Apr 3, 2015

C is for Cybertron

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Transformers is one of those fandoms near and dear to my heart. Yes, even the Michael Bay movies.

Though really, he just revived my interest because I used to watch different versions of the show Saturday morning as a child. No one leads like Optimus Prime.

Cybertron is the home planet of the Transformers. While it's origin and creation vary from each new Transformers franchise (natural formation, the body of a god named Primus, created by an alien race called the Quintessons) the planet itself is usually in the same place. That is, a large metal planet covered with city states that's been devastated by the war between the Decepticons and the Autobots.
G1 version of the planet Cybertron from Transformers.
Source - This is the G1 version of the planet. Or for those not in the know, the first rendition of it from the original cartoon.

Sometimes the planet has been sucked dry and so the war continued on to other planets in a resource hunt, or sometimes it's wondering through space like a comet because the war has forced it from orbit around its sun and it's looking for a new place to call home. (Though scientifically I'm not sure how that works out.) Or it's just sitting there, like a normal planet, controlled by one faction or another.

That's the thing with fandoms that have been around for so long and rebooted so often - there's so many mythos. But some things never change and Cybertron being the home planet is one of them. 

(I have to add, when searching for images I found a few companies who are names Cybertron. The fan base is strong with this fandom.)

18 comments:

  1. I never watched Transformers the cartoon - I think it was on the other side when I used to watch something else, but I did enjoy the first two movies :). I had no idea Cybertron had different origins in each incarnation.
    Tasha
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    1. Yeah, there's lots of variations of this fandom. Which considering it's only been around since 86 is a lot. And then there's also all the Marvel stuff, because in an early comic Spiderman totally helped them save the day.

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  2. I have never been interested before in the subject you write about, but going the the blogs there appears to be many people who share your interest.
    Your post is excellently written and I can say I REALLY enjoy it.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Oh yeah, there are a lot of writers out there. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I love the Transformers franchise (shows, at least some of the movies)! I'd love to visit this planet.

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    1. I always thought it was fascinating, having a city-planet with layers of basement and dusty corners. I could spend years exploring. Though the acid rain may be a problem.

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  4. Well, now that's a GREAT choice for C. I'm not that into the movies but I must confess Transformers did transform our lives and the way we view cars (especially)....hehhe..forever.
    "Haneen/I Will Never Give you Up (479)"

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    1. Totally. I was never into car models until the new Bay movie came out and now I freak out every time I see a yellow Camaro.

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  5. Nice! This is one place in Sci Fi I wish I could learn more about. :)

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    1. *rubs hands together* Oh, I could say a lot about this fandom, and thus Cybertron.

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  6. I think I've seen the new Transformers films - at least, I've been in the house while kids and hubby watched it :-)

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    1. Eh, I guess that counts. Though I would recommend watching them if just for the special effects. They are amazing!

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  7. People whined a lot about the Michael Bay movies, but I think he gave exactly what everyone wanted: Awesome giant robot fights. No one was expecting Shakespearean language and character development, really... :D

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
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    1. Yeah, I really have no complaints about them myself.

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  8. I've never seen Transformers. I wouldn't have thought they came from a planet, maybe something like a car dealership instead. ;) Planet is way cooler, though.

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    1. Oh man, when they were introduced in the comics they got all up into mechanical evolution. I'd recommend the movie, it's pretty and the first one especially has some good dialog.

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  9. I liked the first Transformers movie (Michael Bay), it was kinda fun :) I do remember the jingle/theme song from the cartoon show as well! I don't remember a whole lot about Cybertron though. Clearly, some of the writers left their science hat at home when they decided to make a planet wander around - but then they weren't the first, look at Space 1999! ;P
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    1. *winces at bad science* Now it bothers me, but as a kid I didn't really care. But oh yeah, I have the entire soundtrack for the 80s movie.

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