Well, my mom always told me a story of me as a child of when a Beast Wars commercial was on. During the time the commercial was playing, she picked me up to do something and I started to cry out "Feese fores mommy! feese fores!" I was so devastated because I didn't want to stop seeing them! An ape transforming into some cool ass looking robot with weapons? Come on man that's a kids dream.
Before I knew it, time passed and I possessed BOTH Transmetal Megatron and Primal (along with a good amount of others, I love my parents for that). My Primal's arms broke
and I honestly do not remember what happened to my Megatron. I know I had him for a while after my Primal's death which is weird... RIP. I used to watch Beast Wars on Fox Kids every Saturday! Damn... I even remember before that I was at my cousins house going through his toys and he had an original BW Megatron. He wasn't home at the time so I couldn't just take it... and it was just piled under a bunch of other toys non transformers related. I remember just thinking "He doesn't even appreciate it." When I was like 3 lmfao because I never saw one in person!
I instantly fell in love with Transformers... but the funny thing is at the time I only knew it as Beast Wars. Then Beast Machines happened. I watched a good amount of the show but then fell off. I just lost interest because that show was no where near Beast Wars. I remember getting a BM Cheetor and the toy was nice... but all I could picture in my head was the original or Transmetal Cheetor. (Which was my FAVORITE character in Beast Wars) I even did a project on Cheetahs in 5th or 6th grade as a homage to Cheetor.
The first TF site I used to frequently visit was BWTF.com I probably looked at EVERY SINGLE gallery.
I was baffled by all of these other figures that I never knew existed!
So more time passed... Beast Machines finished. Then Robots In Disguise premiered! That show completely restored my faith. I was near drooling over the look of Magnus/Prime combined. Still have never seen one of the pair of figures to this day.
I loved Armada... surprised that I still have almost the whole Autobot roster besides the minicons. I even have Unicron! I was really blessed as a kid.
I'm positive that during the time of Armada, was when I first saw the original Transformers movie. I went to blockbuster with my family. I saw TRANSFORMERS on the cover and thought? WTF is this? I never new the original series had a movie!? I thought it looked cheap but I said hey let me give it a chance. Boy am I glad I took that chance. The weapon noises annoyed me at first (which I honestly love now) but after.... I BUGGED OUT during the WHOLE MOVIE. I must have seen it that same year over 20 times. Seriously not exaggerating. It's still a movie I can watch a thousand times and not get tired of it.
Even more time passed & to be honest. I got older and grew out of toys and the whole Transformers Universe.. I also grew a mentality where I shouldn't have those in my life anymore. Yeah the movies got me pumped! But I still didn't buy any toys. It was just eh to me at the time.
I don't remember exactly how I got back into Transformers. But last year, my first year of college, I was very serious about my grades and sacrificed a lot of time going out. I got a little tired of focusing so much. Which lead to me looking for something on the side to keep me relaxed and positive. Somehow... I ran across this website.
& Completely went Transformers apes*** again. I thought to myself "WHY DID I EVER LEAVE!?!?!?!?!?!" I LOVE TRANSFORMERS! It was a giant part of my life. Watching Optimus Prime fight for good... getting across good morals.. THE TOYS. Now I really want to get into the comics because It shows sides of the Transformers characters/universe that I'd really enjoy to see.
I've said this in a past post. I don't think I could of came back at a better time.