The movie was coming out so I wanted to buy a cool transformer toy just like we had in “the good old diecast days” Went and had a look at them and they were all pieces of crap that wont last 3 transformations or a fall from 3 feet.
After I saw the movie I went and had a look again and the only good looking ones were the static models that dont even change and the posters.
The new toys (and the new transformers for that matter) are nothing like their original toy/TV counterparts.
I don’t care so much anymore since the toys I had when I was a kid (and still have my original Devestator and Optimus Prime above my PC) were far better than any of the new versions that have come out in the past decade.
Besides, Bumblebee is a Volkwagen Beetle. I’d feel dirty for owning a Camaro toy.
Truthfully I wonder if the toys are even that profitable anymore. With kids now I wouldn’t be surprised if they make far more profit on video game and movie ticket sales over the profit from a plastic figurine. In 1984 that wasn’t really an issue, you didn’t have to worry about video games so toys were THE thing to play with. Especially when you had nearly a hundred characters that could be made into toys…there were only a dozen robots in the movie, which only leaves a small amount of toys to be produced.
Any thoughts on the movie? I was kind of let down a bit… no song, but I’m looking forward to checking out the toys… it boggle my mind how all of that crazy mech language is going to boil down into a Camaro… he looks a lot different from the movie shot above though, check out the torso.
I thought the movie was amazing, funny, lots of action, a little bit of heart, and tons of stuff getting destroyed.
The CGI is truly incredible, I can’t even begin to comprehend the complexities of the animation systems. They had an article on it in Pop Science (google it for the link) and each robot was made up of over 10,000 unique and animated pieces.
I just went to TRU yesterday and saw the new Transformers line. As previously stated on this thread, it was a HUGE disappointment. What really struck me was that half of the product line was non-transforming Transformers toys. There are all kinds of statuette type things - looks like Hasbro just went a little too SKU crazy. There were actually disclaimers on several of the packages that had to state “non-converting toy” or something. Just to state the obvious, that goes against the whole point of Transformers!
BTW, thanks for the YouTube link, Yo. That seriously made my week.