By Garth O'Brien | July 4, 2007
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In 1984, the Transformers comic book was released and Hasbro began selling the G1 line of toys. As a fourth grader, the Transformers immediately became my heroes. Bel-Kirk Stamps, Coins & Comics was my comic book haunt where I received my monthly Transformers comic book fix. I soaked in every adventure and battle illustrated in print and animated in after school cartoons. Eventually, as I got older I let go of my heroes. The cartoons after school were traded for school basketball, track and cross country practice, and I became too “cool” for comic books. Fast forward about two decades.
In 2003, my 30th birthday was nearing, and I felt my youth slipping away. Bel-Kirk Stamp, Coins & Comics was just down the street from my law office. Weeks before the big 3 – 0, I returned to my favorite childhood hangout. Low and behold Dreamwave Comics revitalized the Transformers series. Instantly, my youth and heroes returned. Since that moment my long boxes continue to be filled with various Transformers’ storylines and series. I am a Transformers fanboy.
Was it possible to create another medium to enjoy the Autobots and Decepticons? Yes, according to a couple of Hollywood power players. Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay announced filming of the Transformers live action movie to be released on July 2, 2007. A year of anticipation built up with the sneak peak teasers and trailers. Split second flashes of Optimus Prime, Jazz, Ratchet, Ironhide and Bumblebee captured Autobot followers. Decepticon devotees clamored to see more of Frenzy, Megatron, Starscream, Bonecrusher, Devastator, Scorponok, Blackout and Barricade.
In the days before watching the flick I secured my fanboy Transformers t-shirts sold at Urban Outfitters. A light blue Tee features the Autobot logo and a gray Tee displays the Decepticon logo. Evite.com provided an excellent avenue to invite a large group of friends to see the film together. Finally, on July 3, 2007, we hit the Lincoln Square Cinema located in Bellevue, Washington.
Spielberg and Bay were a great team. Spielberg can be known for making films based on “kid” subjects and making them too family oriented. Bay is known for big production all out and over the top action flicks. Either extreme could have ruined the Transformers live action movie. They found the middle ground and created a Transformers fanboy dream.
The action was mind blowing. The story was believable for such an unbelievable idea (Big effing robots that transform into human vehicles). The visuals were as real as they could possibly get. How else could Bay and Spielberg make the Transformers movie any better? Cast the only voice actor worthy of saying, “I am Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots.” That man is Peter Cullen. Peter Cullen was the voice of Optimus Prime in the original 1984 cartoon series that I watched daily after school. Chills shot up my spine when Optimus spoke his first line in this year’s epic Transformers movie. Thank you Spielberg and Bay. No other voice can speak for Optimus Prime.
That is all you will get about the movie from me. I will not provide any spoilers here. Go see the movie! If you are looking for more Transformer history the best location is The Transformers Archive.