Transformers Make TIME Magazine's Top 100 Toys of All Time

Transformers Make TIME Magazine's Top 100 Toys of All Time

Saturday, February 19th, 2011 1:13am CST

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Everyone's favorite alien robots have made their way onto Time Magazine's list of 100 all time greatest toys! To view the Transformers entry click here.

It wasn't tough to be excited about Transformers as a kid in the 1980s. Magical alien machines that could be reassembled to assume the identities of everyday automobiles, they were adapted by Hasbro from a pair of Japanese toys from Takara: the Diaclones and the New Microman. With a slight redesign and a new story line, Transformers hit the American shores in 1984.


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To view the entire list, which includes G.I. Joe, click here.

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Re: Transformers Make TIME Magazine's Top 100 Toys of All Time (1184041)
Posted by Seibertron on February 19th, 2011 @ 1:16am CST
Thanks for posting this, El Duque! Interesting article. Might have to read through it all next week. There are some questionable items on that list that almost seem to have "corporate sponsorship" or favors smacked all over them but I can't argue Transformers being on the list. :D
Re: Transformers Make TIME Magazine's Top 100 Toys of All Time (1184058)
Posted by BATTOUSAIXD on February 19th, 2011 @ 2:27am CST
Transformers are definitely some of the best toys ever, if not the best! What would I do without them... :BOT: :CON: :KREMZEEK:
Re: Transformers Make TIME Magazine's Top 100 Toys of All Time (1184070)
Posted by Autobot Scum on February 19th, 2011 @ 4:33am CST
Top 100... Really?

I'd get it if Jace and the Wheeled Warriors made the list, but TF was a given.

Like Sticks, Dirt and Water... surprisingly missing I might add.
[what? was playtime invented in the 1920's?]
Re: Transformers Make TIME Magazine's Top 100 Toys of All Time (1184093)
Posted by GetRightRobot on February 19th, 2011 @ 6:36am CST
Obviously on the top 100, but listed 8th from the 80's UNDER Polly Pocket? Come on. Oh, and Serpent: Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors not only had great toys, it had the single best intro music of ALL 80's cartoons!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1c1G24GWDg :APPLAUSE:
Re: Transformers Make TIME Magazine's Top 100 Toys of All Time (1184140)
Posted by alternator77 on February 19th, 2011 @ 9:54am CST
slap bands??? WTF! :BANG_HEAD: :BANG_HEAD: kina makes you wonder who made up this list.
Re: Transformers Make TIME Magazine's Top 100 Toys of All Time (1184187)
Posted by PhunkJunkion on February 19th, 2011 @ 12:07pm CST
I would have ranked Transformers much higher. But I think LEGO would be at the top of my list. Now if they could only come out with some official Transformers licensed LEGO sets......
Re: Transformers Make TIME Magazine's Top 100 Toys of All Time (1184195)
Posted by El Duque on February 19th, 2011 @ 12:32pm CST
Serpent 0r wrote:Top 100... Really?

I'd get it if Jace and the Wheeled Warriors made the list, but TF was a given.

Like Sticks, Dirt and Water... surprisingly missing I might add.
[what? was playtime invented in the 1920's?]


Love your sig! :lol:
Re: Transformers Make TIME Magazine's Top 100 Toys of All Time (1184218)
Posted by WeatherManNX01 on February 19th, 2011 @ 2:14pm CST
Hooray, Transformers!

Personally, I think there's an ordered countdown, since they're organized by decade. I think it's just a list.

However, I completely disagree with all three selections for best toys of the 2000s. Maybe it's because I wasn't into toys in that decade, but I don't find any of those three to be relevant as the "best". Significant in terms of sales, maybe. But I don't think they should be in the "best of all time" list.
Re: Transformers Make TIME Magazine's Top 100 Toys of All Time (1184226)
Posted by paul053 on February 19th, 2011 @ 2:31pm CST
Thanks for posting. Never thought my post can get to the news!
Re: Transformers Make TIME Magazine's Top 100 Toys of All Time (1184342)
Posted by Teximus Prime on February 19th, 2011 @ 7:32pm CST
If this list is in order it is a horrible travesty. Transformers should easily be top ten, if not top 5. The franchise has span too long and had too much success to not to be in the elite of toy franchises.


Obviously on the top 100, but listed 8th from the 80's UNDER Polly Pocket? Come on. Oh, and Serpent: Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors not only had great toys, it had the single best intro music of ALL 80's cartoons!!


I must disagree completely. The best intro of 80's cartoons was M.A.S.K. hands down
Re: Transformers Make TIME Magazine's Top 100 Toys of All Time (1185538)
Posted by flak4321 on February 22nd, 2011 @ 9:31am CST
I think the numbering here is strictly used to be certain that there are 100 items on the list. Also note the separation by decade. Comparing different technological toy eras is not easy, but toys with enduring uber-popularity such as Lego, TF, GIJoe, Barbie and Cabbage Patch Kids certainly sgould be here. I also have a mild hunch about inclusion tending toward the top 100 selling toys of all time, rather than the 100 greatest.

I just reread the list right after this post and have to say 1-hit wonders like "Tickle Me Elmo" are debatable, but the furor that ensued with its introduction is certainly worthy of making this entry and some similar ones viable for a 100 best known toys. On the 3 2000s entries: We need to see how these endure the test of time. Brats is a stylized barbie line to me and shouldn't be here. Zhuzhu's have a similar relation to beanie babies, but not nearly as strong given accessories. More like an evolution of product as opposed to a re-style/deco. Need more info on mindflex before comment.

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