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  • Celebrity Paradox: One of Bumblebee's radio voice clips is from the movie The Big Lebowski, in particular, a quote from John Goodman's character in said movie. John Goodman voices Hound in this movie.
  • Creator Backlash: Peter Cullen was not a fan of how violent and vengeful Optimus Prime was in this movie.
  • Dawson Casting: Tessa, who is 17 during the film's events, was born when Cade was a teenager, meaning Cade is at most in his mid thirties. Mark Wahlberg was 42 during filming.
  • Disowned Adaptation:
    • Shane McCarthy who created the character of Drift in his first iteration in the comics (The Transformers: All Hail Megatron), dislikes the movie incarnation featured here, accusing him of being a racist stereotype. Fans were quick to point out that McCarthy has also used words to imply he's not fond of Drift's development in later comics like The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye (which he wasn't involved with) that most feel made him a significantly better character, and that Drift's entire original persona was little other than highly stereotypical itself.
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    • Derrick J. Wyatt, the art director of Transformers Animated, is not pleased with the film's take on his character Lockdown.
  • Fan Nickname: The drones Galvatron uses as his army are commonly referred as Vehicons; The name comes from Beast Machines, in which Megatron directly controlled a group of sparkless husks that have no sentience which were called Vehicons.
  • Lying Creator: Bay said that the film was going to be the shortest of the series, with reports of a 120 minute running time floating about. Turns out those reports are false and the running time that has been revealed is 165 minutes, making it the longest of the series so far.
  • No Export for You: The tie-in toy line. With most of the "regular" toys being sold under the Generations series, which only gets a wide release in a select few countries, this is the first movie-based TF toy line that (aside from the simplified, gimmicky figures aimed at small kids) doesn't even see a first-wave release in a lot of places of the world.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • In a reversal of the animated movie, Frank Welker is this as Galvatron to Hugo Weaving as Megatron.
    • In the Mexican dub, Alfonso Ramírez and Mario Arvizu replace Blas García and Gerardo Vásquez as Optimus and Megatron, respectively.
  • Playing Against Type: Mark Ryan voices Lockdown, one of the main antagonists. In the previous films he voiced Bumblebee and Jetfire, both of whom, were heroes.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Concept art shows multiple version of Slash, the Dinobot velociraptor, joining in the final fight.
    • Clint Eastwood was originally considered for voicing Lockdown before Mark Ryan was chosen. There is artwork of him as an apocalyptic muscle car like in Animated, but Lamborghini wanted in.
    • Drift's color scheme was originally intended to be orange and black. It ended up being used by the Transformers: Robots in Disguise version of the character.
    • Stringer was going to be a fembot named Widow Maker
    • Dwayne Johnson was originally offered the role of Cade.
    • Optimus was supposed to have an armor-up scene where he added new weapons to his robot mode. This would have explained why he suddenly gained flight at the end of the movie. His arms do change slightly as he takes the sword inside Lockdown's ship, but the change is so slight that it generally goes unnoticed.
    • Crosshairs was originally going to be named Smokescreen.
  • You Look Familiar: Once again, Mark Ryan who has appeared in previous Transformers films, shows up as a different character.

Other Trivia

  • According to Transformers Manager of Global Brand Development Mark Weber at New York Toy Fair 2014, Strafe is named so not because of trademark reasons, but because the film's two-headed design was considered too great a departure from previous Swoop characters.


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