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The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo

Transformers News: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo

Monday, September 9th, 2013 10:47AM CDT

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The Detroits Lions' Calvin "Megatron" Johnson transforms in the latest ESPN promo embedded below. Not quite the same alt mode as the evil Decepticon leader, but great for hiding around the office! Check it out below!

Big thanks to my friend and sport enthusiast Bryan Martin for pointing this one out!


Credit(s): ESPN
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Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1516810)
Posted by rdrunr89 on September 9th, 2013 @ 11:41am CDT
Not a Lions fan by any means (Bears here, say what you will) but that was the funniest SportsCenter commercial I've seen. Even Stuart Scott got it perfect with the "WTF" facial expression. Good stuff. :APPLAUSE:

Ranks up there with the old one where one of the SC announcers was trying to come up with a saying when a guy hit a home run. He would say stuff like "It's gotta be a Homer, Simpson because the pitcher just went 'DOH'!"
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1516816)
Posted by Dead Metal on September 9th, 2013 @ 12:20pm CDT
lol, love stuff like this ^-^
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1516819)
Posted by MGrotusque on September 9th, 2013 @ 12:35pm CDT
Not bad. Simple and funny.
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1516850)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on September 9th, 2013 @ 3:16pm CDT
thank you espn for using the correct sound effects, on another note im not 100% sure but on the new nike commercial with him i think hes wearing a decepticon symbol.
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1516879)
Posted by EagleTron on September 9th, 2013 @ 8:03pm CDT
I approve this tv commercial That was indeed proper usage of the legendary transformers transformation sound.
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1516885)
Posted by Boom.stick on September 9th, 2013 @ 8:45pm CDT
rdrunr89 wrote:Not a Lions fan by any means (Bears here, say what you will) but that was the funniest SportsCenter commercial I've seen. Even Stuart Scott got it perfect with the "WTF" facial expression. Good stuff. :APPLAUSE:

Ranks up there with the old one where one of the SC announcers was trying to come up with a saying when a guy hit a home run. He would say stuff like "It's gotta be a Homer, Simpson because the pitcher just went 'DOH'!"

Ah yes, one of my favorites. "Its never iffy if its Griffey" and the classic "YAHTZEE!!"
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1516894)
Posted by stevescustoms on September 9th, 2013 @ 9:49pm CDT
Eagles fan here. I liked the commercial.
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1516917)
Posted by MR Optimus Prime on September 10th, 2013 @ 4:15am CDT
One more thing that saddens me about where Hasbro and the fandom are taking Transformers. This is honestly the dumbest and most insulting thing I have ever seen Hasbro do to this toyline. Of all the people who have put in DECADES of time, talent, enthusiasm, love, and literally sweated for these life inspiring figures; how does some new ~sissy rugby~ player get a Megatron toy painted after him? He has nothing to do with Transformers and does nothing for society, he plays with a ball; a child's game. Then here comes ESPN and fans thinking this is awesome, settling for whatever lame thing gets thrown at them, all the while associating ~sissy rugby~ players once again with things on the side of the corrupt. Megatron is the most renowned villain ever created. He doesn't carry balls in his hands... he kills worlds. So arming a Megatron toy with a ~sissy rugby~ ball is just damn wrong. I just can't comprehend the lazy, lame things that come out of what could be the coolest toy line in history.

How about instead you do something for the likes of:

http://www.allspark.com/

http://www.seibertron.com/

http://tformers.com/

http://www.tfw2005.com/

you know, people that kill themselves for your brand who are renowned for their tireless effort. You want a prime example, how about a Seiberton theme colored Primus toy that says "Transforms from robot into Seibertron.Com" on all over the box?

This has nothing to do with me, nor am I in any way thinking of myself. But I could never count the number of writers, artists, convention planners, panel organizers, devoted cosplayers or the like who could deserve something like this 1000 times more.

I do not get it, or want to understand it people. Please, feel free to let the bashing begin.
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1516923)
Posted by njb902 on September 10th, 2013 @ 5:42am CDT
MR Optimus Prime wrote:One more thing that saddens me about where Hasbro and the fandom are taking Transformers. This is honestly the dumbest and most insulting thing I have ever seen Hasbro do to this toyline. Of all the people who have put in DECADES of time, talent, enthusiasm, love, and literally sweated for these life inspiring figures; how does some new ~sissy rugby~ player get a Megatron toy painted after him? He has nothing to do with Transformers and does nothing for society, he plays with a ball; a child's game. Then here comes ESPN and fans thinking this is awesome, settling for whatever lame thing gets thrown at them, all the while associating ~sissy rugby~ players once again with things on the side of the corrupt. Megatron is the most renowned villain ever created. He doesn't carry balls in his hands... he kills worlds. So arming a Megatron toy with a ~sissy rugby~ ball is just damn wrong. I just can't comprehend the lazy, lame things that come out of what could be the coolest toy line in history.

