1:45 PM: In a live webcast, Transformers scriptwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman revealed the names of the characters to be used in the feature film.


  • Optimus Prime
  • Bumblebee
  • Jazz
  • Ratchet
  • Ironhide


  • Megatron
  • Starscream
  • Brawl
  • Barricade
  • Bonecrusher
  • Scorponok
  • Frenzy
  • Blackout

5:45 PM UPDATE: TFW2005 has a roundup of info from the chat, including descriptions of the characters.

Four new images from the movie set have surfaced on FLIKR. We’re going to mirror those images in the (likely) event they disappear.
The first 2 are a close-up of Optimus Prime’s grill, and a group shot of the four of the autobots. You’ll recognize the black pickup as Ironhide, the yellow Camaro is Bumblebee, Optimus Prime is the semi, and the hummer/ambulance is Ratchet. Not pictured is Jazz, who has yet to be spotted on film or discussed in set reports.

primegrill.jpg autobotsgroup.jpg

The second two images are major spoilers you can see them after the jump. You will see a final robot design and find out a major plot point by clicking ahead.

UPDATE: We now have posted some of the toy prototypes and some concept images after the jump. Same spoiler rules apply.

You’ve been warned. Now lets go!

One last chance to turn back now.

Alright, here we go.
bumblebeerobot.jpgThis is Bumblebee. We’ve seen him before, but on his back and not a very good shot. While this is a very small picture, its easy to see he’s unlike any Transformer in the series 22 year history. As you can see, he’s very big but the writers maintain he’s the runt of the Autobots, so the mass of the rest of the team is probably staggering. Its hard to see his face, though its very likely that they’ll be animating his face even when they use the model for shooting, so I wouldn’t worry about that.

frozenmegatron.jpgThis is Megatron. Or at least part of him. Megatron is found frozen in in the arctic early in the movie, so they constructed his lower half with the ice covering him. His upper torso will be rendered in CG, and you can spot the cardboard head hovering above the model for actors to reference for scenes. Theres very little in the way of detail here, but being as this is one of the few actual Transformer parts constructed, its worth showing.

10:50 PM UPDATE:
Kickback from TFW2005 has posted several prototypes and concepts from the movie. As before, I mirror them here.
From left to right: Optimus Prime, Blackout, Blackout (toy), Starscream (toy), and Scorponok (toy)