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"Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist

Transformers News: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist

Friday, July 27th, 2007 7:04AM CDT

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Louise Barnett of the Mirror has posted a editorial on the outrage some have felt over Burger King UK putting toys in their kids meals, when the movie is rated 12A.

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Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246500)
Posted by Geekee1 on July 27th, 2007 @ 7:12am CDT
:-x I hate stupid people!
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246502)
Posted by Supercollider on July 27th, 2007 @ 7:14am CDT
Hmm,
Would the same have happened if they had Harry Potter toys, Order of the Phoenix is 12A as well?
I think not.
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246504)
Posted by Dead Metal on July 27th, 2007 @ 7:15am CDT
So not only American parents react in a stupid way to toys.....
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246512)
Posted by Supercollider on July 27th, 2007 @ 7:19am CDT
Just read the mirror's 'review' of the film here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/showbiz/enterta ... -19518514/

Laughed out loud at this

"... with the shelves of Toys R Us positively creaking under the weight of die-cast models of those robots in disguise..."

Die-Cast!?!?!?
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246516)
Posted by Burn on July 27th, 2007 @ 7:23am CDT
So even though it's a parents responsibility as to whether or not they accept the toy on behalf of their own child ... it's still someone elses fault.
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246517)
Posted by nintendofreakgcn on July 27th, 2007 @ 7:24am CDT
Frankly, while I believe there are arguably some good reasons not to let kids see the new movie, the violence isn't one of them. I don't see how that aspect is much worse than plenty of kids cartoons nowadays.

No, if there was something from the movie I'd be afraid of kids imitating, it would be the lubricating. That would just be disturbing. It's arguably best to keep really young kids away from the various bits of innuendo in the movie, as well.

Still, people involved in that article don't seem to realise that they're talking about a movie based (when you go right back, at least) off a line of children's toys. Of course there are going to be kids toys released in conjunction with it! I'd be disappointed if there weren't (heck, I wouldn't be collecting Transformers now if the movie hadn't had a toy line).

Also, it's not like people who get the toys will see the movie. I was just talking to a friend today, and he was discussing how he had loads of Transformers toys when he was a kid, but didn't see any of the cartoon.

In short, there's a technical term to describe the people who sparked this controversy: twits.
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246518)
Posted by Kern on July 27th, 2007 @ 7:24am CDT
...y'mean I typed all that out and it was on the Mirror's sight all along?

Serves me right for not checking first.


What's the betting somebody mentioned to the reviewer in passing about the toys using to be metal, and he didn't bother checking? That, or somebody in the office has a Titanium around their desk.
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246521)
Posted by Psychout on July 27th, 2007 @ 7:26am CDT
The simple response is "dont take your fat little children to burger king then!"

The Mirror isnt worth wiping your arse with, the only UK paper that is worse is the houswife and hippies favoroute; The Daily Mail.
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246524)
Posted by City Commander on July 27th, 2007 @ 7:27am CDT
Rediculous.

Maybe they should be worrying about the floods and the lack of drinking water in Glousceter instead? You know, do something useful?
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246526)
Posted by City Commander on July 27th, 2007 @ 7:29am CDT
lol The mirror.

Everyone knows the paper of choice for us galant Brits is The Times.
8)
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246533)
Posted by Counterpunch on July 27th, 2007 @ 7:35am CDT
Psychout wrote:The simple response is "dont take your fat little children to burger king then!"


Bingo.
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246546)
Posted by Optimus Frimal on July 27th, 2007 @ 7:46am CDT
The Master Blaster wrote:lol The mirror.

Everyone knows the paper of choice for us galant Brits is The Times.
8)


Aargh! Um... yes... the Times... not The Mirror... yes.
Although I just read this article and the 'review' hahaha! I the part with die cast made me laugh Aargh!
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246556)
Posted by City Commander on July 27th, 2007 @ 7:50am CDT
Have you read their review too?

I thought that it pretty much sounds like the Daily Mirror team themselves. Stupid, dull, thrown together...


