Transmission ID: 00020
Operation: A Brave New World
A series of transforming robot toys and cartoons by Takara, in the spirit of Transformers, that wasn’t Transformers?
Eight separate original series, in eight years, in eight separate continuities?
G1 Dinobots, playing the bad guys?
Believe it or not folks, this is all real. It’s the wonderful and unique concept of the BRAVE SERIES. TFNation 2017 is going to highlight this less known cousin of Transformers with several special events.
But what is BRAVE?
In 1990, Transformers had disappeared from Japanese airwaves with Transformers Victory, with the short-lived direct to video Transformers Zone being the final animated adventure of the Transformers in Japan. Not wanting to lose out on that lucrative TV robot market, Takara in 1990 teamed up with animation studio Sunrise, best known for its work on the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise, to develop a new super robot series. This is what came to be known as Yuusha, or more commonly, Brave.
The eight Brave shows, collectively known as the Brave Series, ran from 1990 to 1997, with spinoffs and sequels running up to 2005. The series are known for their mix of excellent robot designs, elaborate combination and attack sequences, and some of the most fun toys to come out of the 1990s. Compare that to any Transformer iteration and you can see why we feel it deserves it’s moment in the spotlight at TFNation 2017!
So how will TFNation celebrate this? Let’s start with a panel!
Join us on Friday 11th August 2017 as we are joined by long time Brave fans Simon “Sol Fury” Barlow, Matt “Timey Wimey” Clark and Sid “CZ Hazard” Beckett to take an in-depth look into the lesser known cousin of the Transformers universe. We will take you on a journey through this brave new world from 1990s Brave Exkaiser until the 1997 The King of Braves: GaoGaiGar.
Learn how designs originally planned for the Transformers line were incorporated into the early series, how aspects of the cartoons use character models from previous Transformers shows (the Dinobots, Deathsaurus, Scorponok, Sixshot and various others), and how the stories of the series developed an identity of their own apart from Transformers.
But what about the toys? Have we got a display for you?
Throughout the weekend ensure you visit the Forge as we showcase the largest display of Brave DX figures ever compiled. If you are a fan of Generation One Transformers figures, especially toys such as Star Saber, then this is must. Your wallet may not thank you but your eyes will feast on the delights which Takara produced in the decade after Generation One. Marvel at some of the greatest and most unique combining robots of all time, along with some creative reuses of the Generation One Transformers molds. For those newer fans who appreciate when Hasbro gets a minor repaint right, just you wait and see how the masters of repainting did it!
Further transmissions to follow.
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