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Transformers Toys Reenact The Action From The Films

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Michael Bay’s Transformers movies are just ridiculously popular, despite the fact that critics have savaged every single one, from the very first all the way through this summer’s Age of Extinction, and will probably continue this trend. I also don’t know anyone who actually likes them, despite the fact that they routinely earn north of a billion dollars at the worldwide box office. This is a movie franchise based on a series of toys from the 1980s, so expectations may be somewhat skewed, and this new video shows off a whole different side of the toy angle.

Probably my biggest issue with the movies, personally speaking, is that I’ve never liked the character design and the illogical way they Transformers actually transform (and yes, I do realize I’m talking about the logic and reason of cars that turn into giant robots, that irony is not lost). To be honest, that was always a problem I had with the cartoon when I was a kid, so this is nothing new. At least the toys made a modicum of sense, but this video that summarizes the action of the films, uses entirely different toys and has entirely different results.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Blu-ray Packs In Explosive Bonus Features

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transformers age of extinctionFor a film as ridiculously big and over the top as Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction — or nearly any Michael Bay movie, really — the Blu-ray/DVD release needs to stack up in a comparative way. And Paramount isn’t Decepticonning around with this stacked Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, which has been set for release on Tuesday, September 30. And if you just want to experience Mark Wahlberg and Optimus Prime’s conversations without all that supplemental business, you can grab the Transformers: Age of Extinction digital release on September 16.

So let’s break all of this down. Under the title Evolution Within Extinction are eight distinct and informative extras giving audiences a behind-the-scenes look at almost every aspect of the production. “Generation 2″ is a general introduction to this post-trilogy universe, while “Small Town, Big Movie” heads to the film’s Texas locations, where countrysides meet explosions and robotics students showcase designs seen in Cade’s lab. (Wait, so Wahlberg isn’t an actual robotics engineer?) “Drive Like Hell” details the new Optimus Prime design and introduces viewers to the Lamborghini Aventador that is Lockdown, as well as other sleek vehicles. “Shadow Protocol Activated” shows off some of the film’s big car chase stunts, heading from Detroit to Chicago and then Washington state for an unused nuclear power plant.

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Michael Bay May Hand Over The Future Of Transformers To Another Director

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transformersIf you happen to stumble upon a stack of cash that has an off-putting odor, it’s possible that Michael Bay just shit that money out, as the filmmaker has a way of doing that kind of thing. He’s having one of the strongest years of his career as both a director and a producer, with Transformers: Age of Extinction as the year’s current third highest earner (with $242 million domestically) and this past weekend saw Platinum Dunes’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles blow expectations out of the sewer with a $65 million debut. And while it was assumed that he would continue on this CGI character streak for the next 150 years (which is around 30 in Michael Bay years), it appears he might be removing himself from the Transformers game. Might be.

Bay’s possible future with the franchise gets completely buried in a USA Today story covering just how successful the filmmaker’s summer has been. (He also has The Purge: Anarchy in theaters along with TNT’s The Last Ship gathering big ratings and arguably more critical acclaim than his feature film efforts.) Bay, it’s said, “believes he will pass the baton for future Transformers movies to a new director while he turns his focus elsewhere.” As someone who is a general fan of Bay, just not his hulking alien robot franchise, I couldn’t be more pleased with this bit of news.

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Comic-Con 2014: 14 Things To Do And See On Wednesday & Thursday

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WedThursComic-Con 2014 is only a week away. Thousands of fans and professionals will descend on San Diego and bury it in a thick coating of nerd several feet deep. There’s really nothing else like it, but the more years pass, the more overwhelming the Con becomes. There’s so much going on, it’s a monumental task just to figure out which of the countless panels and events you want to try and see. Well, we’re here to make your life just a little bit easier. Over the next couple of days, we’ll run down all the panels that should be at the top of your to-do list. Today we’ll start off with the events for Wednesday — “Preview Night” — and Thursday.

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Transformers/G.I. Joe Producer On Whether We Could Ever See A Crossover Movie

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When it comes to movie franchises based on beloved 1980s toy lines, Michael Bay’s Transformers movies are the clear champions, having earned over $3 billion worldwide over the course of the four films. But while G.I. Joe got just as much playtime in my house as Optimus Prime and his buddies, the Joe films haven’t been nearly the box office monsters as their transforming buddies. The first Joe movie, which holds the distinction of being nearly as bad as the worst of Transformers, earned $302 million, and the much-improved G.I. Joe: Retaliation pulled in $375 million. Maybe all the Joes need to take things to the next level is a team-up…say, with a bunch of giant robots who can turn into cars. It might sound far-fetched, but producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura isn’t ruling out the possibility.

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Transformers Stop-Motion Videos Are More Fun Than A Barrel Of Michael Bays

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As much as I may not like Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise, I’m never actually rooting for them to suck. I’d love to finally see him make one that is both fun and not aggressively stupid, and if that ever happens I’ll cheerfully concede the point. In the meantime, however, I’m going to just keep rewatching this stop-motion Transformers video, which serves up a genuinely impressive battle between Optimus Prime and the Constructicons/Devastator. And without a single robot testicle anywhere in sight.

I’ve got a huge amount of respect for anybody with the time and patience to create anything using stop-motion animation, and this Transformers vid by Harris Loureiro is really well done. The action is smooth and rarely jerky like some older stop-motion tends to be, and I was also impressed by how the ‘bots seem to have a real sense of weight to them. Pulling that off has got to be tricky, since you’re having to not only move the toys where you want them, but also figuring out how to add in that look of impact and inertia when they land in a way that looks convincing. And you’ve got to love that surprise soundtrack.

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