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The Cube, which ignited a war between the Transformers and brought the Decepticons to Earth, also goes by what name?

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Did you know?

The Transformers were inspired by another company's toys

In the 1980s, Mattel had immense success with their character He-Man and their Masters of the Universe toy collection. Hoping to duplicate Mattel's accomplishments, they looked at Japanese toymakers for inspiration and found it in Takara Toys. Takara manufactured two transformable action figure lines, Diaclone and Microman. Hasbro bought the American distribution rights to the two lines and rebranded them to appeal to American children. With the characters designed and the backstories rewritten, the company needed memorable names for the two robot leaders. Hasbro reached out to Marvel Comics editors and writers, who later came up with the names for Optimus Prime and Megatron. The original lineup of Transformers action figures and the animated series were both released in 1984. Tonka's Gobots, also a line of toys and an animated series, looks similar to Transformers, and many people assumed the cartoon was a knockoff of Hasbro's characters. On the contrary, the Gobots were released years before the Transformers debuted. Hasbro purchased Tonka in the 1990s, acquiring the names and characters in the Gobots line. Some of the Gobots made it into the Transformers' storyline and the cast of characters.

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