Ah, thereby hangs a tale.
RhA wrote:It's vague, but I remember green robots, a sandbox in the schoolyard and WHAT THE CRAP DID THAT T-REX JUST TURN INTO A ROBOT.
My first TF toy was G1 Grimlock; my dad bought it secondhand around 92. I didn't like it much at first, as I felt the T-rex was anatomically incorrect (it didn't have correct posture, was too bulky, and had the wrong number of fingers). After a while it started to grow on me and I played with it more often, until one day I discovered his chest could open and there was a robot head inside. I began to experiment, and eventually realized he could change into a robot. It took me a while to realize I was supposed to separate the legs, but I was really happy with the toy from then on. I wanted to learn more about it.
I went to Blockbuster (remember those?) and rented a VHS (wow, I'm old) with the G1 episode 'SOS Dinobots', and was enthralled at the dinosaurs, and annoyed when that weird red white and blue guy took up their screentime.
I didn't know anything about TF fiction, but did eventually infer from my friends with their toys that there were two factions, and I figured I should find a guy for Grimlock to battle. I found the Decepticon who would be his rival at a flea market: Shockwave.
I played with the toys regularly but didn't bug my folks to buy more Transformers until 1996, when Beast Wars
hit. Dinosaurs changing into robots was the initial lure, but even as a kid I recognized the cartoon was of a better quality than its peers, even the similarly CG Reboot
. It had story. It had soul. And man Dinobot and Megatron were awesome. And that spider guy's laugh creeped me right out.
I fell out of habit after the bad taste Beast Machines
left in my mouth, basically ignored the 2007 movie, and then one day in 2010, on a whim, I downloaded the demo to try the multiplayer of this new Activision title called War For Cybertron
After playing through the game proper a few weeks later, my love was renewed, and I was forevermore a fan.