More than meets the eye.
January 19, 2001 12:17 PM   Subscribe

More than meets the eye. Next stop, Cybertron!
posted by jjg (6 comments total)
When I see a semi truck turn into their leader, I'll be satisfied.
posted by pnevares at 1:25 PM on January 19, 2001

Yeah. I thought it was going to be some exciting, world wracking scientific development, like a chimp that transformed into a robot with really thick and impractical legs that could barely move and a gun that it had to drag along behind on a wildly flailing piece of string because the stupid designer forgot a place to put it. Not some stupid nanotech thingy. [tut].
posted by davidgentle at 1:55 PM on January 19, 2001

okay, and I'm excited to see that it's a chick scientist that's leading the way on this.

posted by rebeccablood at 2:20 PM on January 19, 2001

Mmm... variable geometry...

Y'know, I was always amazed that they managed to make toys that transformed correctly between each form. I mean, the cartoonists had it easy, they didn't have to obey any stupid things like conservation of mass and stuff, they could have made a marble transform into the Empire State Building if they wanted to. But the people who actually made pieces of metal and plastic transform between two credible shapes... that's good stuff.
posted by whatnotever at 4:34 PM on January 19, 2001

I always got a bit freaked out about the relative sizes though. Megatron transformed into a handgun after all (though it was a superb irony that the most powerful of the Decepticons transformed into a tiny little gun). And when I found out that my favourite Transformer (Jetfire) was actually a complete rip off of the VF-1 Veritech fighters from Robotech (which we never got over here in the UK, I had to find it out from some stinking roleplaying game) I felt really let down, as though the rug had been pulled from under me. It was only years later that I found out that Robotech (or "Super dimensional fortress Macross", as it was originally called in Japan) was the thing that invented the whole Transform...what? Huh? A chick scientist doing what with...ooh, right. Yeah, cool, whatever.
posted by davidgentle at 5:35 PM on January 19, 2001

Oh, man, I used to have these great brand X transformer style toys when I lived in South Amurka... He-Man toys, too... I never got my hands on Modulok, though...<nods off into nostalgia>
posted by sonofsamiam at 8:18 PM on January 19, 2001

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