Online Petition Calling For “Bumblebee” Star Hailee Steinfeld To Be Digitally Inserted Into All Prior “Transformer” Cartoons

Hailee Steinfeld - Transformers
Transformers and Hailee Steinfeld enthusiast Corbin Spencer has been pushing the concept of putting the two together for years as evidenced by some of his early personal concept art.

Wichita Falls, TX- A self-proclaimed “somewhat ‘Transformers’ fan but mega-huge ‘Haiz’ fan” has started an online petition to have actress-singer Hailee Steinfeld, who recently starred in the critically-acclaimed “Transformers” prequel “Bumblebee,” digitally inserted into every episode of the original 1980s “Transformers” cartoon, as well as all other animated “Transformers” media.

Corbin Spencer said he grew up watching the show, based on toys created by Hasbro and which aired from 1984 to 1987. He said he was very disappointed with the first few live-action “Transformers” movies, but his faith has been restored since the franchise cast his favorite actress as the lead in the most recent film. “The character she plays, Charlie Watson, is so much better than every other human character in the cartoons,” he said.

Hailee Steinfeld -Transformers
Corbin Spencer suspects this piece of his art from years ago may have inspired the recent Bumblebee movie.

In fact, he has been a huge fan of Steinfeld for years, and this is not the first petition he has started along similar lines. “I tried to get the same thing done to the original ‘True Grit’ after that came out,” Spencer said. “Put her in the movie over the original actress (Kim Darby), spruce that version up some. But some blowhard from the Estate of John Wayne or somebody put the kibosh on that. Whatever.”

Spencer said he has no clue the cost involved or the technology necessary in putting Steinfeld into 35 year-old cartoons, but he isn’t too concerned. “We’re putting men on the moon now and cloning sheep.” he said. “We have holograms of dead musicians performing live concerts. You’re gonna tell me there isn’t some egghead scientist somewhere can digitally splice this country’s greatest young actress into some cartoons? Get the hell out of here!”

As of this posting, the petition had more than 874,000 signatures. Hasbro has not yet commented publicly about the petition.

Spencer admitted he was only initially intent on putting Steinfeld into the cartoons, but he could conceivably see the Oscar and Golden Globe nominated actress digitally inserted into the earlier “Transformers” films too. “I mean, let’s be honest, who in their right mind would miss Shia LaBeouf? I sure as hell wouldn’t. Good riddance.”

Hailee Steinfeld -Transformers
Corbin Spencer says he as been taking Photoshop classes at the local community college for the sole purpose of better presenting his vision of creating more Hailee Stenifeld/Transformers content including retroactively.

“I Try Mainly To Be Influenced By Kids In General:” A TDQ Q&A With 80stees.com Founder Kevin Stecko

80sTees.com - He-Man Shirts

Do they have He-Man shirts at 80’sTees.com you ask? By the power of Greyskull they do! “I have the power!!!”

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with Kevin Stecko, the founder of 80stees.com. Kevin spoke to us about how he got into the t-shirt business, the difficulty in getting some 80s t-shirts made (like one with that Tom Cruise cat or one we’d love to see, a “Great Space Coaster” t-shirt) and how John Hughes has impacted his company. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Kevin Stecko:

The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about The Daily Quarterly?

Kevin Stecko: Back when I was in kindergarten my parents used to get online and read to me from the site.

TDQ: How excited were you that The Daily Quarterly wanted to do an interview with you?

KS: On a scale of 0 to 10, Pi.

TDQ: What was your favorite t-shirt as a kid?

KS: I had a “He-Man” tee that I was very fond of, but as a kid you grow out of things so fast that I had a ton of “favorites.” But the one I am super fond of because I got a lot of s*** for it is my “Yes we can, Pittsburgh” shirt which featured former Steelers quarterback Bubby Brister. It came out in 1989 and I was a huge fan of Brister’s (which back then, everyone loved to hate him). I wore that shirt in 1991 to gym class of my freshmen year and a kid a year older than me was merciless in making fun of me for it. I wish I could still fit in that tee and still had it.

