Transformers 3: What it needs and doesn’t need.

Optimus Prime

Michael Bay’s website was recently updated with a blog post stating there’d be a meeting this week (9/14 to 9/18) between Bay, Spielberg, and Ehren Kruger to discuss ideas for Transformers 3.  One of the things they’ll decide is if it will come out in the summer of 2011 or 2012.

Despite what critics said about Transformers 2 (properly called Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), it set records at the box office.  The Blu Ray and DVD comes out October 20 according to a TV spot that was recently released (see below at the end of this blog post).  Many things “worked” in this 2nd movie and other things were “controversial” or arguably not agreed upon by the millions of people who have watched it.

Everyone who enjoys action movies, and more specifically the first Transformers Movie (2007) and the second, hope the third one will keep what works and improve upon what didn’t.  Here’s our humble suggestions.

 

Things that worked:  Keep these for Movie #3

  1. The CGI:  The graphics were very impressive in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.  The people at ILM are amazing.  Keep them for Transformers 3.
  2. Optimus Prime:  Optimus held nothing back in his fights in Transformers 2, and it was pretty cool to see the leader of the autobots take on 3 major decepticons (Megatron, Starscream, and Grindor [Blackout’s clone]) by himself, let alone Demolisher in the beginning of the movie.
  3. Shia LaBeouf:  Loved him in both movies.  Good mix of humor and believable acting.  He’s earned the respect of almost every fan of these films.  Keep him in.
  4. Megatron vs. Starscream:  The second movie showed more of the relationship between Megatron and Starscream.  Hardcore fans loved seeing it.  We’ll be more than happy to see more of it in the new movie.
  5. Michael Bay’s Strengths:  This guy gets so much hate on the interwebs.  The guy really does have talent with setting up his action scenes and filming them at great angles.  He has the relationship with the US Military — which really is crucial for these films to have a sense of realism.  Despite what you may think of him, he puts his heart and soul, and definitely his late hours of time into making these films.
  6. Spielberg and the Writers:  Yes, the plot of the second movie was criticized by many, but the writers of the Transformers Movie-Verse (Ehren Kruger, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci) are dedicated to this franchise.  Changing the writers completely would be a big mistake.  Kurtzman and Orci have specifically come out as admitting to being big fans of Transformers ever since being kids in the 80’s.  Oh, by the way, you gotta keep Spielberg.  He’s freaking Steven Spielberg for crying out loud.
  7. Classic Characters:  The hardcore fans really do appreciate it when they’re thrown a bone.  Optimus, Bumblebee, Ironhide, Ratchet, Sideswipe, Jazz, Jetfire, and Arcee are classic autobots.  Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, Ravage, Devastator, and the constructicons are classic decepticons.  We appreciate it.  We hope to be just as happy with the characters in Transformers 3.

 

 Things to improve:  What didn’t quite work in Movie #2

  1. Humor is Good, but Too Much of a Good Thing is Not Good:  Most critics and viewers alike found the first Transformers Movie (2007) to have a decent balance of action, story, and humor.  Many even found it to be charming.  Yes, there was a little sexual humor and what-not, but it wasn’t overboard.  Unfortunately the same was not often said about Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009).   Many feel that it had too much sexual humor and too much “ghetto” humor (with the twins, Mudflap & Skids).  It’s not that people are demanding for no sexual humor or “ghetto” humor at all… just dial it down a notch or two and it will be better.
  2. “New” Characters Were Just “Okay”:  In the first Transformers film (2007), the “newer” characters to the transformers lore were Blackout (helicopter) and Barricade (Saleen Mustang Police Car).  They were pleasant surprises.  In the eyes of many fans, they were done well and added to the success of the movie.  In the second Transformers film, the “newer” characters to the transformers lore were of the likes of The Fallen, Scapel (a.k.a. “The Doctor” — the little microscope dude), Alice, Mudflap & Skids, Demolisher, and Sideways.  Wheelie was also in the new movie (although not new to TF lore).  Sideways was barely in the new film before being sliced in two and Demolisher didn’t last much longer.  Alice was okay, but how many “hot” girls with main roles are you going to put into these films?  Scapel was loved by some and annoying to others — mixed reviews on him.  Mudflap & Skids were funny at times… but their “ghetto” humor was a little too much.  The Fallen was okay, but didn’t come across as big and bad as you’d expect.  My point is they didn’t seem to add to the film in the same positive way that Barricade and Blackout did to the first film.  Debatable, I know, but that’s how I feel.
  3. Megan Fox:  Get rid of this actress.  That’s right — I said it.  To her credit her acting in the second film was much better than the first — so I’m not going to say she was only there for sex appeal, but…  She obviously doesn’t have any respect for Michael Bay, as shown by her comments in some interviews.  How can you not respect the guy who gave you your first big break?  Furthermore, she comes off as an ungrateful “airhead”.  Yes, that seems harsh — it’s just how many feel she’s comes across.  Perhaps she’s actually a nice person, but she’s not giving that impression.  IF she really is as ungrateful as she’s come across, then why not give her what she deserves — a “thank you” for being in the first two films and then move on.  Shia LeBeouf is essential to these films.  Megan Fox (sorry) is not.  Maybe it’s time to find someone else to co-star with Shia.

These are just some humble opinions.  If you disagree (or agree), sound of with a comment below.

Also, check out the TV Spot ad for the Blu Ray and DVD of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, coming to the US on October 20, 2009.

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Reissues of Transformers G1 Insecticons, Perceptor, and Soundwave

Remember in 1984-1985, how transformers toys were the enjoyment of tons of young boys.  Many of you probably had a mother who sold them at a yardsale, or perhaps they were so beat up, they were thrown away.  Who knew that ebay would come along for people to sell these toys for lots of money.

For any of you who wish you could get your hands on some of those toys but in good condition and without spending $70-200 a piece, here’s your chance.  Hasbro is re-releasing reissues of Transformers G1 (Generation 1) toys of the Insecticons and Perceptor.  They will both be Toys R Us exlcusives.  We’re not aware of the price on them, guessing around $40-50.  They should be available sometime in September of this year.

Reissue Perceptor

Reissue Perceptor

Reissue G1 Insecticons

Reissue G1 Insecticons

One should note that the box shows Bombshell has been renamed Hardshell, and Shrapnel has been named Sharpshot.  Perhaps due to war and battles in Iraq and Afghanistan, names like Shrapnel and anything with “bomb” aren’t quite so politically correct for kids toys.
Hasbro also re-released Soundwave with Buzzsaw, Laserbeak, Ravage, and Ratbat.  This was sold at 2009’s San Diego ComicCon, but HasbroToyShop.com has put it up on their site.  (Unfortunately as of the date this entry is posted, the item is out of stock.)  It is/was $50.
SDCC Reissue Soundwave

SDCC Reissue Soundwave

On a side note…
If you’re lucky, you might still be able to find a reissue of G1 Optimus Prime in stores (not just Toys R Us).  It went for $70, which is still much cheaper than what you’d have to pay for it on ebay.  If you can find one, you’re fortunate.
25th Anniversary Optimus Prime (reissue)

25th Anniversary Optimus Prime (reissue)

Good luck convincing your wife in buying these for “the kids” or “the family”.
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