Michael Bay’s Transformers movies are just ridiculously popular, despite the fact that critics have savaged every single one, from the very first all the way through this summer’s Age of Extinction, and will probably continue this trend. I also don’t know anyone who actually likes them, despite the fact that they routinely earn north of a billion dollars at the worldwide box office. This is a movie franchise based on a series of toys from the 1980s, so expectations may be somewhat skewed, and this new video shows off a whole different side of the toy angle.
Probably my biggest issue with the movies, personally speaking, is that I’ve never liked the character design and the illogical way they Transformers actually transform (and yes, I do realize I’m talking about the logic and reason of cars that turn into giant robots, that irony is not lost). To be honest, that was always a problem I had with the cartoon when I was a kid, so this is nothing new. At least the toys made a modicum of sense, but this video that summarizes the action of the films, uses entirely different toys and has entirely different results.
KRE-O is essentially Hasbro’s version of LEGO, and as their biggest property is Transformers, the fact that the two have been combined should surprise absolutely no one. The movies are basically big ass toy commercials (Hasbro insisted that the new movie feature new characters so they could sell more toys), and this follows suit, though in a way more adorable fashion.
As imagined through the KRE-O lens, this has way more in common with the Transformers cartoon and animated movie from the 80s. Tonally this feels like an artifact from a bygone era, and the kicking rock jam that plays over the top has a lot to do with that fact. There’s a sense of fun and joy to this that is absent in Bay’s movies, which are overly serious to the point where you think they must be joking, but they’re not.
After Age of Extinction, the biggest movie of the year worldwide (Guardians of the Galaxy holds that spot domestically, though is well shy globally), it will be interesting to see where the franchise goes if Bay does in fact hand over the directing reins as he has indicated. He’ll still produce, so his fingerprints will be all over it, and as we saw back in August with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, he is still very much a presence, even in a more removed, further behind the scenes role.