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New Transformers toys
The relationship between the Transformers stories and the Hasbro toyline is ancient history. Without the toys, we’d have never heard of Optimus Prime or any of his shapeshifting robot cohorts, and without the cartoon, kids wouldn’t have needed to collect every single one. With the fifth live-action movie, Transformers: The Last Knight, hitting screens June 21, here’s a look at some of the new characters and the playthings they’ve inspired.
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Here we have Cogman, who in the Michael Bay film is the human-sized mechanism who serves as a kind of butler/bounty hunter for Anthony Hopkins, an astronomer and historian who possesses knowledge of the Transformers that dates back to medieval times and the era of King Arthur.
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“For those who know what Headmasters are, he’s a headmaster,” Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner tells EW. “Those are robots who become the control mechanism, taking over another robot’s sentience.”
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When he’s not serving Sir Edmund Burton in humanoid-form, Cogman’s vehicle mode is an Aston Martin, switching from robot to car in 16 steps. (All of the toys in this gallery retail for $19.99.)
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Another ally of Hopkins’ character is Hot Rod, an update (and upgrade) on the robot from 1986’s animated Transformers movie. This time, he’s the covert protector of Viviane Wembly (Laura Haddock.) Something embedded within her is key to saving the world this time.
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“He’s got an important role in the movie and he’s also got a funny way because he really likes the role of a foreign, debonair style,” Goldner says. Expect a cosmopolitan demeanor and European accent (most likely French) from the character – although this toy doesn’t do any talking.
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While Hot Rod takes on a few different forms in the movie, the vehicle mode for this toy is a Lamborghini Centenario, which it switches to in 14 steps.
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Behold Megatron, longtime foe of both the Autobots and humanity. You’ve seen him before, but he’s ‘roided out in The Last Knight. (Droided out?)
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The robot mode of the villain has his familiar snarl, along with a type of medieval helmet framing the face. But the toy is much more colorful and sleek than the mechanical mountain in the film.
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The vehicle mode for this toy is a stealth bomber. “People love that idea of the reveal,” Goldner says of the film. “Who are they and how are they going around in broad daylight without being discovered?”
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Finally, meet Skullitron – whose name says it all. There hasn’t been a clean still of him released yet, but he appears to be one of the brawlers surrounding Optimus Prime in this scene from the trailer. (Smart money is on the hulk in the background.)
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You can see the shoulder armor looks similar to the silhouette in that earlier frame. Skullitron is a new character, and his bashed-in face is proof he’s seen a share of violence over the years. He’s actually a knight whose presence on earth dates back more than a thousand years.
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Skullitron doesn’t shapeshift into a car or aircraft – he takes the form of a mechanical beast. “Where do you think those dragons came from back in the middle ages?” Goldner says. “They didn’t just disappear. They were foreign visitors, perhaps.”