If you think about it, the Transformers franchise hasn’t done too poorly for something built entirely on top of a toy line that’s nearly four decades old. Sure, the Michael Bay movies are incoherent trash, but 2018’s Bumblebee was a nice bit of nostalgia-fueled fun, and some of the various cartoon series (e.g., Transformers: Robots in Disguise) have been enjoyable enough.
Still, whenever a new Transformers title is announced, a certain part of the nerd-verse is bound to lose their minds. Obviously, there’s something about giant transforming robots that has proven itself to be immortal. Case in point: the recent reveal of Transformers: War For Cybertron, a new trilogy of CG movies coming to Netflix.
The trailer for the first movie, Siege, dropped this weekend and it looks… pretty good. I see some vintage/classic robot designs in there (e.g., Bumblebee) and the animation by Polygon Pictures (Netflix’s go-to studio for CG animation) looks quite apropos for giant robot action. And from the trailer, it looks like the trilogy will be starting off on a grim note as both the Autobots and Decepticons resort to increasingly brutal tactics as the war for their home planet draws to a close. (Polygon has more details.)
No release date has been announced for Siege, but rest assured I’ll be tuning in on day one (along with my inner eleven-year-old).
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