Friday, January 30, 2009

First Look at The Twins

Activision has updated it's website for Transformers The Game with the first images of The Twins in their robot modes. An M&M package confirmed that the Chevy Beat (Skids) and Chevy Trax (name still unknown, Mudflap new rumor) were the alt modes of the Twins but this is the first good look at their robot modes which show a lot of similarities but they seem to be fraternal rather then identical twins. I think the image is from the game rather then from ILM (but probably based on their model) so its possible the final movie design could be futher modified. Something about their post and design that makes me think these are going to be hyper playful characters. Thanks to Gregory for the link and info.


Update: More images can be found here.

69 comments:

  1. their heads look kinda strange, but I think they look cool

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  2. Jesus Christ NOOOOOO...I effing knew it...they're going to be the Hillbilly Brothers, JimBob and Jethro. WTF is wrong with you Michael Bay. Freaking MATER??? I swear, if Skids is voiced by Larry the effing Cable Guy, I am O U T.

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  3. I wouldn't be surprised if these characters ended up being Sideswipe and Sunstreaker. I know the rumors have the Corvette as Sideswipe and the Beat as Skids, but I'll believe those rumors when they're confirmed by Hasbro, Bay or the writers. Now, just to be clear, I haven't read or heard anything to suggest that the Beat and the Trax will be Sideswipe and Sunstreaker; I'm just saying I wouldn't be surprised if they were.

    As for the designs themselves, I think they're pretty good. They definitely make me more anxious for the teaser on Sunday so we can get a better look at everything we've been reading and speculating about the past few months.

    Keep up the good work TFLive!

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  4. Oh yes! This I've been waited for! Concept art of Twins is finally released! YAHOO!!

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  5. this cant be. Bay is fucking with us. Anyway i like the design just the heads are a little strange... green one looks better

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  6. however, it appeared on the tf movie website, so maybe its legit....

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  7. Freaking awesome. What makes them great is that they're not perfect. I wouldn't be surprised,if they get enough screen time, that they steal the show.

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  8. Nice stealing news, i posted the same article on my blog at least i credited the place that found it originally...TFW2005.

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  9. Everyone, those Twins are not so bad looking. I think they look so funny guys.

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  10. Judging from the image of Bumble Bee on the game site...I don't think the the twins will look like that in the movie.

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  11. Actually, TFLive does credit his source. In the last sentence, he thanks Gregory for sending him the link to Activision's website, which is where the picture is posted. He even included a link to the Activision page. So don't be so quick to accuse people of stealing news. As long as I've been coming to this blog, TFLive has always been good about crediting other sites and thanking readers who send him links.

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  12. those heads look stupid.

    i'm really hoping this is a joke. i love the bodies, but the heads? really???!?

    and no there is no hope. judging on these heads...these bots will be annoying. look at frenzy...we all knew he looked annoying and kinda lame...and what happened? he was the most annoying bot in the movie? "Binka binka" what the hell?

    if they have hill billy accents then i'm out!

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  13. Cool robots, but their heads are werid.

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  14. To the 3:14 reply...linking to the official website doesn't mean anything, the official website is not the source who DID the work in sending him the info. But i take back what i said as i missed the name in the last sentence i just looked for the link to TFW2005 and didn't see it, jumped the gun.

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  15. reminds me of Wall-E

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  16. to me the twins face look like the movie "the fly" (1986). the m&m picture showed the green robot has buck teeth with a gold tooth this confirms this rumor just look at the green robots face again. the early pics of the orange robot showed the eyes moving independently like did the eyes of the crazy laughing gremlin in the movie "gremlins 2: the new batch". again look closely at the wannabe fly heads and gaze at the things bay thinks is comedy in the making. the bodies are cool.

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  17. Why all the concern about "hillbilly voices?" Yes, the heads don't quite like the ones from the first film, but I don't know why that means they'll sound like hillbillies. I think the overall design is good, certainly much better than anything I could have come up with. And as for their voices, I'll wait until I hear them speak in the movie to applaud or complain about them.

