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videl
06-01-2006, 12:50 AM
www.pagenstecher.de/showtopic.php?threadid=136456&pagenum=1#2550049 (http://www.pagenstecher.de/showtopic.php?threadid=136456&pagenum=1#2550049)

Just scroll down to the bottom of the page..


LET THE HYPE BEGIN!!

http://i3.tinypic.com/11aa79l.jpg

CelticArtist
06-01-2006, 06:12 AM
sweet! my car is a transformer!! That Saleen looks amazing, i've just got the regular 6cyl, but i still love my stang :)

Apoclypse
06-01-2006, 06:47 AM
This is going to be so stupid that its good.

zzacmann
06-02-2006, 12:08 PM
I read somewhere, Wizard magazine I think, that this was just a teaser prop at some convention to get all the kids riled up. Its not an actually set piece.

One thing that worries me is that they have a release date of July 4, 2007. Thats 13 months away folks. The same article in Wizard also indicated that only one human character had been cast so far and the script is still being ironed out. So you're telling me that not only are they going to cast the rest of the film and completely finish writing it, but they're also going to shoot it, edit it, AND create what I can only imagine as MASSIVE amounts of CG, AND composite it all in live action shots, add an original score and sound effects, run it through test audiences, re-edit it, get it rated and locked and have several dozen prints made for a release in 13 months?

Am I crazy or does that seem like a really short time frame for pushing out a movie thats special effects are literally going to make it or break it?

Lordiego01
06-02-2006, 12:23 PM
So you're telling me that not only are they going to cast the rest of the film and completely finish writing it, but they're also going to shoot it, edit it, AND create what I can only imagine as MASSIVE amounts of CG, AND composite it all in live action shots, add an original score and sound effects, run it through test audiences, re-edit it, get it rated and locked and have several dozen prints made for a release in 13 months?

Am I crazy or does that seem like a really short time frame for pushing out a movie thats special effects are literally going to make it or break it?

Don't worry, they are probably using AMD Processors. :thumbsup:

gunslingerblack
06-02-2006, 02:56 PM
it says the thread doesn't exist, or at least i think thats' what it says, either way it's not there anymore

CelticArtist
06-02-2006, 04:19 PM
I read somewhere, Wizard magazine I think, that this was just a teaser prop at some convention to get all the kids riled up. Its not an actually set piece.

The thread in the link (is the thread gone now?) had photos on set of actual set pieces (or what were labeled as set pieces). It had a REALLY tricked out Mustang Saleen as a police car, a tank, and some other stuff.

sstreaker
06-02-2006, 05:33 PM
One thing that worries me is that they have a release date of July 4, 2007. Thats 13 months away folks. The same article in Wizard also indicated that only one human character had been cast so far and the script is still being ironed out. So you're telling me that not only are they going to cast the rest of the film and completely finish writing it, but they're also going to shoot it, edit it, AND create what I can only imagine as MASSIVE amounts of CG, AND composite it all in live action shots, add an original score and sound effects, run it through test audiences, re-edit it, get it rated and locked and have several dozen prints made for a release in 13 months?

Well, I do know that the casting is pretty set up and shooting has begun. But yes, it does seem like a very tight deadline. But keep in mind that according to certain sources, the robots themselves might be in as little as only 30 % of the entire film. While I think that might be kinda bogus, it would make the deadline a little more attainable. But not by much...heh. We'll see what happens, but I would guess that the July 2007 date will inevitably be pushed back.

angel
06-02-2006, 05:57 PM
or they could hire more fx houses to help meet the deadline...

BrockSamson
06-02-2006, 06:59 PM
A friend of mine is based at Holloman AFB in New Mexico and has gotten to watch some of the filming going on. Last week they had a pair of CV-22s flying around as part of it.

charleyc
06-02-2006, 07:43 PM
A friend of mine is based at Holloman AFB in New Mexico and has gotten to watch some of the filming going on. Last week they had a pair of CV-22s flying around as part of it.

They had images of that on the, now dead, link.

