You can't be serious. Robots with thoughts and feelings who can transform into things is not ridiculous? Soundwave transforming from a giant robot to a portable stereo is not ridiculous? Megatron transforming into a much smaller gun is not ridiculous? Optimus Prime playing basketball isn't ridiculous? Carnage in C-Minor? B.O.T.? Starscream's Ghost? Rhinox farting? Carbombya? Shadow parasites? Reproduction by budding? The entire brand is full of ridiculous scenarios, concepts, stories, and characters. To claim otherwise is fantasy. I'm not saying I wouldn't enjoy a more serious take on Transformers or that fans shouldn't enjoy the ridiculousness of it all...I know I do...but so far, a super serious, super grounded Transformers iteration has not been produced. I don't even think that's something most of the fandom wants anyway. I would say many of the things fans hated about the Bay movies were related to adapting the source material to a big screen, live action format for the first time. The biggest problem with Devastator's balls wasn't their existence, which I think is hilarious by the way. It's the fact they weren't used enough. He should wielded them like Cybertronian maces for some Autobot-wrecking action! That's how Skids and Mudflap should have gone out! You mean like Beast Wars had, too? The entire brand is product placement. This makes the films different from most other post-G1 fiction how exactly? I will say that the Bay films are probably the farthest design-wise from G1...but they're the closest fiction to the original cartoon in terms of the core story. And who is this person in the film industry who can magically give all of the fans their favorite robots the screen time that gives them this great focus? I'd also say some of the Bay films balance the robots and humans better than given credit. You mean like the vast, vast majority of plots and characters in the brand? Plenty of people liked the Bay designs, too. I happen to like both many of the Bee and Bay designs.