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Transformers 2 – “I Hated It!” – Shia LaBeouf

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Shia LaBeouf commented that he hated the Transformers 2 movie, “I couldn’t decipher what was happening. There were storyline paths I just wouldn’t have gone down.” Even Megan Fox commented that she thought it was totally confusing.

Transformers 3 is going to be a huge improvement he adds, and has total faith in the directors Michael Bay and Steven Speilberg, who are out to make this the best Transformers movie that could be possibly made.

Michael Bay

The film is to be released on 1st July 2011 and includes some new characters. I’m looking forward to this one being a huge improvement on the second film and can’t wait for its release.

Where you one of the many fans that didn’t like Transformers 2? Whats your thoughts on the third movie, what storyline would you like to see?

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The Transformers – Robots in Disguise

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Most people remember the Transformers from their classic 80s cartoon and the toys that everyone wanted. The Transformers started off as a comic book and evolved into cartoons and later film. The Transformers are giant robots that run on energon and were able to transform from a robot to another form such as a car or helicopter. The show was originally created around the Japanese robot toys that were made by the toy manufacturer Takura and later by the American toy manufacturer Hasbro.

Optimus Prime

The Transformers are split into two sides, the evil Decepticons and the heroic Autobots. They both came from a planet known as Cybertron where a battle had broken out between the two and ravaged the planet they lived on. The Autobots are led by Optimus Prime ( his alternate form is traditionally a lorry cab) and the Decepticons are led by Megatron (his alternate form is a Walther P38). During the Transformers civil war the energon began to run out. Both sides departed in spaceships, the Autobots departed in a spaceship known as the “Ark” with the Decepticons following behind in their ship known as “Nemesis.” They were both forced to land on Earth and lay dormant for millions of years. Both sides awoke in the present time finding the energon they needed to survive. Their battle continued but this time the Autobots joined forces with the earth’s forces to stop the Decepticons.

Over 500 episodes of The Transformers cartoons have been created over 20 years. They have used a variety of methods to make the cartoons, from 2-D animation and cel shading to progressing to CGI graphics and at times, combinations of all three. The original series began in 1984 and lasted for four seasons, leading to an animated film in 1986. The series evolved into Beast Wars in 1996 adjusting the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons into the battle between the Maximals and the Predicons. The cartoon was totally CGI and the characters took a more primal dinosaur appearance. The show got so popular that there were Transformer sheets and pillow cases, pants, socks, pyjamas, lunchboxes, pencil cases, curtains, shoes, and video games. The two phrases “Robots in disguise” and “More than meets the eye” were used in commercials for the products. The toy line even became the UK Toy of the Year for two years in 1985 and 1986.

Transformers - Decepticons and Autobots

Most recently the Transformers became a live-action movie in 2007. Steven Spielberg was the executive producer and Michael Bay was the director. The movie starred Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Jon Voight and John Turturro. The storyline didn’t exactly follow the past storylines, but it continued the idea of the Transformers interacting with humans and the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons. The movie was so popular that a sequel is in the works.

The Transformers have captured the imagination of a generation of children. The idea that robots can emerge from your car is mind-blowing, even for an adult. The Transformers have created a mythology concerning the battle spanning millions of years between the Autobots and Decepticons, which will continue for years to come.

 

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Transformers – The Decepticons

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The Decepticons are seen as the ruthless enemies of the Autobots. They have no care for the human race and only want to see the Autobots destroyed. The Decepticons are led by the villainous Megatron. Part of the well known list of Decepticons are the Cassettes. They are Buzzsaw – a condor, Laserbeak – also a condor, Rumble – a robot, Frenzy – a robot, Ravage – a panther, Ratbat – a bat, Overkill – a two-legged dinosaur, Slugfest – a Stegosaurus, Squawktalk – a parrot, and Beastbox – an ape.

Transformers - Decepticon - Megatron

Transformers – Decepticon – Megatron

Megatron – Megatron is the leader of the Decepticons. He has destroyed many Autobots and leads the battle on Earth. Although he is considered the original leader there have been times that he was challenged for power, but has managed to survive and continue his lead.

