The Transformers series has continued to stray far from the boy-and-machine heart of the 2007 original over the last decade, instead venturing down increasingly grey and doomy, knights-dragons-dinosaurs territory.
Loyal, resilient and tough, Bumblebee is arguably the most popular Autobot after Optimus Prime and he's getting his own film. Looking at the quality of recent films in the franchise, this may be a blessing in disguise.
Hailee Steinfeld plays the role of Charlie Watson, a teenaged girl who discovers the rundown Volkswagen Beetle that's actually Bumblebee. Bumblebee marks the first time Bay vacates the director's chair, to make room for Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight.
Starring Hailee Steinfeld, this is an origin of sorts, since it takes place in the 1980s and deals with the discovery of Bumblebee (one of those heroic Autobots) on a Californian trash heap.
It continues: "When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug". We'll find out whether Bumblebee is the start of that when it hits United Kingdom cinemas on 21 December.