Building A Franchise: Why We Need ‘The Lego Transformers Movie’

Lego Transformers

Just about everybody knows what the Transformers are! For those who don’t know, the Transformers is a media franchise produced by American toy company Hasbro and Japanese toy company Takara Tomy. The franchise began in 1984 with the Transformers toy line and centers on factions of self-configuring modular extraterrestrial robotic lifeforms (most notably the Autobots and the Decepticons) in an endless civil war for dominance over their home planet of Cybertron. In its history, the franchise has expanded to encompass comic books, cartoons, video games, and films.

The Transformers has had a large following over the past few decades, but more recently there has been a surge thanks to the live-action Transformers film franchise. The films have not all been universally loved by critics, but fans more or less have enjoyed them with the franchise earning around $4.38 billion worldwide. The fact that the Transformers has had many successes in film, television, video games, comic books and toys make it perfect for The Lego Movie treatment. The film could easily follow the same style as The Lego Batman Movie and take influences from every bit of the Transformers’ rich history including the Generation 1 and Generation 2 animated television series, The Transformers: The Movie, the Beast Wars and Beast Machines computer-animated television series, the live-action Transformers film series, etc.

Lego Grimlock
LEGO® Grimlock – Transformers: Age of Extinction [Credit: Gabriele Zannotti & Nicola Stocchi]

Another great aspect of the franchise that would make it a prime candidate for The Lego Movie treatment is the fact that the Transformers themselves are living machines made up of many moving parts. They can even combine with each other to make larger Transformers and more powerful forms. Lego sets consist of colorful interlocking plastic bricks accompanying an array of gears, figurines called mini-figures, and various other parts. Lego pieces can be assembled and connected in many different ways, to construct objects such as; vehicles, buildings, and working machines. Anything constructed can then be taken apart again, and the pieces used to make other objects. This would be a visually perfect aesthetic for a film about robots that transform back and forth into different vehicles. Children have been building Transformers out of Lego pieces for years, it’s about time we see it on the big screen.

The Lego Movies are known for their numerous Easter eggs. If the story pulled references from the Transformers’ rich history, the studio could add more depth to the film and make use of voice talents such as Frank Welker, Peter Cullen, Shia Labeouf, John Turturro and Mark Wahlberg. All actors who have been a part of this franchise in some shape or form. They could also model the titular Transformers based off of their different looks over the years. Maybe even allowing them to switch between them at will. This would allow the studio to draw in children and adults spanning multiple generations. The only possible issue for this film would be if a production deal could be worked out between Warner Bros., Paramount, and Hasbro.


Both The Lego Movie and Transformers franchises have been going strong with The Lego Movie Sequel due to be released on February 8, 2019, and Bumblebee: The Movie set to hit theaters on August 2, 2019. This combination would be a match made in heaven for both parties. Hopefully, Warner Bros. is smart enough to make it happen.

Would you watch The Lego Transformers Movie? What other franchises do you think should get The Lego Movie treatment?  Leave your comments below!

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