David Willis does probably the best possible birthday card
It's really kind of scary that it's 25 years old. I remember getting the toys at Christmas for the first time, and how incredible it was. I have to admit that while I sort of remember playing for awhile with the Autobots I got (Jetfire and Prowl, if I remember right), I spent the majority of that Christmas day playing with Soundwave and a bunch of casettes, because they were totally AWESOME.
Oddly enough, for being a total TF nut as a kid (and OK, I still am, I just don't buy the toys as often), I never actually owned an Optimus Prime until Powermaster Prime came out. No idea why.
The cartoon also had some special associations for me, because WTTE used to only show Transformers on late Sunday mornings when it first aired, so any time I go to see the show, it meant that we were skipping church, which when you are 5, has this great mix of 'AWESOME!' and 'Are we gonna be in trouble?' It also meant I go to to see The Muppet Show, so I guess what I'm trying to say is that the reward for denying God was really good TV.
Ah, those were the days.