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post #16 of 49
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post
I bet you're just bitter that you never got your favorite one.



I never played with transformers. My mother bought me those chemistry sets for kids instead.
post #17 of 49
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I never played with transformers. My mother bought me those chemistry sets for kids instead.

Ah, well that explains it even more.
post #18 of 49
I was never really into Transformers but have a soft spot for Swoop, the Dinobot.

Also, the idea of "Dinobots" is genius, even if it's the worst robot disguise ever.
post #19 of 49
I'm with you, Foo. Hated the first Bay movie, didn't see the second, and never paid attention to anything after G1. Once in a while I still go online to watch an old G1 episode, and I own the movie ("Oh, shit!")

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I was never really into Transformers but have a soft spot for Swoop, the Dinobot.

Also, the idea of "Dinobots" is genius, even if it's the worst robot disguise ever.

What, you wouldn't be fooled?
post #20 of 49
Why was "Dino Boy" an episode in between each Transformers story during every half hour show?




- B
post #21 of 49
I think I know what you're talking about but only because of Boomerang.
post #22 of 49
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Also, the idea of "Dinobots" is genius, even if it's the worst robot disguise ever.

disagree. there was a line called 'rock lords' where the robots transform into colored boulders. I never got transformer toys but an aunt once gave me a complete set of these



post #23 of 49
At least they're disguised as something mundane. The only thing that would catch my eye more than a giant freakin' robot is a giant freakin' robot dinosaur.
post #24 of 49
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I was never really into Transformers but have a soft spot for Swoop, the Dinobot.

The Dinobots are big crowd pleaser. Even when they killed off most of the G1 characters in the 1986 animated movie, they let the Dinobots survive.

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I'm with you, Foo. Hated the first Bay movie, didn't see the second, and never paid attention to anything after G1. Once in a while I still go online to watch an old G1 episode, and I own the movie ("Oh, shit!")

The original animated movie is awesome. The first half-an-hour I could watch over and over again.

Bay's movies are generally terrible. However, the second has some very appealing scenes and moments for the died-in-the-wool Transformers fan, even if it sucks overall. If you can, watch the sequence that begins with Sam's rescue from interrogation by Megatron and carried through the ensuing forest battle between Optimus Prime and three Decepticons (including Megatron and Starscream) at the same time.

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disagree. there was a line called 'rock lords' where the robots transform into colored boulders. I never got transformer toys but an aunt once gave me a complete set of these

I had one of these. He did not last very long in imaginary battle against the Transformers, though. Even Bumblebee made short work of him, what with being mobile and armed.
post #25 of 49
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died-in-the-wool
This could be the alternate title to your blog!
post #26 of 49
Mid '80s Transformers were awesome, especially Soundwave and that whiny bitch Starscream. I also remember there being a Dinobot called Slag, which is highly amusing for a British child. Don't forget the triple changers, like Astrotrain. I'm sure there were some in a lurid shade of green, but I can't find any pics. Good times! I hate all that Michael Bay shit, and the new Transformers toys are an ADHD design abomination, far too fussy and overdone. Edit: Found the green ones - Constructicons. Fucking brilliant!
post #27 of 49
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At least they're disguised as something mundane. The only thing that would catch my eye more than a giant freakin' robot is a giant freakin' robot dinosaur.
The 8 Shittiest Transformer Disguises.
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Sky Lynx: plastic-molded proof that while it's OK for Renaissance artists to use drugs for inspiration, toymakers should steer clear. He looks like a Space Shuttle that got pissed on absinthe and stumbled into a Mythical Greek orgy, on top of a nuclear reactor. His only possible camouflage option is passersby refusing to believe what they just saw. You might ask "How can something turn into a space shuttle, an animal beast and a bird?" The only answer (apart from the counter-question "Why would you want to be a goddamn bird when you're already a space shuttle?") is to say "Space Shuttle, no problem, and a mumblemumble, got it." To say that Sky Lynx's other modes look like anything at all would be a horribly generous overstatement. In fact, Sky Lynx doesn't even have a robot mode, meaning he's the only Transformer EVER to fuck up both parts of "Robots in Disguise."
post #28 of 49
This thread epitomizes
post #29 of 49
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The Transformers only took on Earth forms to hide their existence at the very beginning of events in the G1 storyline (after being woken up from stasis lock). Soon after, the jig was up and people all over the world knew there were giant transforming robots fighting each other in their backyards. There was even government coordination. After that point, alternative vehicle modes only offered individual, temporary camouflage (at first blush, a truck is just a truck, even if you know some of them might turn into robots). So, Autobots and Decepticons who later arrived on Earth or who were later created often took alternative vehicle modes that had advantages other than disguise. The Dinobots, for example, were not created by the Autobots to hide incognito--rather, the idea was to imbue them with powerful alternative modes inspired by Earth's dinosaurs. Many later Transformers simply kept their Cybertronian forms. Why did Optimus Prime stay a big honking truck after the Transformers were discovered? Maybe even Cybertronians think big honking trucks are freaking awesome. It's often overlooked that Transformers are people, even if they are not human. Many show a great appreciation for various aspects of Earth culture, so it isn't surprising they'd pick up a thing or two. I always thought it was particularly sinister that Megatron turned into a handgun. It's all perfectly sensible.
post #30 of 49
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post
The Transformers only took on Earth forms to hide their existence at the very beginning of events in the G1 storyline (after being woken up from stasis lock). Soon after, the jig was up and people all over the world knew there were giant transforming robots fighting each other in their backyards. There was even government coordination. After that point, alternative vehicle modes only offered individual, temporary camouflage (at first blush, a truck is just a truck, even if you know some of them might turn into robots).

So, Autobots and Decepticons who later arrived on Earth or who were later created often took alternative vehicle modes that had advantages other than disguise. The Dinobots, for example, were not created by the Autobots to hide incognito--rather, the idea was to imbue them with powerful alternative modes inspired by Earth's dinosaurs. Many later Transformers simply kept their Cybertronian forms.

Why did Optimus Prime stay a big honking truck after the Transformers were discovered? Maybe even Cybertronians think big honking trucks are freaking awesome. It's often overlooked that Transformers are people, even if they are not human. Many show a great appreciation for various aspects of Earth culture, so it isn't surprising they'd pick up a thing or two. I always thought it was particularly sinister that Megatron turned into a handgun.

It's all perfectly sensible.
You could be in a Kevin Smith movie.

Or, back in the 1990s, a Richard Linklater movie.
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