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Is this actually a franchise? A franchise has a continuity/ies associated with it in every other use we have. This has like 4, most of which predate Universe 2008. This feels more like an umbrella title for a product 'line' containing offerings from multiple franchises than than a franchise itself. -Derik 01:15, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

Judging by the list of "franchises" on the Franchise page (Commemorative Series? Machine Wars?), yeah, this fits. Maybe we need to revise our definition. JW 01:41, 18 February 2008 (UTC)
As the guy who's put most of that list together, I will say that it includes every toy line, regardless of the amount of fiction associated with it or the universe that the fiction falls under. Some franchises are little more than toylines, but every toyline has some kind of fiction associated with it, even if it's just a lame quote for the character. Maybe that list is more toy lines than true franchises, but I don't know how or where you'd draw the line. But, re: Derik's concern, if "continuity" was the sole requirement for being a franchise, then BW and BM would get sucked up by G1. All the new Universe stuff is being marketed under a common packaging style and title -- that to me is the very definition of a franchise. -- Repowers 02:01, 18 February 2008 (UTC)
So, what do we call this on the front page? Universe 2008? --FFN 04:18, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

"Armada" Section Incorrectly Titled

That 12-pack of Mini-Cons is under the subtitle "Armada", but the Armada line has nothing to do with the set other than introduce Mini-Cons, in that all those 'cons in the set are Classics era molds. All Armada minicon team molds wore out after the Cybertron two packs, although Armada "bulk" molds still usable are gang-molded with the acompanying mini-con(s), which is why movie Inferno (Armada Red-Alert repaint) has the unamed (Longarm) mini-con. Also, isn't the 12-set a K-Mart Exclusive, and thus be written as such?

The set is a K-Mart Exclusive, yes.. but it is also clearly identified as 'Armada Series' for Universe. 75.70.220.16 22:26, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

Video

Sweet! (fangirl squeal!)

Think there's any chance in high heaven they *might* consider cgi-ing the rest of the '86 movie? I would sssssoooo love to see Soundwave like that!

Hey, a girl can dream, can't she?--Nightshade83 13:36, 28 March 2008 (UTC)

Is this thing on Youtube? I would literally stab a baby to see it.Thew 13:47, 27 June 2008 (UTC)

As of Botcon...

This is shaping up to be a helluva toyline. I thought Classics spoiled us, but I daresay this is better.--RosicrucianTalk 02:46, 28 April 2008 (UTC)

Wow... Hot Shot is getting a classics toy...

Please let it be a new mold... And have a reference to JaAm!11--Dynamus Prime 12:46, 28 April 2008 (UTC)

It is a new mold. They showed us an early prototype, and it comes with a new Jolt. --ItsWalky 12:50, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
But no axelzooka gimick, even though the new Jolt can attach onto the new Hot Shot --AutobotFreak643 22:31, 7 June 2008 (UTC)
To be fair, Hot Shot did change his body structure many times, so he lost it ages ago to combine with other Autobots, and yet again to accomodate a Cyber Key, and again for that Cybertron Defence team gig. It could be fair to assume that the Jolt can attach to Hot Shot, but not to activate a gimmick. Metal Gear NOIZE 13:53, 27 June 2008 (UTC)

Aerial Rivals ?

Where'd we officially learn the identities of the Aerial Rivials (and did we learn about the K-Mart minicons?). Kyde said they'd be up of Transformers.com but they weren't yet last time I checked. --71.235.142.128 13:56, 28 April 2008 (UTC)

Anyone know? I only ask because I'm a big Skydive fan and am curious to confirm we'll have him and Air Raid to go with Silverbolt and Fireflight. Does Hasbro still have "Slighshot"? --ZacWilliam 20:34, 28 April 2008 (UTC)

Robot Heroes

Just curious, where was the news about BM versions of Cheetor and Tankor being in Robot Heroes announced? It really seems to come out of left-field. I would think some citing or notation would be in order, at least in this dicussion page... Vanguard 21:14, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

I think it's time to change this just a bit

OK we have a bit of inaccuracy in this article, as I just noticed. Hasbro has just published the official bios for some of the toys on the Hasbro toys shop page, and it shows us that Blaster and Heavy load are not part of the classics series! See for youself: Heavy load Blaster and as a comparison, ONSLAUGHT. Now we have to create a separate page for Blaster, also a separate section for the non classics Universe figures.Dead Metal 17:50, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

Um, no. They're all part of 'Universe 2.0', which is what this page is about. Vanguard 12:56, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
...Monzo? -Derik 13:17, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
At the very least, we should probably wait until final packaging comes out. Relying on the 'headers' of the Hasbro shop to see what goes where seems pretty bone-headed to me, considering its history and all. Vanguard 16:08, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
The back of the boxes plainly say "Classics Series". —Interrobang 23:52, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

What's wrong with linking straight to the toy section of a character page?

What's wrong with linking straight to the toy section of a character page? (#toys) I like that - Starfield 18:47, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

Yeah i linked all of them to the toys and now they just link to the characters. these toys have no back-stories other than whats in their tech-specs, so why can't they just link right to the toy? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Finflan (talkcontribs).

