I've been a fan since it all hit in the 80's. I was five years old and before I even saw my first episode, I stood agape at the 30 foot wall of Transformers toys at our neighborhood Target store. My mother simply said, without my even begging for a toy, "I'll let you choose, but you may only choose one! And you have to stick with that kind from now on!" And she gave me the choice between GIJoe and Transformers. The lime greens, the royal blues, the deep purples and reds and silvers and the fact that each toy was technically two toys in one, WITH special powers like "REAL FIRING WEAPON" and TECH SPECS and COLLECT POINTS FOR SPECIAL OFFERS! I was hooked, plain and simple. I grabbed G1 Bumblebee, my very first Transformer toy and asked if it cost too much... the cheapest one on the shelf, even though I didn't realize it. My mother bought me my very first one. I remember all my firsts. The first Transformer my late grandfather bought me was Mixmaster. The first Transformer I bought for myself with my own money was Skywarp and the first Transformer I got at Christmas was Omega Supreme from my grandmother (now 93) and Optimus Prime from my parents. My grandparents pretended to hate Transformers but always bought me the biggest and most expensive ones. I was despised and ridiculed and even beat up for being a Transformer fan in my school. I used to trade and sell my loose with missing parts and broken Transformers to what I then thought were "idiots" a few grades lower than me and now I find that even loose, the ones I sold are worth WAY MORE than I got for them. And what did I spend the money on??? Cokes and candy. I was the idiot. And then Transformers left me and then returned and then left again and then returned in the comics and then left and then the toys would change again and again and again and even when they started really getting "imaginitive" with the Transformers designs, I remained a fan. And then silence from them for years and then Beast Wars aired and I was hooked again, but not like I was when it started. And then IT left me hanging. And then all these new TF shows came and I've just not really got the interest anymore. I assumed it was because my maturity has finally caught up with my age, and I've tried to get my children interested in it and they kind of like the toys and the old shows and some of the new stuff, but just not obsessed with it like I was. I don't know if that is a good thing or bad. But when I found that they were finally making toys like they used to when the ALTs came out and the CLASSICS, I got hooked again. And then the announcement of a REAL movie with GOOD actors (or so I assumed) finally got me back feeling like a kid again. And yes, I was proud to have been a loyal, faithful fan amid the criticism from school and my family and friends and even my wife at times... until I watched the movie. And THIS is the reward I get for being faithful?!? A movie with a plothole filled script and bad acting and more plotholes and my favorite side doesn't even get lines or really even any screentime at all?!? What the freak? I should be glad that we got a movie at all, right? I mean, in the interview with Peter Cullen on the TFgame site, he says that there wouldn't even be a game or movie or anything else if it weren't for guys like those of us here! So why reward us with no explanation as to why Brawl's name was changed to Devastator and why none of the best fights in the movie can be seen cuz of shaky cam and why Barricade disappears?!? Couldn't the guys who wove this wonderful on-line dialogue with us about our concerns and what-not and asssured us as they were writing the story about things such as "the relationship between Starscream and Megatron will be the same as the G1 show" and they only have half of a minute of dialogue between each other, have warned us that we were going to be let down? Yes, there was a REAL movie and YES it had wonderful effects and YES Peter Cullen was there (but sadly the few minutes with the Autobots is about the only part of the movie that really felt like Transformers to me). And my favorite scenes are the very scenes the critics say were just giant toy commercials. Well, dangit I LOVE TOY COMMERCIALS!!! If we are loyal fans than give us what we deserve with the sequals!!! Stop feeding us Wal-Mart-brand groceries in place of the BRAND NAMES!!! I mean this is TRANSFORMERS not GOBOTS or MASK, for crying out loud. No offense to the fans of those shows. GIJOE and the TRANSFORMERS SEQUALS BETTER ROCK WITH A VENGEANCE!