31 August 2006

Yet Another Update - Transformers, and the Winners Are (Now with Bumblebee Face):

Prime Update (with some Ratchet & Jazz): I give you Mr. Prime in all his flaming glory and vehicle mode hummer ambulance Ratchet, and Pontiac Solstice Jazz:


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The names of the Autobots and Decepticons appearing in next summer's Transformers movie were released along with a bit of commentary. I thought that would throw in a few pictures of the robots as an added bonus. Click for bigger version. Sadly there is no ghetto-blaster (or iPod) Soundwave, but I admit the "flame" look on Prime looks A-Ok. Enjoy.

Autobots

Optimus Prime - "The king!"







Bumblebee - "He's the same underdog character we always knew and loved." [Note: Except he's a Camaro in the new movie.]





Jazz - "He's eager to take on the Decepticons."

Ratchet - "Ratchet, who was an ambulance in the cartoon, will appear in a new form."

Ironhide - "The muscle. A tough soldier who can make any Transformer bust an o-ring just with his stare!"


Decepticons

Megatron - "He's been portrayed as pure evil but we're trying to get a little bit behind the evil in this movie. ... He has a slightly less idealistic version of what he thinks humanity is worth."





Starscream - "Always secretly plotting to dethrone Megatron..."



Brawl
- "An extremely pissed off Decepticon."

Bonecrusher - "The closest thing to a Constructicon in the film."

Barricade - "The hunter of the group -- a cop car."

Scorpinok - "Closest thing to Beast Wars or Dinobot in the film."



Frenzy - "A smaller form able to infiltrate spaces -- a stealth spy."

Blackout - "The guy who takes out our ability to fight back."

67 comments:

JABS said...

Oh my god! You got pics of the TRANSFORMERS its so cool!

j2pro said...

Nice. I'm still nervous about seeing transformers as live-action, but it could work. I hope there isn't too much emphasis on the humans in the movie.

toast said...

No! No! No! I don't like these at all! Optimus looks like he's falling apart! The flames are a terrible idea!

I'm open to change in movies like this but these don't even feel like Transformers to me. They should be big and bulky. I think they are adding detail for the sake of adding detail.

This is what I want to see:

Click Here.

toast said...

Here are some more examples of some cg Transformers that looking like Transformers and interact well in a live action world:

First
Second
Third
Fourth


Now, I don't want to come off as a purist snob who doesn't want any change, because I am not. I am totally open to costume changes or a retelling of an origin. If I were this picky I would hate all comicbook movies.

I do, however, want the director to keep the feel for the characters. Richard Donner and Bryan Singer did this when they recreated Superman. Sam Raimi did this when her recreated Spider-Man. Tim Story did not do a very good job portrayting the Fantastic Four 'family' thus causing the movie to fall short.

So, I am willing to give these costumes a break just as long as they keep Optimus true to who he was in the original series. Peter Cullen will help this no doubt.

Chip Chief said...

the designs are different, but i think they could work, as long as the bots are not overshadowed by humans in the movie. if this film is a hit, i wonder how long it will be before we get a live action go-bots.

jepster2006 said...

I hate you Rico, where did you get these shit? We bow to thy website.

To those who want a sneak preview of some "unrendered" action sequences, check out our website. We have a link to some video there showed by Michael Bay himself.

http://monthlyretconn.blogspot.com

PS: Hey, I'm just plugging, you did the same on our site Rico! Nyahahahaha!

Chip Chief said...

seems fair to me :)

j2pro said...

Didn't hasbro buy Tonka, makers of the go-bots? The H-B series was a joke. Their Rocklords movie was worse.

Chip Chief said...

Seriosly, wasnt their a patent attorney around to file a lawsuit. Gobots was as blatant a ripoff as Digimon was to Pokemon.

Joshua James said...

God AWEFUL! I remember Transformers and that is NOT it!

Terrible...

-JtJ

toast said...

