Sunday, June 29, 2014

Nostalgia Theater: The Transformers Toy Commercials!

With Transformers: Age of Extinction currently on track for the biggest opening weekend of the year, it's clear that the Transformers brand is in no danger of fading away. Given that, I thought I'd use this week's Nostalgia Theater to look back on the 1984-1991 run of toys from Hasbro that got the whole shebang started. Watch the vids for every single TV spot for the line. I remember seeing a lot of these when they first aired -- (though I unfortunately owned virtually none of these) -- and man, did the memories just come rushing back.

With many of these featuring the first Transformers animation from Marvel Studios, as well as the trademark narration by voiceover artist Victor Caroli, they make for a fascinating timeline of not only Transformers' evolution over the years -- from the original batch to Headmasters to to Power Masters to Pretenders, etc. -- but also how advertising techniques have changed over the years. Check 'em out after the jump!

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