"Protoform" Transformers Toys

Time for our weekly piece of "Transformers" schpiel: New "protoform" figures have hit the 'net, and they'll allow you to see what the creatures look like in one form or another. Well, they're big ... and pretty tough-lookin'.

I'll let JoBlo try and sort it out: "

Darkangel21 recently pointed us to the below pics of toys modeled after the upcoming Michael Bay-directed TRANSFORMERS. Shown are the "protoform" versions of Optimus Prime and Starscream which, as I understand it, are early versions of the Transformers as they appear on their home planet of Cybertron before they become the vehicle-equipped Autobots of Earth. I'm sketchy on the details but these "protoforms" seem to provide the basic framework for the "present-day" Autobots."

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Comments

leeski241

David Lee

Cool. I've always wanted a protoform toy.

Oct 24 - 07:40 AM

Merlin235

Merlin Ambrosius

Nice. But what's REALLY cool is if you go to www.superherohype.com, they have a link posted for official Spiderman 3 character busts, and you can get your first look at what Venom will look like in the movie. A little bit more interesting, if you ask me.

Oct 24 - 08:34 AM

nogard64

Nogard64 64

[b]yeah I'm ok with this[/b]
yeah its not a bad idea to show them as more alien forms when they are on/comming from cybertron. I just really hope to see them as closer to G1 earth forms when they are on earth though.

Oct 24 - 11:03 AM

FluxCapacitor

Matthew Packer

[b]I'm far more positive about this movie than I was[/b]
The more that designs like these and other sneaked, on-set shots leak out, the more I'm getting into what they're trying do with this film.

I've been very impressed with the robot designs I've seen so far - these toys included - and some of the shots I've seen of the location shoots in LA and Detroit lead me to believe that Transformers promises a whole lot of carnage.

It seems from the toys that the robots will arrive on Earth as independent units rather than all together in a spacecraft...I suspect they're gonna arrive quite far back in our industrial history, and part of the plot will be that their alt.modes have kept on adjusting to changes in our mechanical culture as time has gone on - and all the while they've been fighting a war right under our noses. It'll just take the right, John Connor-type kid to unmask them.

There are other little touches I've seen that have brought a smile to my face, like the credo painted on Barricade, the Decepticon police car, which replaces 'To Serve and Protect' with 'To Punish and Enslave'. Me like.

I used to post on donmurphy.net before the film started shooting (under my alias 'PrimeMover' - hi to all you stooges out there...) but stopped going to the boards once it became obvious what direction the script was headed in. I always thought it was wrong that they were going for a human-centric rather than robot-centric angle; however, I now think they've got a good chance of nailing it. It looks like it could be the kind of movie that turns on a hair, like From Dusk Till Dawn did: I've a feeling that its second half could be very robot-centric indeed.

Dreamworks and Paramount scored a pretty embarrassing own-goal with the teaser, as it was just a bunch of found footage tacked onto a Mars-related plot point that won't even be in the finished film. The only result was that it suffered unfavorable comparison to the far more professional Spidey clip.

However, I think the next TF trailer really has the potential to get fans and non-fans excited.

Oct 25 - 02:34 AM

nogard64

Nogard64 64

you sound like a plant, because 1) you sound a lil too excited 2) you know some very specific details.

Oct 25 - 09:46 AM

FluxCapacitor

Matthew Packer

[b]Nope, I ain't a plant![/b]
I'm just a big fan of the G1 stuff who thought this film was on an irreversible voyage down the tubes, but has since been about 85% converted to a more positive view.

The biggest TF fan sites have managed to dig up links to a whole bunch of on-set photos and leaked art concepts, and the more I've seen, the more I've liked.

As for the details, they're largely things that I've put together myself from the visual evidence and script rumors. I've stopped short of seeking out the script draft that was doing the rounds online a couple of months ago, as I'd rather not blow absolutely every major plot point for myself about a year before I've even bought the ticket.

The opinions on RT have been very harsh about this film, and at one point I was squarely in that camp... my remaining concerns are about Michael Bay's 2-frame-edit approach to storytelling. But I think the production team know what they're doing, and Bay could turn out to be a good fit after all.

A lot of people have been willing TF to flop - myself among them. Now, though, I don't think it will.

Oct 26 - 02:11 AM

nogard64

Nogard64 64

you sound like a plant, because 1) you sound a lil too excited 2) you know some very specific details.

Oct 25 - 09:46 AM

FluxCapacitor

Matthew Packer

[b]Nope, I ain't a plant![/b]
I'm just a big fan of the G1 stuff who thought this film was on an irreversible voyage down the tubes, but has since been about 85% converted to a more positive view.

The biggest TF fan sites have managed to dig up links to a whole bunch of on-set photos and leaked art concepts, and the more I've seen, the more I've liked.

As for the details, they're largely things that I've put together myself from the visual evidence and script rumors. I've stopped short of seeking out the script draft that was doing the rounds online a couple of months ago, as I'd rather not blow absolutely every major plot point for myself about a year before I've even bought the ticket.

The opinions on RT have been very harsh about this film, and at one point I was squarely in that camp... my remaining concerns are about Michael Bay's 2-frame-edit approach to storytelling. But I think the production team know what they're doing, and Bay could turn out to be a good fit after all.

A lot of people have been willing TF to flop - myself among them. Now, though, I don't think it will.

Oct 26 - 02:11 AM

FluxCapacitor

Matthew Packer

[b]Nope, I ain't a plant![/b]
I'm just a big fan of the G1 stuff who thought this film was on an irreversible voyage down the tubes, but has since been about 85% converted to a more positive view.

The biggest TF fan sites have managed to dig up links to a whole bunch of on-set photos and leaked art concepts, and the more I've seen, the more I've liked.

As for the details, they're largely things that I've put together myself from the visual evidence and script rumors. I've stopped short of seeking out the script draft that was doing the rounds online a couple of months ago, as I'd rather not blow absolutely every major plot point for myself about a year before I've even bought the ticket.

The opinions on RT have been very harsh about this film, and at one point I was squarely in that camp... my remaining concerns are about Michael Bay's 2-frame-edit approach to storytelling. But I think the production team know what they're doing, and Bay could turn out to be a good fit after all.

A lot of people have been willing TF to flop - myself among them. Now, though, I don't think it will.

Oct 26 - 02:11 AM

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