Check out the still frames above to see some fun creature-based Decepticons the likes of which we haven’t seen before. This is definitely an premutation of the TF Movie trend of ‘monsterizing’ the Decepticons to further solidify their places as the villains of the story. But here we have some really unique things going on. The monstrous Decepticons are just their regular form, much like Ravage or Ratbat from the Generation 1 series. They still change into vehicles like submarines and cars! This is great! Anthropomorphic Decepticons! My personal favorite is Thunderhoof who just looks like a stoic and cunny adversary that may end up the right-hand man of series villain Steeljaw.
I’ve heard some static about the Decepticons in this series, but I am loving them for a few reasons:
- They all seem to be brand new characters. I don’t see a Megatron, Starscream, or Soundwave anywhere! Yay for new blood!
- They still look like Decepticons. The color schemes, their general aesthetic, and their demeanor all point right to the side of darkness that we’ve all come to love.
- There are TONS of them! It definitely seems like the cartoon is reverting back to the ‘monster of the week’ type of story-telling but it has worked in the past. Here’s hoping for tons of toy versions of these guys.
So yeah, that’s it. Can’t wait to see more of these Decepticons in action. End of story.