How about instead you do something for the likes of:

http://www.allspark.com/

http://www.seibertron.com/

http://tformers.com/

http://www.tfw2005.com/

you know, people that kill themselves for your brand who are renowned for their tireless effort. You want a prime example, how about a Seiberton theme colored Primus toy that says "Transforms from robot into Seibertron.Com" on all over the box?

This has nothing to do with me, nor am I in any way thinking of myself. But I could never count the number of writers, artists, convention planners, panel organizers, devoted cosplayers or the like who could deserve something like this 1000 times more.

I do not get it, or want to understand it people. Please, feel free to let the bashing begin.


Dude they are just toys.
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1516930)
Posted by MR Optimus Prime on September 10th, 2013 @ 6:39am CDT
njb902 wrote:
MR Optimus Prime wrote:One more thing that saddens me about where Hasbro and the fandom are taking Transformers. This is honestly the dumbest and most insulting thing I have ever seen Hasbro do to this toyline. Of all the people who have put in DECADES of time, talent, enthusiasm, love, and literally sweated for these life inspiring figures; how does some new ~sissy rugby~ player get a Megatron toy painted after him? He has nothing to do with Transformers and does nothing for society, he plays with a ball; a child's game. Then here comes ESPN and fans thinking this is awesome, settling for whatever lame thing gets thrown at them, all the while associating ~sissy rugby~ players once again with things on the side of the corrupt. Megatron is the most renowned villain ever created. He doesn't carry balls in his hands... he kills worlds. So arming a Megatron toy with a ~sissy rugby~ ball is just damn wrong. I just can't comprehend the lazy, lame things that come out of what could be the coolest toy line in history.

How about instead you do something for the likes of:

http://www.allspark.com/

http://www.seibertron.com/

http://tformers.com/

http://www.tfw2005.com/

you know, people that kill themselves for your brand who are renowned for their tireless effort. You want a prime example, how about a Seiberton theme colored Primus toy that says "Transforms from robot into Seibertron.Com" on all over the box?

This has nothing to do with me, nor am I in any way thinking of myself. But I could never count the number of writers, artists, convention planners, panel organizers, devoted cosplayers or the like who could deserve something like this 1000 times more.

I do not get it, or want to understand it people. Please, feel free to let the bashing begin.


Dude they are just toys.


It's just an opinion.
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1516931)
Posted by Burn on September 10th, 2013 @ 6:43am CDT
Hey I'm not fan of this either but geez, no need to get your knickers in a twist over it.
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1516934)
Posted by MR Optimus Prime on September 10th, 2013 @ 6:59am CDT
Burn wrote:Hey I'm not fan of this either but geez, no need to get your knickers in a twist over it.


Why not, it's downright horrid. No one is ranting, it took a while to type that. It's just an opinion.
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1516935)
Posted by Roadbuster on September 10th, 2013 @ 7:06am CDT
Having an opinion is one thing, but you are making a bigger deal out of it like it's a personal attack on you. It was all in good fun. Johnson's a fan in his own way. Let him have his fun.
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1516936)
Posted by MR Optimus Prime on September 10th, 2013 @ 7:24am CDT
Roadbuster wrote:Having an opinion is one thing, but you are making a bigger deal out of it like it's a personal attack on you. It was all in good fun. Johnson's a fan in his own way. Let him have his fun.


So the part where I specifically typed it isn't about me, and in reply to another poster where I typed it took a while to type it and was not a rant, are the parts you missed it not being an attack on me, along with me typing three times now it's just an opinion?

You all are getting YOUR feelings hurt here not me.
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1516939)
Posted by njb902 on September 10th, 2013 @ 7:55am CDT
I'm paraphrasing here "we play with an action figure; a child's toy." How are we any less children? What makes him a "sissy"? Who are any of us to decide who isn't part of the fandom?
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1516941)
Posted by MR Optimus Prime on September 10th, 2013 @ 8:09am CDT
njb902 wrote:I'm paraphrasing here "we play with an action figure; a child's toy." How are we any less children? What makes him a "sissy"? Who are any of us to decide who isn't part of the fandom?


