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Fans rage over Transformers 5 Hot Rod reveal – world continues turning.

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Hot Rod, now with more Hot and Rod. Digibash by Jake Bleeker.

Last night around 1:24 Central time, the Transfan world was once again set ablaze by one of the first full-body robot reveals of a character in the upcoming Transformers film. We got to see that Hot Rod was finally making his prime time debut in the TF movie franchise. Of course, no one seemed happy about this at all except the Transformers 5 marketing team who was watching agape as their hashtags were propelled into the stratosphere.

One of the best responses about this came from well-established Transformers Fan Sid Beckett, which you can see below.

Ten Years of Human Progress (2006) Anyone seen those pictures of Optimus Prime with flames on? Yuck. These guys can't design for shit. (2016) Anyone seen those pictures of Hot-Rod without flames on? Yuck. These guys can't design for shit.

What a difference 10 years makes.

I’ll save you all any sort of diatribe about why this Hot Rod sucks or is awesome and just leave you with this photo to reminisce of the days of yore.

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Such a varied appearance…

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Hasbro Toyfair 2016 photos of Titans Return toys

Here’s where I share some of my favorite photos I managed to take at Hasbro’s 2016 Toy Fair Press event in New York City.  Enjoy!

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Platinum Cyclonus

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Titan Masters galore!

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Skullcruncher in gator-mode

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Transformers 5 poster that was tucked away behind the RID stuff

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Victorion, looking much better than last time.

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The star of the show: Legends Wheelie

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The least shocking surprise of 2016 – Michael Bay directing Transformers 5

Strange enough, the world received confirmation of Michael Bay’s involvement with Transformers 5 via a Rolling Stone interview about 13 Hours.  As if we didn’t already know.

And then there’s this quote from the article: “It’s not good when I’m not involved.”

What an asshole.

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Michael Bay confirmed to not direct Transformers 5 – Movie’s future uncertain?

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“Fuck it”

Are Hollywood execs and director Michael Bay still dancing like they do every other time a new Transformers film is announced?  It seems that this time Bay is calling it quits and has confirmed he wants to film another movie during the currently planned production schedule of Transformers 5; the news broken by IGN earlier this morning.

This Collecticon can’t help but feel that this is just the same old routine as every other time Bay finishes a record-breaking Transformers movie, and Paramount / Hasbro announce the sequel with reckless abandon.  I think it goes something like this:

1. Movie is announced – 2. Director publicly claims he doesn’t want to do it – 3. Movie exec’s realize Bay is the secret ingredient in their recipe to make money – 4. Closed door negations occur – 5. Bay announces with pride that he will be directing the next sequel – 6. all is forgotten.

So which phase are we in?  Are we in the midst of steps 2 and 4, or have we entered a new type of step 5 where Bay has gone completely AWOL and his demands to make a 1.5 billion dollar movie were too outrageous to be met?  Perhaps lacking toy sales for Age of Extinction caused the Hasbro side of the negotiations to be a little less apt to rise to Mr. Bay’s monetary demands.

Or perhaps Michael is really just sick of filming these monstrosities.  This announcement affects a lot of people close to him, though.  A large portion of his effects and filming crew count on work due to large budget films like the Transformers franchise.  It’s kind of like when a large money-making touring act like say, Blink 182, decides to go on touring hiatus for months or years.  Their entire crew is now stranded without consistent work and must scramble together new jobs with any other comparable act that can take them.  In other words, breaking up the band breaks up a lot more people than just the band.

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Two of my favorite gut-reactions from Members of Bottalk

My personal thoughts are that this is a bummer.  I don’t love the Bay films and I have always wanted someone else to get a shot at it, but there are too many cliffhangers.  I want Bay’s store to finish and I wanted him to finish it.  Sure that meant 1 to 2 more bloated films, but cutting and running before it’s all said and done is going to make it even worse.  If there’s one thing Paramount knew they could count on, it’s that Bay would finish the product on time and on budget.  Throwing a new crew and director into the mix may expectantly delay the release of the film by a whole year.

So is this it?  Is the era of Bayformers at an end?  You answer below:

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Transformers 5 – The Planet Of The Earth

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Could it really happen?

Liz Lemon came across a poster for Transformers 5: The Planet Of The Earth. This was definitely a jab at the awkwardly titled Transformers: Dark of the Moon. It was perfect for a laugh! It also shows how Transformers as a movie franchise is the butt of many jokes regarding integrity and quality.

So will Bay and crew be able to dig themselves out of the hole created by Revenge of the Fallen? All signs point to… maybe?

Check out the episode here on Hulu.

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Just like Revenge of the Fallen!