I really can't believe anyone reads that shit.
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246562)
Posted by cog2007 on July 27th, 2007 @ 7:51am CDT
funny thing that they didnt do it when burger king did spiderman 3 which was a 12A here. The Mirror is stupid
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246575)
Posted by Silver Wind on July 27th, 2007 @ 8:03am CDT
I bet that if it were left up to the "NCC", we'd all be only allowed to watch the Teletubbies. :SICK:

:???: ...I'm a bit illiterate when it comes to TF toy terms since I only go for the cartoons and comics, so could someone explain what's so amusing about the "die-cast" thing?
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246583)
Posted by Tigertrack on July 27th, 2007 @ 8:07am CDT
JK Rowling just became a little less creative in my eyes:

Daily Prophet = Daily Times

The Mirror = The Quibbler

My world is destroyed. :(

:)
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246587)
Posted by Optimus Frimal on July 27th, 2007 @ 8:09am CDT
tigertracks 24 wrote:JK Rowling just became a little less creative in my eyes:

Daily Prophet = Daily Times

The Mirror = The Quibbler

My world is destroyed. :(

:)


Aargh! And the most depressing part be that its true :-(
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246599)
Posted by Tigertrack on July 27th, 2007 @ 8:17am CDT
Silver Wind wrote::???: ...I'm a bit illiterate when it comes to TF toy terms since I only go for the cartoons and comics, so could someone explain what's so amusing about the "die-cast" thing?


'Cause we have not see true TFs with diecast since the early days of generation one. The only ones that have had it lately are the TItanium series, both the 6 inch and 3 inch. Oh and I suppose the re-issues had die-cast too.
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246603)
Posted by DSanza on July 27th, 2007 @ 8:20am CDT
Autobots! Protect the humans! But do it in a politically correct, non-confrontational, gender neutral, non-biased way. And for Primus' sake, don't hurt anybody's feelings!
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246618)
Posted by Ravage XK on July 27th, 2007 @ 8:35am CDT
I had no idea that BK were running any kind of promotion. Will have to get up there and buy a couple of kids meals. Are the toys any good?
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246624)
Posted by City Commander on July 27th, 2007 @ 8:36am CDT
Rumour has it that in the second movie, all the sharp things wll have corks on the ends of them, and absolutely EVERYONE- tf and human alike- wear padded suits stuffed with incredibly double velvet toilet roll.
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246628)
Posted by Dead Metal on July 27th, 2007 @ 8:37am CDT
The Master Blaster wrote:Rumour has it that in the second movie, all the sharp things wll have corks on the ends of them, and absolutely EVERYONE- tf and human alike- wear padded suits stuffed with incredibly double velvet toilet roll.


And Prime's smokestacks are cut of!
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246630)
Posted by Prowl76 on July 27th, 2007 @ 8:38am CDT
Chill out people. There are WAY more important issues in the world. Simply put if you don't like it don't buy it.
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246638)
Posted by Kayevcee on July 27th, 2007 @ 8:44am CDT
Au contraire, Silver Wind! Some pressure group tried to get Teletubbies taken off the air because of the overt homosexual symbolism surrounding Tinky Winky. I really wish I was making that up.

Yeah, Harry Potter, Spider-man, X-men, Revenge of the Sith- all 12A certificates. All merchandised in fast food places. All the British reviews I've seen of TF so far have hammered it into the ground, while US reviews were mixed but positive. It's almost as if there's some sort of country-wide vendetta going on. Either that or all the go-USA pro-military bollocks (that I only occasionally noticed) offends non-US residents more than we realised.

-Nick
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246641)
Posted by Optimus Frimal on July 27th, 2007 @ 8:53am CDT
Ravage XK wrote:I had no idea that BK were running any kind of promotion. Will have to get up there and buy a couple of kids meals. Are the toys any good?


Aargh! Some be okay and some be not okay! Aargh!
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246656)
Posted by Sunstar on July 27th, 2007 @ 9:05am CDT
Very good response from Burger King. Anyway, some of us Adults want the toys too!
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246657)
Posted by Tigertrack on July 27th, 2007 @ 9:07am CDT
Optimus Frimal wrote:
Ravage XK wrote:I had no idea that BK were running any kind of promotion. Will have to get up there and buy a couple of kids meals. Are the toys any good?


