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July, 2000
The Transformers™ by Gedeon Maheux

Delving once again into the cartoons of my childhood for inspiration, I decided to try my hand at one of my all-time favorites - The Transformers. For the uninitiated among you, the Transformers were a toy line, comic book and television series that aired both in Japan and here in the US back in the early-mid 80's. The show followed two sets of robots who could change their appearance or "transform" from one shape to another. The good guys were the Autobots, lead by the heroic Optimus Prime and mainly resembled vehicles in their "earthly" shape. The bad guys were called Decipticons and they were lead by the evil Megatron. The Decipticon's angle was that they tried to blend in with their environment for stealth purposes, so their "earthly" shapes were anything from planes, and weapons to everyday objects like cassette players and insects.

The show aired in the US for two years prior the the 1986 release of "Transformers: The Movie". The movie moved the story of the TV cartoon to a different level via the death-transformations of the main hero and villain (Prime and Megatron) into the more modern "Rodimus Prime" and "Galvatron". The show continued in the US for one more year and additional incarnations sprouted up in Japan and in comic books. Transformers are still around today from Hasbro, most notably in the form of Beast Wars and the newest addition - Transformers 2000 coming soon from Japan. A DVD release of Transformers: The Movie is tentatively scheduled for an October 2000 release.

The Transformers were the initial wave of the now familiar "toy/TV show" tie in marketing that so often bombards today's kids. But unlike today's shows where toys are based on the cartoons, in the case of the Transformers, the toys came first and all the hype came later. I remember playing endlessly with the Transformers I had assembled thanks to careful management of my weekly allowance. I mostly collected the smaller robots like Huffer, Hound, Cliffjumper and Jazz. Occasionally, for special events like my birthday or Christmas, I was treated to some of the larger Transformers like Optimus Prime himself and eventually, to the best one I ever owed - Jetfire. I remember how my cousin owned all six of the constructicons and how much he enjoyed taunting me that I didn't. He would gleefully combine all six together into the larger, more menacing, Devistator and kick all of my Autobot's collective butts. :-D

The attached collection contains 30 icons from the hit kid's cartoon The Transformers. I've attempted to bring you some of the major characters from the TV show and the movie, as well as some of the smaller, less remembered Transformers. There are far too many individual robots to tackle the entire bunch, the creation of the icons you see here were dictated by my ability to get good visual references more than anything else. If you're favorite Autobot or Decipticon isn't shown here, don't loose heart, just try to enjoy the ones I did do and remember what it was like to be a kid all over again. Enjoy!

Thanks: A special thanks goes out to Richard May who provided me with an invaluable service... identifying all the Transformers I couldn't remember. There are so many of them that knowing who they are just by looking at them is quite a feat. Thanks Richard for all your help, it was appreciated!

Thanks also go our to Justin Dauer of and Rick Roe of for their personal contributions to this collection. You can find more Transformers goodies at their individual sites, but its nice to know that other iconists love the Transformers as much as I. Thanks guys!

Legality Transformers are Copyright ©2000 by Hasbro, Inc. and Takara, LTD. The icons contained in this set are intended for personal desktop use ONLY. They may not be disassembled, reverse-engineered or otherwise modified, in part or in whole except for personal desktop use. This includes conversion into other graphic formats such as JPEG, PNG, etc.. These icons MAY NOT BE REDISTRIBUTED, SOLD OR EXCHANGED FOR ANY GOODS OR SERVICES WHATSOEVER. In addition, the read-me file must accompany the set at all times. By downloading this file you are agreeing to be bound by these terms of use.

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