In order to boost toy sales that went a little languid around Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the next sequel features a whole mess of entirely new robots in disguise, as well as wholly redesigned mechanical aliens like Bumblebee and Optimus. Hasbro's action figure-aisle advantage is also a boon to car manufacturers, too, since it means myriad opportunities for product promotion. This is, after all, the franchise that kicked off with a movie in which a Mountain Dew vending machine, an X Box, and an Escalade all spontaneously turned into Decepticons.
But I digress. With the sequel now in production in Texas, we've been getting a steady stream of images showing the vehicles that are actually Transformers. We've seen the new looks of Optimus and Bumblebee, as well as an Autobot scout known as Hound, a Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Coupe, a zippy little Sonic RS, and, earlier this week, a sleek Pagani Huayra.
And now another giant truck has been revealed as a participant in Trans4mers. The image below debuted at Michael Bay's official site, which described it thusly: "The adventure continues to transform with a very different offering from Daimler Trucks North America . . . the imposing 2014 Argosy cab-over truck by Freightliner."
Bay is back for his fourth go-around on this franchise. The director has gone on record saying that Transformers 4 will "absolutely" be his last entry as director in this series. Bay said the very same thing about Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which he helmed largely to clear his name after Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
"I said that 3 was going to be my last one," Bay explained early this year. "Paramount was letting me do Pain & Gain and the Transformers ride was opening at Universal and it was bittersweet to think of passing it off. I wanted to set it up on a really sure footing and to bring someone else in on that, it would have been overwhelming."
Bay returns, but Shia LaBeouf is sticking by his decision to opt out of the franchise, having fulfilled his contractual obligation on the last movie. Without Sam Witwicky, Bay said,"We’re going to start off smaller. There’s a brand new cast. To freshen the franchise we’ve redesigned everything from top to bottom. The history of the first three movies is still there, we start four years later and there’s a reason why we’re meeting a new cast."
Mark Wahlberg leads the all-new ensemble, with Nicola Peltz as his daughter, Jack Reynor as her race care driver of a boyfriend, and T.J. Miller as a mechanic buddy who will presumably provide comedic relief amidst cacophonous battles. Stanly Tucci, Li Bingbing, Sophia Myles, and Kelsey Grammer also join the Transformers series on this one.
Transformers 4 is scheduled to roll out in theaters on June 27, 2014.