One of the recurring* panel items at SwanCon is "Trailer Park" where panelists, including angriest
, present downloaded trailers for upcoming films along with their comments and predictions about the films.
One of the films discussed this year was the live action / CGI Transformers (can't you just hear the trainwreck coming?).
The new movie has changed the designs of the Transformers and angriest
speculated that this may be motivated by a desire to preserve the sales of the original designs merchandise (still going strong apparently) if the movie tanks.
Well I can now report seeing evidence supporting the theory. Today I was off work sick and channel surfing during the afternoon. Along the way I came across an ad for some original design merchandise packaged with a DVD that described itself as the "real Transformers".
*Possibly because it is invariably entertaining, funny, and informative. But don't take my word for it, go see it next year. :)