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Postby Seibertron » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:24 pm

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Seibertron.com's tour of Universal Studios Hollywood's Transformers The Ride 3D
Part 1: The Main Attraction


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About 10 days ago, I had the opportunity to visit Universal Studios Hollywood to check out the exciting new Transformers The Ride 3D. Before I forget, I would like to give Universal Studios a very special thank you for the promotional tickets so that I could provide all of you with content on Seibertron.com in the form of a review, pictures, and videos. First off, the ride was incredible. I've never been to a Universal Studios theme park before and had never been on a ride that submerses you indauto a visual environment that makes you feel like you are part of whatever you're watching. Having been raised in Michigan, I grew up spoiled with Cedar Point and never felt a need to check out other amusement parks. Little did I realize what I was missing out on.

Upon arriving at Universal Studios Hollywood, I was instantly struck by how much "Transformers" had infiltrated the theme park. Transformers were everywhere. One of the first things I saw after walking into Universal Studios from the Jurassic Park parking lot, was a giant sign of Optimus Prime promoting Transformers The Ride.

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After obtaining our tickets, we noticed that we had one of each of the four primary Transformers characters from Transformers The Ride: Megatron, Optimus Prime, Evac, and Bumblebee.

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All of the maps for Universal Studios featured the Transformers.

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My family posing with Bumblebee

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Upon entering the building that houses the Transformers The Ride, you walk into a N.E.S.T. environment, complete with sounding alarm and details from the Transformers world everywhere. Everything is covered with Transformers stuff, symbols, whatever it takes to make you feel like you are part of the Transformers world. As you walk down several corridors, you end up where you board your own personal "Evac" (the vehicle form of the Transformers Autobot character in which you "ride").



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At this point, I was asked to stop filming and photographing and for good reason since the 3D visuals during the ride just wouldn't look good with my camera to show all of you. This was fine since I was in for an incredible experience. Transformers The Ride truly made me feel like as if I was part of the Transformers battle that unfolded before my eyes. When Megatron grabbed hold of "Evac", I felt like he had latched onto both sides and was going to toss us. The 3D really immerses you into the Transformers world and I'm sure it helps build the illusion in your mind that you are actually part of what you're seeing. I was blown away. It was an awesome ride. My only disappointment was that I wasn't able to get right back on and do it all over again (our front of line pass only let us go to the front of the line once ... and there was an 85 minute wait if we wanted to do it again).

After the ride, we decided to cool off by trying one of the Energon drinks. I did a fun little review of it YouTube-style which you can view below. Just a quick note, the Energon drink actually tasted more like Orange Creamsicle to us instead of Hi-C Orange (just said the first "orange" thing that came to mind).

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Continue to Part 2: Stores, Merchandise and Products ...
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Pictures of Transformers The Ride stores, merchandise and products at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby Seibertron » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:57 pm

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Seibertron.com's tour of Universal Studios Hollywood's Transformers The Ride 3D
Part 2: Transformers stores, merchandise, and products


(Click here to view Part 1: "The Main Attraction")

Part of my experience at Universal Studios that I couldn't get over was the insane amount of Transformers related merchandise that was available throughout the park. Some of the stores were dedicated ENTIRELY to Transformers products and merchandise. Some of the stores were called "Transformers Supply Vault". I had the misunderstanding that there was only going to be a select amount of Transformers items available (i.e. the Universal Studios deluxes, voyagers, the Allspark cube, and some shirts). I had no idea that there was going to be an onslaught of exclusive products available as well as products that you can find at regular retail stores.

I also was surprised at the amount of merchandise that was G1 themed, not just Movie themed. The pictures below are just a sampling of the products that were available. You can click on any of the images below to view a full gallery of the Transformers stores at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Unfortunately, as one might expect with products and merchandise at a theme park, the prices were on the expensive side. All of the retail Transformers toys were double MSRP, which might explain why you could find so many Vehicons and other popular toys available. The items that were exclusive to Universal Studios I could understand being more expensive, but I didn't understand why everything else was going for top dollar.

Regardless, there should be something for every Transformers fan here. I ended up with an Allspark Cube and a magnet and my sister ended up with a cool NEST hat and shirt. I would love to go back with the intention of getting a few other items. With rumors that Transformers The Ride will be opening up in Florida as well, I'm sure we'll all have plenty of chances to get there while this ride is still hot and merchandise is plentiful.

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If you're a Transformers fan, you've got to find a way to get to Universal Studios to check out this absolutely amazing ride as well as all of the insane amounts of Transformers merchandise available at the stores in the theme park. You'll be glad that you did. And if you, make sure you stop by here at Seibertron.com to tell all of your fellow Seibertronians about your experience.

