Is This? No It Can’t Be … Is This Really The New Michelangelo?

“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.” – Obi Wan Kenobi

I don’t think there is a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan that hasn’t weighed in on the “new look” Michelangelo that comes to us courtesy of an image of a leaked licensed Halloween costume based on the likeness of the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.  Immediately there was much discontent and gnashing of teeth.

OH MY GOD KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!!!

OH MY GOD KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!!!

Despite being Entirely Awesome, Executive Producer Micheal Bay is no stranger to the distortion of 80s icons.  Who can forget the cries of “OPTIMUS PRIME HAS FLAMES” in late 2006 when production of Transformers started to ramp up?

While I will refrain from exclamations that Michael Bay has in fact raped my childhood until I see some actual footage of the nuTurtles and/or a representation of them that is not a Photoshopped image of a $29.99 Halloween costume.

ToyFair 2014 is less than a month away and I can say with relative confidence that we will be seeing some of the new toyline before the Internet breaks down completely.

I love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and like many of my generation they were an essential part of daily life.  Whether it was the action figures or the countless licensed products ranging from stuffed animals to TV trays.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were everywhere and enjoy a prominent place in modern pop culture because of that.  They really never ever “went away” and the franchise has enjoyed a renaissance in the last few years, which resulted in this new film … and nuTurtles.  Now as fans who like to bitch about things on the Interwebs, we just have to accept it.

Credit: [TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles.com via Topless Robot]

So Here’s The New Turtle Van!

Despite the fact that a significant chunk of my formative childhood was spent consuming everything Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, I have been following the currently filming reboot with zero interest.  Who would have figured that two of my childhood favorite franchises: Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would be linked together by Megan Fox?

Of all places to uncover the goings on the set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a discussion thread on the TMNT LEGO boards at Eurobricks had a link to the new (and improved) Turtle Van which was spotted on set recently:

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Images via [JoBlo]

Initial thoughts? Is this new Turtle Van going to be another lightning rod for fans much like the casting has?  I’m sure it will be, but I will reserve any judgment until I see some actual footage from the reboot.

Optimus Prime Has More Flames … Because Hasbro Said So

This afternoon I realized that I was really out of the Transformers 4 news loop not only when was the new alt-mode for Optimus Prime was revealed, but principal photography on the film had actually started today.  I am a life long Transformers fan and I find myself having a conflicted view of Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise.

After the release of Transformers: Dark of The Moon I was ready for a break.  Seeing the Autobots in a trilogy of live action films really was my childhood dream realized (although I could have done without 85% of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen).  And even though Michael Bay said he was done with Transformers, everyone knows that in today’s Hollywood he is literally the only director that can actually make these films work.

I remember back in 2006 when the alt-mode for Optimus Prime was revealed on the Internet and the uber neck beards were over the top and chock full of hyperbole.  People were upset that he was a Peterbilt and that he was mostly blue and had flames!  But with today’s reveal of Optimus Prime … the fan reaction is surprisingly positive.

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I have to admit I think that the redesign is pretty damn cool and completely over the top in typical Michael Bay fashion.  But don’t let His Bayness fool you, this redesign was completely dictated by Hasbro simply due to the fact that they did not sell enough toys in conjunction with Transformers: Dark of The Moon.  Hasbro essentially used the same molds for five years and refreshing them with new paint applications and gimmicks.

Now Optimus was not the only reveal this week, two more Autobots’ alt-modes were unveiled a 2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse which is reportedly “Drift” and a 014 C7 Corvette Stingray concept which is dubbed “Slingshot”.

I’m sure as filming progresses we will find out what other Autobots and Decepticons are joining the ranks for Transformers 4 which is slated for a June 2014 release.

via [SlashFilm] & [TFW2005]

Megan Fox Has Been Cast in The New TMNT Movie, Because Why Not?

For many Interweb denizens, Michael Bay is The Ruiner of Childhoods and Destroyer of Nostalgia due in part to his role in the live-action Transformers movies.  It’s been well known that Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes has been working on a revamp of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.   His Bayness took to Twitter yesterday to announce they actress Megan Fox had joined the production in an unspecified role.

Yes, the very same Megan Fox that Bay kicked out of the third Transformers movie is back in another fanboy friendly franchise.  Apparently whatever animosity that existed between the two is no long an issue, and Fox will bring her singular talents (her ability to run fast in tight pants while in high heels) to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which is slated for a 2014 release.

Speculation is rampant that Fox will be playing none other than April O’Neil, which fanboys and neckbeards are already arguing about extensively.  I’ll hold out until I see something of substance.

via [Ain't It Cool News]

Fact: Michael Bay Loves To Double Dip

One of the trends that Hollywood doesn’t seem to get tired of is the DVD double dip. Transformers: Dark of The Moon was first released on Blu Ray & DVD on September 30th. It was bare bones with no special features at all. That was a very shitty move on behalf of Paramount, as they had full intentions of releasing it again a few months later chock full of special features and in 3D.

As someone who throughly enjoys the commentaries and behind the scenes stuff, I opted to wait it out. Luckily I only have a couple of weeks left until the Transformers: Dark of the Moon Ultimate Edition Blu-Ray 3D Combo Pack hits retail on January 31st.

Transformers Dark of The Moon 3D Blu-ray from Michael Bay Dot Com on Vimeo.


Credit [TFW2005]