It needs a thread, I think - just to highlight it. I'd be happy with retcons here and there, but this is an issue that needs sorting properly. As I began my re-read of the ongoings starting from Death of Optimus, it's a glaringly obvious flaw that you can't help but notice.
12 Million Years Ago - First Cybertronians Learn to Transform. More than likely something to do with Adaptus - a legend that people find hard to believe.
10 Million Years Ago - Knights of Cybertron create Cybertron as we know it. They sod off.
6 Million Years Ago - Ancient Nova Prime - someone only ancient people like Omega Supreme remembers - goes off exploring the Benzuli expanse. Rung would appear to be a famous psychiatrist.
4 Million Years Ago - War starts. By which point Bumblebee - 'the young one' - and Ironhide - 'the old one' - are already referring to each other as such.
So... what suddenly happened that caused Transformers to start living incredibly long lives? The current cast have currently lived at least a third of their species' existence.* Did they only develop space travel with Nova Prime? If not, and they weren't primitive beforehand, how does an advanced robotic society conveniently forget to document the creation of their cities and infrastructure? It's the equivalent of us claiming that Victorian England and the Queen were legendary, with no-one knowing if they're superstition or not. It's mind-bogglingly stupid.
Furman's intent was more than likely that IDW TFs would live a lot shorter time spans, but all those unchecked cartoon references began to mess things up. Bah.
* 'Species' here is referring to them becoming transformable beings. We can probably assume that before they developed this technology, they were around for a considerably longer amount of time.
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