- Weapon: Switch Blade Tail
I grew up with them. 1984 was the first memorable birthday I had ever had. I had wanted Megatron, but ended up with Optimus Prime. (I don't regret it, not one bit.) I loved the show and movie when I was a kid, and I was just in love at first sight.
In the late '80s/early 90's, I drifted away towards Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman The Animated Series. G2 helped me drift back a bit, for a little while, but then it somewhat faded again.
Beast Wars...it really brought me back. Then I found out about the internet and ordered Megatron...I finally had him, after all those years of waiting. As time went on, the designs became more complex and more articulation was added. Then new characters came along, and new series such as the A/E/C trilogy, and I just drifted away from G1, altogether.
I can't find much to like about G1, anymore. I can't sit through the movie and keep my sanity, even though I own it on the anniversary DVD. But, I can't forget that G1 made TFs possible. So, for that I am thankful.
I just LOVE Transformers, on the whole. Not all aspects work, but the core idea, the core gimmick...it never changes and because of that, they will always be our good ol' reliable TFs. Each generation might see them differently, such as today's kids connecting to the Bayverse movies, or multiple generations connecting to Prime, but the core values and gimmicks remain and no matter the age, we can all agree that they're just awesome.
That's what Transformers mean to me. A piece of my youth I don't have to let go of, a way to connect with likeminded people and bridge a gap.
NOTE: Realize that I am not a perfect Christian, nor do I profess to be. I apologize if anyone's ever offended by me, I'm not perfect. Don't hold my posts and opinions against other Christians.