Transformers: Dark of the Moon has invaded the box office - providing one of the coolest eye-candy experiences moviegoers will see all summer. Despite an overlong runtime and some plot-holes, both fans and critics (read our Transformers 3 review) have praised the movie for its exciting and over-the-top final act - which looks especially cool as an IMAX 3D experience.
However, while the visuals excel, the stars of the film - the cybernetic organisms known as "Transformers" - are, with a few exceptions, somewhat under-served and underdeveloped once again. As a result, many fans were left scratching their heads, trying to figure out which bot was which, while speculating on backstories for the more obscure characters.
To combat the confusion, we've put together a list of every credited bot that either returns for Transformers Dark of the Moon or makes their feature film debut - including a brief description and image for each character (retreads such as the Barricade and Brawl clones in the film are not included). Admittedly, with the film still fresh in theaters, images and info for a couple of characters won't be as readily available as others - so we'll be updating this Transformers 3 character guide as new images and details appear online. In addition, we're hard at work on a full guide to every Transformer featured in Michael Bay's robot trilogy (including the Mountain Dew bot) which we'll unveil in the coming days.
In the meantime, check out the guide below - and then head over to our Transformers 3 spoilers post to discuss any character details that might be spoiler-ish for fans who have yet to see the film.
Brains - Autobot
Description: Once a Decepticon drone unit, Brains unexpectedly became sentient and escaped his evil masters - taking refuge with reformed Decepticon Wheelie. Brains hides in plain site as a laptop computer and is extremely loyal to his human friends - not to mention committed to seeing the Decepticons annihilated.
Bumblebee - Autobot
Description: Bumblebee is an Autobot scout and one of Optimus Prime's most trusted allies. What he lacks in strength, he makes up for with determination, bravery and loyalty - gladly giving his life if necessary to protect others and stop the Decepticons. When not transformed as a Chevrolet Camaro, he enters battle with a plasma cannon on his right arm. He lost the ability to speak when his voice processor was damaged during a fight with Megatron - though he still communicates with human allies using various Earth radio frequencies.
Dino - Autobot
Description: Dino is a close quarters-combat Autobot that transforms into red Ferrari 458 Italia. Some fans will notice the character is referred to as Mirage in the Dark of the Moon videogame and other marketing - however, in honor of Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari's son Alfredo aka "Dino" (who died at the age of 24), the character's name was altered for the final movie.
The Dreads: Crankcase, Crowbar, Hatchet - Decepticons
Description: The Dreads are a trio of Decepticons (lead by Crankcase) who transform into black Chevrolet Suburban emergency SUVs. While Crankcase and Crowbar have beastly, albeit humanoid, alternate forms, when not in vehicle form, Hatchet appears as a cybernetic lion. In Dark of the Moon, the trio faces-off against Bumblebee, Ironhide, and Dino in a highway chase.
Check out each of The Dreds in detail below:
The Dreds: Crankcase - Decepticon
The Dreds: Crowbar - Decepticon
The Dreds: Hatchet - Decepticon
Driller - Decepticon
Description: The driller was one of many native Cybertronian creatures, until it was domesticated by Shockwave prior to the destruction of Cybertron. Shockwave now commands the leviathan. Though the bot is never shown in full, appearing mostly as a series of wriggling robotic tentacles, the Driller does appear to have a "head" of sorts - fitted with bladed "teeth" as pictured in the image above.
Igor - Decepticon
Description: First spotted at Megatron's African camp, Igor is a small and disfigured Decepticon bootlicker. Igor's combined portrayals in the Dark of the Moon novelization and early concept art could indicate that the character is actually Long Haul's decapitated head. Unlike similarly-sized peons such as Wheelie and Brains, Igor lacks an alternate form and does not contribute to the overall war in any meaningful capacity - unless you count chewing on various items as a meaningful contribution.
Ironhide - Autobot
Description: Ironhide serves as the Autobot weapons specialist. He is one of Optimus Prime's oldest friends, though they don’t always see eye to eye – with Ironhide at times pushing Autobot collateral damage codes to achieve faster results. Ironhide's vehicle mode is a GMC Topkick and his weapons arsenal consists of machine guns, plasma cannons and a devastating Gatling missile launcher, ensuring he is always the first into battle with the Decepticons.