Last week, Mike and I posted a Top 15 list for the last decade, outlining our top 15 figures of the past ten years, and I let readers know that my initial list was actually a top FIFTY, but for obvious reasons, we pared it down simply because…well…a top 50 list would have been long and probably insane. But mostly just long. But a few readers showed an interest in seeing the Top 50 list, so I’m going to post what I was originally starting. I won’t go into gory details with each and every entry, though, and just leave it as a list, so folks don’t go homicidal halfway through it.
Like it or not, enjoy the film or not, this is indisputable proof that a successful film franchise for our favorite toy brand is a GOOD thing. Behold the wonder of the Transformers: War for Cybertron video game trailer:
Like the G.I. Joe film, there are many Transformers purists who absolutely detest what Michael Bay has done to their characters and their toy brand, and many of them are totally validated in those opinions. But I can assure 110% that without that multi billion dollar success of the Transformers brand, a video game like the one above would have NEVER been even considered. I know we all have our issues with G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (yes, even ME), but in the end, all I want is for the brand to be successful to the world at large, because great things can happen.
Can you imagine if a game like the one above was being considered for G.I. Joe? Sure, the Rise of Cobra game was pretty bad by next gen standards, but so was the first Transformers movie game. I understand that G.I. Joe will never reach the wide audience and acclaim of the Transformers brand, but here’s hoping there’s enough gas in the tank that we can get some decent film follow ups, and some cool tie in media and merchandise.
HitFix.com had a chance to sit down with Channing Tatum and Dennis Quaid during a recent press event, and inquired about the recent news of the G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra sequel. The most interesting comments from from Tatum, who acknowledges the fact that the first film was rushed due to the writer’s strike, and that having some time to work on a script and more cohesive screenplay can only be a good thing going forward. Check out the video here, or also embedded below.
I gotta say, it’s pretty awesome hearing sequel news kicking into full gear… love it.