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By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Classic '80s 'toon more than just a commercial in disguise.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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age 6+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 7+

Good but violent

This show is super great. I showed this to my son and he is playing with my old Transformers toys. It is a little violent but as long as your kids understand that hitting/killing other people is not ok it should be fine. The other thing I don't like is the lack of positive female role models.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 5+


Is It Any Good?

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The show takes its name from the robots' distinctive shape-shifting capabilities. Though they typically assume human-like forms -- with arms, legs and heads -- they each have an automated alter-ego, including jet planes, trucks, cars, and other nifty designs. These quick-change transitions are a key part of the show's appeal, and they make for a pretty cool effect when the Autobots and the Decepticons gear up for battle. Of course, shape-changing robots also make ideal playthings for young boys; in fact, the products came first, and series was created in large part to boost sales of the Transformers toys. No surprise, the plan was a huge success.

Even though the Transformers franchise has now moved way beyond the products, the series holds up well. Yes, the animation is very clunky by today's standards, but the transformation effect never gets old, especially for the legions of die-hard fans who grew up watching Optimus Prime slug it out with Megatron. The series also deserves credit for placing natural resources at the center of the story, a prescient move that seems very current today. Bottom line? The show looks its age, but it's still fun.

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