I didn't or wouldn't call him a sissy, as I don't know him. I have a thing about calling american football ~sissy Rugby~ that's all. We took the world's most popular sport and changed it's name to soccer, then called a form of Rugby, football.
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1516944)
Posted by T-Macksimus on September 10th, 2013 @ 9:03am CDT
MR Optimus Prime wrote:
njb902 wrote:I'm paraphrasing here "we play with an action figure; a child's toy." How are we any less children? What makes him a "sissy"? Who are any of us to decide who isn't part of the fandom?


I didn't or wouldn't call him a sissy, as I don't know him. I have a thing about calling american football ~sissy Rugby~ that's all. We took the world's most popular sport and changed it's name to soccer, then called a form of Rugby, football.



I may not agree with your opinion (strongly, truth be told) and Primus knows I'm one of the biggest cynical types on here and the first the be a prick towards people on any given day but I will stand up for your right to express your opinion. Freedom (of Speech) is the right of all sentient beings.

Seriously folks, lay off him. He's said his bit, we've had responses, now move along.
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1516949)
Posted by njb902 on September 10th, 2013 @ 9:15am CDT
T-Macksimus wrote:
MR Optimus Prime wrote:
njb902 wrote:I'm paraphrasing here "we play with an action figure; a child's toy." How are we any less children? What makes him a "sissy"? Who are any of us to decide who isn't part of the fandom?


I didn't or wouldn't call him a sissy, as I don't know him. I have a thing about calling american football ~sissy Rugby~ that's all. We took the world's most popular sport and changed it's name to soccer, then called a form of Rugby, football.



I may not agree with your opinion (strongly, truth be told) and Primus knows I'm one of the biggest cynical types on here and the first the be a prick towards people on any given day but I will stand up for your right to express your opinion. Freedom (of Speech) is the right of all sentient beings.

Seriously folks, lay off him. He's said his bit, we've had responses, now move along.


I'm not laying into him, I'm trying to understand why he wrote what he wrote.
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1516951)
Posted by MR Optimus Prime on September 10th, 2013 @ 9:31am CDT
Hey NO worries from anyone here. Yes I get defensive over this toy brand. Always have, always will. Just how the old man is.
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1516980)
Posted by Dead Metal on September 10th, 2013 @ 1:00pm CDT
You guys leave MR Optimus Prime alone, he is the greatest legend in this fandom and he knows exactly what is kiddy and stupid and he's always super level headed. I mean after all he changed his name legally to Optimus Prime and he totally didn't go completely insane and call this site a disgrace to the legend that is Optimus Prime when it used a pic of Optimus Prime's death from the movie during the great blackout a while back.

So a little more respect, if he says this is the worst that has every happened to the brand and it's a disgrace and disgusting it must be true.
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1516983)
Posted by MR Optimus Prime on September 10th, 2013 @ 1:37pm CDT
Dead Metal wrote:You guys leave MR Optimus Prime alone, he is the greatest legend in this fandom and he knows exactly what is kiddy and stupid and he's always super level headed. I mean after all he changed his name legally to Optimus Prime and he totally didn't go completely insane and call this site a disgrace to the legend that is Optimus Prime when it used a pic of Optimus Prime's death from the movie during the great blackout a while back.

So a little more respect, if he says this is the worst that has every happened to the brand and it's a disgrace and disgusting it must be true.


I wish I could tell people like you to go F.U.C.K...Y.O.U.R.S.E.L.F. face to face.
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1516986)
Posted by Dead Metal on September 10th, 2013 @ 1:54pm CDT
MR Optimus Prime wrote:
Dead Metal wrote:You guys leave MR Optimus Prime alone, he is the greatest legend in this fandom and he knows exactly what is kiddy and stupid and he's always super level headed. I mean after all he changed his name legally to Optimus Prime and he totally didn't go completely insane and call this site a disgrace to the legend that is Optimus Prime when it used a pic of Optimus Prime's death from the movie during the great blackout a while back.

So a little more respect, if he says this is the worst that has every happened to the brand and it's a disgrace and disgusting it must be true.


I wish I could tell people like you to go F.U.C.K...Y.O.U.R.S.E.L.F. face to face.