I am getting seriously discouraged by these character designs. Mega tron looks so...genartic. There is nothing really distinguishing about any of his features. He is just scraps slapped together. Marking on this design wil be a bitch.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

I'll wait until I see these dudes moving before I decide on if they're good or bad !

jepster2006 said...

Megatron looks... organic... like a huge spiky dildo...

Chip Chief said...

ouch!

Anonymous said...

This is obviously marketed for the "PowerRangers-Pokemon generation"...

Laaaaame....

Elaine Corvidae said...

Just when I thought my expectations couldn't get lower. :-( Thanks for the Megatron pictures; these are really the nail in the coffin for me, I'm sorry to say.

thewebguy said...

i could cry.. this is embarassing.

i guess i shouldn't have expected any more from paramount in 2006. it seems they are completely disconnected from their target audience.

why are they defiling our childhood transformers?! i will NOT go see this movie if megatron looks like this shitfest

Anonymous said...

I really had high hopes, despite the trailer. I understand that there would be creative differences and other changes from the original G1 series and such - but this - this is incredible (not in a good way). I'm dumb founded. This is not Megatron. This is nothing like Megatron - and I know he took different forms throughout other series (like a tank/scorpion etc) but this? Holy crap. This and almost everything else I see here is pretty awful stuff.

I wouldn't even go see a movie like this out of curiosity.
-Michael

Anonymous said...

I hat you Michael Bay

Anonymous said...

Gotta remember guys, this is probably a version of Megatron you get to see on *Cybertron.* If everyone else is getting a earth vehicle body, I'm sure he will as well. The moment you finally get to see a preview of Optimus transforming into battle and whipping decepticon ass, You'll cream yourselves and slap yourself for doubting.

Anonymous said...

Looks awesome to me. People who never want things to change annoy me. It is time they made the decepticons look truly evil.

Anonymous said...

Looks like total SHIT!

Anonymous said...

I miss you more than Michael Bay missed the mark,
When he made Pearl Harbor.
I miss you more then that movie missed the point,
And that’s an awful lot girl.
And now, now you've gone away,
And all I'm trying to say,
Is Perl Harbor sucked and I miss you

I need you like Ben Affleck needs acting school,
He was terrible in that film.
I need you like Cuba Gooding needed a bigger part,
He's way better then Ben Affleck.
And now all I can think about is your smile,
And that shitty movie too,
Perl Harbor sucked and I miss you

(Interlude)

Why does Michael Bay get to keep on making movies.
I guess Perl Harbor sucked,
Just a little bit more then I miss you.

Anonymous said...

I miss you more than Michael Bay missed the mark,
When he made Pearl Harbor.
I miss you more then that movie missed the point,
And that’s an awful lot girl.
And now, now you've gone away,
And all I'm trying to say,
Is Perl Harbor sucked and I miss you

I need you like Ben Affleck needs acting school,
He was terrible in that film.
I need you like Cuba Gooding needed a bigger part,
He's way better then Ben Affleck.
And now all I can think about is your smile,
And that shitty movie too,
Perl Harbor sucked and I miss you

(Interlude)

Why does Michael Bay get to keep on making movies.
I guess Perl Harbor sucked,
Just a little bit more then I miss you.

Anonymous said...

He cant even be called Megatron if hes gonna look like that :(

I really hope this "work in progress" label on the pictures really means it has a way to go yet.

Anonymous said...

Ehhh... Megatron looks like a better version of The Guyver. Maybe it's just me.

http://www.dragonsdenuk.com/reviews/guyver_dh-1.jpg

Anonymous said...

my gad, why do they have to ruin things? WTF? are they appealing to the 10 year old children with this? this movie just keeps getting worse and worse and worse....

at least with optimus primes original voice the movie should be great for the blind.

Masternever said...

Rico,

This blogs is the truth. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

*sigh, maybe this is all part of michael's plan. The ol bait and switch.. and he'll switch in the real transformers. .. instead of these organic, ID4 looking pieces of poo.

When did starscream become a big bulky robot? He's supposed to be Megatron's whiny scrawny bitch! Michael you are killing me! KILLING ME!

