Transformers: Takara Collection - Volume 1 - Headmasters [DVD]
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This exclusive release marks the first time this legendary, much sought after but little seen 35-episode series has ever been officially released in its entirety in the West. It features the show's original Japanese language version with newly commissioned remastered English subtitles, new artwork and a special collector's booklet on The Takara Collection.
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The actual series is fairly basic- Galvatron returns to retake Cybertron (obviously the pact with Optimus Prime wore out), and employs the new Headmasters, lead by the mysterious Megazarak/Scorpinok. However, from a far off, distant planet, autobot headmasters come and well.. you can sort of figure it out for yourself. The plot actually goes somewhere, though, something that's been missing from Transformers series before this.
The series was the first Japanese-spearheaded project in the Transformers animated series that acheived a full length production (Scramble City, a one-off that introduced Ultra Magnus, Metroplex and Trypticon into the Japanese G1 toyline, due to the absence of the movie), and as such doesn't stray too far away from the original styles of Generation one (though sadly, the music is not as orchestral or fantastic as the majority of G1's score), including similar designs, characters, and even the scene-changing interludes are still there, which really add to the "alternative nostalgia" thing in the title. It's something you should have watched when you were a child, and it feels like something you should have watched, but due to where you were in the world, you just couldn't.Read more ›
There is no point in watching cartoons from your childhood if you are going to scrutinize them as an adult - you will not enjoy them !
A small warning - the English language soundtrack to these episodes is awful.
I remember the headmasters in Rebirth being green alien people that had robot suits that transformed into robotic heads that sat on top of robot bodies. How stupid is that?
The Headmasters series erases all that happened in Rebirth and does it right. This time there are no green alien people. Instead, the headmasters are are small, human-sized robots that transform into heads that control larger robot bodies.
It's an interesting series. Not everyone will like it, but the old fans most likely will.
The English language track is absolutely awful. I wish they would've recorded a new one, but that will probably never happen. The Japanese track is just fine, though.
The animation is consistent. The stories add some emotional tugs and twists atop the usual Autobot heroics and Decepticon hijinks. The Headmasters and Targetmasters represent the next step in Transformers evolution, as the combiners (e.g. Superion) and metrotitans (e.g. Metroplex) did before them.
However, I feel this next step goes a little too far and a lot of the much-loved G1 is brushed aside. SPOILER ALERT - Optimus Prime dies (again) far too soon, the Transformers home world of Cybertron is blown up with much of the G1 cast still on it and then Rodimus Prime just gives up the leadership. By the end of things the only G1 remnants are Arcee (now a glorified babysitter) and Wheelie (alleged comedy relief).
All-in-all a good season of Transformers action, but the changes come too thick and fast. 3/5 Stars.
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The animation and story is much more consistent then G1, there's an actual story arc and more focus of a few key characters. Read morePublished on 15 July 2011 by James
This was my first experience with viewing a Transformers series in Japanese. I decided to buy this set after watching the first 5 or 6 episodes on youtube. Read morePublished on 16 Sept. 2009 by Ronald M. Laflash
okay so long story short, i've always been an anime fan, and when i saw the new live action transformers movie gutted like an xmas turkey, i had to know the extent of the damage. Read morePublished on 10 Dec. 2008 by Adam Benyon
This is the worst series in the takara line in my opinion weird story the English dub is weird the names of transformers are weird and subs you can only read from up close I have... Read morePublished on 30 July 2008 by R. Lovejoy
I have so many average/positive reviews in my archives .... I decided to review something bad for a change ... lol .. Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2008 by Low-Quality
He's always quoting the hilarious dialogue. (And it's not just the translation, it's the delivery.)
Personally, I enjoyed the new live-action film, and can sit through... Read more
What are you expecting from this box set? First off, understand that the DVDs are region-free. You can play them on any machines, but may not be able to properly view the videos if... Read morePublished on 11 April 2006