Transformers 4 to feature all-new robots

Hasbro disappointed with the amount of toys sold by the last instalment Transformers: Dark of the Moon

The next film in the 'Transformers' series will feature an all-new cast of transforming robots because the last film 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' didn't sell enough toys.

According to reports, Transformer-maker Hasbro was disappointed with the performance of the last film in the series in terms of the amount of robots sold.

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Transformers 4... dispensing with the original robots (Copyright: Rex)

It's thought that because the first three films featured the same characters, toy sales reached a plateau. So now new robots will be drafted into the next film along with a brand new story to introduce them.

Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner revealed the news of the new direction at the UBS Best of Americas 2012 Conference.

Goldner also unveiled a new logo for the franchise.

Transformers 4... new logo for the franchise (Copyright: Hasbro)

Elsewhere, director Michael Bay has said that the fourth film will be his last, and the budget will be lower than previous films.

But we should avoid calling the fourth a 'reboot'.

“It’s not a reboot, that’s maybe the wrong word,” he said. “I don’t want to say reboot because then people will think we’re doing a Spider-Man and starting from the beginning. We’re not.

“We’re taking the story that you’ve seen - the story we’ve told in three movies already - and we’re taking it in a new direction. But we’re leaving those three as the history. It all still counts.”