    By the way, I noticed on the Activision site that they'll officially launch on Feb. 6. I wouldn't be surprised if we get some official character names to coincide with the site launch.

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  18. Selective Realism1/30/2009 4:05 AM

    Why does a Transformer have a gold bucked tooth?

    Is he going to go around saying that Earth cars have "purty mouths?"

    http://manilaghia.multiply.com/video/item/25/Robot_Chicken_Herbie_the_Love_Bug_Parody

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  19. omg what a freakshow...

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  20. Tell you what, i wouldn't be surprised if these guys end up being Sideswipe & Sunstreaker either.

    I know everyone & his mother is convinced that the silver 'vet is Sideswipe, but think about it for a second, have you actually SEEN that name attached to ANY of the images of the character OFFICIALLY??? No, truth is you haven't. Maybe, just maybe, that isn't actually his name & the twins will have their proper names.

    Just an idea & i think, logically, it makes the most sense. Then again, this is Bay we're dealing with here.

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  21. The name skids is seen on the licenseplate of the green chevy....

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  22. I agree with anonymous at 4:46: there's been nothing officially linking the name Sideswipe to the Corvette. The leaked action figure box from earlier this month was just a cut-out of the alt-mode; no image that I saw contained the name of the character.

    Same with Skids. Yes, the picture from a few months back showed that name on the license plate. But I always found it odd that that name was clear in the image, while the name on the Trax was blurry. It wouldn't surprise me if Bay & co. released that image just to see how the fans reacted to the name Skids. After all, it's not like they don't have the means to alter an image.

    Of course, the Beat and 'Vette could end up being Skids and Sideswipe, but we'll just have to wait for official confirmation to know for sure.

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  23. Who knew a gold tooth could cause such an uproar?

    I'm not too upset about the tooth, and it actually makes sense in a way. In the first movie, it was established that the Autobots picked up English and earth mannerisms via the web. Hence, Optimus saying "my bad," Jazz using hip-hop slang, and Ironhide quoting Clint Eastwood movies. Maybe Skids - or whatever his name ends up being - adopts the gold tooth because of the prevalence of "grillz" in modern hip-hop culture. It could be nothing more than one Autobot's attempt at adjusting to life on a new planet.

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  24. I'm i the only one or those everyone else think too that they look kind short? Like they would be kids? Scary I say. But maybe they look little diffrent on a screen (or next to other bots) that on this pic.

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  25. I'm sorry to say this but... these guys look a little slow in the head. I mean what is up with the Igor/Quasimodo look?

    The green one has buck teeth!

    I smell pure comic relief.

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  26. So whatever happened to that ice cream truck? Even if the ice cream truck isn't part of the disinformation campaign, and it is in the movie as their 'old' alt mode or something, those guys have WAY too much mass to make up two halves of one.

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  27. Neither of them are going to be Sunstreaker.

    The name doesn't even make sense on a non-yellow robot.

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  28. is this a joke? Bay??

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  29. ... seriously? It looks like Wall-E raped Bumblebee and these things came out. :\

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  30. I think both of the designs are great!!! I like the orange one better then the green one though.. I dont know if Bay plans on making them have a country accent or not and I could really care less... I mean if they are going to have country accents and be "hillbilly" type characters why in the hell would they be a chevy beat and trax? That just doesnt make much sense when ya think about it I mean how many hillbilly's do yall know of driving around in car's like that? I say it's more likely they have mannerisms like Jazz......

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  31. the designer of these freaks was obviously a bit drunk...

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  32. "... seriously? It looks like Wall-E raped Bumblebee and these things came out. :\"

    Hahahaha!!!!!!!!!!! ROFLOL!!!!

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  33. if they do have hillbilly accents its almost understandable... they learn human culture from radio & the internet... Country music is a larger segment of the industry than we would like to admit to.

