A piece of Transformers history is up for sale, as the truck that stood in for Optimus Prime in 2018’s Bumblebee can now be had for a pretty reasonable price. Bumblebee served as something of a soft reboot for the live-action Transformers franchise, which launched in 2007 under director Michael Bay. The films were long, loud, and hugely successful at the box office until the ill-fated fifth installment, Transformers: The Last Knight.
Bumblebee featured very few other Transformers, with the titular Autoboots scout taking on a pair of Deception’s in the 1980s on Earth. Near the end of the film, after bidding farewell to his human friend Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld), Bumblebee transforms into his Camaro mode made famous by the Bay movies and pulls up to a truck on the Golden Gate Bridge that looks quite a bit like Optimus Prime
That truck can now belong to one lucky fan with several thousand dollars to spare; per Seibertron.com, the 1987 Freightliner is up for sale on Facebook Marketplace. The seller notes there’s some cosmetic damage that needs repair but, otherwise, it’s a fully functional, running semi-truck. The truck is listed for sale at $21,600; that may seem like a lot for the biggest non-transforming action figure ever, but it’s a pretty decent price for a truck
This might also offer a bit of a hint at the direction the next film will go. If the truck is being sold, that’s a pretty solid indication that iteration of Optimus Prime won’t be seen in the movies again, which tracks with what we already know; the next film in the franchise is said to take place several years after Bumblebee, so it stands to reason Optimus may have updated to a more modern look.
There’s still plenty we don’t know about where the Transformers film franchise goes from here. It will apparently not include a straight reboot, as Paramount sees Bumblebee as a success worth building on. It may include some aspect of Beast Wars, the epic time travel 90s iteration of the franchise that’s so beloved by Transformers fans. Even though Bumblebee was a giant step in the right direction, the franchise still needs a boost after a decade of enduring critical drubbings for the Bay films. That new direction seemingly won’t include Optimus Prime’s 1980s semi-truck form, which will hopefully go to some rich, dedicated Transformers fan out there.
“This One Is For Nigeria” – Nigerian Wrestler Sesugh Uhaa(Apollo Crew) Wins WWE Title
A Nigerian-American wrestler has made the country proud in faraway America. WWE wrestler, Sesugh Uhaa also known as Apollo Crews has emerged the WWE Intercontinental Champion.
Apollo Crews, who defeated his opponent, the Big E at the just concluded WrestleMania, dedicated his new title to Nigeria, stressing that his “ancestors will now rejoice”. In an interview shortly after the match, the 33-year-old wrestler whose parents hailed from Benue State, said he was proud to have defeated his opponent as earlier promised.
“It doesn’t matter how it happened, what matters is that Apollo crews did what he said he was going to do and that is win. “The I beat Big E in his hometown in front of his family and everybody. “The best thing about it is that my ancestors can rejoice, and my family can dance. “I made them proud and now I am the intercontinental champion, this one is for Nigeria,” he said.
The 2020 WrestleMania was the 37th annual WrestleMania professional wrestling produced by WWE for their Raw and SmackDown brand divisions. It took place as a two-night event on April 10 and 11, 2021, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
SA Rapper AKA’s Fiancée Nelli Tembe Dies After Jumping Off 10th Floor of Hotel Building
Nelli Tembe, the fiancée of popular South African hip hop artist, AKA, has died after she reportedly jumped out from the tenth floor of a hotel.
The incident occurred on Sunday, April 11, 2021, at the Pepperclub Hotel in Central Cape Town.
Western Cape SA Police spokesperson, Captain Fredierick van Wyk said crime-scene experts were looking for clues at the hotel.
Cape Town Central police are investigating an inquest case after an incident at a hotel this morning at about 7.45 am on the corners of Loop and Bloem streets, Cape Town CBD, where the body of a 22-year-old woman was found deceased,” he said in a statement.
Witnesses at the scene described hearing shouting and a “loud doof” sound and said they had heard a man calling security and crying.
“Paramedics on the scene have said a female had allegedly jumped from the 10th floor of that building. When paramedics arrived on the scene, she had sustained polytraumatic injuries,” Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said.
She was in a critical condition and they started a full life-support resuscitation. Unfortunately, her injuries were too severe and she was declared deceased,” he added.
The music star took to his Instagram and Twitter, where he announced their engagement.
Nollywood veteran actor Bruno Iwuoha dies
Veteran Nollywood actor, Chief Bruno Obinna Iwuoha, has passed away after many months of battle with diabetes and glaucoma.
Iwuoha’s close associate and filmmaker, Derik Zai confirmed the ‘Sin of the Flesh’ actor’s death on Saturday morning.
According to multiple reports, the AMA awards recipient had been in coma at the National Hospital, Abuja for about three weeks.
He passed away on Saturday, April 10.
The late Iwuoha featured in several movies including Magic Cap, Occultic Battle, Fire on the Mountain 2, Royal Promise and The Cross of Love, among many others.