Several of the cars also shown were Saleen works. Between that and the military aircraft they seem to be using, this seems like its going to be a pretty high end production. I am really anxious to start seeing stuff for this film.

switchblade327
06-02-2006, 07:59 PM
The forum was too slow to let me quote zzacmann's comment about Wizard magazine, but it's correct. That semi-truck picture is from last year's San Diego comicon and was just there to tease us nerds.

Trojan123
06-03-2006, 03:54 AM
Good luck finding any photographs; the production did a good job tracking them all down and having them removed from the web.


http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=23472


For movie info, go here:
http://www.transformersthemovie.info/

Movie: Transformers The Movie (2007)
Studio: Dreamworks / Paramount
Executive Producer: Steven Spielberg
Producers: Don Murphy, Tom Desanto, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Director: Michael Bay
Writer: Roberto Orchi
Line Producer: Ian Bryce
Release Date: July 4th 2007 (tentative)
Video Game: Activision
Toys: Hasbro

Project has the green light! - It's real now.
Filming Begins Around May 2006.
Filming in US locations.
NO voice actors are cast yet.
Loosely based on Generation 1 (original TF).
Real life vehicles being used.
License agreement with General Motors (Chevy etc)
US Military will play role in movie.
Optimus Prime and Megatron in movie.
Spike Whitwickity in movie.
Initial wave of vehicles at studio.

Characters:

Autobots (close to confirmed)
Optimus Prime (Truck)
Bumblebee (Camaro)
Jazz (Exotic Sportscar)
Ironhide (Pickup Truck)
Ratchet (Ambulance)

Decepticons (names not confirmed, most are placeholders)
Megatron (Tank - unconfirmed mode)
Starscream (F-22 Raptor Jet)
Devestator (M1 Abrams Tank)
Bonecrusher (Mine Clearing Vehicle)
Vortex (MH-53 PAV SPECIAL OPS CHOPPER)
Brawl (Police Car)
Scorponok (Mechanical Scorpion)
Soundwave (life size radio - 4.5 inches tall)

Humans

Shia LaBeouf - Spike Whitwickity
Rachael Taylor - Maggie Marconi
Megan Fox - Mikaela (Spike's interest)
Jon Voight - Secretary of State
Bernie Mac - Car Salesman (sells Bumblebee to Spike)
Josh Duhamel - Military Officer
Amaury Nolasco - Army Officer
Tyrese Gibson - Army Officer
Others mentioned so far, but not confirmed

P_T
06-03-2006, 07:35 AM
Technically speaking, how can a truck, sedan, sports car, pickup truck and an ambulance go up against a tank, stealth jetfighter, M1 Abrams MBT and a chopper.

EpShot
06-03-2006, 07:38 AM
Simple.. Optimus Prime is a ****ing bad ass!:D

chadtheartist
06-03-2006, 07:41 AM
I thought that was the new Camaro? I don't remember seeing any Mustangs... maybe it's just my mind playing tricks?

EDIT: Looks like I glossed over the cop cars... heh

http://www.autoblog.com/2006/06/01/camaro-and-mustang-do-battle-in-transformers-the-movie/

jasondesigns
06-03-2006, 11:48 AM
I am hyped about this movie... I hope they do a good job... hearing the production time frame makes me wonder though. still whats up with Bumble Bee being a Camaro? I thought he was supposed to be a VW Beetle. :shrug: At least Sound Wave is still a radio. Keep posting new stuff thats out there! :thumbsup:

Szos
06-03-2006, 03:09 PM
In another forum, the link above was posted (but surprisingly, the link seems to have disappeared)... The new Mustang is a Decepticon cop car (with the tag line "To Punish and Enslave" on the side), and the next-gen Camaro is an Autobot (Bumblebee).
The Camaro looks just plain gorgeous.

talos72
06-03-2006, 03:47 PM
I don't remember Megatron being a tank...he was a laser gun, wasn't he? Now if the go ahead with a GI-Joe movie you have the whole Marvel hour lineup.

