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A prototype was created for an Arcee toy in the 1980s, but it did not go into production. Because of the lengthy development time for the movie, most of it had to be done based on toy designs that were on the drawing board, so Arcee was in the film even though the toy never materialized (like Unicron). The earliest Arcee designs are pink and orange, like this image.

Guys I dunno why you’re making a big fuss over Optimus being ruined while he’s under the control of some fucked up stuff. It’s happened before. Remember the G1 episode called “Dark Awakening”? Remember how Optimus was zombified and controllled by the Quintessons to lure the Autobotd to their death? Remember how he regained control in the end only to sacrifice himself to save the Autobots? Yeah that one. Dunno why you’re so worried.

anonymous asked:

I feel like Michael Bay has ripped Optimus Prime's character to pieces. Transformers 5 looks even worse than the rest of the films. Much sadness.

It is pretty sad when you step back and look at it, yeah. The amount of… carelessness that’s come seeping out of the whole production over the years is heartbreaking, when you think of all the people that have poured their hearts and souls into it ━ Peter Cullen being only the most well-known.

You know, I joke about Bayverse Optimus being a living dumpster fire, but there is a very real element of coping to it. Optimus means more to me than he maybe ought to; he’s a guiding light in times of strife, sort of an angel on my shoulder, a father figure I wished I’d had growing up. That’s a quality he has had in pretty much every continuity, from G1 onwards.

Not in Bayverse. Bayverse Prime is… an anomaly.

In some ways, he still has the optimism, the basic traits that make Optimus Prime who he is. But whoever’s been doing the writing for Bayverse has got barely a clue how to execute those traits. Bayverse Prime talks the talk, but he does not walk the walk very well. And a lot of us find that really disturbing, because it’s INCREDIBLY uncomfortable to watch the angel on your shoulder fall, or your father fail. You see them as this better being, something sorta untouchable, and when they don’t live up to that ━ well, there goes your faith.

I saw a post earlier speculating on whether the Bayverse people were writing him that way intentionally. I don’t think they are, personally. Mostly, I think they just don’t really get it. I think they want to write a space western, with a cowboy hero who goes in and shoots things up and is generally epic while saving the day… and, well, everyone knows that Optimus is the hero of Transformers! But you can’t paste Optimus over that space cowboy and have it end up being true to the character. You couldn’t do it with the majority of characters ━ but especially not Optimus, the mech who was born out of “be strong enough to be gentle.” I think they see Optimus Prime the iconic hero, and fail to realise that he got that way because the people who had the greatest influence on him deliberately chose a different path for him from the start.

And, it’s funny. My favourite of the Bayverse films is Revenge of the Fallen ━ otherwise known as the worst one of the lot! Honestly, it’s true ( though Age of Extinction does give it a strong run for its money there ). But the first films had a bit of a spark to them. Even though RotF is objectively just Bad in a lot of ways, it’s… having fun in itself in a way that the later two, and especially AoE, are not.

Whatever it was, that spark has long gone. I’ll be interested to see if having a slightly different production crew and writing team brings it back, but I won’t be holding my breath for it.

darksideoftwenty  asked:

Hi there, I really like your blog and your Clone fics/headcannons but I'm curious as to what Transformers ships you are in to? If you are happy to share of course!

JAZZ/BLASTER, JAZZ/PROWL, PERCEPTOR/WHEELJACK, OPTIMUS/MAGNUS, DRIFT/SPRINGER, DRIFT/SPRINGER/HOT ROD, HOT ROD/KUP, TRAILBREAKER/HOUND, BLASTER/HOUND, CHROMEDOME/REWIND, EJECT/SWERVE (dont ask lmao), RATCHET/IRONHIDE, HUFFER/GEARS, STARTSCREAM/THUNDERCRACKER/SKYWARP, SKYFIRE/KUP, INFERNO/RED ALERT

FUCK THERE ARE SO MANY MORE TOO BUT THOSE ARE SOME OF MY G1 SHIPS. I JUST LOVE THESE ASSHOLES A LOT OKAY.