According to ROTF production info, Kurtzman and Orci had Dinobots in mind for ROTF but replaced them with the Seekers. They didn’t think a beast mode (changing into an animal) seemed to fit in a universe where they’d established that a Cybertronian is able to take the alternate mode of any machine they scan, as long as it fit their size. In their defense I can see their point: having a Transformer become just about anything sort of pushes the concept too far (all the mass-shifters out there, you’re awesome but we’re looking at you); having animal disguises is perhaps too unfair an advantage towards the Transformers. The thing is how to introduce beast-modes and make them plausible enough that the non-TFan audience don’t throw up their hands and say it’s too much. I can think of different ways beast modes can work with the audience: - Have them serve as a special faction of Transformers, who have the ability to take on the beast modes from the wildlife of whatever planet they come to (sort of G1-inspired, a mass of Dinobots, Seacons, etc). Not every Cybertronian can take on a beast mode, just only a select few who serve both Autobot/Decepticon sides. - Beast Warriors from the future, the next generation of Transformers who have evolved the ability to take on beast modes. Not only does this constitute a new element to the war (temporal displacements/interference/etc), but it also serves as a homage to the BEAST WARS saga. - In the CYBERTRON series there was the Jungle Planet, which served as host to a variety of beastmode Transformers: Backstop, Snarl, Scourge, and so on. I think that having new Transformers appear from a previous world where they’d taken on beast modes would be a fair way to explain their preference for such modes, as well as to showcase the Transformers’ visits to other worlds. The last thread I made in relation to a similar topic (http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/trans...95-dinobots-would-either-beasts-warriors.html) got me more flak than I expected. So can anyone please inform me whether/how a beast-mode Transformer could work in these films?