With the recent release of Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction it is safe to say that the Dinobots are definitely in and will have a bigger part to play in future installments. So who exactly are the Dinobots and what do they bring to the franchise?
The Dinobots are a Special Forces team of Cybertronian Autobots that fall under the direct command of their leader Grimlock, not to Optimus or any other Prime. Their loyalty to their group is placed before any other Autobot. This means that some Autobots would rather prefer to fight against them rather than alongside them. The Dinobots are extremely powerful and capable of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel level of destruction, especially since they can go Dino Zord and combine with each other in order to create “The Beast”. The Dinobots, much like the Decepticons, are quite powerful in both robot mode and beast mode. They make for great allies against the Decepticons, but they are reluctant to follow orders of anyone other than Grimlock and they do not strive to protect humanity. In other words, if you are order them to destroy enemies they will be keen, but if you ask them to project some people from a Decepticon attack, you might get met with a response like, “ Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
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The Dinobots were created by Rachet and Wheeljack, after Ironhide had found some dinosaur bones near the Ark. They were created with the sole purpose of destroying any enemy that was too strong for an Autobot to handle. The only problem is that, although they serve their purpose well, the Dinobots seem to lack cognitive reasoning. Their constant fighting within the ranks of the Autobots and disobedience led to Optimus demanding that they be deactivated. However, they managed to save Cybertron on the day of their decommission and Optimus decided that they shall remain among the Autobot ranks. Tired of being used as the Autobots secret weapon, the Dinobots decided that they would leave the Autobot group and fight where and when they feel they should. Surprisingly, they have led several successful attacks on the Decepticons without the Autobots even knowing. They work well as a unit, with each Dinobot bringing a bit of personality to the group.
– “Me, Grimlock — BADASS!” Grimlock, the badass
-” Me Slag no like anything.” Slag, the bad boy
– “Sludge no like Predacons. Let’s stomp!” Sludge, the dim one
– “Perfect end to a perfect day. We can’t even die right.” Snarl, the quiet one
– “Him Swoop have legs that go for miiiles.” Swoop, the sensitive one
So what can we look forward to in the new film? My guess is a destruction of catastrophic proportions. Just when you thought that it couldn’t get bigger than Transformers: Dark Side of The Moon, the sequel looks to eclipse its predecessor’s destruction. I can see them destroying threats to the Autobots whilst harbouring their own hidden agendas. I predict “The Beast” losing control or double crossing the Autobots, smashing through buildings in a blind rage that only a team-up between the Autobots and Decepticons will create a chance of defeating them. I guess we will have to wait and see what Michael Bay has planned. But knowing him, the Dinobots will probably come across as a robot version of the Expendables Team!