It’s nice to hear the old transformation sound at least once, and to get a brief bit of interplay between Starscream and Megatron; but for my money, the best nod to the source material is a moment set inside a giant military base, where all the adult military types are confused by what they see in front of them. Sam steps forward and proudly states, “That’s Megatron. He’s the leader of the Decepticons.”
As kids, how many of us said the exact same thing to our parents?
Rock ‘em sock ‘em robot (DreamWorks LLC/Paramount)