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on 4 December 2009
The original Transformers series from the eighties in itself is very great and entertaining.
The DVD release is very good, brilliant picture, crisp sound. The menues are well animated, with the original theme playing in the background.
For this a price a must-go for all Transformers fans.
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These used to be on during the Roland Rat show in the 80's hence the title of my review and like the previous cartoons they bring back a lot of memories. Leading up to the animated movie, this 2nd half of season 2 introduces new characters good and bad and again good fun though you have to wonder why it took Megatron so long to destroy Starscream who finally gets his comeuppance in the movie despite years of plotting and scheming to overthrow Megatron and somehow nearly always gets away with his treachery!! A good fun watch especially if you were a fan of these classic cartoons.
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Season 2 has been regarded by many as the best season of the original Transformers G1 series, from an all-round storyline/animation perspective. There's certainly a lot going for it. Boasting a whopping 49 episodes and at the peak of its popularity, the original animated series then took the chance to explore and expand in radical, stunning and creative ways.

The first season had established the premise of the Transformers' war; how they departed from Cybertron and came to Earth, how the Autobots encountered their human friends/allies and how the Decepticons were able to create their Space Bridge etc. The second season proceeded to develop the colourful cast/setting even further, as well introduce a brand new array of fabulous characters, and take that first bold look into the origins of the Transformers and their war.

Volume One of the Season 2 boxsets (containing the first 24 episodes of said-season) showcased more of old fan-favourites the Dinobots, the Insecticons & the Constructicons, introduced the likes of popular newcomers Carly (Spike's girlfriend), Blaster, Perceptor, the Decepticon Triple-Changers (Blitzwing & Astrotrain) and Omega Supreme (among others), and also showed how the war kicked off and how the Cybertronians were first able to Transform. For this second volume (featuring the remaining 25 episodes), even MORE brand new, unforgettable characters are introduced, the wonderful looks into Cybertron's past are expanded upon, and for the first time, we're actually treated to the amazing ORIGIN of Optimus Prime.

Volume 2 continues the overall trend of being deep, exciting and meaningful. Characters you wouldn't normally give a second thought receive the spotlight to show-off their personality in various one-offs (i.e. Beachcomber in `The Golden Lagoon') and there are some outstanding two-parters that change the status-quo and further develops main-characters like Optimus Prime, Megatron & Starscream.

As with any eighties cartoon, Season 2 had its share of really bad episodes (the season finale B.O.T. unfortunately springing to mind. What on EARTH were they thinking ending such an AWESOME season with one of the WORST episodes of all time?!), but when you've got SUCH classics like The Secret of Omega Supreme, The Search for Alpha Trion, War Dawn, Cosmic Rust, Masquerade and Aerial Assault, you can EASILY afford to forgive and forget.

Of course, the REAL reason to check out this box set is for the glorious arrival of the Special Teams - the Aerialbots, Stunticons, Protectobots & Combaticons - who (with the exception of the Protectobots who just `show up') are written into the show with the greatest storytelling fashion that the writers could conjure. The Key to Vector Sigma (parts 1 & 2), War Dawn, Starscream's Brigade and The Revenge of Bruticus are truly the greatest episodes of the entire season because we're treated to the origins of the greatest groups of Transformers of all time, and that they all mark major turning points in the Autobot/Decepticon war. Megatron really changes tact by creating a new generation of warriors (the Stunticons) and Optimus Primes knows that the only way to survive and safeguard the Earth is to create new warriors of his own (the Aerialbots). When Starscream builds the Combaticons to help him oppose Megatron, it marks just how dangerous a threat he is. It's very significant development all-round for the Transformers saga and its characters. One that demands attention.

Quality-wise, Metrodome have done a great job all-in-all of restoring the original episodes. The picture is beautifully colourful, clean & crisp, the sound is pitch-perfect, and the menu-design for this set is much improved (in terms of design/function) from the first Season 2 volume. The extras include the usual character bios, postcards by Andrew Wildman, DVD-ROM scripts, a pretty cool trailer for the 2004 PS2 (based on Armada) game, a very `Ho-Hum' Transformers DVD game, which is pretty pointless considering what you get for winning, and a fan art gallery which is good but nowhere near as impressive as that in the previous boxset.

