• Dec 27th 2006 at 2:55PM
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Brit film mag Empire has the goods, with a full-on cover shot Optimus Prime as he'll appear in this summer's Transformers big-screen blockbuster. Now, the trailer that was released last week (which we still watch with regularity) hinted at what the look would be when it showed him transforming from a high rear angle. In that shot, you saw that his head was pretty much in tune with the one we all know and love from the old toys and cartoon.

This cover shot solidifies that, showing a face that, while obviously modernized, is unmistakably that of Optimus Prime. And we dig his flame job, too. Friends, this is what badass looks like.

If you're looking for any of us on 4th of July weekend, we'll be in darkened theaters throughout the country, preferably ones equipped with DLP systems.

Thanks for the tip, Adil!

[Source: Empire via TFW2005]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      How do you hope to ever see a Transformers movie nowadays with half decent special effects without the big bucks from the big guys? I'm a graphic artist and i know how much work i would put into animating every single one of those machines and i'll tell you it's slave labour! So much for computers making work easier... easier my butt.

      About the infomercial thing:

      They are evil, they don't give a damn about us, but we need their money to keep up with our big screen dreams. I have been dreaming of a live action TF movie since i was 9, now i am 30 and i can safely say: "who cares if every single autobot is made from GM? I wanna see cars transforming into robots at 80mhp and i wanna hear Peter Cullen saying those glorious lines once again on the big screen. If you are a TF fan you will accept and appreciate the work of people who perhaps didn't know much about the true spirit of the story but sure as heck they tried and hopefully they will do better in future movies since Spielberg is talking about several more movies being planned.

      The only thing i must say i am disappointed about is the toys, they have horrible structural flaws such as the total absence of interiors and a crammy and fake look both in vehicle mode and in robot mode. Honestly after all the money from Spielberg and GM i would have expected something with a lot more style, like an alternator look with realistic interiors that in robot form is still good looking and articulated. Even the 20th anniversary Masterpiece Optimus had some sort of interior features in vehicle mode. I didn't wait 20 years to see a Bumblebee with black windows and wind screen and with no interiors...
      • 8 Years Ago
      So I guess I am the only one completely underwhelmed by this trailer? And yes, I was a huge transformer fan when I was a kid.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sweet Jebus! I cant wait!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ug, these Transformers still look like piles of junk. Let me give you a Sci-Fi metaphor. There are ships in Star Trek; they are sleek, clean and elegant. There are ships in Star Wars (the good SW people), made from parts available, flying junk, not elegant in any way yet still iconic. I love both of these types of ships. However, each fits beautifully in their own world.

      Transformers is the former ... they are supposed to be elegant and clean. In fact they are supposed to be more than that ... they are supposed to be efficient. Since they are involved in a brutal conflict there transformations need to be quick and the should be done with the least amount of "moves".

      So, I know this movie has it totally wrong when I watch the new trailer and you see Optimus Prime's head transform in like 27 places! Jesus Christ, why in the world must his ears, back of his head, the inside of his head and every other part of his head have to contort from one ridiculous position to another?
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's over Prime!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Raven - Elegant? WTF mate?
      • 8 Years Ago
      What is the deal with the Autoblog's hard-on for Transformers?