JasTony
06-03-2006, 04:40 PM
No pics of the tank or minesweeper unfortunately...

http://www.leftlanenews.com/2006/05/31/new-chevy-camaro-to-star-transformers-movie/

r3mix
06-03-2006, 05:05 PM
Awww, changing Bumblebee from a VW Beetle to a Camaro totally changes the character. Same with changing Brawl from a tank to a Mustang. :eek: Oh well, maybe it will still work out. I am definitely looking forward to some transformer action though. Soundwave will be cool, but they should totally put in Omega Supreme and Devastator. :D

JasTony
06-03-2006, 05:44 PM
Yeah, I'm not a fan of police car Brawl either, especially when they already had a tank but gave it a random name (Devastator).

And Soundwave was a 4 foot tall minionless Transformer in those script previews so his coolness is kinda limited.

Although I can live with Camaro Bumblebee, mainly because VW haven't played nice in the past and it was kinda inevitable really.

PS: First two points may still change but I'm not exactly hopeful. Oh and I forgot there's a picture of Bonecrusher here aswell (minesweeper)...
http://www.joblo.com/index.php?id=11569

charleyc
06-03-2006, 06:01 PM
Devastator was the name of the robot the constructicons made. That would be cool, but a tank is cool too.

I actually think that making Megatron a tank is better, I never really liked the shrinking gun thing. Why shrink down to a gun that has to be shot by another robot when as the robot he had a massive gun on his arm? A tank seems more fitting.

The Bumblebee/camero thing is a bit strange, especially considering that there is the new beetle, I wonder if they couldn't get the rights from VW, seems unlikly....

I am really aniticipating this film though. I always loved transformers.

btw, does anyone have the pic of that tank that has been taken down. I know they must not want these spread around or they wouldn't have asked to have them removed...but if anyone has them, I would love to have a copy. As someone posted that Devastator is an M1 Abrahms, that tank pic must have been Megatron???

JasTony
06-03-2006, 06:17 PM
I think Megatron keeps his Cybertronian jet mode so that tank is almost certainly Devastator.

Here's the best online pic I could find. I started modelling an Abrams a while back and there seems to be quite a few differences here (apart from the obvious stuff I mean)...
http://www.cinescape.com/0/editorial.asp?aff_id=0&this_cat=Movies&action=page&obj_id=51397#

r3mix
06-03-2006, 06:23 PM
I think Megatron keeps his Cybertronian jet mode so that tank is almost certainly Devastator.

Here's the best online pic I could find. I started modelling an Abrams a while back and there seems to be quite a few differences here (apart from the obvious stuff I mean)...
http://www.cinescape.com/0/editorial.asp?aff_id=0&this_cat=Movies&action=page&obj_id=51397#

I guess Devastator is getting a new look also.... I didn't realize that. :) The original Devastator (http://www.ntfa.net/ntfa/articles/gfx/devastator.jpg)would have been way cooler heh.

angel
06-03-2006, 06:38 PM
Loved, the tag "to punish and enslave"
I hope this movie doesn't disappoint.

charleyc
06-03-2006, 06:38 PM
Decepticons (names not confirmed, most are placeholders)
Megatron (Tank - unconfirmed mode)
Starscream (F-22 Raptor Jet)
Devestator (M1 Abrams Tank)
Bonecrusher (Mine Clearing Vehicle)
Vortex (MH-53 PAV SPECIAL OPS CHOPPER)
Brawl (Police Car)
Scorponok (Mechanical Scorpion)
Soundwave (life size radio - 4.5 inches tall)


Thanks for the image, that is the one I was thinking of. I was basing my assumption off this, it does say unconfirmed, so you may be right. But that tank, while perhaps being based somewhat off an m1, certainly isn't anymore (with the whole double turret and all). No matter what it should be very cool. Devastator sure would have been cool as the robot it originally was :D

Mike RB
06-03-2006, 06:45 PM
They missed a prime marketing tie-in with Soundwave, he should have been iSoundwave and been an ipod.

Spankspeople
06-03-2006, 08:47 PM
Yeah, apparently VW doesn't want their car associated with war or stuff like that, so no VW Bumblebee. Still, if they'd made him a Mini or something it might have worked better. Though the Camaro doesn't look bad.

