Blog #350: Transformers Artifact of the Week: Dark of the Moon Film Canister

I realize that I should probably rename this, “Transformers Artifact of Whenever I Get Around to Posting One.”  I will try to do these more regularly, but no promises.

Transformers Dark of the Moon Film Canister


All I know about this item I got from the auction description:  “It was used to hold part of the authentic film during transport to the film lab.”

I found a few others of these on ebay, all making essentially the same claims, that the cans were used to transport film from the set to the lab for processing.  The white label dates it September 15, 2010.  According to Wikipedia, filming was going in Florida in September of 2010 on Dark of the Moon, so the date works.

Also lending credibility is some thick hardened tape residue on the sides of the can.  Obviously with the money involved in making movies, the film is very valuable.  I’m sure they would tape the cans shut to prevent accidental exposure during transport to the lab.

The color label is folded at the corner, which would make sense if you would peel it off to reuse the can later.

So, it certainly seems reel…err…real. 🙂  I would love to know hear from anyone who knows more about this or about what the numbers mean.

Thanks for reading!

About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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