Ever since we first saw the Dinobots in the Superbowl teaser for Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, there have been two questions on our mind: how many are there and what do they look like transformed? Well at the 2014 International Toy Fair in New York City, we finally got a chance to look upon these Dinobots in all their toy-form glory. So lets finally get a proper introduction to the biggest addition to the Transformers universe and meet the full cast of Dinobots.
First up is Grimlock, the leader of the Dinobots. You might know him as that giant T-Rex Optimus Prime was ridding in the teaser trailer/fighting with in the official trailer. If he was that large in beast form, imagine him fully transformed.
Luckily we don’t have to imagine anymore. As you can see above, Grimlock’s robot form is incredibly imposing and primal looking. He really sets the stage for the robot forms of the other dinobots. As you go through them you’ll see each has a very primeval look to them even in robot form.
I originally thought this twin-headed Pterodactyl was a re-imagining of Swoop – the Pterodactyl member of the original Dinobots – but is actually a complete remake of the Autobot Strafe. From plane to twin-headed flying terror, Strafe is personally my favorite of the Dinobots in this film, and the last trailer-confirmed Dinobot to appear in the movie.
Although we haven’t seen him in any trailers yet, Slug – or rather Slag as he is sometimes known – was one of the original members of the Dinobots. Of the three new revealed Dinobots, Slug has the most chance of being in this film. Between his name and Triceratops form, Slug remains true to his original 1984 design.
If Slug is actually in the film, it will be interesting to see if Michael Bay also kept his original personality as well. If the Dinobots are known for being violent and destructive, Slug is their poster child. Between his ridiculously short temper and affinity for fighting dirty, it’s a wonder he’s not a Decepticon.
Whereas Scorn was never one of the original Dinobots, he’s certainly a unique addition to the team as a Spinosaurus. With it being larger, lighter, and faster than a Tyrannosaurus, Spinosaurus was in many ways superior to it late Cretaceous cousin. Whether or not Scorn will be superior to Grimlock, is doubtful.
Whatever their beast forms are based upon, Grimlock is the undisputed leader of the Dinobots. And before you think Scorn is a Decepticon counterpart, he’s an Autobot – as you can see by the insignia on his chest.
The final Dinobot toy that was revealed at the Toy Fair was a Velociraptor-based transformer named Slash. He might not seem that special at first, but any fans of Transformers: Beast Wars will recognize him as THE Dinobot. In the mid 90s, Beast Wars was a popular alternative to transformers where all the transformers took animal form rather than vehicle. Dinobot was a Maximal (Autobot) who was rebranded as a Predicon (Decepticon), but eventually returned to his Maximal roots.
Unlike the last velociraptor-based transformer, Slash is covered in what appear to be blade-like appendages. In actuality these are feathers to reflect the new concept of what Velociraptors looked like.
There may still be one or two more Dinobots revealed. Of the original team, we are still missing Sludge – a Brontosaurus-based transformer. Another thing to take into consideration was that the original Dinobots could fuse much like how Devastator did in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Whatever the case, between the movie footage we’ve seen already and these new toys, this movie keeps looking better and better.