And Megatron's been a tank ever since someone decided that they couldn't make realistic gun-shaped toys. Honestly, I think he's more badass as a tank than a gun anyways, though not quite as nostalgic.

They missed a prime marketing tie-in with Soundwave, he should have been iSoundwave and been an ipod.

Laserbeak, Ravage, Rumble, and Frenzy could have SO been memory sticks. =P

charleyc
06-03-2006, 08:54 PM
Yeah, apparently VW doesn't want their car associated with war or stuff like that, so no VW Bumblebee. Still, if they'd made him a Mini or something it might have worked better. Though the Camaro doesn't look bad.

And Megatron's been a tank ever since someone decided that they couldn't make realistic gun-shaped toys...

Ah things are not as they used to be. Didn't they tell VW that he is a good guy :)

In all honesty, as long as they have vehicles turining into robots, I think I will be happy.

rickmann
06-03-2006, 09:06 PM
so is this hummer part of the movie?


http://www.strangecosmos.com/images/content/100159.jpg

talos72
06-03-2006, 11:40 PM
I hope not! Yikes...that chrome stuff looks cheesy.

Trojan123
06-03-2006, 11:58 PM
Awww, changing Bumblebee from a VW Beetle to a Camaro totally changes the character. Same with changing Brawl from a tank to a Mustang. :eek: Oh well, maybe it will still work out. I am definitely looking forward to some transformer action though. Soundwave will be cool, but they should totally put in Omega Supreme and Devastator. :D

Now don't go around to any of teh fansites and express that sentiment; more than likely you'll be hit over the head with an Energon Cube because you don't accept change...

Seriously, the Transformers fan community is out of controll. I used to consider myself a "TransFan", but the bad blood between the different camps not only turned me off from the Fandom, but almost turned me off from being a fan of Transformers altogether. You think that the ideological battles between Red states and Blue states are bad? Try a discussion between someone who compares everything to the original 80's cartoon and someone who wants to force changes on them. Sure, there are new toys and characters- basically a re-invented franchise that the original 80's one; but those who favor the originals over the new ones are abused, treated like garbage, and are constantly called names by fans of the new stuff.

It's even worse whene these bullies are website MODS; basically, like any issue, if you think like them, you're fine; but if you dare to think differently then YOU are the one receiving warnings, locked threads, etc.

Chris

charleyc
06-04-2006, 06:27 AM
Trojan123 - Well just remember this. Extremists in any organization are the minority, if they were not, they would be the norm and others would be the extremist. It kind of goes along the lines of 'you can please some people some of the time...' , films have to appeal to the mass, not the minority. They know that most every Transformer fan will want to see this movie, some will not like it...but they will go at least once to see it. Hopefully in the end, more poeple will like this film than dislike it.

kmest
06-04-2006, 10:15 AM
dont mind if they change some of the caracters...
to be honest i never liked bumblebee as a beetle car...as a child i always though hey,those autobots dont have a chance against deceptecons......and doesnt megatron could transform to a mmmm.....something like a tank (i dont know the name of that thing in english) when he changed to megatron????doesnt it sucks to see a leader of bad guys change to a little GUN???

anyway,,,michael bay is a powerfull director who always direct Poor screenplays,,,hopefully this time spielberg is around,,and this one will be good,,i hope

Papa Lazarou
06-04-2006, 05:17 PM
I think the Bumblebee as a sports car is totally at odds with the character. And Bumblebee was always a key character.

I doubt the problem is with VW like has been said. That sounds bogus to me. Bumbebee is the least violant character. I'm sure they could be sweet-talked into going along. I'd say it is more likely that the producers wanted to get a good chunk of the finance from automaker's product placement.

There's some changes you have to make with a Transformers movie, that's granted. A lot of things need to be modernised, and some things never made total sense in the original. But I still see a few bright yellow vintage VW beetles going around. It's not a particularly inconspicuous disguise if all the autobots turn into gleaming sportscars. Not that Michael Bay ever worried about stuff like that.