Why? It's only an opinion. ;;)
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1517007)
Posted by Fender Bender on September 10th, 2013 @ 3:19pm CDT
Things that ruined Transformers forever:

Transformers The Movie
Transformers G1 Season 3
Transformers Japanese Series
Transformers: Generation 2
Beast Wars
Beast Machines
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
Dreamwave Comics
3H OTFCC
Transformers: Armada
Transformers: Energon
Transformers: Cybertron
Transformers: Kiss Players
Transformers Movie (2007)
Transformers: Animated
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Transformers: Prime
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Calvin Johnson inspired Megatron repaint

Yes, by far, that was the greatest offense on this brand. ;)
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1517009)
Posted by Burn on September 10th, 2013 @ 3:32pm CDT
Fender Bender wrote:Things that ruined Transformers forever:

Transformers The Movie
Transformers G1 Season 3
Transformers Japanese Series
Transformers: Generation 2
Beast Wars
Beast Machines
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
Dreamwave Comics
3H OTFCC
Transformers: Armada
Transformers: Energon
Transformers: Cybertron
Transformers: Kiss Players
Transformers Movie (2007)
Transformers: Animated
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Transformers: Prime
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Calvin Johnson inspired Megatron repaint

Yes, by far, that was the greatest offense on this brand. ;)


You forgot Michael Bay individually. >:oP
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1517010)
Posted by Fender Bender on September 10th, 2013 @ 3:36pm CDT
Yeah, I was debating using people instead of things, probably could have made just as big a list. ;)
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1517011)
Posted by Diem on September 10th, 2013 @ 3:38pm CDT
"Children's toy and cartoon series about alien transforming robots was taken insufficiently seriously. One star."

Seriously this is no more or less harmful than Disney Label or Pepsi Prime. Nothing to get worked up about, and nothing to get worked up about people getting worked up about it. At the very least it means you can reenact Triple Takeover in more detail.
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1517014)
Posted by Absolute Zero on September 10th, 2013 @ 4:11pm CDT
Not really a fan of the Lions, but it's a pretty funny commercial, not as funny as the reaction it got from someone's opinion who got defensive when people pointed out he needed to relax.

But that's just an opinion, you know? Take it as you will. Freedom of speech and all that. (Fun fact: You don't actually have that here, otherwise, no one would be banned ever)

A(nother) fact though would be that, last I'd seen any polling information on it, Vader topped the Greatest Villain of All Time charts for the US and I think Europe, and was only beaten by Char Aznable in Japan. So... Yeah. There's that.

So, take a chill or go light up if you live in Wsahington or Colorado, and remember, they're toys and it's a cartoon. It's nothing to get worked up over. It's not like someone is dying.
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1517113)
Posted by Fender Bender on September 11th, 2013 @ 10:03am CDT
I was wrong, this is by far the greatest tragedy in Transformers history:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLhAhdse ... e=youtu.be

Now anyone can own the franchise and ruin it!


















:lol:
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1517117)
Posted by Dead Metal on September 11th, 2013 @ 10:24am CDT
Fender Bender wrote:I was wrong, this is by far the greatest tragedy in Transformers history:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLhAhdse ... e=youtu.be

Now anyone can own the franchise and ruin it!


















:lol:

Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1519696)
Posted by Seibertron on September 24th, 2013 @ 10:28am CDT
Fender Bender wrote:Things that ruined Transformers forever:

Transformers The Movie
Transformers G1 Season 3
Transformers Japanese Series
Transformers: Generation 2
Beast Wars
Beast Machines
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
Dreamwave Comics
3H OTFCC
Transformers: Armada
Transformers: Energon
Transformers: Cybertron
Transformers: Kiss Players
Transformers Movie (2007)
Transformers: Animated
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Transformers: Prime
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Calvin Johnson inspired Megatron repaint

Yes, by far, that was the greatest offense on this brand. ;)


I think I'd be more excited about this toy if it was the proper Lions colors. What's up with this purple instead of Lions blue?
Re: The Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson Goes Full Megatron in ESPN Promo (1519712)
Posted by Dead Metal on September 24th, 2013 @ 12:28pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:
Fender Bender wrote:Things that ruined Transformers forever:

Transformers The Movie
Transformers G1 Season 3
Transformers Japanese Series
Transformers: Generation 2
Beast Wars
Beast Machines
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
Dreamwave Comics
3H OTFCC
Transformers: Armada
Transformers: Energon
Transformers: Cybertron
Transformers: Kiss Players
Transformers Movie (2007)
Transformers: Animated
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Transformers: Prime
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Calvin Johnson inspired Megatron repaint

Yes, by far, that was the greatest offense on this brand. ;)


I think I'd be more excited about this toy if it was the proper Lions colors. What's up with this purple instead of Lions blue?

It's based on one of the Calvin shoes Nike revealed, same purple, same grid design. However, I seem to remember the being available more different colours, so the Megatron we're currently seeing might be one of many variations. It might even be included with the shoe itself.
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