Originally Posted by CGIPadawan
Actually the reason Transformers were cool was because they turned into ordinary objects. The toy line that launched it all were based on the principle of "You get two toys for the price of one". A cool robot and a fantastic, realistic, die-cast metal vehicle (with rubber tyres!), or cap gun, or something.
The reason why it's cool would be because you see what looks like an everyday car turn into a giant robot and it fuels the imagination.
There's a reason why Hot Rod, Kup, or all those other robots that "turned into weird non-existent things" were intrinsically less iconic.
Beyond that were the Monster/Dinosaur thingees.. . But I honestly believed Grimlock couldn't have launched the franchise as well as those first line of toys which captured the imagination of "What if that car running on the street was really a giant robot?"
Yeah, I get why Autobots are cool... I was just confused as to what makes the dinobots cool. Honestly, they were a thinly veiled attempt to sell more toys at the time and they remain such. Dinosaurs are cool, but robot dinosaurs within the Transformers universe was never something that seemed right to me because it goes against the internal logic.
Them choosing to take dino form because they were here 100 million years ago doesn't make sense because there would have been no real threat to them, and no intelligent life around that would make it necessary to hide in plain sight (as the Autobots do).
Them being a construct by the Autobots, built as intellectually flawed and designed as dinosaurs because their creator was 'inspired by fossils' makes more sense within the logic of the Transformers universe... but even that is laughably thin.
Beyond that... I just didn't know if there was something incredibly cool about the dinobots that I missed growing up.
Ultimately, I do realize that this is all Transformers and taking it at all seriously is foolish at best, but I still believe that things and events should still be plausible within the confines of the universe that you create for your storytelling.
So before everyone starts flaming me for calling out on what I feel is silly within the Transformers universe, understand that my critique is more about universe-building, rather than Transformers specifically.
As for T4... I'll see it, because I've endured the last 3, and I feel it's like climbing Mt. Everest... there's hardship on the way to the summit, but the view at the end hopefully makes it all worthwhile. Unless there's fog. Then you're screwed.