P_T
06-04-2006, 06:40 PM
I thought the new beetle looks cool.
http://www.v-accessories.com/images/main_car.jpg

Maybe they want to promote American automobiles with this film.:shrug:

heavyness
06-04-2006, 06:51 PM
bad news, they are re-making the generation 1 transformers...

http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/default.cfm?page=news&newsID=70BEDAAE-D56F-E112-412B14A6033C14A1

Megatron is a freakin' super soaker...

http://www.hasbro.com/common/images/news/transformers/megatron_blaster.jpg

P_T
06-04-2006, 07:11 PM
bad news, they are re-making the generation 1 transformers...

http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/default.cfm?page=news&newsID=70BEDAAE-D56F-E112-412B14A6033C14A1

Megatron is a freakin' super soaker...


LOL :D You'd think that with his size, he should at least be something like a gigantic version of a .50cal Barret rifle but nooooo... has to be a frickin handgun.

DeadlyFreeze
06-04-2006, 07:32 PM
He was always a hand gun, I never understood why he was a giant pistol but w/e he was bad ass...


Kids toys today are so 'nurfed', heres the megatron toy I remember...

http://home.comcast.net/%7Edfart/mega.jpg

P_T
06-04-2006, 07:44 PM
He was always a hand gun, I never understood why he was a giant pistol but w/e he was bad ass...

heh a Walther megatron. Yeah I don't get why he has to be a pistol as well and that won't work in this live action version because they'll have a hard time trying to explain the compression of his mass since there's no way he can turn into a pistol small enough to be held in one huge robotic hand. Guess that's why he turns into a tank instead.

Papa Lazarou
06-04-2006, 08:14 PM
Transformer toys have had that plastic chunky neon look to them since the late eighties. Some of these new ones look alright though. They're not the worst transformers I've seen. Some of them look fairly decent.

http://www.hasbro.com/common/images/news/transformers/rodimus_vehicle.jpg

http://www.hasbro.com/common/images/news/transformers/star_bot.jpg

...and while I don't think their new Prime is perfect:

http://www.hasbro.com/common/images/news/transformers/optimus.jpg

...it's a world away from the goofyness level reached with some of his previous incarnations:

http://www.tfarchive.com/toys/reviews/images/ene_optimusprimerobot3.jpg


http://www.tfarchive.com/toys/reviews/images/rid_optimusprimerobot.jpg

heavyness
06-04-2006, 10:29 PM
http://home.comcast.net/%7Edfart/mega.jpg

that was one of the hardest guys to transform. after playing with him so much, his legs got so loose and he would never stand-up by himself. i love the fact he came with a scope, a silencer, and a kick back thingy you could mount on him. that toy would never make it to the toys stores today.

Wintermute
06-04-2006, 10:54 PM
so is this hummer part of the movie?
http://www.strangecosmos.com/images/content/100159.jpg

I hope not! Yikes...that chrome stuff looks cheesy.

not to mention that the head is just a giant, chrome TIE Fighter pilot's helmet!

eek
06-04-2006, 11:10 PM
heh a Walther megatron. Yeah I don't get why he has to be a pistol as well and that won't work in this live action version because they'll have a hard time trying to explain the compression of his mass since there's no way he can turn into a pistol small enough to be held in one huge robotic hand. Guess that's why he turns into a tank instead.

<geek>

Its not a Walther PPK, but infact a Luger p-08. Also known as the G1 luger megatron, first generation.

http://www.a2armory.com/luger.html
http://www.lausd.k12.ca.us/Belmont_HS/mice/luger.html

</geek>

MrPositive
06-04-2006, 11:14 PM
I could careless what any of my friends say to me, but I'm looking forward to this more than anything else. Ok now I can officially be titled a nerd.....or is that geek....uhm dork?

Szos
06-04-2006, 11:37 PM
http://www.tfarchive.com/toys/reviews/images/rid_optimusprimerobot.jpg

:surprised:surprised:surprised:surprised:surprised

Did that version even transform at all?!? Lord that looks awful.

Bestest Transformer toy was easily JetFire (aka the Robotech rip-off)... Looks cool as a robot (with fully posable legs and arms) and looked great as a jet too.

http://decepticon-empire.org/skyflight/binaries/jetfire1.jpg

DimitrisLiatsos
06-04-2006, 11:43 PM
Simple.. Optimus Prime is a ****ing bad ass!:D


Hahahahahahahah .... Yeah!

