Ponies and Transformers (also known as PAT) is a media entertainment franchise produced by American toy company Hasbro and Japanese toy company Takara Tomy. It was created by a comic book in 1984. The series is a crossover between the My Little Pony and Transformers franchises. The My Little Pony toys were developed by Bonnie Zacherle, Charles Muenchinger, and Steve D'Aguanno, and were produced in 1981. The Transformers toys were developed by Hasbro in US and Takara Tomy in Japan. The franchise began in 1984 with the Ponies and Transformers comic book in 1984. Before the movie, Predator came in 1987, the ponies feature colorful bodies, manes and a unique symbol on one or both sides of their flanks and also wearing a bio-mask and use blades attack and make them invisible. The Autobots became the Ponies allies and help them to stop the Decepticons and help other humans in Earth to find the Elements of Harmony. In its history, the Ponies and Transformers franchise has expanded to encompass comic books, animation, video games and films.
Following the original My Little Pony and Transformers comic that was introduced in 1984, Ponies and Transformers was launched in 1982 and the line became popular during the 1980s. The term "Generation 1" covers both the animated television series The Ponies and Transformers and the comic book series of the same name, which are further divided into Japanese and British spin-offs, respectively. Sequels followed, such as the Generation 2 comic book and Beast Ponies Wars TV series, which became its own mini-universe. Generation 1 characters underwent two reboots with Dreamwave and Dreamworld in 2003 and IDW Publishing in 2007, also as a remastered series. There have been other incarnations of the story based on different toy lines during and after the 20th century. The first was the Robots in Disguise and Horses are Invisible series, followed by three shows (The Armada Series, The Energon Series, and The Cybertron Series) that constitute a single universe called the "Unicron Trilogy". An upcoming live-action film was also released in 2021, again distinct from previous incarnations, while the Ponies and Transformers: Animated series merged concepts from the G1 story-arc, the 2021 live-action film and the "Unicron Trilogy".
- 1 History
- 2 PAT: Generation 1 (1986 - 1995)
- 3 Robots in Disguise and Horses are Invisible (2003 - 2004)
- 4 The Unicron Trilogy (2005 - 2009)
- 5 Ponies and Transformers: Universe (2005 - present)
- 6 Ponies and Transformers: Animated (2009 - 2013 / 2014)
- 7 Hunt for the Monsters (2015)
- 8 Aligned Universe (2017 - present)
- 9 Live-action film franchise (2021)