Transformers Featured In Mensa's Bracket Challenge

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Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 1:32AM CDT

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Mensa's website has posted a bracket challenge of toys from all eras of recent history. 50's to present and those toys they consider timeless.

Pick your champion
How do you pick 64 toys when there are thousands to choose from? It wasn’t easy — we excluded board games of all types — but we think we came up with a collection of worthy competitors that represent every facet of the plaything kingdom. There are four regions — Timeless, Pre-1950, 1950-1980, and 1981 to Present. Each region is made up of 16 toys, seeded 1 through 16, based on the strength of their resumes. In the first round, the top seed from a given category will face off against the 16th seed from the same region; the second seed will challenge the 15th seed, and so on.

After that, the challengers are in your hands. All winners are chosen by YOU, the readers and, for the first time, the general public. Why should we have all the fun, right? Examine the full bracket and a synopsis of each toy on the following pages.

Voting criteria: In short, there are no criteria. What makes the greatest toy? If you opened up the Millennium Falcon on Christmas morning when you were 6, that likely ranks very highly for you. Feel free to be objective, weighing longevity, cost and number of units sold. We also encourage you to vote for the Teddy Bear simply because you still have your childhood friend sitting on your bed right now, some 40 years later.

Voting Schedule: First round voting begins on October 15. At that time, you’ll have the chance to vote in any and all first-round matchups. Second-round voting will begin on October 22. Round 3 will begin on October 29, and so on. You may vote for the winner of a match only once, so choose wisely. Voting for the Finals begins on November 19. The last toy standing will be announced in the January issue of the magazine and online.

Screw ups: Part of the fun is the discussion, so sound off to http://www.twitter.com/mensabulletin or Bulletin Letters, and let us know what we left out, what toy was seeded too low (or high), etc. If you hosted a selection party, created bracket pools with your coworkers, or made voting a family event (all of which happened last year), we want to hear that, too. Send in your photos of completed brackets or selection parties. We’ll post them to Facebook and Twitter.

Share the fun: You can vote only once per matchup, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to convince other people to vote your way. Track the fun on Facebook and Twitter. Forward our posts and tweets to get your friends in on the action.

Ready? We are too! The 2012 Mensa Bracket Challenge has begun!


Lincoln Logs, Slinky, G.I.Joe, Rubik's Cube, He-Man and our personal favorite: Transformers! It's truly an honor to have Transformers be considered a contender in this challenge, to be noticed by Mensa. Just goes to show that a simple business idea can turn into something grand, something that crosses generations. As you can see,anyone can vote, so vote Transformers and get your friends to vote! Let's show 'em how much love Transformers we have out there!

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Re: Transformers Featured In Mensa's Bracket Challenge (1430934)
Posted by Tigertrack on October 16th, 2012 @ 10:34am CDT
Cool, but it was really hard choosing between the box and the wagon.
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Posted by Bumblevivisector on October 16th, 2012 @ 11:47am CDT
tigertracks 24 wrote:Cool, but it was really hard choosing between the box and the wagon.

Agreed. Calvin could use the box as a transmogrifier, time machine, or duplicator, but his wagon took him and Hobbes on epic wilderness voyages and to Mars that one time...I ended up voting box on behalf of every cat I've ever owned.
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Posted by Tigertrack on October 16th, 2012 @ 1:42pm CDT
Bumblevivisector wrote:
tigertracks 24 wrote:Cool, but it was really hard choosing between the box and the wagon.

Agreed. Calvin could use the box as a transmogrifier, time machine, or duplicator, but his wagon took him and Hobbes on epic wilderness voyages and to Mars that one time...I ended up voting box on behalf of every cat I've ever owned.


And I voted for wagon because of my personal enjoyment of it, and my son's enjoyment of it as well.

My cat would definitely have wanted me to vote the box as well.

Calvin and Hobbes... ;)^
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Posted by XDMan on October 16th, 2012 @ 5:28pm CDT
I have always loved the franchise!
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Posted by RAcast on October 16th, 2012 @ 8:18pm CDT
Boxes are the best choice! :P
Re: Transformers Featured In Mensa's Bracket Challenge (1433523)
Posted by El Duque on October 24th, 2012 @ 3:52pm CDT
After a dominant victory over Tamagotchi in the first round of Mensa's Bracket Challenge the Transformers now face a much more formidable round two opponent in My Litte Pony. A epic battle years in the making! Click here to vote.



