July 11 2010

Transformers 3 Filming In Chicago

Lets get it out of the way right now … Transformers 3 will suck.  I have no delusions, I have not been swayed, I know the “plot” will be some loose collection of events strung together that supposedly will resemble a story, but it’ll be eye candy for sure.

All that being said … OPTIMUS PRIME HAS HIS TRAILER!!!!!!!!!!!111!!1!  (click the image for the full view)

The film is in Chicago this weekend filming, and the big surprise that no one saw coming was Optimus Prime hauling around his trailer.  This isn’t just for show or transport but is being used in actual filming, and in this video you can see him cornering pretty fast with it right into an explosion.  In the clip before you can see him pulling it during a chase scene (also seen are Bumblebee, the new Ferrari, Ratchet, Sideswipe, Jolt and three unknown NASCAR cars)

The reason this is such big news is the first release of the toy back int he 1980’s came with a trailer that folded out into a headquarters, and he always had it in the cartoon.  Michael Bay had said in the past they weren’t using it because he didn’t know what to do with it when Optimus would transform.  In the cartoon it just always disappeared into the background, and would reappear when he went back to truck form.  You never knew where it went, it just wasn’t there.  So we’ll see how Bay gets around this.  (I’m also betting nothing in the movie will be said about why he suddenly has it)

The big mystery is the three NASCAR cars, here are pictures of two of them

There has been some speculation these may be Stunticons, a sub-group of Decepticons that combine to form Menasor.  This is a similar concept to the Constructicons seen in the second film, but as of right now no one can see any Decepticon or Autobot insignias on any of the three cars.  From the amounts of weapons on them, I would say they are bad guys.  Of course, there is an off chance they are human made vehicles, but that seems pretty unlikely.

I still have every confidence that in typical Michael Bay fashion this film will suck just as bad as the other two, but the inclusion of the Optimus Prime trailer at last gets me interest up some.

[Optimus trailer and blue NASCAR image from Siebertron, green NASCAR from TFW2005]

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