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  34. If they were going to be country type characters it just doesnt make sense them being a chevy beat and trax..... Use your common sense would ya?

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  35. Selective Realism1/30/2009 9:22 AM

    I'm not too upset about the tooth, and it actually makes sense in a way. In the first movie, it was established that the Autobots picked up English and earth mannerisms via the web. Hence, Optimus saying "my bad," Jazz using hip-hop slang, and Ironhide quoting Clint Eastwood movies. Maybe Skids - or whatever his name ends up being - adopts the gold tooth because of the prevalence of "grillz" in modern hip-hop culture. It could be nothing more than one Autobot's attempt at adjusting to life on a new planet.

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    This is stupid.

    Gold teeth have been around for hundred years. It has nothing to do with "grillz." Grillz, real grillz, nowadays are platinum encrusted with diamonds.

    Who said Jazz movie representation was good?? I found it borderline offensive.

    A gold bucked tooth connotates a dumb hillbilly a la 'Lucky" from King of the Hill. Another stupid Bay stereotype.

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  36. Now THESE are characters who I wouldn't have minded seeing torn in half by Megatron.

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  37. c'mon peeps, gold buck tooth or no tooth, what's the big brouhaha?? perhaps the mangled heads and 'tooth' are "battle scars" sustained from skirmishes at cybertron? to be frank, does it really matter if they sound like hillbillies or whoever after smoking a joint? everyone's goin to watch the movie in the end. so watch first, then judge.

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  38. Selective Realism

    This is stupid.

    Gold teeth have been around for hundred years. It has nothing to do with "grillz." Grillz, real grillz, nowadays are platinum encrusted with diamonds.

    Who said Jazz movie representation was good?? I found it borderline offensive.

    A gold bucked tooth connotates a dumb hillbilly a la 'Lucky" from King of the Hill. Another stupid Bay stereotype.

    I hate to keep beating a dead horse here but.... Why would BAY base a "hillbilly" type character as a CHEVY BEAT!!!! and CHEVY TRAX!!!
    If they were hillbilly's they should be a pickup truck or maybe and old Chevy Nova or something of that type, not some brand new CHEVY with graphics on it with the name SKIDS... I mean that doesnt sound the least bit hillbillyish..... It sounds more Urban and HIP- HOP..... Why in the HELL!!! would bay put platinum diamond encrusted teeth on an robot?? that is just stupid!! It makes more sense for them to be gold... And I have seen alot more offensive things in movies then JAZZ's character being based off of a HIP-HOP kind of lifestyle... People that are saying these characters are a hillbilly country type characters just are'nt making much sense to me...

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  39. The twins are obviously dysfunctional. In the beginning of the movie, they have to combine to form their alt. mode-- the ice cream truck. With their upgrades, they combine in robot mode. Obviously these guys are in for comic relief, but who says that's such a bad thing? Bay & co. are going for broad appeal, not trying to appease the hardcore fanbase who want a TF-only war epic.

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  40. Damn, I shoulda thought of this earlier! They took the two halfs of the dead Jazz, stuck them into arcee, and these guys popped out!

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  41. They look like a very interesting pair, don't they? None the less, I like their designs but are we going to get something different from the movie so not to give things away? Still cool though...I'm definately getting the game!

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  42. As Paul Blart on his segway put it: "Oh dear God!"

    The designs are okay in my opinion, but it's the heads that bother me the most. The buck-teeth just ruin that character for me.

    These guys will probably ben additional kid-appeal characters and, for the Autobots atleast, comic relief. I just hope that it isn't too much comic relief. I'd rather these guys say "Oops. Sorry my bad." than Optimus Prime or Ironhide or the like. Maybe their size will be an advantage? They could run in and out of Decepticon fire and take out a big, dumb Decepticon before he even knew they were there.