[quote]Transformers
1980-Present - Seed 4

The boys' version of the Cabbage Patch Kids, Transformers set the toy world on its ear in 1984. Anyone and everyone just had to have these "robots in disguise." They could transform into everyday objects, usually vehicles or weapons, and a cartoon series and, eventually, films followed, turning a whole new generation on to these toys.[/quote]

vs




[quote]My Little Pony
1980-Present - Seed 12

These tiny colorful horses each came with its own unique symbols on its flanks. No one says those symbols were branding, but, c'mon! Poor ponies! Girls didn't seem to mind, though, and for a decade My Little Pony enjoyed great popularity, as did the horses' many accessories (each sold separately).[/quote]
Re: Transformers Featured In Mensa's Bracket Challenge (1433527)
Posted by Sabrblade on October 24th, 2012 @ 4:00pm CDT
Them's clearly not the Friendship is Magic versions so I vote for the TFs.
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Posted by mooncake623 on October 24th, 2012 @ 4:11pm CDT
voted.. haha
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Posted by cor2879 on October 24th, 2012 @ 4:22pm CDT
You would think that Mensa could put together a better voting page. This one is clunky.
Re: Transformers Featured In Mensa's Bracket Challenge (1433533)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on October 24th, 2012 @ 4:23pm CDT
I'm a hardcore brony. I love the show and the fandom. I'm reading pony fics, I'm reading fan comics, I save hundreds of pictures. I even have a few pony toys of the curent gen that represent my favorite characters.

HOWEVER, this is the TOYS we are talking about here. As a hardcore brony, it pain me to say that the pony toys usually suck mighty balls. Especially the older gens. I have nearly 1000 Transformers in my collection for a reason. These toys are AWESOME no matter the generation. I dont read TF fictions, official or not. I dont save fannart. I just watch the animated shows and the movies. Still, I discuss Transformers and all my spare cash go to collecting Transformers.

So, my vote will go to Transformers.

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Posted by Sabrblade on October 24th, 2012 @ 4:49pm CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:I dont read TF fictions, official or not.
What do you mean by this? Do you mean you don't read the comics or the books or anything that isn't a motion picture? If so, you are missing out on so many world's worth great stuff (and not so great stuff, but that's to be expected from any medium). ;)
Re: Transformers Featured In Mensa's Bracket Challenge (1433546)
Posted by Arctorro on October 24th, 2012 @ 4:57pm CDT
Voted :D
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Posted by doomboy536 on October 24th, 2012 @ 5:00pm CDT
I love ponies, and I'm enjoying Friendship is Magic far more than TF Prime, but damn the toys don't even compare to the Transformers! The only way that Transformers will lose this is if hordes of bronies swarm the site and vote.

Sorry for being stupid, I said "if". :lol:
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Posted by XDMan on October 24th, 2012 @ 5:05pm CDT
TRANSFORMERS FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :BOT: :CON: :KREMZEEK: :G2BOT: :G2CON: :MAXIMAL: :PREDACON: :WRECKERS: :QUINT: :GIJOE: :COBRA: :BLEND: :VEHI: :DINO: :RENEGADE: :MINI: :CYBERTRON: :MUTIE: :MAX2:
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Posted by Optimus-Pie1 on October 24th, 2012 @ 5:44pm CDT
I used to be a Brony, and then I had what alcoholics refer to as a "moment of clarity" . I came back to Tranformeser cause the transformers fans are not as obsessive and all encompassing as Bronies. There are some Bronies that is all their life is Ponies. There is no room for anything else, and they have a misguided sense that that is all there is to life.
I'm not that hardcore and never will be. Transformers fans I can at least talk about other things with besides Transformers. Whenever the Hub posts ANYTHING on their status, hordes of Bronies will flood the thread with ponies this and ponies that.
Heck during the Aurora shooting, Bronies could not stop being a fan for one second to act like humans and observe a little respect for the victims. No they still had to post ponies this and ponies that about people who died in the theater shooting!
In the end I realized I lacked the qualifications to be a Brony, I have a life. xD
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Posted by Deadput on October 24th, 2012 @ 5:47pm CDT
i vote for my little pony cause me a brony
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Posted by Optimus-Pie1 on October 24th, 2012 @ 5:51pm CDT
I vote for Transformers because I'm a Transformers fan, and I'm capable of writing a proper sentence! xD
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Posted by Manterax Prime on October 24th, 2012 @ 5:56pm CDT
I DEPSISE THOSE PONIES!!!!! Hopefully they live on Unicron.

TRANFORMERS FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :BOT: :CON: :G2BOT: :G2CON: :MAXIMAL: :PREDACON: :WRECKERS: :QUINT: :BLEND: :MAX2: :VEHI: :DINO: :MINI: :CYBERTRON: :WRECK: :TRANSBOT: :TRANSCON:
Re: Transformers Featured In Mensa's Bracket Challenge (1433562)
Posted by Arctorro on October 24th, 2012 @ 5:59pm CDT
Optimus-Pie1 wrote:I vote for Transformers because I'm a Transformers fan, and I'm capable of writing a proper sentence! xD


ROLF! :lol:
Re: Transformers Featured In Mensa's Bracket Challenge (1433563)
Posted by Manterax Prime on October 24th, 2012 @ 6:00pm CDT
mirageandjazz1197 wrote:i vote for my little pony cause me a brony


GTFO! PRIMUS COMMANDS IT!

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