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The Fictional Transforming Skyscraper Toy From “Big”.

So I caught a little bit of the movie "Big", starring Tom Hanks as Josh, the other night and I hadn't seen it in years. It was always a fun movie as a kid and still holds up pretty well even today, but there was one scene I had completely forgotten about. After he gets a job at the toy company, there's a scene where Josh is in a meeting and they're discussing a new Transformers toy. It's a giant skyscraper that turns into a robot. After playing with it for a little while, Josh announces, "I don't get it. It turns from a building into a robot, right? Well, what's fun about that? What's so fun about playing with a building? That's not any fun!" and he then goes on to brainstorm ideas for a new line of Transformers based on insects. Yes, we all knew this was a nod to the Insecticons, but that's not what I'm here to talk about today.

I'm here to talk about the fact that I don't think a skyscraper which transforms into a robot (and vice versa) was really such a bad idea at all. Sure, it's not as cool as all of the Constructicons joining together to form Devastator, but it's still a nice big toy and it looks like it has red flashy eyes and a surprised look on its face. What kid wouldn't love a giant skyscraper with red flashy eyes and a surprised look on its face? I'll tell you what kid wouldn't want that toy. The kind of kid that should've been aborted.

Hasbro, if you're reading this, you missed a golden opportunity with this toy back in the 80s, but it's never too late to correct that mistake. If you make a giant skyscraper Transformer reminiscent of the one seen in "Big", I will most certainly buy one... and I'm sure many, many other people will do the same. To sweeten the deal, myself and the other I-Mockery readers will even lend you a hand with it - we'll come up with some names for the skyscraper-bot! Do we have a deal, Hasbro? Good.

To all the readers of I-Mockery: Post your ideas in this thread for what you think the skyscraper Transformer toy should be named! Corpotron? Skyscrape? Let's see what awesome names you guys can come up with.

It's high time this fictional movie toy becomes a reality, so let's get the ball rollin'. Who knows... this could be the impetus for an entire city playset that transforms into a robot. Crazier shit has happened.

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Doctor_Who on 06/29/2009 4:50 pm

I've always felt the same way. Just seeing a toy that size in the film made me want to own it as a kid. Even untransformed it would have made a great prop for my GI Joes and Ninja Turtles to fight on.

And I think it should be called "Botropolis"



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MasterV on 06/29/2009 4:56 pm

How about GatesaTron? Destroys all the other toys and when you try to turn it off, it cries that you are not letting it 'innovate'



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Joel (Guest) on 06/29/2009 4:58 pm

there's already a transformer that transforms into a full city instead of a single building, it's name is Metroplex.



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Dr. Boogie on 06/29/2009 5:08 pm

Conglomobot

or

Hi-Riser



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Junior (Guest) on 06/29/2009 5:08 pm

Trojan.

Great name for a structure symbolic of a phallus.



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Kilgore Cod on 06/29/2009 6:05 pm

Girdertron
Corporus Prime
Hi-Rizer
World Trade Robot



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DrewP (Guest) on 06/29/2009 6:18 pm

Metropolitron
Towertron



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robo_rob on 06/29/2009 6:31 pm

Between Fortress Maximus, Brave Maximus, Grand Maximus, Trypticon, Gigastorm, Metroples, and Metrotitan. There was a great deal of city bots made, however no skyscraper which I agree would have made a good toy.

I would say they should call him Hightower, sure they've used the name before, but it's perfect.



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Nick on 06/29/2009 7:10 pm

I agree with Hightower. It reminds me of Police Academy.



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GreenPeaness on 06/29/2009 7:13 pm

Cryslorr. Skyscraper. But my personal favorite...

The Gears Tower

PS: Hi-Riser is a damn good name Dr. B. You could trick it out all Xtreme with "Hi-Rizor" or even "Hi-RAZOR!" Superfluous Z's make kids buy toys.



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HowardC on 06/29/2009 7:26 pm

Mile-high, Too-tall, the Metropolitcons.

I honestly don't see the draw though... gotta agree with tom hanks... building transformers are dumb.

Now what would be cool is a new line of the terrorcons.. you know the mythical monsters that turned into robots. Those were awesome.

Btw... pretty sure they used the insect idea in Big because scorpinox was the biggest transformer at the time. (Not the guy from beast wars, the giant scorpion from the final season of G1.)



