Autobot, roll out!

This Christmas, the latest Transformers movie – Bumblebee – thunders into ODEON cinemas. As the title suggests, the film focuses on our favourite rusty yellow Volkswagen Beetle, but there are plenty of other Autobots – and Decepticons – appearing too. Here’s who to look out for...

 

Bumblebee

Before the official trailer dropped, the only Transformer we definitely knew would be starring in the sixth film of the franchise was, well, Bumblebee.

The loveable yellow-and-black Autobot gets his own origin story, taking the action back to the 1980s and, in an exciting move for hardcore fans, his design back to the first generation. Instead of the Chevrolet featured in the Michael Bay explosothons, BB here changes into a Volkswagen Beetle who falls into the hands of soon-to-be bestie Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld). 

 

Optimus Prime

Although the original Transformers movie tells us Optimus Prime doesn’t arrive on Earth until the year 2007, the courageous leader of the Autobots appears in the new movie in scenes on his home planet of Cybertron and as a hologram to deliver a mission to Bumblebee.

Voiced again by Peter Cullen (who played him in the 1980s cartoon), Prime’s Generation-1 design will most likely see him transforming into a Freightliner FL86 cab-over semi-truck – and thankfully not the fire engine that came later. That was significantly less awesome.

 


Dropkick and Shatter

Director Travis Knight called these guys the “two main villains” of the film. The nicely named Dropkick (voiced by Justin Theroux) is a triple changer who can transform into both a Bell AH-1 SuperCobra attack helicopter and a blue AMC Javelin muscle car.

Shatter (Angela Bassett), also a triple-changer, can masquerade as either a red Plymouth Satellite or a Harrier Jump Jet. The ability to change into multiple objects helps keep the Decepticon duo hot on our friend Bumblebee’s tail.


Blitzwing and Barricade


Two more of the Decepticons that will go up against Bumblebee, Blitzwing is a seeker and Barricade a scout. Another triple-changer, Blitzwing transforms into a red and white McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II fighter jet and also a tank.

Barricade ironically changes into a police car. Really not a fan of the “foul Autobots”, he was the first to go up against Sam and Mikaela in the original movie.

 


Soundwave and Ravage

This pair are particularly cool for vintage Transformer fans. Not only are they in their 80s Generation-1 form, but that form happens to be VERY 80s indeed. Soundwave is the Decepticons’ communications officer and transforms into a cassette player!

And, get this: he opens his chest chamber to house Decepticons that change into mini-cassettes – including Ravage, who can also become a robot panther. Add to these guys the many metallic glimpses of other Decepticons in the trailer, and our yellow-and-black mecha superhero is going to need to sting hard…

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