‘Transformers 4′ Character Images Reveal Dinobots; Michael Bay Talks New Trilogy

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Transformers Age of Extinction Character Images Transformers 4 Character Images Reveal Dinobots; Michael Bay Talks New Trilogy

Coming off an immensely popular trilogy of movies that have made billions of dollars around the world, it’s difficult to say  that Transformers: Age of Extinction is a risky proposition. At the same time, this newest iteration of the series about giant polymorphic robots is starting from a potentially shaky position, having chucked the previous trilogy’s entire cast and redesigned all of its mechanical characters.

As Age of Extinction‘s June 27th debut approaches, we’re getting more and more glimpses at what has been (to this point) a fairly closed production. Not only has Hasbro posted 13 new character images that introduce much of the non-human cast, director Michael Bay (Pain and Gain) has recently spoken about the story and overall direction of the series.

Entertainment Weekly has shared a recent interview with Bay in which he discusses the creative future of the Transformers franchise. Regarding Age of Extinction, Bay says:

“It’s kind of like a new ‘Transformers.’ We had three, the first trilogy, and this is going to be the next one… I’m not necessarily sure that I’m doing [the others], but that’s what it’s meant for.”

Though unrelated to EW‘s article, a number of just-released profile images reveal the extent and overall look of Age of Extinction‘s Transformer characters. Focusing largely on new characters – especially the much-hyped Dinobots – these images can be viewed below:

Though the full view of the updated looks for the classic roster of Dinobots is exciting, perhaps the most interesting reveals lie in the listed Decepticons. Not only do we get a good look at main heavy Galvatron, there’s also a clear view of Lockdown – also known as the mysterious figure in the film’s trailer whose entire head transforms into a cannon.

Bay shed quite a bit of light on Lockdown, stating:

“Lockdown is an interesting character. He travels the galaxy, he works for somebody else. And he’s here for one person, one alien, and then he’s out of here… So he doesn’t really want to take sides. The cause and balance of the galaxy is kind of messed up when different species play with different species. And that opens up a whole other gigantic world for Transformers.”

This is indeed fascinating, as it expands the potential conflict of Age of Extinction beyond the last three films’ Autobot/Decepticon war. Transformers fans will no doubt debate just who Lockdown’s employer is, and whether or not that revelation will provide the lead-in to the already-planned Transformers 5.

For now, you can place our money on the Quintessons, if only because seeing the cackling mechanical sadists realized on the big screen could be both disturbing and exhilarating. If the franchise does indeed move in that direction, it will be interesting to see if it embraces the full space opera weirdness of the larger Transformers canon.

What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Do the Transformers’ new designs hit the right notes? And if Lockdown is indeed the gateway into a larger science fiction universe, do you approve?


Transformers: Age of Extinction will transform and roll out on June 27th, 2014.

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Sources: EW; Coming Soon

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  1. If you look at Lockdown’s face with a certain glance you can see it resembles a Quintesson’s face. Imo it does anyway.

  2. Galvatron should be purple right? Autobot drift looks pretty stupid and Aoutobot Hound has a mechanical beard with a crack pipe sticking out of his mouth? Way to go Michael Bay!

    • Not all Galvatrons are purple in “TF continuity”. Just look up the Wikipedia and save yourself the grief of conversing with “Transfans”.

  3. Slash, Scorn, and Grimlock look too similar and will probably end up being frequently mistaken onscreen by the audience. Drift looks like a pretender. I am not too keen on the Galvatron rumored back story that he was built by humans. Wouldn’t that make him just a mindless robot since he is without a spark? I guess since they destroyed Cybertron, they can’t really introduce Unicron as has having remade Megatron into a herald. Maybe Lockdown is Unicron’s herald sent to retrieve/destroy the matrix.

  4. What I don’t get is how someone can look at the source material and say wow this is cool and then totally go in a different direction. I understand changes have to be made to update the story with the times but to change characters and names it s stupid. The dinobots are Grimlock,Slag,Sludge,Snarl and Swoop it’s that simple.

    • There’s no rule saying they can’t make new Dinobots.

      That’d be like saying they can’t introduce new characters and must only stick with the originals.

    • They didn’t rename them “just because”, they renamed because the only one of those names they still own as a trademark is Grimlock – hence why half of the toys have “Autobot” or “Decepticon” added to the front of the name in press/toy releases. It’s a legal issue and they had no other choice.

      Also there’s the issue that the word Slag has some very different connotations than it did in the ’80s. Just be happy that we have Grimlock still, I’d say it’s a small blessing from two companies (Paramount and Hasbro) that generally don’t give a s***.

  5. Just a wild guess, i’m thinking Lockdown’s ship looks like a hand. Part of a gigantic bot.

  6. all the good movies are on my b-day

  7. come on would you want anybody else but micheal bay directing the TF’s movies im sure not everbody gonna agree with the changes but im sure he’s doing what he thinks is best. I don’t agree with some of the changes but TF’s 1&2 were epic and 3 was legendary. im ready for some more. the dino-bots will rule.

  8. I just like all the Transformers movie,as they are just awesome. Especially Bumblebee and Optimus Prime. They are fantastic.

  9. SPOILER !!!!!!!!!
    I just watched the movie and dinobot slash is not in it

  10. Slash is in the movie…just in the Arctic!

    • Ya but you don’t see him fight or anything

  11. Seems to me like he’ll be working for Unicron. Not the quintison’s as Unicron created Galvatron.

  12. KSI built Galvatron based on Megatron, so some connection to the originals. I think inkeeping with the films the introduction of Unicron is a likelihood as it will have another huge impact on the storyline, danger to humanity and some more special FX. With Prime seemingly leaving is there a chance we could see Rodimus, as a matchup for Galvatron? I think everything will need to come to a head in the 5th instalment to be honest.