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robo_rob on 06/29/2009 7:51 pm

Scorponok, yeah he also had a city mode now that I think about it. They revisited the Terrorcons a few years back though and mythical monsters pop up occasionally.

Looking at the robot in the movie, man I wish some company would release that. Looks like a neat looking toy.



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Julio on 06/29/2009 8:11 pm

You-are-late-for-work-again-Harry-and-deserve-some-punishmentron.



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-RoG- on 06/29/2009 8:36 pm

Joel, yeah I remember Metroplex, but he was way too small and disappointing. The Skyscraper robot from "Big" is like 3 times the size of Metroplex. If they're gonna make a robot toy that transforms into a city, it needs to be at least 5 feet in length. G.I. Joe did it right with the U.S.S. Flagg playset:

That's the kind of scale I'm talkin' about. They just don't make enough huge toys like that anymore.

Anyway, keep up the good work on the Skyscraper-bot name suggestions everybody! Let's hear some more!



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Purple Man on 06/29/2009 10:27 pm

Don't you think that toy's appearance - with the set red eyes, Devo hat, and that molded doorway piece like a phallus - resembles some kind of pagan statue? Like some kind of primitive votary god. One could almost imagine a cult worshipping it. Oh wait - that's us.

Anyway, as for names (I think 'Skyscrape' is good, RoG) I would go for Erectron. I think Towering Inferno would be good if it was for a Decepticon version. Following the format of racist/stereotyped voices for Transformers, I imagine he would speak like a Seinfeld character.



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captain516 (Guest) on 06/29/2009 10:46 pm

Il ike Giganticor. But that's totally unoriginal, and I think a much better name would be emerpus, amfter the Empire State building. That, or Vertigon.
PS: You damn well better send these to Hasbro, Rog.



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Grindhouse (Guest) on 06/30/2009 12:05 am

I think the bigger question is what happened to that prop from the film? We should try and track it down...



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Robodie III on 06/30/2009 12:47 am

What Dr. Who said. Building robot looks like it would provide so many great stories.
Robot's name: Asbesto-tron.

Re Rog: I had no idea that thing I saw in the print ads was for sale. I thought it was another one of those elaborate backgrounds they make for promotional pictures, so I trained myself to not think about buying THE ENTIRE SURROUNDINGS.



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v2000vortex on 06/30/2009 1:26 am

It's Power-Tower! He stops ass and exercises synergy!



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v2000vortex on 06/30/2009 1:28 am

Stomps ass rather, though any ass does come to the attention of Power-Tower should duly be both stopped and/or stomped.



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Dimnos on 06/30/2009 8:28 am

ARCATECTATRONS!



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Dimnos on 06/30/2009 8:29 am

I guess that really should be

ARCHITECTICONS!



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Pentegarn on 06/30/2009 8:49 am

Frank Droid Wright



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Doc Washboard (Guest) on 06/30/2009 11:04 am

You've forgotten that the Kindle was invented for "Big." It was a Kindle for comic books, but that was the project Josh was preparing for his big presentation to the boss.



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Aries on 06/30/2009 11:49 am

Skyscrape seems a bit too obvious. How about Downtown?



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Bizzaro Stormy (Guest) on 06/30/2009 12:32 pm

Or you could always go with some edgy name like "Eclipse" ('cause he blocks the sun with his tall stature). Of course, building puns like "Condomaximum" are still an option. >_>



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Aries on 06/30/2009 1:12 pm

I assume this guy would be an Autobot. The early Autobots turned into cars while the Decepticons were armed fighter jets, so having a soldier that becomes a large inanimate object (of the type Devastator likes to destroy) fits nicely into the general Autobot strategy of not doing anything to give themselves any real tactical advantage.



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Icculus on 06/30/2009 2:17 pm

I think Dr. Boogie wrapped this one up with Hi-Riser. Don't think any names can top that. I'd like to see a whole line of these done though including towers, stadiums, spilt level homes, duplex's.



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Tsiqa (Guest) on 06/30/2009 3:20 pm

I don't get it....



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Aries on 06/30/2009 4:15 pm

OK, so what is Hi-Riser made of? If he's made completely of metal like other Transformers, his massive weight would cause a gigantic sinkhole, destroying the whole block on which he's situated. Not to mention a big metal building would seem kind of odd. Then there's the whole "Hey, that building wasn't there yesterday" factor.

