With the ambush against Ratchet at the hands of Lockdown early in Transformers: Age of Extinction, another member of the original Autobots introduced in Michael Bay’s first Transformers movie had been killed off. Jazz died in the first movie and Ironhide had been betrayed and killed in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, leaving only Optimus Prime and Bumblebee left from the first team alongside newer characters introduced in 2014’s fourth installment.
Thanks to our visit to the set for the fifth movie, Transformers: The Last Knight, a few days ago we’ve been able to confirm much of the returning roster (more on that soon!) and as it turns out, all the main Cybertronian heroes from the last movie are back. Michael Bay’s daily release of character imagery – alongside a few new faces – is now giving us our first look at the updated Autobot roster as it stands in 2017.
Hot Rod finally joins the fray in next year’s Transformers 5 alongside fellow Autobot newcomer Sqweeks – and returning characters include franchise poster bots Bumblebee and Optimus, and Age of Extinction characters Drift and Crosshairs. Where Crosshairs, the team’s marksman, looks almost identical to his first appearance and Drift, the team’s swordsman, gets a new color scheme and car mode (switching from a blue Bugatti to a red Mercedes-AMG GT R), the third supporting TF4 character returning keeps the same body and style, with a switch in role. Hound (voice by John Goodman), unapologetically embracing the heavy duty army soldier archetype, is back and now takes up the role of team medic – filling in the void left behind by Ratchet.
Where Ratchet was armed with relatively few weapons in the Transformers movies, Hound lives for battle as a commando and is practically built from heavy armaments. Like Drift and Crosshairs, the design of Hound doesn’t mesh with the designs of the Autobots from the earlier movies and instead looks more humanoid with human-esque quirks. He has a beard and smokes a shell like a cigar (conversely, Drift dresses up like a Samurai and Crosshairs has a trench coat and ‘toothpick’ in his mouth).
To compare this new Transformers 5 first look image to Hound’s debut design in 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, below is promo art from that film and a photo of his alt mode. Hound appears largely the same sans the medic red crosses.
Do you dig the more human-esque designs or prefer the more alien and robotic forms of the earlier movies? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Transformers: The Last Knight opens in U.S. theaters on June 23, 2017, followed by the Bumblebee spin-off on June 8, 2018, and Transformers 6 on June 28, 2019.
Source: Paramount Pictures
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