Arguably Transformers: Dark of the Moon is this summer’s most anticipated film – showing up as number 7 on our list of 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2011. Early reviews say the film is better than the first two with even director Michael Bay saying the third installment is the best of the series – take that for what it’s worth though. With the exception of the only non-robot clip released, all of the footage and trailers so far certainly give Transformers fans hope that Dark of the Moon will be a stellar film.

Just as they did with the previous two Transformers films, Hasbro is releasing a brand new line of toys associated with Transformers: Dark of the Moon – which they will showcase at this year’s Bot Con in Pasadena, California. For those fans who can’t swing a trip across the country to attend, Hasbro has graciously posted some preview images of the new toy lines on their official Facebook page. There are four specific toy lines with all new robot toys – MechTech, Robo Power, Cyberverse and MechTech Human Alliance – each having their own unique look.

Official toy lines for movies can at times give fans a first glimpse at specific characters – and some insight on the film they are promoting. Cobra Commander’s mask from G.I. Joe and the Mark V and Mark VI armor suits from Iron Man 2 were all confirmed through toys well before any official images were released from the studios – could the same be true for this new line of official toy images for Transformers: Dark of the Moon?

Take a look below see the potential new characters from Transformers: Dark of the Moon and then check out all of the new toys afterwards in our gallery.

The Twins – Skids and Mudflap

Skids

Mudflap

Let’s just get this out of the way now and not dwell on it too much. Michael Bay has explicitly said the two controversial robot twins from Transformers 2 will NOT be in the this film. He even went so far as to offer a $25,000 “bounty” to anyone that can find them in the film! While the robots may or may not be show up in the movie, as you can see from the images above, they certainly have a presence in the new toy line.

Just because a robot has a toy associated with the the new film though doesn’t mean it will be seen on screen – although two cars looking an awful lot like the official Skids and Mudflap toys were seen on set this past summer during filming.

That said, no one is calling Bay a liar. It’s possible the twin bots were originally in the movie – but then cut from the final film – which happens quite frequently during the editing process. Moving on…

Continue on to see images of Skyhammer, Powerglide, Shockwave and Sentinel Prime…

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