I would assume we want people to look at the character the toy is made for, not just the toy. Easy enough to scroll down to the toy section. --FFN 07:34, 27 June 2008 (UTC)
This page is a list of new toys. The most likly reason for clicking on a link is because someone wants to see the new toy. It's not a huge deal, but I still think it is more helpful to link to the toy. - Starfield 13:26, 27 June 2008 (UTC)
We're not really in the "new stuff" business. This is a reference document, not a news site. And what happens when the toys are no longer new? -- Repowers 13:38, 27 June 2008 (UTC)
Plus, linking simply to "Toys" is not really all THAT helpful, since several of these characters have multiple toys. There's still searching and scrolling on your own involved... only this time without the benefit of a handy TOC link. --M Sipher 17:12, 27 June 2008 (UTC)
There is precedent for linking to the toy. That's the way it's done in the Classics page. Starfield 21:07, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
If there is a link to Universe toys, maybe we should use #Universe instead of #toys as in: Onslaught. Starfield 21:07, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

Unicron

Okay, ACToys put out this news, of a in-package Unicron. As far as I know, this is a reputable delear showing a picture of a soon-to-be-released item. It's not an eBay auction or any of the 'usual' types of INSIDER INFO... so why are we supposed to assume this is stolen and illegal and we're about to be anal-raped by Hasbro's law-ninjas? - Vanguard 18:20, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

Because that is the default assumption unless someone can cough up an official Hasbro press release?--RosicrucianTalk 18:22, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
There's been other material from toy shows, release-lists, and the like, from other sources (such as BigBadToyStore). Also, MUCH of our Japanese and Chinese oriented news never does have an official Hasbro statement (like Swerve). So, forgive me, I'm just not up for openly accusing AcToys as being a bunch of prototype-thieves (which is the reason given for blocking their news) when there's absolutely no basis for it. - Vanguard 18:27, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
That does not change the fact that, by our standards, the material is as of yet inappropriate for inclusion.--RosicrucianTalk 18:29, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
Without any sort of official word from reputable publications/websites, retailers, convention/trade shows or Hasbro/TakaraTomy themselves, we have to assume that something is leaked. This is *not* a news website. We put up information when the official authorities feel it is the right time to do so (which is when they give stock photos or toy listings to retailers or publications, ect). --FFN 18:32, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

And for that matter, we have a lengthy diatribe explaining the wiki's reasoning on these policies here.--RosicrucianTalk 18:35, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

AcToys a "reputable dealer"? AcToys is just a Chinese message board. And that grainy photo sure doesn't look official in any way whatsoever.--Nevermore 23:09, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

2008 Universe Microcontinuity

Reading some of the Universe bios in TRU today, and it does look like they're attempting at least the pretense of some shared continuity beyond just giving character bios. There's hints at "hunting Decepticons in deep space" and "confused Autobots scattered throughout the universe." Thoughts?--RosicrucianTalk 23:26, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

Yeah, dispite Hasbro saying there was "no continuity" attatched to the new Universe toys by giving them fiction of any sort (ie the package bios) they are, in effect creating one. I mean unless said fiction is specifically and explicitly connected to a previous existant continuity we must assume, I think, that it is its own. --ZacWilliam 23:36, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
And while the bios do appear to assume that these are their G1 counterparts thus far, they also seem to allude to an event of some sort that scattered said characters all over the cosmos. Which is as well similar to the original loose storyline of the first Universe toyline prior to it being codified more solidly by 3H. It is, apparently, a contrivance to get a bunch of characters from diverse continuities in one spot (relatively speaking).--RosicrucianTalk 23:39, 5 July 2008 (UTC)
What are the diverse continuities? I thought so far the only Universe toys with bios were the G1 guys. As for them, Prowl's bio seems the most loaded, with the bits you mentioned above, plus the juicy "It’s only a matter of time until the DECEPTICONS get themselves a real leader, and the AUTOBOTS need to be ready." This is strangely dissonant with the Classics fiction and toys, where Megatron was playing a central role. It really does sound like Hasbro's trying to go somewhere with the bios, but it's hard to say where yet. - Jackpot 01:47, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
Then there's Blaster's bio, where the "story" is just a rehash of stuff from the Marvel Comics. I am a bit skeptical that these bios are actually intended to tie together into anything. --KilMichaelMcC 02:01, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
I don't know, other than the mention of him working with Preceptor it's not THAT much like the Marvel comics. I mean they were one small resistance cell there, not a group working to unite many scattered cells against increasingly organized Decepticons. And Blaster in the Marvel books never functioned as he's described here cataloguing personel and mission reports and issuing out orders. That fits at least as well in with the comments from Prowl's about the Cons being trouble if the get a leader to organize them as it does with the Marvel stuff... Who knows at this point. Hopefully future bios will add more and make things clearer. --71.235.142.128 02:16, 6 July 2008 (UTC)
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