New Transformers photos and video

I loved playing with Hasbro’s excellent Transformers as a kid; Jetfire was my favorite toy of all time, and the brand new Classic Voyager Jetfire stands proudly (and quite awesomely) on my computer desk today.

I’m not sure how this summer’s Transformers movie is going to be, though the trailers promise big fun.

Speaking of which, click right here to check out the Transformers movie page on Yahoo! Movies, where you can check out the theatrical theater and view a brand new slideshow directly right here. My favorite picture is the one of Optimus Prime knocking the hell out of Bonecrusher on the interstate.

If that’s not enough to whet your appetite for giant bio-mechanical alien life forms who come to our planet and disguise themselves as vehicles until it’s time to pummel each other into oil puddles with all kinds of fancy energy weapons, head on over to this post on director Michael Bay’s blog, where you can check out two new TV spots. The second shows Starscream — who’s now a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor — swoop under a bridge and transform just as he flips himself up to land atop it. Too cool.

In other Transformers news, genre hero Hugo Weaving — who was Agent Smith in The Matrix and Elrond in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and V in V for Vendetta among many other wonderfully played roles — will be providing the voice of Decepticon leader Megatron. But in a decidedly old-school move, it was announced last year that original cartoon Optimus Prime voice actor Peter Cullen would return to provide the pipes for the Autobot commander-in-chief in Bay’s live-action update.

Transformers fights traffic — literally! — on its way to a theater near you on July 4.