Aargh! Some be okay and some be not okay! Aargh!


A little off topic, but what's up with all the eye patches. Is conjunctivitis going around the forums, or did we have a group of pirates Transformers join, and I was unaware?
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246663)
Posted by Agent 007 on July 27th, 2007 @ 9:11am CDT
Stupid lazy parents! :MAD: Why is it they have to find fault wit every childs toy?! I mean they have spiderman toys and it has violence and the same goes for superman. Its called lazy parents putting the blaim on other people instead of themselves. We might as well start blindfolding our kids and wrapping them in buble wrap! Jeez y do we have all these freaken soccer moms banning everything!!? :-x
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246667)
Posted by Primus C-00 on July 27th, 2007 @ 9:13am CDT
What hooey!

12A has basically replaced PG, stating that anyone under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

It's the UK equivalent of PG-13
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246671)
Posted by Optimus Frimal on July 27th, 2007 @ 9:16am CDT
tigertracks 24 wrote:
Optimus Frimal wrote:
Ravage XK wrote:I had no idea that BK were running any kind of promotion. Will have to get up there and buy a couple of kids meals. Are the toys any good?


Aargh! Some be okay and some be not okay! Aargh!


A little off topic, but what's up with all the eye patches. Is conjunctivitis going around the forums, or did we have a group of pirates Transformers join, and I was unaware?


Aargh! Head over to the Official Disgruntled Brits thread and voyage through stupid amounts of pirate talk pages and ye'll find your answers... sorta Gargh!
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246673)
Posted by Ravage XK on July 27th, 2007 @ 9:17am CDT
tigertracks 24 wrote:
Optimus Frimal wrote:
Ravage XK wrote:I had no idea that BK were running any kind of promotion. Will have to get up there and buy a couple of kids meals. Are the toys any good?


Aargh! Some be okay and some be not okay! Aargh!


A little off topic, but what's up with all the eye patches. Is conjunctivitis going around the forums, or did we have a group of pirates Transformers join, and I was unaware?


I dont know who started it but it seems to have come from the Disgruntled Brits thread.
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246690)
Posted by Roboto750 on July 27th, 2007 @ 9:28am CDT
"A Burger King spokesman said: "We are pleased to be able to make these popular toys available in our restaurants so that children who are perhaps too young to see the film can still enjoy the magic of Transformers."

Very well put, Burger King person! :APPLAUSE:
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246697)
Posted by Kevimus_Prime on July 27th, 2007 @ 9:31am CDT
sums up the UK - turned into a bloody nanny state....
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246867)
Posted by microclone on July 27th, 2007 @ 11:22am CDT
so are they afraid the kids might choke on the toys or that they may be morally corrupted by the evil barricade?
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (246900)
Posted by waaaaghlord on July 27th, 2007 @ 11:41am CDT
There is no such thing as bad press. Ridiculous as this is it's still Transformers in the editorial of a national newspaper. I believe the last time that happened was either when Richard Branson guest starred in the Marvel UK comic or when TFs where branded as promoting Ayrian stereotypes (WTF!!?) also back in the 80s.
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (247023)
Posted by kendragon on July 27th, 2007 @ 12:32pm CDT
if the classification says that children under 12 can see it with an adult then what is the effen problem... just someone trying to make a name for herself. they are toys for crying out loud.
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (247040)
Posted by CircaNOW73 on July 27th, 2007 @ 12:39pm CDT
funny how the parents rant and rave about the dumb toy in the meal but makes no bones over the absolutely unhealthy wicked processed food that is in the meal the toy came with. stupid parents raise stupid children. damn em all.
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (247108)
Posted by Sideshow Sideswipe on July 27th, 2007 @ 1:21pm CDT
I heard the UK was becoming a "nanny state" at least that's what the unhappy brits call it. this is rdiculous. would the toys be okay if the violent movie was given a PG rating?
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (247169)
Posted by OptimusShr on July 27th, 2007 @ 1:53pm CDT
CircaNOW73 wrote:funny how the parents rant and rave about the dumb toy in the meal but makes no bones over the absolutely unhealthy wicked processed food that is in the meal the toy came with. stupid parents raise stupid children. damn em all.


