The Transformers film franchise has been around for 10 years now. Let’s take a look at how far it’s come. 

505

The horse power of the Western Star 5700. That’s the imposing truck model of Optimus Prime’s alternate auto mode since 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction. The standard engine fitted to the 5700 is a 14.8L Detroit DD15, capable of between 455 to 505 hp.

 

265

As a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, the ever faithful Bumblebee is a muscle car still capable of a blistering 265 kilometers per hour.

 

3.6

The seconds it takes for the 2017 Mercedes AMG GT R to reach 100 kph. A stunning statement of German engineering, it boasts a distinctive green finish, but for Transformers: The Last Knight, it’s a striking combo of black and red. That’s to match with the eastern flourishes of Drift, a sword-wielding former Decepticon that now fights alongside the Autobots.

 

10th

Transformers takes the honours as the tenth highest grossing film series of all time with $4.4 billion USD in global box office receipts. Its collective budget is $972 million, and at the highest price tag of $217 million, Transformers: The Last Knight is the most ambitious production to date.

 

484

The year of the opening events in Transformers: The Last Knight. King Arthur and his knights are near defeat at the hands of the Saxons. A desperate Merlin enlists the help of a mysterious knight from Cybertron. From this deed, a secret Order of the Witwiccans is formed, sworn to help the Transformers here on Earth. The last remaining member of the order is Sir Edmund Barton, played by Sir Anthony Hopkins.

 

9 MILLION

years (give or take a few centuries), is the age of Optimus Prime, according to the original animated TV series which debuted in 1984, and ran until 1987. We discover this in a time travel episode, where Megatron sends the Aerialbots back in time, encountering Orion Pax, a hardworking bot
who becomes transformed into Optimus Prime.

 

$2,600

That’s about how much it will set you back in Australian dollars to pick up a boxed set of the original Optimus Prime, released by Hasbro in 1984. If you’re not that fussy but still want to recapture your childhood, there are anniversary editions floating around for a lot less.

 

2018

Expect a standalone movie of Bumblebee in June next year. Michael Bay will produce but this time it will be an all-new director to the Transformers cinematic universe in Travis Knight, best known as the stop motion animation specialist behind 2016’s Kubo and the Two Strings. Also, a Transformers 7
is in the works for 2019.

Transformers: The Last Knight is out on October 4.

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