The classic Transformers cartoon opening recreated in stop motion is pretty great

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Apr 10, 2018, 4:48 PM EDT (Updated)

There was a glorious time, back in the 1980s, when Transformers was pure. A line of toys that transformed from vehicles to robots, that then had a simple cartoon franchise based around it. It was simple synergy: toys sold the cartoon, and the cartoon sold the toys (then, later, comics and other merchandise). Then Michael Bay came along and blew up the franchise in 2007 with a never-ending series of big-budget, effects-heavy feature films.

Return to a simpler time with this detailed stop-motion version of the original cartoon theme song -- made with original Transformers toys! Well, simpler for you, not for the Lazy Eyebrow Reviewer or OptimusTimelord, who spent eight months working on this project -- which results in less than a minute of screen time. It was worth it, though. The animation is smooth and clean, and remarkably faithful to the original cartoon.

The original, or first-generation, line of Transformers toys is a pretty pricey collectible. According to, an original Optimus Prime sealed in package can sell for over $2,000. Even without the packaging, Optimus Prime is worth over $100. Megatron is worth slightly more -- the average toy without packaging can be worth about $125, but Transformerland doesn't have any data on a toy that is sealed in package.

Check out The Lazy Eyebrow's video above, then compare it with the original 1980s Transformers cartoon opening below.

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