|Transformers Cybertron: The Ultimate Collection|
Written by Jason Flick
July 30, 2008
Transformers are a house hold name these days. Ever since their creation in 1984 to the recent box office hit, generations of fans have fallen in love or back in love with them. Personally I grew up with the Transformers and they still remain one of my favorite cartoons of all time. Many fans of the show will contest which of the numerous shows was the best Transformers series.
To me, one that cannot narrow his choices down to one in some cases, there are three series that I hold as my favorites. My first choice would obviously be the Gen 1 series, followed by Beast Wars and finally Transformers: Cybertron.
This brings me round to the point of this article in the first place as I give you my review of Transformers Cybertron: The Ultimate Collection. This 7-Disc Collection covers the third and final section in the Unicron Trilogy. In this Ultimate Collection, viewers will get to see all 4 Seasons of the Transformers: Cybertron show. This show however takes on a whole new look for the previous one due to its perfect blend of CG and conventional animation.
Being a long time fan of the Transformers universe this new show is the much needed revamp that the series needs. Ever since the end of the Beast Wars show, I have found the Transformers series from there on out to be rather lacking in the intensity of the Gen 1 cartoons.
The story of this show starts after the destruction of Unicron in Transformers: Energon. Unfortunately with his destruction, a black hole that poses to destroy the entire universe was created. The AutoBots evacuate Cybertron but as they are transporting some last minute supplies they are attacked by StarScream. Realizing that this is a trick Optimus rushes off to the AutoBots headquarters while Vector Prime, an ancient Transformer, warps Landmine to Earth.
Here Landmine crashes on Earth and befriends Coby, Bud, and Lori. Optimus soon finds Landmine and reveals to the humans that the Map to finding the 4 Cyber Planet Keys has been stolen by the evil one himself, Megatron. Without the map, the Auto bots must find another way to locate the Cyber Planet Keys. With the help of the 3 children they spend their time searching and fighting Decepticons at every turn.
A few of the things I really like about this show is how some of earth’s legends such as Atlantis, vampires, werewolves, UFO’s and even Bigfoot are tied into the show. I will not go anymore in-depth on this matter as I would ruin all the fun.
The other thing that I like about Transformers: Cybertron is the fact that the Transformers and their human friends (after much begging and persuasion) get to visit several different planets and even an alternate universe. They even get to see an amazing discovery once they visit Cybertron.
Since this is Transformers: Cybertron in its complete 4 Season entirety, there is just too much stuff to bring up in this review. All I will say is that this show packs a serious amount of action into its 7 disc set with all 52 episodes. Cybertron instills all the morals, values, the importance of teamwork and courage that the original series did all those years ago.
The character design of all the characters in this show are detailed for both the Transformers themselves and the all of the humans involved, especially Coby, Bud and Lori. I really couldn’t ask for a better mix of animation types that this show offers.
I also have to mention that I absolutely love the new theme song for Transformer: Cybertron. In Japan this show like so many animated shows had several opening and ending songs. The English version however got a bit of a remix as those songs were replaced with the “Transformers: Cybertron Theme” done by none other than Paul Oakenfold.