Back in May of 2010, Transformers director Michael Bay wrote that the offensive creatures Skids and Mudflaps would not be in Transformers 3. Then why were they on the T3 set? Now updated with an answer!
No one has forgotten the horrific racial caricatures from Transformers 2, in the shape of Transformer twins Skids and Mudflaps. Even movie scribes Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci admitted they were embarrassed by the end result (especially the gold tooth). From an interview with Film School Rejects:
Orci: Number one, we sympathize. Yes, the gold tooth was not in the script, that's true.
Kurtzman: It's really hard for us to sit here and try to justify it. I think that would be very foolish, and if someone wants to be offended by it, it's their right. We were very surprised when we saw it, too, and it's a choice that was made. If anything, it just shows you that we don't control every aspect of the movie.
But it looks like that's not stopping T3 from putting these monsters back into the film. TFW2005 has a collection of images (also from May of 2010) of two Chevy Sparks with the same Skids and Muds colors (orange and green) that are supposedly from the T3 set. These pictures are a year old, so it's totally possibly that Bay has had the sense to cut ALL sign of the beasts out of his film. Which would be a very wise move.
Then again, he did insist Megatron wasn't in T2 — and he and his robot cape were very much a large part of the sequel. So who knows? Either way, Transformers 3 is sure to offend. Don't forget the mullet-haired NASCAR bots we spotted in the film.