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Universal Studios Hollywood to Get Transformers Ride in 2011

Transformers fans, rejoice! After 25 years of loving the toys and cartoon, and a year and a half of either praising or cursing Michael Bay's name for his handling of the live-action film, you will finally be able to ride along with the Transformers. ...Not actually inside the Transformers -- that could end badly. Being inside a transforming car is never a good thing, no matter what the new Knight Rider tells us. No, instead, you'll be able to ride a roller-coaster-type thing past the giant robots fighting with each other, in a new ride planned for Universal Studios Hollywood. Yes, the robots will look like they do in the movie. No, they will not be wearing nametags.

According to ComingSoon.net, the ride will include 3D imagery, robotics and special effects, and should open in 2011. The concept artwork they show depicts kids laughing with glee from the safety of an open, unprotected tram as massive dreadnoughts with faces like car wrecks tussle with each other over their heads and cars explode in the background. Urination by the children -- and, likely, the robots -- is implied, if not explicitly shown. As the film's executive producer, Steven Spielberg will supposedly be involved, since he serves as creative consultant to the park and worked with them on Jurassic Park: The Ride and E.T.: The Non-Threatening Walkie-Talkie Adventure.

The weirdest part about this whole thing? The ride won't open in America first. It will first open in Singapore, at Universal Studios Singapore. Didn't know there was a Universal Studios Singapore, did you? The press release says that this is appropriate, because the Transformers can "trace their roots to Asia." While it's true the toys were originally released in Japan, I think it's more likely that they want to make sure nobody gets crushed by a robot in less-litigious Southeast Asia before they open the ride in the lawsuit capital of the world.

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