As the older fans will remember, the Transformers franchise is regularly ruined FOREVER
. Prowl being a motorbike is simply the latest thing that's doomed Hasbro to certain bankruptcy. Minicons, beast modes and Michael Bay have similarly raped our childhood in the past. But what I'm wondering is: what was the first thing to ruin Transformers? Was it Headmasters? Pretenders? Or something else? Opinions, please.
I still don't get the whole "Vehicles not beasts" argument. Alot of G1 characters were beasts. They were mechanical beasts but they were still beasts.
This includes one group who had been remade in one form or another into EVERY SINGLE TOY LINE TO DATE. The Dinobots! Of course they're not allways Dinosaurs but their names are offten used for other characters. RID Grimlock for example. Other incarnations of Snarl have been lions. ect.
Michael Bay is the only one I'll put on this list. No matter what series has been out of Transformers, no matter how much they've changed over the years, the Transformers have allways been easily recignizable icons. Even in Trasformers Animated if you can look passed the weird aimation styal.
Michael Bay's Transformers are NOT easily recognizable as Transformers. In fact I now find my self stoping to look at robots from other toy lines I never would give a second glance at before. Even some that might not be robots but rather people in armored suits.
All of these things look like Bay's Transformers. Even watching the movie it's difficult to tell one character apart from another durring the big fight sceens. Optimus and Boncrusher falling down the different levels of the highway would have looked so much better with more simple designs so you can actully see what's happening as they fall.
As it was I couldn't tell one apart from the other and the roads getting destroyed on the way down was alot more fun to watch than them fighting.
Being color blind doesn't help either. First time I watched the movie I saw Ratchet in a fight looking like he was shooting pulse blasts out of his feet and I thought it was Bumblebee. Close up, when they're introducing themselfs I can tell them apart but fast action sequences from a distance, "Who the F- is that?!"