cybertron in general. First off, the variety of molds in it is something I've yet to see matched, even in Classics. It was awesome to see an Earth car, next to a beast, next to a space car, next to a jet, on the pegs. The figures themselves felt like the summation of the last two series, improved. Even if Cyberkeys were a kind of lame gimmick, they were unobtrusive and minor. Almost all the figures were very solid and fun.
Cybertron's cartoon was also a ton of fun. Nothing I need to re-watch anytime soon, but the dub was clever and witty and the show itself was already a fun Super robot series. A lot of likeable characters there. and quite a few memorable moments. It has one of the most pleasing finales of any Transformers series.
Edited by Shadoman, 23 December 2013 - 12:14 PM.
Posted 23 December 2013 - 12:15 PM
The Cybertron scouts were also great, but in a different way.
I've never been a fan of Minicons though. It was nice getting two distinct toys in one package though for the Deluxes up.
Posted 23 December 2013 - 12:29 PM
While I really enjoyed most of Armada, one of my favorite moments in all of Transformers was when the kids got trapped in the computer, and as they're escaping a weird silhouette was chasing them. I recognized that shadow! It was Unicron! Holy crap! Now, for context, before Armada aired the bulk of my TF experience came from the first movie and four episodes of G1 season 3, so I knew Unicron pretty well. It was really cool and really exciting to see Unicron showing up in Armada for a cameo, but then he became the main villain of the series!
Armada is still my favorite Transformers cartoon, but that moment really stands out.
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Posted 23 December 2013 - 12:37 PM
This is where I'm in the minority: Armada is one of my favorite TF series. It's almost painfully slow start, but once they actually manage to find all the Air team and make the Starsaber the whole plot takes a massive up swing and continues to momentum very well till the end of the series. Yes the dubbing and animation errors are annoying, but even as I said back then 'I can watch G1 with all its flaws and enjoy it, why can't I here?" Its not a perfect series, It's not the best series, but I feel its much better then most give it credit for. It doesn't take things too seriously, there are some really great episodes in there, the first Unicron plot since Marvel to really have weight to it. It has plenty of fun or great characters, and even takes time to give us some sole focus on the Decepticons with little-to-no Autobot involvement, that something most series don't do.
Cybertron is almost as good, if not for the Races and back half being long stretches of nothing as they try and find the last planet. Its got some really good action scenes, one of the best being Starscream going solo through the Autobot ranks to get the Cyberlock. I'm also fond of its dub for being more creative and not being just a direct translation. Most of Cybertron's flaws tend to be generic anime tropes, but like Armada gave us Unicron, Cybertron Gave us Primus and did pretty well on the Story front.
Now if only Energon had kept up the strenght and moment of its first 10 or so episodes, then it might have been good and we might have had a fairly decent 'ultimate TF' series.
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Posted 23 December 2013 - 12:57 PM
Cybertron Downshift. What a great toy.
Mini-Cons, though they've been done better since.
Posted 23 December 2013 - 01:12 PM
I kinda stopped watching Armada when I realized how terrible it was that I got excited over Hot Shot damaging anyone AT ALL.
I liked the toys. Armada toys were fun, Energon had great Deceptiocons and Cybertron toys were great all around.
The shows sucked all the balls though.
Posted 23 December 2013 - 01:15 PM
2) Unicron figure at long last.
3) "Bendy" Prime.
4 Vector Prime.
5) Primus figure.
6) Cybertron Metroplex, fodder for many, many customs.
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Posted 23 December 2013 - 01:34 PM
Mini-Cons! In toy form and story concept. Though the comics (and Linkage) handled them a hell of a lot better.
Posted 23 December 2013 - 01:38 PM
The PS2 video game.
Tidal Wave toy
First released Unicron toy
Posted 23 December 2013 - 01:54 PM
Genuinely? Pretty much all the toys. Energon was what got me into collecting seriously. I did like the Armada stuff I had at the time, but you know it was all chunky and geared towards figure specific action features. Then Energon comes out, and that's done away with, replaced with stuff like combination, and energon weapons. Getting that first wave of toys in December 2003, I was just totally blown away. Strongarm, Skyblast, Battle Ravage, Energon Saber, Hot Shot, Inferno, Optimus. That set the standard for my 'collecting high', that's the feeling I still look for when I get new Transformers.
Posted 23 December 2013 - 02:20 PM
I mostly remember Energon for being the only toyline where I managed to shoot myself in the eye with every single firing missile.
Posted 23 December 2013 - 02:22 PM
The Cybertron toys. While I haven't tried to come up with a top 10 TF list, I know the top 5 would be from Cybertron (with Crosswise at #1)
The Dreamwave comics. I was looking forward to those every month more than the G1 title. I was new territory and new stories while the G1 book reeked of been-there, done-that.
Posted 23 December 2013 - 02:25 PM
Cybertron was one of the first three TF cartoons I ever saw, besides Beast Wars and Beast Machines, and I loved it so much. Starscream, Crumplezone and Ransack, and Vector Prime were my favorite guys.
Also, I loved that the Unicron Trilogy introduced us to Sideways. I always liked him.