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Subj: Re: traumatized kids
Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 at 12:22:37 am CST (Viewed 269 times)
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I see this term used a lot in posting on the Transformer movie, I assume you are bitter about how this all went down and wanted Optimus Prime to stay dead.

For me, though, I think it just was a really bad marketing plan.

The toys came out in 1984, when I was 11. My friend next door was 9 and we both fell in love with Transformers and collected a lot of them. Him more than me since he was a single child with a dad who worked as an electrician in the oil fields.

So from the original 18 Transformers, they keep adding more and more over the next couple of years. Personally, I thought they added too much too fast, you could barely keep up and your old favorites got overshadowed pretty quickly.

Then they decide to make the 1986 movie, kill off all the transformers that kids had bought over the last two years, and introduce yet another new set of characters. Since I was 13 I was aging out of playing with the toys, but still enjoyed the comics and cartoons.

How does doing that after two years make sense? Why would anyone think that blowing it all up was a good decision and that kids that loved their toys would support it and now want to get all the new toys?

When you have a specific character as a kid, you play with it constantly and love it when it shows up on TV or in the comics. My first Transformers were Brawn and Cliffjumper, who are a little more obscure but shouldn't have been. The second strongest Transformer and another could shoot gas that turns metal into glass. They should have been in every fight as far as I was concerned. But no, they have to concentrate on less powerful favorites of the writers.
(I probably don't have to say I hated the focus on Bumblebee both in the cartoon and comics). My point is, though, they become more than just mindless toys. You "act" as them when you are playing, even become them in a way, so it becomes very personal to you.

I can see, though, if I was younger I would have been more affected by the old line all dying. That would be expected from younger kids and I don't see why that should bother anyone. It is no different than your favorite comic book character or TV show character being killed when you weren't expecting it. How many adults accept their favorite character's death without complaining and boycotting and wanting it reversed?

The stupid people here are the Hasbro executives that thought it would be a good idea or help their sales to do this.

Yes hasbro did think it was a good idea and it wasn't.

However if you watch Dark Awakening there was clearly no intent to ever revive Optimus after that episode.

As to killing of characters, the toys were released and their popularity began to wane so new toys means new characters.

But instead of upgrading Optimus, the opted to kill and replace him.

As to the reports of traumatized kids, that is indeed why they brought him back. It wasn't just a matter of realizing it was a bad idea but it was all the fallout from the idea

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