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The Transformers Thread

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by mafoofan, Feb 17, 2010.

  1. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Well-Known Member

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    I think I know what you're talking about but only because of Boomerang.
     
  2. acidboy

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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 [​IMG]

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  3. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  4. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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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.

    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.

    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 [​IMG]

    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.
     
  5. RJman

    RJman Well-Known Member

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    died-in-the-wool
    This could be the alternate title to your blog!
     
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    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! [​IMG]
     
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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. [​IMG]
     
  8. Douglas

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    This thread epitomizes [​IMG]
     
  9. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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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.
     
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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.

    You could be in a Kevin Smith movie.

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

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    holy shit I LOVE TRANSFORMERS

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    Olfaction:

    Are those Autobots or [​IMG]icons?
     
  14. ctrlaltelite

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    before i wrote about clothes, i worked for a toy blog in college. one of the best perks was attending toy fair in february, which this year coincided with fashion week. i was in ny at the time covering the latter, but still have friends who do pr and blogging in the toy industry, and i must say the new TF stuff is great.

    i loved the new animated show because it referenced so much G1 stuff but still made the toys cool and relevant. i have the scion soundwave on my desk here at work. plus they brought back weird al to voice wreck-gar, which was a great touch.

    the new toys coming out are both based on the game and numerous other points in TF canon, i spend some time reading the TF wiki (tfwiki.net) because it's informative and hilarious. david willis, who does the webcomic shortpacked (shortpacked.com) -- which in and of itself is full of plenty of batman and tf-related punchlines -- moderates the wiki and adds liberal doses of tongue-in-cheek humor.

    what amazes me most about these toys is the engineering and design, they're like rubik's cubes with a purpose and personality. the designers look at everyday objects and have to decide how to deconstruct them -- add a body, face, joints, etc. -- and then hide all that within the original form.
     
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    ^ Cool, whose is the Mesa Boogie amp?

    Foo knows WAAAAAY too much about the backstory stuff. Do you guys have Mastermind in the States? He should sign up for the show with Transformers as his specialist subject.

    It's also time they did one disguised as a dildo or Fleshlight or something. Suckas gotta penetrate society on all levels, right?
     
  16. mafoofan

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    Foo knows WAAAAAY too much about the backstory stuff.

    Nah. Most people just don't even remember the basic plot, so they're surprised when they realize it's not just about robots hiding from each other and blowing each other up.
     
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    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.

    Hmmm...well, maybe I'll rent it.

    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). [. . .] 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.


    See, THAT is the key. If people rewatch or even just think back, they did A LOT of battle in their transformed modes, and it was always when that mode was an advantage at that particular moment. Megatron usually only transformed into the powerful pistol -- which seemed, sometimes, to be more powerful than his arm cannon -- when the battle was heavily in the Decepticons' favor and he was dealing some sort of fatal blow.
     
  19. Joffrey

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    before i wrote about clothes, i worked for a toy blog in college. one of the best perks was attending toy fair in february, which this year coincided with fashion week. i was in ny at the time covering the latter, but still have friends who do pr and blogging in the toy industry, and i must say the new TF stuff is great.

    i loved the new animated show because it referenced so much G1 stuff but still made the toys cool and relevant. i have the scion soundwave on my desk here at work. plus they brought back weird al to voice wreck-gar, which was a great touch.

    the new toys coming out are both based on the game and numerous other points in TF canon, i spend some time reading the TF wiki (tfwiki.net) because it's informative and hilarious. david willis, who does the webcomic shortpacked (shortpacked.com) -- which in and of itself is full of plenty of batman and tf-related punchlines -- moderates the wiki and adds liberal doses of tongue-in-cheek humor.

    what amazes me most about these toys is the engineering and design, they're like rubik's cubes with a purpose and personality. the designers look at everyday objects and have to decide how to deconstruct them -- add a body, face, joints, etc. -- and then hide all that within the original form.



    Gotcha! Always new you had nerd in you.
     
  20. ctrlaltelite

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    you mean it wasn't glaringly obvious?
     

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