For You 30+ year-olds out there - Transformers Movies and Star Wars from the '80s

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  1. Swoop Dogg

    Swoop Dogg me King!

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    Let me start by saying that I'm 33 years-old. So I was roughly 8 years-old when G1 came out and when the Star Wars movies were out. I'm just curious (and this is mainly a question for other 30+ year-olds out there) - do you get the same vibe/feeling with the Transformers movies now as you did back in the 80's with the Star Wars movies? I do. When I buy Transformers movie toys now, I get the same feeling that I had when I was buying my 4th or 5th Stormtrooper toy back in the 80's. It's pretty cool. I also have that same feeling of anticipation for ROTF that I had for Empire Strikes Back/Return of the Jedi back in the day. I really hope ROTF is to Transformers as Empire Strikes Back was to Star Wars. Does anybody else feel the same way or am I just a crazy old loon?
     
  2. shroobmaster

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    I'm a bit younger, but I do get the same feeling of the BeastWars days.
     
  3. Spacemonster505

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    IM older 35 to be exact And "yeah I get tingly all over even im my naughty parts" ok not really that much I get excited
     
  4. smkspy

    smkspy is one nice fucking kitty

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    Well I'll be 30 next year, but ROTJ was the first movie I ever completely sat through in the theaters and the other were documentaries when I was a child. I can't say that I have to same excitement for the Transformers movies as I did for the SW prequels however. Mostly this is because of the information I learned about the movies. With the SW prequels, I knew practicely nothing except for what I saw in a few trailers. With the Transformer movies on the other hand, I know perhaps too much (from the concept designs to plot details), which tends to lower that feeling of mysterious and awe somewhat. I'm still excited, but not the level that I was during that first Phantom Menace preview trailer.
     
  5. Number1sikko

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    LMAO.
     
  6. vektsilver

    vektsilver Transorganic member

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    Im in the same shoes as you age wise but totally different on the movie spin. I get this disjointed feeling from the movie where the best part being the history and the characters just is not there. Additionally they don't feel familiar at all even Prime. Prime pretty much has the voice and the look but he is kinda heartless. Since when is he and bumble bee ruthless killing machines. Iron hide is just a dick .

    The problem is really the liberties they had taken with franchise that just seem to be all the wrong directions. Maybe its mostly how the movie seemed rush after about 20 minutes and everything stopped making sense Prime got his but handed to him and the humans were more the center piece than anything transformer.

    The toys undoubtedly are fun because transformers are fun but the generic robot mode that atempts to be really wierd or alien just loses the feel what makes TF great. Thats why I think the prime and bumblebee toys are typically the best they atleast have that human feel to their toys.
     
  7. cnic

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    I'm 33 and I'm ok with the re-inventing of the franchise. Yeah, to me there will never be another version of the Transformers like the G1 era, but that's what I grew up on. The movieverse is almost the exact opposite of this, but over time and the way society evolves, they have to cater to a new "breed", if you will, trying to create a hipper version of what, in my opinion, was the best thing ever created.To truly recreate the '86 movie in a live action format would be just like remaking Night of the Living Dead, or any of the thousands of other movie remakes.Regardless of how people feel, I personally think Bay has done a great job with the franchise and let's be honest,they don't have to stop at a third movie, like most franchises do, because there is so much material to work with.
    I'm cnic and I approve this message!
     
  8. bumblebear

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    im 33 year old i do remmy when my mom turn tv on and i watch 1984 transformers cartoon G1 i was freak and love it i keep watch it all the time till now.... love it all in my life.
     
  9. esham976

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    sadly I'm 35yrs old. and i remember coming home from school running into the living room to watch transformers cartoon. i even cried when they killed off prime in the cartoon movie(OK jokes now.......enough) and seeing the 1st live action movie and waiting for this one to come out has me excited all over again like when i was a kid and the bus was getting near my stop and i would get off the bus running like hell to get home to catch the opening theme music.
     
  10. Ash from Carolina

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    Guess I'm the geezer in the room at 39.

    The feelings honestly are nowhere even close.

    Empire Strikes Back seemed like the hugest thing ever way way way back then. The characters were easy to latch on to so me and all my friends speculated to no end what Luke, Han, Chewy, Vader, and the other characters would do in the second film. Vader's shocking statement is just something that still hasn't been topped by any film.

    The movie Transformers I just can't get into. Prime leaving any bot behind just seemed so wrong. Bumblebee as the baddest warrior ever just seems wrong. Ouch and poor me I'm a villains fan and there just wasn't any way for me to latch on to any of the Decepticons. Even with getting more lines than the other Decepticons I still couldn't peg how I felt about movie Megatron compared to the other robots who have shared the same name.

    I'd compare it more to my feeling about Attack of the Clones than I would Empire Strikes Back. Empire I had to see because I had to know what the characters next adventure was going to be like. Attack of the Clones I just watched because I felt somehow obligated to see it as a fan even though the first film told me it would likely have none of the magic that made Star Wars cool as a kid. It should be pretty but without the magic of character and story it's just not hitting my excited buttons.
     
