Thursday, January 19, 2017

"How We Made Transformers" in 1984

The Guardian article "How we made Transformers", is worth reading for Transformers fan. It isn't a definitive history or anything but just a little insider look at the beginning of the franchise with comic writer Bob Budiansky, basically the "father" of Transformers, and TV series editor Bryce Malek.

The full article is here, few highlights below.

Bob Budiansky:
One name I’m proud of is Megatron. Back in 1983, the threat of nuclear war felt very real – and destructive force was talked about in megatons. At first, Hasbro rejected it for sounding too scary. Gently I said to them: “Well, he’s the main bad guy. He’s supposed to be scary.” Luckily, they changed their minds.

A Hasbro executive told me that any toy that lasts two Christmases is considered a success – that was their barometer. Transformers lasted six or seven years before they started dying out. It seemed like a good run. I don’t think anybody had a clue that they would come back as a multibillion-dollar movie franchise. I certainly didn’t.

Bryce Malek:
Some writers pitched really inappropriate stuff for a kids’ show, such as the Transformers meeting space prostitutes. Oddly enough, no one ever provided us with any of the toys – we worked from photocopies of designs. I actually went out and bought a few but I never got Optimus Prime. He was too popular. You could never find one.

I really wanted to emphasise the human characters in the show, to give the audience something to identify with. But in retrospect, I think the kids just really liked the robots. We were working so fast, the plots were full of holes. But I know from fan letters that kids would simply fill in any gaps with their own stories.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Stay and Fight in Third Transformers: The Last Knight TV Spot

Another new TV spot, this time with more Mark Walhberg and a hint of Anthony Hopkins as Isabella Moner wants to stay and fight. Thanks to Feris O. for the link.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Another New TV Spot for Transformers: The Last Knight

The official Transformers: The Last Knight YouTube page has posted a new TV spot called Keep Coming. A few new scenes including a look at a planet or something near hte moon. Not sure if Cybertron since I thought Dark of the Moon showed a portion of the planet getting sheared off when the portal was closed (but story beat wise they could just hand wave that damage away).

Sunday, January 08, 2017

First TV Spot for Transformers: The Last Knight

It seems the emphasis on the marketing for Transformers: The Last Knight is going to rely very heavily on the implication that Prime has turned dark side with his Nemesis Prime like purple eyes. I also can't help but wonder if this is an indication of plans for a Superbowl trailer much like they did with Age of Extinction. Thanks to Feris O. for the link.

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