TDQ: What was your favorite 80s movie?

KS: “Karate Kid” is my favorite movie, no 80s qualification needed.

TDQ: What made you want to get into the t-shirt business?

KS: It happened kind of naturally. I’ve always loved graphic t-shirts and always wanted to run a side business since I was a kid. It was only a side business for a couple years until it got too big to manage part-time.

Liv "Kent" Boeree

We really wish we had remembered Coach Finstock’s advice before we lost out shirt to professional poker player Liv “Kent” Boeree.

TDQ: What’s the best advice you have ever gotten?

KS: Best advice was from “Teen Wolf:”

Coach Finstock: “There are three rules that I live by: never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Now you stick to that, and everything else is cream cheese.”

TDQ: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?

KS: Never let them see you sweat. I took this way too literally and it has precluded me from participating in sports.

TDQ: Who are your influences?

KS: I try mainly to be influenced by kids in general. They can find joy in just about any situation you put them in. A box becomes a house or a spaceship. A stick or a rock become a central piece of an elaborate game.

TDQ: Tell our few readers who haven’t yet discovered your site about 80sTees.com

KS: It’s all the movies, tv show, video games, musicians, and fads you loved as a kid on t-shirts.

TDQ: Tell us about the process of licensing and turning an idea into an actual t-shirt.

KS: It is a very administratively heavy process. First, a license agreement must be negotiated, then artwork must be created, shown to the trademark owners, approved by them, samples created and approved by trademark holders, products created. There’s more to it but that’s the basic version.

80sTees Top Gun Sublimation Shirt

The 80sTees Top Gun Sublimation Shirt is very nice how it is. But wouldn’t it be a little better with some Maverick on it?

TDQ: What t-shirt would  you love to be able to make, but haven’t been able to yet for some reason?

KS: There are a lot of movies that came out in the 80s but were made by studios that aren’t around or that involved actors that won’t allow their faces to be on a t-shirt. For instance, a Top Gun tee with a picture of Tom Cruise.

TDQ: What is the best thing about the 80s? The music? The movies? The cartoons? The lack of cell phones?

KS: That’s like asking what’s the best thing about a Reese’s Cup or a Snickers.  It’s the combination that made it magical.

TDQ: If you could only watch one of these cartoons for the rest of your life, which would it be: “GI Joe,” “Transformers” or “ThunderCats?” 

KS: I can watch any and all of them for the rest of my life, but I’m guessing you mean if I had to only watch one thing and I had only these 3 cartoons to choose from what would I watch?  I’d have to go with “Transformers.”

TDQ: What shirt has been your best seller?

KS: The all-time best seller featured Jake Ryan from “Sixteen Candles.” Let me tell you, the ladies loved Jake Ryan.

TDQ: You’re welcome for our time

KS: Thanks for being my guest!

Check out and buy a few dozen t-shirts at 80stees.com. And be sure to like their Facebook page and follow the company on Twitter.

Ryan Phillippe Slated To Star In Film Version Of “The Greatest American Hero”

Ryan Phillippe: The Greatest American Hero

Phillippe, best known for his role in MacGruber, was the obvious choice to star in Michael Bay's take on The Greatest American Hero.

Los Angeles—Believe it or not, Ryan Phillippe is walking on air. He never thought he could feel so free. The “actor,” who has miraculously appeared in some Hollywood films, but is way more well-known as the lucky bastard who used to be married to Reese Witherspoon, apparently has been cast at Ralph Hinkley in the film version of TV’s “The Greatest American Hero.”

The program, which ran on ABC from 1981 to 1983, originally had William Katt as the titular role of a superhero whom aliens leave a suit with superpowers, but who loses the instruction manual to the suit and hilariously discovers its secrets on his own as he fights crime in California.

Flying away on a wing and a prayer, who could the director be? Believe it or not, it’s reportedly the main reason Phillippe wanted to don the suit: “Transformers” auteur Michael Bay.
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