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In June of 2010, at BotCon, the official TRANSFORMERS convention, Hasbro inducted four individuals who helped shape the global entertainment brand that spawned popular action figures, comic books, multiple animated series, video games, and blockbuster live action films. Their contributions range from helping to establish the storyline to voicing the characters, and creating the original designs for the first toys. The inductees (with the exception of Kohjin Ohno) were on hand at BotCon to accept their TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame honor and to meet with the fans.

 

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BOB BUDIANSKY

While working as an editor for Marvel Comics in 1983, Mr. Budiansky named and wrote the personality profiles for most of the first 20 or so TRANSFORMERS characters. He then became the editor of the very first TRANSFORMERS mini-series, which led to his scripting most of the next 50 issues of the monthly TRANSFORMERS comic book. As he continued working with the brand on behalf of Hasbro, he helped to name and write the packaging copy and personality profiles of dozens more TRANSFORMERS, and developed story treatments as new lines of TRANSFORMERS were introduced.

 

 

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PETER CULLEN

Mr. Cullen is a voice actor best known for providing the English voice for the wise and heroic AUTOBOT leader OPTIMUS PRIME in the popular 1980s cartoon series “The TRANSFORMERS” and in the 1986 animated film “The TRANSFORMERS: The Movie.” He reprised the role again in 2007 and 2009 in the live action TRANSFORMERS movies, and will return for the third installment slated for 2011. Additionally, he has provided the voice of five other TRANSFORMERS robots during his career.

 

 

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HIDEAKI YOKE

While working at TAKARA TOMY, Mr. Yoke helped to create the Micro-Robot segment within the MICRONAUTS toy line, which featured the engineering innovation of transformation in action figures that were no more than 3 to 4 inches tall. TRANSFORMERS characters MEGATRON, SOUNDWAVE and RAVAGE can trace their origins to Mr. Yoke’s efforts. He acted as liaison between TAKARA TOMY and Hasbro during the early years of their business relationship and their relationship continues today.

 

 

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KOHJIN OHNO

Mr. Ohno started his career at TAKARA TOMY, working on the design of the Microman and Diaclone toy lines, which would later become one of the inspirations for the TRANSFORMERS toy line. Mr. Ohno created SUNSTREAKER, which is considered the first “car to robot transforming toy.” He was also instrumental in the introduction of Beast Wars TRANSFORMERS to the Japanese market. He helped design toys for both live action TRANSFORMERS movies. He takes great pride in being the person who designed the largest TRANSFORMERS toy from Generation 1: FORTRESS MAXIMUS.

 



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