If his internal mechanisms are covered with a body of concrete like a real building, a few Decepticon missle strikes would kill the poor bastard in a minute. Maybe his name should be Ground-Zero.



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OhSoTree (Guest) on 06/30/2009 5:17 pm

Bill Ding



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BigMac500 on 06/30/2009 6:20 pm

^ My personal favourite. ^ :)



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Julio on 06/30/2009 8:19 pm

I think this is a she-bot, because it's got an "entrance" right in his crotch.



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IXCE on 06/30/2009 8:36 pm

Here's to hoping it stars in the next Transformers movie.



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Lothalis on 06/30/2009 8:51 pm

Skyline.

The only thing I would change though is he could release smaller Transformers or people like androids or something. Hey if Hasbro does do this they could sell the small guys seperately for like 4.99 and you need them all to build Skyline, like how marvel does those sets.

On a sadder note with the success of Transformers and soon GI Joe the movie coming out Hasbro has hinted at a Magic: The Gathering movie. As I play the game I have nothing against Magic, but a movie...



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Dusk on 06/30/2009 8:56 pm

Citi-stepper, because corporations step on the citizens. Literally. A building-bot would step on at least fifty people just moving down the block.



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randomtffan (Guest) on 06/30/2009 10:38 pm

hey instead of one building
how about an intire city!
eight feet wide and five feet tall!
it would be called citytron



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transmorpher (Guest) on 07/01/2009 3:00 am

Never noticed before, but that robot is totally sporting a penis.



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baronterror (Guest) on 07/01/2009 7:15 am

Really? Everyone just skips Botropolis? That's the best, and it was first.

Botropolis -> inspired
High Riser -> serviceable, but special bots need special names
Skyline -> very good
Downtown -> great but unimpressive sounding
Skyscrape -> no but close

SKY SCRAPPER! eh? eh?

Apex Rex? Obleisk Supreme? Monolithicus?
These are mine, and the kinds of names my favourite transformers had. Whattaya think?



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cepter_doom (Guest) on 07/01/2009 8:24 am

It might be a bit too timely of a name, but how about Bailout? :)



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paulunga on 07/01/2009 8:51 am

OPTIMUS PRIME!



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Grindhouse (Guest) on 07/01/2009 1:47 pm

Office-amus Prime



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ColdFusion (Guest) on 07/01/2009 6:20 pm

Hmmm.. a skyscraper.. call him Stratosphere, I say.

Yeah I remember agreeing with the kid. Buildings are dumb.. blocky transformers are out, alien insects are in! I saw this as him inspiring Beast Wars, cuz I didn't know about the insecticons at the time..
but really, he said ALIEN bug (or was it 'prehistoric' bug?) ... so that predicts the movie designs :D

... which it sounds like you don't like.. but I love me some organic looking robots.. and I dislike me some blocky ones..

... so yeah. Stratosphere. :D



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Riot.EXE on 07/02/2009 5:42 pm


http://www.i-mockery.com/forum/showthread.php?t=69702545

1:55 is where you want to go. I am not kidding.



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DanniDoom (Guest) on 07/02/2009 11:42 pm

I just have to say I am appalled...as a mommy of a 10 month old beautiful baby girl, I can't believe you made that comment that child should have been aborted if they didn't like the building robot...that's just horrible....

JUST KIDDING (about being appalled I really do have a



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DanniDoom (Guest) on 07/02/2009 11:45 pm

oh...my computer just went crazy on me anyhow, repost

I just have to say I am appalled...as a mommy of a 10 month old beautiful baby girl, I can't believe you made that comment that child should have been aborted if they didn't like the building robot...that's just horrible....

JUST KIDDING (about being appalled I really do have a 10 month old) I think buildatrons would be awesome in my opinion. Flashy eyes, large size.....Christ, take it from my kid any day!!!!

wait....
I mean, I'd teach her to share with her mommy, because sharing is a life skill.......yep



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Ronnjhy (Guest) on 08/21/2011 4:56 pm

I still love that film but I have to disagree with you about the transformer. Not my idea of fun a square building with eyes.



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Tim (Guest) on 11/16/2011 11:20 am

What's with the 'robogeisha'? LOL



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James (Guest) on 01/02/2012 4:04 pm

I'm going to say "Trumpasaurus". That's literally all I could think of. :-(



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