Monday, July 23, 2018

Bumblebee, the new Transformer movie is a throwback to the original 80s Transformers, and even celebrated Stan Bush, and his theme song "You've Got The Touch" in the Hall H panel!

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getting into the press pit next to the stage has it's advantages

After five Michael Bay Transformers movies, the franchise is trying to go back to basics. Bumblebee is directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings, Coraline)

Bumblebee is set in 1987, and starts with a pursuit in the woods. Bumblebee is in trouble, and looks like he's a Jeep in his vehicle mode. He slices through trees in his way while military vehicles follow with machine guns blazing.

But then a jet flies overhead, a Decepticon. “Did you think you could hide?” the mechanical creature asks as he attacks. A huge fight up the side of a mountain happens between the two, but Bumblebee is totally dominated, and falls down the mountain side.  The Autobot’s POV read-out says “critical failure” and just before he shuts down, he scans a Volkswagen Beetle that he spotted in the distance.

Hailee Steinfeld stars as Charlie, a typical misunderstood gearhead teenager who hopes the battered old Volkswagen Beetle she finds rusting in a junkyard can help her find a new life, away from the somewhat lonely, outcast existence she currently leads. Taking him home she realizes he’s a giant robot

Steinfeld told the crowd. “She’s constantly trying to find that freedom that she craves and fill that gap of loss with love or friendship or something or someone that understands her or sees her.”

Her friend Memo, played by Jorge Lendeborg Jr., is a shy neighbor who unexpectedly finds himself along for the ride. He goes through a coming-of-age story, too: “When you gotta fight aliens, you definitely turn from a boy into a man.”

The Decepticons appearing in this movie (3 that I know of) are far fewer in number than the Bay era Transformers movies, but, cooler...  2 Decepticons (voiced by Angela Bassett and Justin Theroux) have 3 shapes total, two other than the robot form, a car and an aircraft.

Dropkick is a Harrier jump jet and blue 71 Javelin , and Shatter is a helicopter and a red 72 or 73 Satellite. Well, space - satellite, so, though it's not the coolest Mopar, the name makes sense in context of the whole outer space robot origin. It would have been a hoot to have a 71 Charger Super Bee as the bad guy, fighting with Bumblebee, especially if they'd made him a 71 Super Beetle instead of a standard Beetle

There's no previous Decepticon in Transformers canon with the name Shatter, nor has there ever been a Shatter toy - which is kind of amazing considering how many Transformers toys there've been over the years. The main thing we know about Shatter is that she's a female Decepticon, and would presumably be the first major female Transformer in the live action films

Shatter can turn into a harrier jet and Dropkick can turn into a chopper, and you can see little pieces of that in the design. Shatter and Dropkick’s design was partly inspired by elements of the ’80s cartoon.

“For Shatter, I was inspired by the design of this robot ninja character called Nightbird in the original animated series. She was awesome,” he said. “And with Dropkick, that helmet was inspired by Megatron’s design.”

These villains convince John Cena’s Agent Burns and the robot-hunting military unit of Sector 7 that they are merely on Earth hunting a “dangerous criminal” from their world. So deception truly is one of their weapons.

At the end of the panel, there was the usual audience Q and A — but the last question came from  Peter Cullen, who has voiced the heroic Autobot leader in all Tranformers iterations over the years, beginning with the original cartoon series.

“I could not help but notice my absence in much of your footage.”

“Well… The movie’s called Bumblebee. It’s about Bumblebee. So it’s really his moment in the sun.” Knight replied

“Well, in that case, what does an Autobot have to do to get his own movie?” Cullen asked, followed by a roar of approval from the audience.

The below recording of the panel is better heard, than seen.

the people that made it into Hall H for the Bumblebee panel all got a ticket for one of these limited edition (10,000 numbered) posters

But... here, print your own!  1800 x 2631

Bumblebee opens on December 21 in the U.S., and December 26 in the UK and Australia.

but this will thrill and delight everyone that wants to buy some of the coolest toys for this christmas that are WAY COOL retro!

NO ONE will ever top this Bumblebee movie post. I guarantee it


  1. Sounds to be like you certainly deserved a press pass, because you weren't just gawking while wondering what the appeal is to the whippersnappers. You understand what you saw and are able to convey the nuances to we casual witnesses of the phenomenon.

    ie: Ya done good, thanks. :o)