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Transformers News Trifecta: Art, Soundwave and Cigarettes

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? You’re looking at 7 feet and 500 pounds worth of used car parts, in the shape of Optimus Prime. If you dig it, you can actually buy it here. (Via Gizmodo)

? IGN reports that Soundwave’s going to be in the next Transformers movie. According to their interview with producer Roberto Orci:

Q: Is there one particular Transformer, good or bad, that you absolutely had to get into the sequel?

ORCI: I’ll tell you. We had to get Soundwave in there.

Q: Nice. Where Soundwave goes, will Ravage follow?

ORCI: Perhaps! Who’s Ravage? … I’m kidding! You know, we had Ravage in an early draft of the first movie and Soundwave, and we couldn’t do it right and I think this time hopefully we’ll have the ability to do it.

This would excite me more if 1) all the Decepticons didn’t look exactly the same, 2) there hadn’t been a boombox in the first movie, who mugged for the camera like he was Jim Carrey circa 1997, or 3) they weren’t almost certainly going to fuck up my favorite Transformer.

? Last but not least, this fan video isn’t really news, but Jesus, just go see it. It’s kind of sad when your $200 million dollar movie is upstaged by a couple of nerds with a stop-motion camera and a couple packs of smokes.

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