The highlight extras are the quiz, where the hidden Easter Egg for completion is the first episode of Transformers: Headmasters; The Four Soldiers from the Sky, which is not bad at all, but I would have much preferred the Japanese alternative to the movie, Scramble City. The other extra is the free mini-comic, `The Beast Within', which you have to read for yourselves in order to appreciate how brilliant it is.

On the whole, purchase of this is highly recommended. In fact, it's mandatory if you're a Transformers fan. A few things to nitpick about, such as the episode listing (how can Aerial Assault take place before Starscream's Brigade when the Combaticons hadn't been created yet?) and some of the episodes themselves, but then again, that's just nitpicking. I have no hesitation in saying that this is the best Transformers boxset available.
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on 28 July 2012
Created by Hasbro initially to promote the toy line
it would be simple to tell you the original Transformers was a 80s phenomenon witch it was resulting in Optimus Prime being the No1 Xmas toy of 1984 but cause of it it spawned series after series right to the present day but this is the original classic that people in there 30s love just the iconic theme tune had u if not that the transformation sound witch has being kept through out all the shows generational guises including the modern Prime series and Michael Bay Movies witch were predated by the 1986 cult movie animation

But millions of years ago on the planet Cybertron life existed but not life as we know it today robotic life sentient beings cohabited the city's
war broke out between the piece loving Autobots and Evil Decepticons devastating all in its path and draining the planets once rich sources the now few reaming Autobots depart the planet on the Arc in search of fresh Enegon but Decpricon leader Megatron gets wind and pursues them in his ship The Nemesis the Cons board the Autobot ship but Optimus crashes it into a volcano on a nearby planet (Earth)
However when the dormant volcano erupts some 4 million years later in 1984 the war starts all over again this time with Earths safety at stake
the Autobots make quick friends with Spike & Sparkplug Witwicky Chip Chase & Carly

Season 2 Part 2 is were we slowly start exploring Space & Characters past & expand on the history of Cybertron and its Tecnology Carly is introduced along with a host of new bots

aside The Battlles between Prime & Megatron Starscreem's power plays Soundwaves's cool deadpan mechanical voice and his cassette Minicons Bumblebee Brawn Ironhide Astrotrain Jazz & the Insecticons a Omega Supreme & The Constructicons
and other established characters

In Season 2 part 2 among others we meet Primes Creator Alpha Tryon one of the first Female Tranformers Aleta One The combiner teams he Stunticons Aerialbots among others
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on 26 December 2013
Bought this for my youngest son who is a great transformers fan, no surprises with the episodes, seen them all before but he loves them and now he can watch them when ever he wants to, very pleased with this purchase.
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on 10 February 2013
This and the rest of the set was purchased as a Christmas present for my niece who now has the entire DVD collection. She enjoyed the box set and the special features included.
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on 3 September 2013
Original series is superb and kids love this as well as the prime series.
Great to bring the little ones up to date with the original series.
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on 19 January 2014
Nothing like sitting down and watching transformers really good buy and well worth the money good condition actually perfect condition.
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on 9 July 2004
What can I say about the Transformers. Well they were my favourite cartoon in the 80s and as an 8 year old boy I couldn't think of anything cooler, than a robot that could transform into tanks, cars, planes, etc.
During the summer holidays I used to get up before 8oclock just so I could watch the cartoon series on 'Wackaday' but I still managed to miss lots of them.
This box set and the two previous ones and one to come are my chance as an adult to watch the cartoon series that I so loved and be able to see it all in order, with the story line progressing episode by episode as it was originally intended.
If you remeber the transformers at all from your childhood, then I recommend you go out and buy this now! You won't be dissapointed! The series has a gripping quality that makes you want to see each next episode and has great storylines, which take the characters within throughout earth and the galaxy.
If I could i'd rate this 10 stars but there is only 5 maximum so that will have to suffice!
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on 11 February 2013
This item was bought for my son for birthday. He absolutely loves transformers and watch them constantly.Price was rirght. Thanks
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