Archive - Jun 2009

Date

June 30th

Robot Replicas Starscream and Autobot Skids reviewed

One is a Decepticon Air Commander armed to the teeth. The other is a wise cracking, weird looking Autobot warrior. Both are stars of "Revenge of the Fallen" given the Robot Replicas treatment. Check out the reviews for Robot Replicas Autobot Skids and Starscream.

Critics and audiences experience a disconnect as "Revenge of the Fallen" does well despite negative reviews

The LA Times interviewed Michael Bay regarding the critical reaction to "Revenge of the Fallen". Despite horrible reviews that call "Revenge of the Fallen" everything from "beyond bad" (Rolling Stone) to "sloppy" (The Village Voice), "Revenge of the Fallen" has become the holder of a second place spot for movie earnings in a five day period, surpassed only by last year's "The Dark Knight". Director Michael Bay doesn't seem surprised by this. Says Bay "I think they reviewed the wrong movie.

Challenges of shooting at the pyramids of Egypt

USA Today has posted an article talking about the challenges of gaining permission to film at Egypt's famous pyramids and the challenges of filming once they were there. Not only was director Michael Bay able to film the pyramids, he was able to film on them. According to the article "...Bay himself stood on a high ledge filming scenes with actor John Turturro (reprising his role as the blowhard former government agent who's a Transformers expert).".

Stocks rise thanks to "The Fallen"

According to Reuters, the runaway success of "Transformers Revenge of the Fallen" has helped the stocks of several theater chains rise as high as ten percent. Shares of Paramount and Viacom have also risen thanks to the success of the film. IMAX has also benefitted with a nineteen percent increase. We're still in a recession, so such favorable numbers in an industry that has been declining are encouraging to business owners and analysts alike. "Transformers" has even defied expert predictions.

June 29th

Legends Class Revenge of the Fallen Sideswipe and Megatron reviewed

The Legends Class of figures adds on two new sculpts for the "Revenge of the Fallen" line. BWTF reviews Legends Class Sideswipe and Megatron.

"Revenge of the Fallen" sets box office records around the world

The LA Times reports that "Transformers Revenge of the Fallen" has broken box office records, earning a reported $387 million in worldwide ticket sales, with $201.2 million of that earned in the US. According to the article, the movie "...placed No. 1 in all 58 countries where it opened.". This is impressive as the film has been receiving less than stellar reviews, and it's a sequel, which do not always do as well as their predecessors.

"Revenge of the Fallen" sets box office records around the world

The LA Times reports that "Transformers Revenge of the Fallen" has broken box office records, earning a reported $387 million in worldwide ticket sales, with $201.2 million of that earned in the US. According to the article, the movie "...placed No. 1 in all 58 countries where it opened.". This is impressive as the film has been receiving less than stellar reviews, and it's a sequel, which do not always do as well as their predecessors.

Bumblebee kicks butt and takes names...on the sales floor of Chevy dealerships

According to USAToday, sales for the 2010 Camaro featured in "Revenge of the Fallen" as Bumblebee's vehicle mode have been so incredible that the manufacturer is struggling to keep up with demand. The article reports "...some buyers paying $500 to $2,500 more than the sticker price.". This is a rare occurrence in today's world where the economy is in a recession and unemployment rates have reached levels not seen in over a decade.

June 28th

All (real) accounts activated for BWTF

Have you signed up for an account recently but wondered if your password was set to go? Well wonder no more! As of today, all accounts that people have registered for are ready to go. This will allow you to post comments on news items as well as the boards. Some accounts were eliminated by the BWTF filters, so if you think you got caught in that, drop me a line after you register. Thank you all for your patience!

Robot Replicas Jetfire and Megatron Reviewed

Grab a bowl of cereal and settle down for some Sunday morning reading as BWTF reviews Robot Replicas Jetfire and Megatron. These highly detailed figures are certainly pretty to look at, but are they worth owning? Check out my reviews and decide!