P_T
06-05-2006, 02:36 AM
<geek>

Its not a Walther PPK, but infact a Luger p-08. Also known as the G1 luger megatron, first generation.

http://www.a2armory.com/luger.html
http://www.lausd.k12.ca.us/Belmont_HS/mice/luger.html

</geek>

I beg to differ my friend. It is indeed not a Walther PPK nor is it a Luger P-08, it is actually a Walther P38. Look at the comparison.
http://perso.orange.fr/dragoncollector/img/Galerie%20Photos/MILITARIA/Pistolet%20Walther%20P38%209mm%208coups.jpghttp://home.comcast.net/%7Edfart/mega.jpg

r3mix
06-05-2006, 02:47 AM
Bestest Transformer toy was easily JetFire (aka the Robotech rip-off)... Looks cool as a robot (with fully posable legs and arms) and looked great as a jet too.

http://decepticon-empire.org/skyflight/binaries/jetfire1.jpg

lol, JetFire was awesome. It really was such a Macross/Robotech ripoff...the thing looks identical to a veritech, but still a cool transformer nonetheless. :) Could JetFire even transform half jet half robot or "guardian" mode? A friend of mine used to have it, but I don't remember if it could or not.

heavyness
06-05-2006, 02:56 AM
lol, JetFire was awesome. It really was such a Macross/Robotech ripoff...the thing looks identical to a veritech, but still a cool transformer nonetheless. :) Could JetFire even transform half jet half robot or "guardian" mode? A friend of mine used to have it, but I don't remember if it could or not.

it could, kinda. you just drop the legs down and he was in guardian mode. the rest of the body didn't come all the way down when in this mode, but it worked for the most part. i never had Jetfire and i still want him to this day. although i still have all the Destructicons and the Predacons [who form Predaking]

anyways, if Transformers does well, they should try for a GI Joe movie, then they could do the mother of all cross over movies...

http://www.decepticon-matrix.com/tfvsgijoe_premier_litho1x.jpg


...you know you want it.

DeadlyFreeze
06-05-2006, 06:28 AM
Transformers and cobra? COBRAAAAA... ahem sorry... ya that would be cool

Szos
06-05-2006, 08:51 AM
lol, JetFire was awesome. It really was such a Macross/Robotech ripoff...the thing looks identical to a veritech, but still a cool transformer nonetheless. :) Could JetFire even transform half jet half robot or "guardian" mode? A friend of mine used to have it, but I don't remember if it could or not.

Yea, he could actually 1/2 transform into "guradian" mode... just like on Robotech. Actually there in lay the problem - Jetfire was sooo close to Robotech, that they got sued by them, and that is why the few times you saw Jetfire on the cartoon, he looked nothing like the toy.


My JetFire is sitting next to my computer right now.

kemijo
06-05-2006, 11:13 AM
Yea, he could actually 1/2 transform into "guradian" mode... just like on Robotech. Actually there in lay the problem - Jetfire was sooo close to Robotech, that they got sued by them, and that is why the few times you saw Jetfire on the cartoon, he looked nothing like the toy.


My JetFire is sitting next to my computer right now.
I was wondering about this actually...possibly connected to the fact that in the cartoon his name was SkyFire?

I don't mind the changes, there's no way they could preserve the nostalgia and not make it cheesy (have you watched the show since "growing up"? Hilarious). But If that list of Autobots is final, I'm slightly disappointed. Anyway like earlier mentioned, vehicles transforming will be cool regarless. Megatron as a tank is much better, but I bet purists will scream bloody murder about Soundwave as he was always seen as the "cool" one, and now he's a tiny radio.

