Transformers: Age of Extinction made an ungodly amount of money this weekend, so I think it’s safe to say we’ll see more of those pesky transforming robots in the future. Hell, Michael Bay will probably still be churning them out from the front porch of his retirement home in 2064. (Unless we have real Transformers by then, in which case he’ll probably be married to one of them. The wedding will have a $20 million pyrotechnics budget.) So since we’re in this for the long haul, those of us who have zero interest in the franchise might as well try to find a silver lining. And if that silver lining happens to be the chrome finish on a robot dinosaur, so much the better. We loves us some concept art here at GFR, so we’re going to snatch victory from the jaws of disinterest by sharing some rather badass Age of Extinction concept art, including tons of early designs for the dinobots.
The concept art was shared by artist Wesley Burt on his Facebook page, and it includes tons of looks at Extinction’s key selling point: the Dinobots. His page also has early sketches for some of the film’s action sequences, including this lovely moment of Bumblebee punching another robot’s head clean off.
The movie’s final design for the Dinobot leader Grimlock has always read more “dragon” than “T-rex” to me, so it’s interesting to see this early piece of art, which has much more of a traditional T-rex look to it.
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You can check out the rest below, and see even more on Burt’s Facebook page. In addition to the Dinobot stuff, he’s got early design work for other Extinction characters such as Hound, Lockdown, Crosshairs, and Drift.