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The epic battle between good and evil is nothing new, but Michael Bay's latest tour de force just hit theaters yesterday. If you're anything like me, then the fact that it's not likely to be a great movie doesn't have anything to do with whether you'll see it or not -- nothing to be ashamed of there! As one reviewer pointed out, it's a Michael Bay film, so you'd better go in expecting explosions and special effects and not a lot else. Once you're in the Summer Movie frame of mind, it's easy to sit back and enjoy the ride as the evil Decepticons take on the valiant Autobots in a fight for world domination. Shia LeBeouf (who got his start in Holes, who'd have thought?!) and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are icing on the Dark of the Moon cake.
All the movie hype got me thinking about the original Transformers, both the toys and the cartoons. One toy-savvy office mate remembers being bitter that her Barbies didn't transform into anything else, and another lamented her inability to get Optimus Prime back into truck form. It's a hard world out there, or rather, it was: Transformers toys have come a long way since the days of Soundwave and his mini cassette tape. Today's Transformers toys are all about video games and robots that feature multiple forms, light-up weapons and intimidating sounds, so you can stage your own battles.
Think back to the 1980s or to 2009 when the last movie came out: Which is your favorite Transformer and why?
Posted by Jessica Gezon
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