I think it's cool that you guys brought up, in the podcast, the big TakaraTomy G1 timeline that put all the non-Unicron Trilogy, non-Movieverse, non-Animated, etc. stuff into one giant timeline.
I say this because there's something I've been wanting to bring up about it on this site but kept forgetting to.
Many were baffled about such things like the inclusion of Car Robots and placing the Beast Wars II and Beast Wars Neo cartoons "tens of thousands of years later" after the Beast Wars and Beast Machines cartoons. However, I recently found out some justifications for these cases.
According to Andrew Hall of TakaraTomy, he contacted the author of that timeline and found out that Car Robots was included because, prior to the Unicron Trilogy, no series released in Japan clearly identified itself as an alternate continuity. Supplementary material for Car Robots released back in 2000 referred to the Destrongers as having come from the future, explaining their
logos in the present day. Fire Convoy's team was also revealed to have come from the future with a toy bio declaring the Spychangers to be a new generation of TFs based on the G-2 Go-Bots, who DO exist in the future post-G1. Not to mention that Fire Convoy has an Energon Matrix in 2000, when the technology for which wouldn't be in development until 2035. The reason most didn't realize this was due to the show itself making really only one mention of it, and it was a vague mention at that. Vague enough that the Robots in Disguise English dub was able to ignore it altogether and dub it as a new continuity instead.
As for the far future placement of the two Japanese Beast Wars series, the whole idea of those shows existing in the contemporary present day of the American Beast Wars characters (the "300 years into the future" setting) came from a pack-in toy catalog that had Lio Convoy and Galvatron interacting with Optimus Primal and Megatron and, for years
, fans took this catalog as gospel. But, this wasn't
reflected in the shows themselves, with the timeline's placement seeming to come from the show's themselves, with only few aware of this since, well, the show's have been pretty hard to come by for the non-Japanese consumer.
Counterpunch wrote:I felt like this was a way cool episode.