Starscream – Starscream is known as the second-in-command for the Decepticons because of the combination of his intelligence, skill, agility and speed. Although he secretly wants to replace Megatron, he continues to fight with the Decepticons. He is probably best known to create the Combaticons.

Transformers - Decepticon - Starscream

Transformers – Decepticon – Starscream

Soundwave – Soundwave is a high ranking Decepticon who has the ability to hear faint sounds and the slight ability to read minds. He is known for his ability to carry the Decepticon cassette warriors. His alternate form is a Walkman.

Ravage – Ravage is stealthy and can become almost undetectable. Because of this he is used mainly as a spy. Ravage transforms into a panther as his alternate form. In the original cartoon he is portrayed almost as the Decepticon’s pet. He can be seen both in the original Transformers cartoon and in Beast Wars.

Transformers - Decepticon - Soundwave

Transformers – Decepticon – Soundwave

Frenzy – Another Decepticon Cassette, Frenzy is Rumble’s brother. This caused a little bit of confusion with the animated cartoon because their colours were occasionally switched around. Frenzy, like many of the cassettes, fights alongside Soundwave with pride.

Laserbeak – Although Laserbeak is loyal to Soundwave, that doesn’t mean that he’s the most confident of fighters. He traditionally fights in the distance or when he knows that he can win. Because of this, he usually is used as part of reconnaissance.

Transformers - Decepticon - Ravage

Transformers – Decepticon – Ravage

Bonecrusher – Bonecrusher is one of the many scouts for the Decepticons and is part of the sub-division of Constructicons. He is known for his demolition skills and transforms into the alternate form of a Bulldozer. He could form the giant Devastator when he merged with the other Constructicons (Scavenger, Scrapper, Hook, Long Haul, and Mixmaster).

Shockwave – Shockwave’s position in the Decepticons is the “military operations commander.” He was once the leader of the Decepticons after throwing over Megatron. He has the ability to fire electromagnetic beams.

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Transformers – Heroic Autobots

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The Transformers are robots in disguise. The Autobots are heroic and honourable. They are dedicated to peace and making sure that others are protected from their enemies, the Decepticons. They traditionally take non-combat modes like domestic vehicles and rescue vehicles. Here is a list of several popular Autobots.

Optimus Prime – Optimus Prime is the heroic leader of the Autobots. In his mechanical form he is a lorry cab and when transformed, he has a laser rifle that he blasts the enemy away with. He is revered amongst the Autobots for his compassion.

Bumblebee – Bumblebee does most of the espionage because he is usually depicted as a small and yellow Volkswagen Beetle. He may be small, but he wants to help the team.

Jazz – Jazz has an extensive knowledge of Earth’s popular culture. He fights the enemy with his solar-powered rifle and is the right-hand man for Optimus Prime. He likes interacting with humans to learn more about their culture.

Ironhide – Ironhide has seen his share of battle. Traditionally depicted as an older Autobot, he has become Optimus’ bodyguard. He’s become a friend to humans and has even fallen in love with a female Autobot.

Sunstreaker – Sunstreaker is vain. He knows that he’s talented and doesn’t want to help others if they lag behind. He has a twin brother, Sideswipe, but even he doesn’t understand him all the time. Even with his cocky attitude, he is good at what he does and the Autobots appreciate it.

Hound – Hound loves Earth’s natural wonders. From the forests, to the pants, his topographical skills allow him to be one of the Autobot’s best scouts. He secretly wants to be human.

Ratchet – Ratchet is the mechanic of the Autobots. He can fix almost anything you give him…that is as long as he has the right materials. He is traditionally portrayed as an ambulance.

Wheeljack – Wheeljack is an inventor but a lot of his inventions blow up. He is a talented driver and uses his road stunts to help the Autobots.

Grimlock – Grimlock is one of the most powerful Dinobots that will tear away anything with his jaws. He is respectful to everyone, but he secretly would love to be the Autobot leader.

There are many Autobots out to help the Earth, but some just stand out more than others. Who is your favourite? Did we miss any characters?

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