Transformers 4 Will Feature a Brand New Cast of Robots Too

Earlier this year we learned that Michael Bay would be returning to direct a fourth Transformers movie and that it would be a partial reboot featuring a whole new cast of human characters. This news seemed logical considering that no one really cared about the humans in these movies in the first place (and Shia LaBeouf has also made some bold comments about being “done” with big budget studio films altogether). Now this week we have an update on Transformers 4 courtesy of Hasbro, and it sounds like the human characters won’t be the only ones getting replaced. The movie is expected to have a brand new line-up of robots as well.

The news originated from the UBS Best Of Americas 2012 Conference, where Hasbro President and CEO Brian Goldner spoke to investors about the future of their various properties. He revealed that although Transformers: Dark of the Moon was a financial success (it made $1.1 billion worldwide), the resulting toy sales didn’t meet expectations. This is why Transformers 4 will focus on a new cast of robots in the hopes of reinventing the brand. I guess The Twins weren’t a hit with the kiddies after all?

This all kind of makes sense, when you think about it. Back in the ’80s, the Transformers cartoon was constantly introducing new characters in order to sell more toys, and the animated feature film Transformers: The Movie wiped out a ton of old characters in order to make room for a completely new line-up. I can only imagine they’ll try something similar here, although it’s hard to imagine Optimus Prime not returning in some form. Will The Matrix of Leadership get passed down to someone else? Will we get an appearance from Rodimus Prime? The temporary logo for the film can be seen below. Are you looking forward to Transformers 4?

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  • patrik

    Transformers in bringing in new robots to sell more toys shocker..

  • Henrik

    Hey, if they use Rodimus Prime and incorporate “Dare”, I’ll probably be pretty happy.

    The first three transformers movies went from bad to better to better, so I have faith that this 4th one will be better yet. Of course, this has nothing to do with storytelling and the likes, but effects get better over the years, and as long as this series represents cutting edge visual effects, I will support it (in spirit).

  • Aside from Prime, Bumblebee, and a couple of others, would anyone even really NOTICE if all the robots got switched out? Most of them didn’t really have anything going on personality-wise, and most of the more memorable Transformers were the gimmicky ones that were pretty much one-offs in whichever of the films they were in anyway. I couldn’t tell you which ones were in all three films aside from the ones EVERYONE knows, and they only got that much more indistinguishable when they were fighting each other in robot form.