Why Chosen: One of my all time favorite line of toys growing up. I even found a picture of the first ever figure I had, RamJet. Transformers were awesome, they were robots that transformed into planes/vehicles. What boy at the time wouldn't enjoy it. There was also a cool cartoon series (see intro below) that was popular in my youth, I watched it almost as much as I watched He-Man. To show my ever loving allegiance to the toy franchise at all ages, they had a modern day cartoon series back in the early 2000's that I would watch after work and before classes my first year of grad school.
Worst thing to happen to this toy: These toys were so full of small pieces, they broke off all the time. I remember at one point in time there being a box full of spare parts, broken pieces, and weapons. These toys were made to look at, not really play with; it's sad because I enjoyed them so much.
Where are they now?: Some combination of thrown away, donated, and sold at a garage sale.
If I could play with them now, would I: Maybe for a short time. It would be fun to try and fully transform them from one form to another, but that would be all the fun I would have with them now.
Relevant in today's times: YES, probably the most so of any toy I've blogged about so far. With the two movies made that have made a crap-ton of money and a third on the way, I'd say that the Transformers are going to be awhile for a long time. News broke today that Megan Fox won't come back for the third one; it's a sad day for men everywhere.