    Maybe with any luck, Ratchet will perform an emergency face-lift on Skids, or better yet, botch the surgery and kill him. (Even though Skids will probably die in about 4.2 seconds in the movie.

    In conclusion: Please! Please! Please don't be some stupid hillbilly, retarded, yokel, that trips over himself! Please!

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  43. One of Skids' eyes looks bigger than the other. I don't think he's just squinting.

    They could've made them look goofy without looking deformed and retarded.

    I hope Ratchet will give 'em a facelift.

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  44. I dont know why everybody is being so negative about them I mean we have'nt heard them talk, move, or anything and we got all these people on here already hatin on em.... I mean they are Autobots they are suppose to be good guys not all bad ass all the time like Satrscream and Megatron or Barricade.... I like em esp. the orange one...

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  45. FUCKIN' RIGHT!!! Now thats what I'm tlakin' 'bout. I like the idea of having two, short, pimped out twin robots having a mouth like Jazz from the first movie. If Jazz had baby brothers, these two "Twins" would be it. I don't care what anybody else says, but the "Twins" are in; fuck everyone else for hating on them when the movie, and trailer, aren't even out yet. And fuck the dumbass who started the whole hill billy argument; how do you figure a hill billy voice to a robot design? I think every Transformer fan would say that is a dumb idea to put a hill billy voice to Autbots like the Twins.

    Don't fuck with the two short robots; they will fuck you up. GO TWINS!!!

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  46. i think they look great!!!!!!!!!!!! i like the twins!!

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  47. these guys will bring down devastator

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  48. HELL YEAH THATS WHAT IM TALKING BOUT!!! KCIK SOME DECEPTICON ASS MO FUCKIN TWINS!!!!!!!

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  49. The arms look huge. I see "power punch".

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  50. hey..for those who think these guys will look small.....i've juz got one thing to say...they tottaly will...

    Notice the size of the wheels compared to their boddy's...if i'm not mistaken these guys are about 11 or 12 ft tall

    maybe there kids

    and arcee the mother....maybe Ironhide got to show her his canon... lmao

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  51. wow, from reading the posts it seems there are a lot of obvious Bay/ILM employees on these message boards. no one can look at these robots faces and objectively come to the conclusion that they look "good" or "cool" and that hillbilly characters are "appealing" to the core audience of this movie. Another bay slap in the face to G1 (where robots had different looks/accents/personalities and still managed to keep their dignity - except Wheelie).

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  52. Shame that the site didn't have a robot shot of Arcee on it.

    Mighty.Maximal

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  53. Something tells me they are going to Teenagers. a couple of Wheesely brothers, like Fred and George from the harry potter series. cracking jokes and such. figting each other, but will prob be good in a fight.

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  54. Not crazy about the heads on these dudes, but in the end, as with Prime, Ironhide, Jazz, and Ratchet... the voices will make a huge difference. "Hillbilly" is a possibility, but I think it would remind people too much of the Cars movie, with that Larry the Cable Guy towtruck character. My guess? Southern-Cali, surfer "dude"... Ninja Turtle... Crush the Turtle, etc voices. Given the sporty, type cars they are.

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  55. The head on Skids is weird. His head looks like a rat with a gold tooth. Im not to crazy about the orange robot but i like it better than Skids. But otherwise i think they are great. I wouldn't be suprised if they had hillbilly voices but i would think the would have more of a Jazz like voice.

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  56. I could def see these guys sayin dude alot! I didnt even think of that kind of demeanor, nice call man... I like the idea of them being like teenagers as well..... very observant.. I think we may get these guys figured out after all well those of us who actually approve of them...It's hard to be positive about something when you don't like the apperance of it.

    I know everyone has noticed Skids left eye is bigger then the right eye but his right "ear" I guess you could call it is kind of crooked too...

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  57. HAHA! Is this suppose to be a tribute to SHORT CIRCUIT?