Peter Cullen's voice is the only thing he's done "right" so far.. the rest is wrong wrong wrong!!

Call me a purist, but i'd be down with new ideas if they didn't suck. This is reminding me of the terrible American Godzilla film!

Anonymous said...

what the hell are those.. im sorry but those arent transformers.. if speilberg let that happen.. i am boycotting him.. that just looks horrible.. dont change something thats already perfect by trying to make them look all cool.. anyways how can they market these characters as toys.. they are gonna poke some lil kids eyes out..

Anonymous said...

Ok, have they not learnt anything about design in the last 10 years. These designs are to complicated. These things are so generic, they do not capture the original spirit at all. I can only hope that this is some bizarre wind up. These are not the Transformers.

Anonymous said...

...Goddammit...

Anonymous said...

Godammit

Anonymous said...

The voice of Jazz should be Charlie Murphy

Anonymous said...

This is not transformers... WTF is this!? Are you kidding me? Starscream is a Fatass, Megatron is.. I don't even know what the hell he is. Where did they got these concepts?? Hardcore Transformers Fans from the 80s like me will definately be dissapointed.

Anonymous said...

This is not transformers... WTF is this!? Are you kidding me? Starscream is a Fatass, Megatron is.. I don't even know what the hell he is. Where did they got these concepts?? Hardcore Transformers Fans from the 80s like me will definately be dissapointed.

Anonymous said...

man all I hear is crying

give it a chance when it's released and than see

right now it's way to early to tell if it will be any good

I have faith it could turn out alot better than it seems like but of course people like to complain for no reason

Anonymous said...

What the fuck have they done to MEGATRON? To STARSCREAM? Come on! How hard could it be to draw their cartoon heads? Look at Megatron- where's his eyes? His mouth? Not even Frank Welker's voice could save this growing monstrosity.

Anonymous said...

seriously, they really screwed up with megatron. They should have made him a damn tank. Yeah sure he looks cool, if he wasn't megatron and he was a robot from a different story and movie.

Optimus looks great but the flames are so cheesy.

I think the only thing to save the old school fans is if the story line, acting and overall theme of the movie is mind blowing. If not you're going to have one of the most highly anticipated movies ever go down in flames faster then I can say "wtf?"

Anonymous said...

This Megatron doesn't look like a transformation of an "alien jet", it looks like the jet blew up and some idiot tried to make a robot out of the tiny little pieces.

Anonymous said...

As for that being Megatron's "Cybertronian" form, a piece of shit is a piece of shit no matter where it's from.

Anonymous said...

I think Starscream looks like a grunt from HALO.

Jason said...

What is this??? Optimus looks ok with the exception of the flames. I thought he was suppose to be a flat nosed truck.

Megatron looks awful. Even when he changed during the other series he still kept his megatron identity, his new form looks like crap.

Starscream does look like a grunt from Halo. It also looks like a cross between armored core and that bee from beastwars. Starscream is suppose to be a jet, keep him that way.

Anonymous said...

You've ruined megatron completely, Is megatron going to stab the autobots to death? Try making that a toy for kids, I hope they sue Michael Bay for this...

I don't see how bumble bee can transform into anything, he doesn't even have car parts on his body!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sporpinok needs to be trashed and redone. This is that battle robots show with those remote controlled toys, this is a franchise that was with people since their childhoods and YOU RUINED IT!

Starscream is supposed to be slender not bulky.

YOU SUCK!!!

Anonymous said...

Can you people get any more stupid than this! Hollywood sucks!

I bet paramount hired some foreingers that don't know crap about transformers and said hey make some robots for our movie...

Anonymous said...

You guys got the concept of transforming down pat..................... TRANSFORMING GOOD STUFF INTO CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



MEGA CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

this is garbage.

Anonymous said...

Cool i found the Guyver website!

Anonymous said...

is this the way our beloved transformers will look?

Please don't do this to us!

Jim said...

In all my years of wokring for your company and you hire a bunch of teenagers just because you think they know the young audience...

timothy spencer said...

