Peek at the Cars of the Upcoming Live Action Transformers: Rise of the Beasts Movie

Despite the community’s hatred for Michael Bay’s Transformers movies, the 2018 Bumblebee film gained the favors of many, which granted a follow-up currently in production titled Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.

Announced in 2020 and releasing in 2023, this movie carries high expectations, with elements of the original Generation 1 (more often shortened to G1) cartoon and Beast Wars, an equally notorious animated series which, while loved by many and was regarded as a crucial point of Transformers history, was equally controversial for turning the cast into transforming animals instead of vehicles. This also coined the phrase “trukk not munky,” referring to the fans’ perception of Autobot leader Optimus Prime (or rather, Optimus Primal) transforming into a gorilla in the series.

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(Credits to Steven Caple Jr. on Instagram)


Transformers geeking aside, the movie already has an interesting lineup of cars, with both Autobots and Decepticons having notable vehicle modes. Optimus revisits his cabover G1 truck form, and while details on the exact model are scarce, we do know it’s a Freightliner. Bumblebee returns to being a second-gen Chevy Camaro, with the first incarnation being in the first Bayformers movie. His alternate mode also gains some suitable off-road upgrades, with a lift, reinforced bumpers, overfenders, an exterior cage, and a light bar. Bumblebee’s first live-action form was quite cool, but the off-road modifications are a real cherry-on-top.

Wheeljack is, for some reason, the brown Volkswagen Bus/Kombi. His G1 form was a Lancia Stratos Turbo, but his subsequent mainstream appearance in the Dark of the Moon movie as ‘Que’ had his alternate mode as a Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG – an awesome vehicle, just not a fit with Wheeljack; then again, he was almost an entirely different character in that movie as well. Arcee, on the other hand, sticks as a motorcycle, this time as a Ducati 916.


(Credits to Steven Caple Jr. on Instagram)


The Decepticons, or rather, the Terrorcons, arguably have the better alternate modes. The Mack truck that seemed like it escaped the set of Mad Max: Fury Road is Scourge, and we’ve got to give it to him for having the most formidable car of the antagonists. We can’t exactly leave out the orange GMC Topkick tow truck with the bugcatcher intake, which makes for an equally fearsome vehicle mode. Last but certainly not least is Nightbird, appearing as a Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R. While not the most popular generation, I’m thankful to whoever has decided to put the R33 on the big screen, as one of its appreciators. It features an extreme bodykit, a large wing, fender-mounted wing mirrors and rear window louvers, with a color scheme that almost feels like home for 90s Transformers toys. Though the inclusion of an R33 pleases me, I doubt it is licensed, knowing how heavy alterations are usually given to unlicensed alternate modes. Sigh.


Fans of G1 would assume that Jazz is the 964, given his history with Porsches and his first alternate mode being an IMSA GT 935 Turbo, but it’s not. As seen in the trailer, his ability to duplicate holographic clones of himself isn’t Jazz’s thing; it’s Mirage’s. Mirage actually made it in the Bayformers trilogy, albeit as a Ferrari under the name of Dino, referencing the marque’s founder’s son. Mirage himself, in the G1 continuity, had an equally noteworthy alternate mode, being Ligier’s JS11 Formula One car. It’s quite a missed opportunity to not have Jazz as a Porsche, but there’s nothing wrong in exploring new ideas and introducing less popular characters into the mainstream. 

Funnily enough, Porsche (and would-be parent company Volkswagen AG) did not want to be involved nor associated with the franchise in the early 2000s, stating that “Transformers are not worthy [of] carrying the Porsche trademark. They are war machines and the toyline in no way represents the lifestyle and ideas which Porsche represents.” Volkswagen shared similar concerns, though they eventually gave up that statement with the 2018 Bumblebee movie. Porsche has given in as well with the upcoming Rise of the Beasts, promoting the film’s teaser trailer on their own YouTube channel. Though they are changing for the better, it’s a shame we never got to see a transforming 986 toy. Well, that’s just Prime.

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