The Transformers is the first animated television series in the Transformers franchise. The series depicts a war among giant robots that can transform into vehicles and other objects.Written and recorded in America, the series was animated in Japan and South Korea. The entire series was based upon the Diaclone and Microman toy lines originally created by Japanese toy manufacturer Takara, which were developed into the Transformers toy line by American company Hasbro. The series was supplemented by a feature film, The Transformers: The Movie (1986), taking place between the second and third seasons.
In Japan, the series was called Fight! Super Robot Life Form Transformer (戦え! 超ロボット生命体トランスフォーマー Tatakae! Chō Robotto Seimeitai Toransufōmā) for Seasons 1 and 2, and Fight! Transformers 2010 (戦え! トランスフォーマー2010 Tatakae! Toransufōmā Tsu Ō Wan Ō) for Season 3. Following the conclusion of the series in 1987, several Japanese-originated sequel series were created to continue the story, beginning with Transformers: The Headmasters. In North America, the series was instead followed by the Canadian-produced Beast Wars: Transformers.
Due to the 1992 franchise-wide relaunch under the name Transformers: Generation 2, the original series and its toy and comic book parallels are referred to as Transformers: Generation 1, aka G1. Initially a fan-coined term, it has since made its way into official use.
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