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  58. GODDAMN! I knew it - seems like someone thought it was cool to use the Jar-Jar Binks head design and transformerize it. This is FUGLY!!!! Tired-ass attempts at humor, like this, is one of the many things that's making me even MORE cautiously optimistic about this sequel. I mean, why the HELL would robots need teeth?

    And as far as Jazz is concerned, I too was offended, especially the fact that he was killed off. If I was Darius McCrary, I would have pulled a Fred Williamson (look him up on imdb.com if you don't know who he is) and had a clause in my contract that said that my character MUST NOT DIE or they better find another actor.

    As far as the comments about HipHop, seems like many don't even know the HALF of it - MTV, VH-1 and BET don't even know the half of it, because there's a bunch of nincompoops and corporate execs misrepresenting it, and alot of audience people who don't know the real deal, either, just blindly following and believing everything that those networks pass off as HipHop.

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  59. Damn somebodies drinken some Hatorade...I can still say that right? or does that make me racist?

    If you are offended by a robot in a movie then you got problems! And Bay and co. did'nt kill him off b/c of the type of character he was they killed him off b/c they knew he was the second most likeable character behind optimus and they wanted that slot to go to Bumblebee.....


    Why yall wastin time coming on here talking about what you dont like? grow some nuts ya lil bitches and quit crying about shit!!!!

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  60. "wow, from reading the posts it seems there are a lot of obvious Bay/ILM employees on these message boards. no one can look at these robots faces and objectively come to the conclusion that they look "good" or "cool" and that hillbilly characters are "appealing" to the core audience of this movie. Another bay slap in the face to G1 (where robots had different looks/accents/personalities and still managed to keep their dignity - except Wheelie)."

    Yep, you got me: Michael Bay & ILM backed up a dump truck full of money on my driveway and bought my opinion. How silly of me to think I could fool you. I guess I'll tell them that they should have used their money more wisely.

    Seriously, if the designs bother people that much, don't watch the movie when it comes out. And, even though they've made some departures from G1, G1 will still be there after this movie comes out. It's not like Bay is going around confiscating G1 DVD sets and destroying all references to it. This is just a new interpretation of the Transformers universe. If you're not even willing to give it a chance, don't complain.

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  61. I forgot to mention in my previous comment that I can imagine the Twins like Reepicheep, the Mouse Warrior from Narnia; running around the larger Decepticons, and cutting them down to size. If you do not know who Reepicheep is, go see the Prince Caspian movie; you'll understand why I said the Twins will be like him.

    "Don't watch your back, watch your feet; you take out the feet, you bring down the body."

    - my quote for one of the Twins

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  62. man, they look stupid

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  63. Counterpunch1/31/2009 10:19 AM

    It was explained that the twins are a bunch of young robots, troublemakers who fight amongst themselves.

    So yeah it explains everything. I dont mind if they aint that good etc. Bring on the Deceps... bet the Twins have their fair share of tricks to take 'em out.

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  64. To anonymous at 11:12pm:


    Let me preface what I'm about to say with the following: okay, maybe I am jumping to some conclusions, and maybe I'm wrong about these two characters - HOWEVER, knowing how Hollywood fucks things up often (and mainstream media in general), I have the right to be suspicious. Now with that said, I shall proceed.

    First of all, I have THE RIGHT TO MY OPINION. While I still like Transformers, and liked the first movie, that doesn't mean I give a blanket approval for every single thing in the movie - it means there are also things I DIDN'T LIKE. For those of you that say, "You whiny geewhunner", let me also state that there are some problems I had/have with G-1 as well. Also, the simple fact that I (as I'm sure many other people) WORK DAMN HARD for my money also qualifies that I have the right to post my opinion and to have one, regardless of what YOU or anyone else thinks. If you have a problem with criticism, then YOU grow some nuts and a backbone as well - and for those of you that say, "Well why don't YOU create your own Transformers media to counter what you feel you don't like?" Well, you know what? I ACTUALLY am -I create my own Transformers characters all the time, and I've got a long-term plan to create an original comic book story with some established and original characters.