THIS IS TOTAL CRAP!

Anonymous said...

Yep, the world as we know it is gone!
The young artist only likes demons creature, ense the design of megatron.
WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP!!!!
That's to much, I'm out of here!!

joes said...

this movie is going to be a big disappointment AND YOU GUYS KNOW IT.
stop deluding yourselves that it's going to be all that you hoped for. they should leave classics alone.

Anonymous said...

oh dear god...why does megatron look like shit? why? please tell me that the "work in progress" means that they still haven't finalized that he looks like that.

Anonymous said...

Theyre going to kill transformers again, how many great old shows have to be butcherd to satisfy a new generation?

Janus002 said...

These are really sad excuses for the Transformer of old. If there were a need to have newer looking machines, then simply include scenes from Cybertron and leave the original characters as they were with a realistic computergen feel. Just because you CAN change a thing doe not mean you SHOULD change a thing. And by the way, I can wait to see how badly this sucks when it plays on cable I don't have to spend eight bucks at the theater.

Anonymous said...

Even the robot photocopier for a paper ad was more Transformer looking than all this shit.

Sorry to the owner of this blog, no intention was to discredic your finding or you blog site. I think you did a great job, It's just that this crappy design is to hard to take.

Chip Chief said...

hey, why should i take offence. i didnt design em. =)

keep the hate comments coming!! =)

toast said...

Hey Rico, this thread is sure popular!

PublicArt said...

Woah there.

I saw the trailer, and I cried.
Now that I've seen these I reckon this new Megatron is going to come over and jab my childhood to death.

Megatron looks like shit! There are so many useless details on him! I can barely tell the difference between the regular mode and the battle mode.

And oh my god, I could complain about Megatron for hours...

Megatron doesn't look like a tank, or a T-rex or...or even remotley evil. He looks like digested spoons and forks.

And Optimus Prime is a little on the thin side while Starscream is a fatty.

This is terrible!

I doubt this movie will have a good storyline.

Anonymous said...

everything looks incredibly horrible. glad to see that some money grabbing studio assholes ruined my beloved childhood animation so they can make a quick buck.

Anonymous said...

So this movie isn't made for people who grew up with the original Transformer toys and cartoons right?

Oh wait, is this page about a Gobots movie?

Message to Studio Execs: You need to add a Talking Pie to the cast of characters. That's where the heart in this flick comes from, the Talking Pie. I suggest the talking pie not transform, you'll just make pie look bad.

Brandon Best said...

I will admit... it does not look good at this point... well, not entirely good. I am willing to give it a chance, but I know I can find so many points of complaint here. I do hope that this comes off okay though... first, He-Man got destroyed... not this too. At least they did get Optimus' original voice talent. Vince DiCola could help this project too, if the aim was to preserve the feeling of the 80's movie that we all know and love. But I did read something interesting somewhere about why the characters have the designs they have now... makes sense, I suppose, but still, there is no excuse for this.

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Anonymous said...

Optimus...I can live with. Not as I would like to see him, but I can deal with it. Megatron on the other hand, makes me want to cry.
Why even call him Megatron if there's NO resemblance to the character. If your gonna make up a bad guy for the flick, you may as well make up a name for him too.
Because THAT isnt Megatron.
I dont understand WHY deviate from the original character desings. THe look of the characters is one of the main reasons the series was so popular. The robots LOOKED COOL, and really trasformed (look at the toys, they WORKED!)...so why change them? Your messing with the main reason the franchise was such a hit!

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wingdarkness said...

I will not put money in the pockets of someone who so utterly disrespects the fanbase that made this movie relevent...Without the long-lasting love we fans have had for the toys and g1 series this movie wouldn't exist in any form whatsoever...So to have these incredibly horrid designs along with Michael Bay's self-serving ambitions, I just won't accept it...To be honest I don't blame Bay, he's always been a hack...I blame Steven Speilberg for actually thinking this guy had the talent and integrity to handle a project like this...