If you want robotic dinosaurs, they cannot transform into armed soldiers. It’s not possible to have it both ways. Neither Scorponok nor Ravage or even Laserbeak transformed into humanoid forms to dole out damage - Laserbeak transformed OUT of humanoid form on one occasion, and though Scorponok was said to have a humanoid mode (Image:HoorayScorponok.jpg - Transformers Wiki) it never really came to pass so it doesn’t count. I think sentience/speech IS possible, though. I had some serious issues with Laserbeak speaking when previous Cybertronian formers couldn’t – some non-TFans said Laserbeak said/transformed too much, and I honestly couldn’t blame them - but I was able to accept it because there exist some speaking intelligent birds like the parrot and cockatoo. So, if the Dinobots were beasts that were trained and upgraded/programmed for sentience and speech, it can actually work. But having them transform into warriors is out. A possible alternative is to do it the other way: have them a faction of ultra-fierce warriors, who take the forms of weapon-equipped Earth lifeforms. Like a Dino version of the Wreckers. But we already have the Wreckers, so that can’t really work. Besides, the term “Dinobots” would be more apt if they stayed as animals. I don’t know, really, which version would work. But if I had to choose, I’d make them animals. The Autobots are in dire need of their own animals to unleash.