I have lots of friends now who are way into Transformers; there have been lots of "SQUEEE!" noises coming from my friends list about the prospect of a new live-action Transformers movie. While I'm glad they're so happy, I have to admit that I'm puzzled at the intensity of the reaction.
I mean yeah, I thought it was neat that Inspector Gadget got a movie, but it was hardly worth bouncing off the walls for.
The only common item I can see is that the friends in question all seem to be 3 - 5 years younger than I am, which would put them as being 8 - 11 years old when those shows were on. 8 - 11 was Empire Strikes Back age for me, and I certainly continue to get enjoyment out of the good parts of the Star Wars saga. Maybe by the time Transformers was on, I'd passed the point where it could be magic for me? Of course, these days I'm pretty jaded ... you could tell me a big budget Speed Racer movie was in the works and I'd respond with, "Neat, I hope it doesn't suck."
And why Transformers particularly? If you like giant robots, why not Macross/Robotech? If you like '80s cartoons, why not Thundercats? Look as I may, I just can't see anything in Transformers worthy of more than, well, being mildly entertained.
Oh well. :) My friends are nuts, I guess. But who cares? As long as they're having fun! :)