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I think I figured out why the designs look the way they look. It seems to me that for the movie, they were aiming at creating a distinctive look and along with that, a heavy departure from the general "TF look." Every Transformers line has to distinguish itself from the previous one. This is typically done with a gimmick with the toy itself. The movie was not going to center itself around a toy gimmick to distinguish itself unless the producers did not want the movie to be taken seriously. The producers seem to want the movie to be taken semi-seriously. They at least want to remove it from its original campiness and morph it into a respectable action movie. So they need to make the designs unique and different from what's come before because what's come before was not very "serious". And here is the crux of the problem or solution (depending on your point of view to the designs). If 'traditional" TF designs had been used for the film, the movie would have looked very cartoony. Its the truth. All TF designs are very cartoony. Even the awesome Binaltech/Alternator designs. These radical alien/monster designs are just plain more "serious" because they've never been used before in a TF medium. So my point is... in a way, it is good they went through "non-traditional" designs because it really does take away from the suspension of disbelief you hold when you watch the movie. We all know its fiction, but in a way, seeing the alien designs (designs that have never been used or have been associated with a campy cartoon) makes the movie a little bit more credible. For a second you are more likely to think, "yeah, this s--t could happen." and "yeah, that would be f**king scary as hell but cool as hell to happen." We'll see if the designs really do work once the movie is finished. The only concern I have at the moment is whether working toys can be made from these designs. There is nothing worse then watching a movie or television program about a toyline and then getting toys that don't reflect the onscreen entertainment. What's the point for it then!
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