  11. Optimatron

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    I'm not nearly there yet, but I am 24 and Transformers was the first toy/cartoon I was ever introduced to at the age of 3 as far back as I can remember. I fell in love and haven't looked back since. My dad would say I had a transformer in my hand before I could even walk good lol.

    However, It wasn't easy getting my hands on most of the early G1 toys. Most, if not all of my G1 toys as a kid were from garage sales, and flea markets. The exception being most of the action/head/targetmasters which could still be found well into I believe 1989/90 in retail stores. I remember my parents actually buying me Powermaster Prime, Doubledealer, Getaway, Darkwing, and Slapdash at retail, yet earlier figures I had were all second hand. It didn't bother one bit as a kid though, I loved the hell out of the ones I could find. I still have them all to this day. Transformers will always remain my all time favorite.

    I was a big fan of Star Wars as a kid as well, although I did not put the effort into tryng to collect the orignal figures as I had with TFs. I loved the movies and watched them countless times, and when I was about 11, something wonderful happened. They remastered the movies and rereleased them into the theatres with extra footage and it was glorious to finally see the original trilogy on the silver screen. Around the time of the remastered movies came a little toy line that made my dreams come true. Power of the Force. I collected any and every damn vehicle and action figure I could get my hands on. It was awesome.

    However exciting as all that was, It doesn't even compare to the excitement and feeling I get from these TF movies, and collecting these toys. One reason being that TFs have always been #1 in my book. The second reason being because I've waited and dreamed long and hard for the day that Transformers would be brought to life in live action. When I was 5 Star Wars was already a reality, it was something that had come before and was all right there at my fingertips. Transformers was not. Sure I loved the cartoon, and I loved the toys, but there was also a mystery about what a video game or live action movie of them would be like. Finally having that dream come true is something I cannot even begin to explain with words(Even though I try lol). The vibe that surrounds this franchise is unlike anything has ever been for me.
     
  12. SpeedBreaker

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    I'm excited for the new film but no, I'm not getting that old Star Wars feeling.
     
  13. Ruthie

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    Heheheheh, I'm 30+ in a superlative way. While I am very excited about TF, it's not the same vibe that I got from SW. SW was so new and different at it's time, nothing had ever been done like it before. TF is new and different for what it is, but in the end it's taking things to the next level whereas SW created the platform. It's hard to avoid a been-there-done-that sentiment with sci-fi/fantasy after SWs.
     
  14. elbosenasoles

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    Well, I'm 31 now so I remember the excitement over SW and the toys that followed suit. Now I love me some SW but must admit I am super excited also about ROTF. In all honesty, the TF movies are probably the only series I have gotten really excited about since SW and the 2nd trilogy. Though when I was in the toy aisle a few weeks back picking up the new TF toys, I did ask myself "why the hell is a 30+ yr old in the toy aisle hunting for action figures?". I felt quite dorky, when back in the day I immidiately ran for the toy section without any hesitations at all. So, there's a bit of a difference now, lol.
     
  15. Ephland

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    31. The excitement is the same.
     
  16. weeezl

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    If its what you love it shoudn't have an age limit, shit dont change. Im well past 30 and I dont care, I still geek out just as much as I did as a kid :) 
     
  17. Renidragon

    Renidragon Toys on my table!

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    Gonna be 28 this year. Grew up on G1.

    I can't really remember the feeling I used to get as a kid when I'd open a new Transformer. I sure remember I'd play with it for hours and hours and hours, so I imagine I was pretty excited. Of course, I always liked the toys of my favorite characters best, but a new toy was always awesome.

    Nowadays, I buy my own toys, so it's NEVER a surprise, and I always think long and hard about which one I want based on the selection (just ask my girlfriend!). I start getting excited when I can get the toy freed. Then I get focused on the toy... girlfriend likes to watch, she says I'm just like a kid when I get a new toy, how I get all excited... I guess I get so into it I don't even notice that I'm getting so excited.

    So yeah, I guess that means the feeling is the same. :)  I love it.
     
  18. grimlock1972

    grimlock1972 "No Mas" My Wallet

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    im 36 nearly 37 and i was 12 when G1 came out and it got my attention like few shows have before or since, i like each new version of TF that comes out but to me G1 will always be the core the , the essence , the all-spark if you will of all things Transformers
     
  19. Sound Blaster

    Sound Blaster Shattered Glass World

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    I'm 39 and G1 was my start so I am all hyped for ROTF

    I really think that you HAVE to be 30+ to REALLY care about Transformers (At least REALLY understand it)...:2c: 
     
  20. megamus

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    Ok I'm 30....plus plus and while I love the movie I do not get the same anticipation with the toys. Sorry but I am not feeling the new movie toys at all. I do not plan on getting any of them. I actually still own every vintage Star Wars figures made. I loved getting them and could not wait until I had them all. I remember when the power of the force came out I looked for specific figures forever. I raced into the toy store looking for them. Now I walk past the Transformers movie display and straight for the classics. I guess I am by myself in this in that almost everyone loves the movie toys but I just can't get into them. Too organic for transformers. Great movie though.
     

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