Blog #766: Transformers Artifact of Week: Transformers: The Movie 35mm Film Trailer

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Transformers Artifact of Week: Transformers: The Movie 35mm Film Trailer

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Picked this up on ebay for only $15 plus shipping.  It’s a 35mm Movie Theater film trailer for Transformers: The Movie.  I have nothing to play it on and I didn’t want to chance unrolling it, but based on what I can see from the inner most frames, it appears to be this trailer, but missing the first 25 seconds:

I say that is missing 25 seconds because the end on the inside of the coil starts at about 25 seconds.  This also explains something I found initially puzzling.

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As you can see “#2” has been written on the label.  I initially assumed this meant that it was trailer #2, but if it is indeed the above trailer, then it would have to be the first one, as it shows Ultra Magnus in his original Diaclone colors scheme.  I believe that he would have only appeared in those colors in the first trailer, but I was unable to find confirmation of that anywhere.  I looked at a bunch of trailers on YouTube, and this is the only one that resembles the film I pulled out of the coil and looked at.  So, since it does appear to be missing the first 25 seconds, I am assuming that there was a second piece of this film, and that is why it has the “#2”.  There are pieces of yellow tape on both sides of the end inside the coil, so it was clearly taped to a second piece.  That may mean the trailer was in two pieces and put together, though with it being so short that doesn’t make a lot of sense.  I really don’t know much about this stuff, so I’m making a lot of guesses that might mean nothing.  There is one additional odd thing though.

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It carries the approval of the Alberta Board of Censors and is dated July 17, 1986.  I find it odd that the first trailer was approved in July for a movie coming out in August.  There is probably some technical reason for this, but I found it very odd.

I am searching for a projector that will play this so I can confirm it is the trailer I think it is, but it is unlikely I will find one.  If I do I will update this.

As always, you can find over 9000 Transformers merchandise items and collectibles at TFMuseum.com.  I have not done an update to the site in a while.  Hopefully I will be doing a major update this winter with more than 1200 more items including a huge number of Age of Extinction items.

Thanks for reading!

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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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