You win for speaking the absolute truth.
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (247244)
Posted by softimus_prime on July 27th, 2007 @ 2:49pm CDT
this is weird... when i watched the film i even see kids that got pacifiers that doesn't speak yet and it's not vilence that the kids should not see it's meagan's flesh!!! :grin: :grin: :grin:
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (247245)
Posted by Autobot032 on July 27th, 2007 @ 2:49pm CDT
I wouldn't take young kids to see the film. But even with a PG-13/12A rating, it's nothing that a 10 year old couldn't handle.

Kids see more violence on TV, in the News, and in Video Games.
There's more gore in a single episode of CSI (take your pick).
I could go on, but you get my point.

The innuendo...no. I wouldn't want my kids (if I had any) to be subjected to that...it makes for an uncomfortable "what does that mean?" conversation. However, kids have voracious learning appetites these days, and I'm sure that by the age of 10, they pretty much know now what the people are talking about.

I think these people are being too extreme about this, it's ridiculous.

*sighs* Does anyone remember when kids were allowed to be kids, and that was just fine?
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (247270)
Posted by softimus_prime on July 27th, 2007 @ 3:06pm CDT
well at least "shit" is the only thing you'll hear...

kinda reminds me with the robocop issue before...
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (247307)
Posted by CyberCustomizer on July 27th, 2007 @ 3:24pm CDT
My son is 2. He could play with these!!! He has Megatron and another. We even bought him those 3 car wacker things (Baracade, Bumblebee and Optimus). He loves them and he could give a Sh8t about the movie.
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (247330)
Posted by wavelength on July 27th, 2007 @ 3:35pm CDT
it must of been a VERY ong day at the office. and shouldn't they be fretting over which big brother chave put of the wrong pair of socks today?
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (247577)
Posted by Ultra Markus on July 27th, 2007 @ 5:45pm CDT
Can't please everybody
I would not even acknowledge the 1 out of 1,000,000
that say these things!
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (247583)
Posted by Zeds on July 27th, 2007 @ 5:48pm CDT
Please...:roll: Were these parents ever kids?
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (247633)
Posted by Crumplezone on July 27th, 2007 @ 6:29pm CDT
In the news today we have.

1. Kids throwing debris off of motorway bridges and killing people.

2. People vandalising and poisoning emergency water supplies for flood victims that have had very little water for over two weeks.

3. A group of really thick people complaining about a group of toys that have been around for twenty three years because they happen to be from a 12a rated film.

These people (Item 3) are SICK, and need to look at their priorities. There are a lot worse things happening under their noses. Its about time they joined the real world.
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (248354)
Posted by Toyotus Superion on July 28th, 2007 @ 3:37am CDT
.......Why am I not suprised? Just last week the stupid brit government banned Mario Party 8 because it contained the word "spastic". They claim it offensive. And "ninja" was also a offensive word back in Ninja turtle days. They were relabeled HERO Turtles over there. Stupid Brit censors.
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (248374)
Posted by tom brokaw on July 28th, 2007 @ 4:28am CDT
whoa crazy! you gotta be 12 to watch TF! here in the states you gotta be 13 to watch the movie. for crissakes, 12 year olds arent even teenagers and theyre watching a violent movie such as transformers. haha. i bet american 12 year olds wish they lived in the UK after being denied to buy a ticket to TF. haha, i still sometimes get carded when i watch and R rated flick; getting carded lowers self esteem :cry:
Re: "Fury Over 'Violent' Robot Gift For Kids" a Burger King UK Twist (248755)
Posted by Liege Evilmus on July 28th, 2007 @ 11:31am CDT
Parents need to grow the hell up!

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