arvid
06-05-2006, 11:25 AM
yay for GI Joe! :buttrock:


so let's see that mirror link with all the transformers images you got hiding out there somewhere :wip:

kmest
06-05-2006, 01:35 PM
Transformers and cobra? COBRAAAAA... ahem sorry... ya that would be cool

we want uwe boll,,,,,,we want uwe boll,,,,,,we want uwe boll,,,,,,,,:p :p

dalmanna
06-05-2006, 08:46 PM
we want uwe boll,,,,,,we want uwe boll,,,,,,we want uwe boll,,,,,,,,:p :p

stop swearing!!! your sick!!:D

NanoGator
06-05-2006, 09:54 PM
Yea, he could actually 1/2 transform into "guradian" mode... just like on Robotech. Actually there in lay the problem - Jetfire was sooo close to Robotech, that they got sued by them, and that is why the few times you saw Jetfire on the cartoon, he looked nothing like the toy.


My JetFire is sitting next to my computer right now.

Well.. they weren't 'sued'... SkyFire/Jetfire was actually licensed to use the Veritech's form. They couldn't export it to Japan, though. The real fun started when they began airing Robotech over here. I didn't see a mention of a 'lawsuit', just licensing trouble.

I may not have the details 100% correct, but the main point I'm trying to make was that they actually did license the likeness.

Szos
06-05-2006, 10:33 PM
Well.. they weren't 'sued'... SkyFire/Jetfire was actually licensed to use the Veritech's form. They couldn't export it to Japan, though. The real fun started when they began airing Robotech over here. I didn't see a mention of a 'lawsuit', just licensing trouble.

I may not have the details 100% correct, but the main point I'm trying to make was that they actually did license the likeness.

I wonder how much of it was that they were "forced" into licensing the design (i.e. you stole the design from us, so either 'license' it from us for $$$ or we'll sue your ass), cuz on a couple of sites (possibly even the 'official' Transformer site) they mentioned some kind of lawsuit. :shrug:

Either way, it really is a fantastic transforming design - easily once of the bestest designs in that it looks good both in robot and vehicle mode - you definitly couldn't say that about all the original transformers, thats for sure. I wish I never painted mine, cuz I wouldn't be surprised if it's worth a little bit of money now a days.

switchblade327
06-05-2006, 10:46 PM
The Jetfire toy sold here was *exactly* the same as the original Japanese Veritech toys sold in japan (When I was a kid, a Japanese friend had one and I was super jealous because his had the skull squadron scheme and mine was red and white), to the extend that it even came with the snap-on super veritech armor. The only difference was the paint scheme and the stickers. The toy was definitely licensed from Japan. They'd have changed *something* otherwise. I'm pretty sure it was even branded by Bandai or whoever, on the underside of the nose.

My guess is that licensing deal was only for toys and didn't extend into the cartoons.

Szos
06-06-2006, 12:06 AM
I'm pretty sure it was even branded by Bandai or whoever, on the underside of the nose.

Just checked mine - underside of the part where the wings fold into (turns into the "back" of the robot) has BANDAI logo.

:thumbsup:

charleyc
06-06-2006, 12:40 AM
Just checked mine - underside of the part where the wings fold into (turns into the "back" of the robot) has BANDAI logo.

:thumbsup:

I was looking at these on ebay, and apparently there was a very small bunch sold under a different branding, same exact thing, but its name started with an M I think. Anyway the guy cliamed it was something special and was charging $85 or something.

Nowdays (at almost 30 :P ) I am really liking the alternator toys. Most of them look good as robots.

switchblade327
06-06-2006, 12:58 AM
I was looking at these on ebay, and apparently there was a very small bunch sold under a different branding, same exact thing, but its name started with an M I think. Anyway the guy cliamed it was something special and was charging $85 or something.

Nowdays (at almost 30 :P ) I am really liking the alternator toys. Most of them look good as robots.

If my nerd memory recalls correctly, I think some of these were remade later on in Japan or China as all plastic toys versus the heavier metal originals. $85 for an original metal jetfire or macross veritech is probably cheap! I sold my hover tank toy for about $120 last year.

But yeah... Transformers. I'm really glad to see that there is a love interest cast. Michael Bay is so good at cinematic romances (/sarcasm).

I am however, as a car guy excited at the idea of a transformer mustang versus a transformer camaro and fulling expecting a battle royale between the two of them.

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