Will new robot designs influence future TFs?

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  1. ILoveDinobot

    ILoveDinobot Arise Rodimus Prime

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    I was wondering what everyone else thought about this, but seeing the movie robot designs has me wondering if future TF cartoons will use the same designs as in the movie. The designs we have seen so far are much more "alien" looking then in any of the cartoons so far. In G1 I believe the writers/creators wanted kids to identify themselves with the Transformers, to humanize them kind of. I don't think once that Spike or Sparkplug or any of the humans ever refered to the Transformers as aliens. So I was wondering if these new more realistic designs would change that. What if the cartoons in the future use these new designs instead of the ones we are more used to, the ones we have known for the last 20 + years? Would anything change do you think? I think these designs are a little alien, kind of creepy looking, so I would rather see the cartoons stay with conventional transformers designs.
     
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    I certainly hope so, I'm in the minority of those who love the movie designs.
     
  3. King Starscream

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    I think it depends on how the movie toys themselves sell. Judging from the proto pictures, the toys are simplied versions of the radical (but awesome) alien look of the movie CG renders. Also considering how much detail there is in the sculpt of an average transformer, I think future TF's are going to have a mix between the TF's we know of now and the radical alien look of the movie. Hasbro still has a final say on how they want TF's too look and I'm sure they'll want the kids that buy and play with their toys to be able to enjoy them and not be to freaked out by its appearance or by its transformation.
     
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    Likely!!. If the movie is a success and provides millions to Paramount and Dreamworks ,will see the beginning of a new franchise.
     
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    Yes. If the movie is a success, it will surely happen. I'm fine with that.

    Other than the whole "vagina faces" issue, I don't see how they aren't humanoid. Two legs, two arms, one head and walks upright seems pretty humanoid to me. All the extra mechanical bits showing just makes them more robotic IMO. I never really cared for the whole "boxy" look. It was fine for a cartoon, but it's ok to make them more complicated and intensely robtic as far as I'm concerned.
     
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    I hope so as well-- although I have, of course, always loved TFs to bits, I never felt the alien-ness of them was emphasized enough, outside of Beast Machines and a few other select ones such as Cybertron Menasor. This is a perfect new direction for the franchise, IMO.
     
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    I'm a fine with it,

    The gen 1 and newer crop look great, but look more like toys, vs a alien type thing.
     
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    I hope they have very little influence. They are neat looking, but they aren't TFs.
     
  9. flamepanther

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    The writers and animation designers undoubtedly wanted that, but the style of the robots was determined before the story was written. Most or all of the Japanese toys that became the early G1 TransFormers were originally intended to be lifeless robots piloted by humans or human-like lifeforms, so they weren't necessarily any more humanized than a Gundam and didn't need to be. It was the actual characterization in the tecdh specs, comics, and cartoon that really humanized them far more than the designs.

    I think that if the movie does very well (which I hope it does), there is a very high probablility that this will have at least some influence on other toys and cartoons in the near future. I wouldn't mind a change like that for awhile, because history has shown us that TransFormers will always eventually return to the classic style after awhile. Also, if Aaron Archer remains in charge of the TransFormers brand we needn't fear change too much, as he seems to prefer somewhat classic style designs himself.
     
  10. ILoveDinobot

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    that is good news to me. Also I wouldn't mind a little influence on what Transformers toys are now, like adding a little more alien or realistic design. I just hope they don't alienate them too much.
     
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    I agree.
    They're very exotic and alien.
    And they look like htey ARE robots in disguise.
    And dangerous.
     
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    I'm not too crazy about the movie designs personally, but I suspect the movie style will carry through for a while, especially if the film is a success. I could see a vaguely movie-related cartoon working to keep the toy franchise fresh between films, though I might expect a cartoon to use the somewhat simpler and less fractured design of the movie-style toys, rather than the movie itself. All speculation though.
     
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    I think that if the movies do well, then yes. We're likely to see carryovers into other TF series, past the Movie toys. If it does badly, it would depend greatly on what they considered the problems with the movie. If they think it's due to the character changes, we problem wont ever see them again.
     
  14. Megatronwp38

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    I hope it does influence the next generation cartoon mainline series. since beast machines it has really been stagnant and pretty much just a remake over and over again. A/E/C is pretty much the same show, same characters just different alt modes.
     
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    It depends entirely on if the movie does well or tanks.

    If it does well? Yes. If it tanks? No.

    Phazer
     
  16. KA

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    well if it does, more money for vintage collecting for me. yay!
     

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