Now if they could only figure out how to do a Transformers convention at Universal Studios Hollywood ... then I'd truly be in Transformers heaven!

Transform and roll out! I hope all of you enjoyed the Seibertron.com tour of Universal Studios Hollywood. Special thank you to Universal Studios Hollywood for our tickets.

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Re: Seibertron.com's tour of Transformers The Ride 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby Megatronsdemise666 » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:42 pm

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Re: Seibertron.com's tour of Transformers The Ride 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby SKYWARPED_128 » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:27 pm

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Those drinking glasses with the metal Autobot logos look sweet.
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Re: Seibertron.com's tour of Transformers The Ride 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby MGrotusque » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:52 pm

Those Arcee shirts are pretty good. I also noticed there wasn't a million BB figures on the pegs there. :P
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Re: Seibertron.com's tour of Transformers The Ride 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby noctorro » Thu Jul 26, 2012 1:44 am

That Arcee shirt is soooooooo cute. Wish I dated men :s
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Re: Seibertron.com's tour of Transformers The Ride 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby Tiki Prime » Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:30 am

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Look at all the Vehicons on the pegs....Now if i could only find one here. :sad:

oh well... I will so be there when the ride opens up here in Florida! :grin:
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Re: Seibertron.com's tour of Transformers The Ride 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby Trikeboy » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:05 am

=P~ I could happily go backrupt in that store 8-}
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Re: Seibertron.com's tour of Transformers The Ride 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby Ghost Starscream » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:59 am

I'll be there in about 4hrs :D :CON: :KREMZEEK:
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Re: Seibertron.com's tour of Transformers The Ride 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby tmk9883 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:54 am

Tiki Prime wrote:Look at all the Vehicons on the pegs....Now if i could only find one here. :sad:


You know those figures gotta have a major markup.
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Re: Seibertron.com's tour of Transformers The Ride 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby Tiki Prime » Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:06 am

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Ghost Starscream wrote:I'll be there in about 4hrs :D :CON: :KREMZEEK:


Let us know how much they are charging for the RID figures. ;)
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Re: Seibertron.com's tour of Transformers The Ride 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby Seibertron » Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:14 am

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tmk9883 wrote:
Tiki Prime wrote:Look at all the Vehicons on the pegs....Now if i could only find one here. :sad:


You know those figures gotta have a major markup.


$27!
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Re: Seibertron.com's tour of Transformers The Ride 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby redoutlander » Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:16 pm

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Seibertron wrote:
tmk9883 wrote:
Tiki Prime wrote:Look at all the Vehicons on the pegs....Now if i could only find one here. :sad:


You know those figures gotta have a major markup.


$27!


Only $27!! That's the cheapest I've seen one for sale I just want to find one for less than $45
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Re: Seibertron.com's tour of Transformers The Ride 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby Rodimus Prime » Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:32 pm

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I'm heading to California at the end of August. I was debating going to Universal, since it would be out of the way, but this just convinced me.

Also, growing up in Northern Ohio, I was also spoiled with Cedar Point, though I did go to Orlando about 10 years ago and went to Universal. I wasn't really impressed. Cedar Point is a very fun place, not a lot of others can substitute.
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Re: Seibertron.com's tour of Transformers The Ride 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby MGrotusque » Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:26 am

Hey redoutlander!? If your way the hell up in Alaska and need figs, ya just gotta ask man! We'll hook ya up. You don't need to go and pay 40 bucks or more for a fig!
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Re: Seibertron.com's tour of Transformers The Ride 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby alternator77 » Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:11 pm

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gotta agree the ride was awesome!! and the 3d was truly incredible.

the main store just outside the ride also had some IDW novels and all 4 volumes of AHM in that big center display area in the middle of the store. even saw the new prime stuff and managed to snag a megatron pillow for my nephew. definitely a great show.
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Re: Seibertron.com's tour of Transformers The Ride 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby Seibertron » Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:17 pm

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alternator77 wrote:gotta agree the ride was awesome!! and the 3d was truly incredible.

the main store just outside the ride also had some IDW novels and all 4 volumes of AHM in that big center display area in the middle of the store. even saw the new prime stuff and managed to snag a megatron pillow for my nephew. definitely a great show.


I was really tempted to grab those Megatron and Optimus Prime throw pillows, but decided that I really had no where for them to go and that they'd just look out of place ultimately. Maybe I'll grab them one day for my inevitable man-cave one day.
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