    Second of all, I have the right to have an issue with portrayals in movies, especially given the historical and perpetual tired-ass trend of Hollywood's portrayals of certain groups, and while I like Jazz's car mode, I still STAND BY MY VIEW that Jazz's character was not fully developed. I also didn't like Anthony Anderson's or his Brother's portrayals (was a little buffoonish). By the way, did you look up Fred Williamson? You might learn a little something. If they wanted to kill Jazz off to make way for Bumblebee, as many of the Autobots were killed off in TFTM to introduce new characters (and consequently, SELL NEW TOYS), that in itself isn't a bad thing - but when you throw in a minimally-developed tired-ass characterization, and then kill that character off soon after you are introduced to him, then that is a problem. I think Darius McCrary could have learned a few things from studying Scatman Crothers and some other great actors who've played roles where they were second in command to a leader.

    Third, you need to understand that being critical of something in of itself, is not "hatin'" - unless the thing "hated" on is problematic. Take a close look at those robots' heads, and then think back to the head design of that abysmal character known as JAR JAR BINKS - you'll see a similarity. I think it's a tired-ass tactic pulled by the hollywood bean counters who are trying the "humorous route" in order to gain that young, child demographic - the same demographic that delights in watching Spongebob Squarepants and Ren and Stimpy.

    Fourth, I'm starting to wonder if Michael Bay's version of Transformers is more of an attempt of satirizing the Transformers franchise, (or of humanity itself), rather than a continutation of the Transfomers universe; if it is a satire, then why doesn't he come out and say so? I wouldn't necessarily have a problem with that, if that is indeed the case. If so, then maybe someone should learn the definition of what a satire is or better yet, study up more on the Transformers universe, or leave it alone. One key thing is that Bay didn't even want to do the project in the first place - and to me, that attitude still shows to some extent.

    Fifth, you asked me if you using HipHop slang is racist - that would depend on your intentions and THE MANNER IN WHICH YOU USE IT: at the same time, I wonder how much you really know about HipHop outside of what MTV, BET, and VH-1 tell you about it? Hmmmm. . . .I'm not gonna go there right now, as that's another topic for another place and time, and I'm quite certain you WOULD get schooled, youngin.

    Now, let me close by REITERATING the following, so that YOU get it: again, as I said IN THE BEGINNING, I could be wrong about these two robots. We'll see - but I damn sure have the right to be doubtful. I'm cautiously optimistic. While Bay is damn good at creating action-packed visuals, some of the other elements of his filmic storytelling could use some work. Peace.

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  65. what the heck mudflap and skids that a horrible pick bay but good alt modes but heads are weird

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  66. To anonymous at 12:09pm:

    Satire (from Webster's Dictionary): noun - a composition, generally poetical, holding up vice or folly to reprobation; a keen or severe exposure of what in public or private morals deserves rebuke; an invective poem; as, the Satires of Juvenal

    Mind sharing how you reached the conclusion that this is what Bay was aiming for?

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  67. I don't know if anyone knows this but, these two M&M bots, will have the ability to combine w/ each other forming a Bot.

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  68. IM SORRY SAY WHAT YOU WANT BUT THESE BOTS ARE WHACK. I PRAY TO GOD THAT THE ATLEATS COMBINE AND MAKE SOMIN COOL. BUT I AGREE WITH THE DUDE WITH THE LONG ASS POST ABOVE. MAYBE BAY IS TRYING TO POINT OUT HOW ACTUALLY TERRIBLE THE G1 CARTOON WAS. ITS A CLASSIC, AND I LOVE IT TO DEATH. BUT IT WAS TERRIBLY MADE, IM SORRY


    PS- MY CAPS LOCK IS ALL SCREWED UP, SORRY TO OFFEND ANONE WHO I KNOW IS GONNA SAY SOME SHIT ABOUT THAT

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