“Stunning work” “top notch on the drawing board”. Those statements might be true if you have low standards and no imagination. Whatever else the bayverse designs are, they were completely new and like nothing ever seen before. Great thought and effort was put into them, These designs are derivitive and bland. They took the simple G1 cartoon aesthetic and tweaked it a bit. And poorly at that. Just like the IDW artists, there is absolutely no originality coming from these designers. Or from whomever was leading them by the nose.
I can almost forgive it due to it obviously being hurried, 11th hour work. And done to appease tasteless “fans” who just want G1 regurgitated endlessly. Unfortunately, unlike Bay, who doesn’t understand Transformers , but at least has resolve and a spine, Travis Knight is a coward who whores himself to internet whiners and trolls.
The saddest part is that ILM used to be the gold standard. Ever since Lucas sold them, the quality of their work keeps getting worse and worse. They are chasing all the other cgi startups right to the bottom.
But at least you’re getting your crappy 21st century g1 transformers on the big screen.